International Diversity Club

We are so fortunate to live in a multicultural environment and the International Diversity Club, a Friday Activity for MYP students, celebrates the cultural diversity by exchanging traditions and experiences.

Last Friday the students of the International Diversity Club enjoyed Argentinian, German and Bulgarian traditions by sharing traditional food like German Dampfnudeln, Bulgarian Sudzhuk and Argentinian Alfajores Havanna, while drinking Mate Rosamante tea in the traditional Argentinian way. 

text & photos MM

Human Rights Project

When adopted on December 10th, 1948, the UN proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.” (UN, ) We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate 70 years since this declaration as well as reflect, sadly, on the distance humanity still has to go to realize these declarations in all parts of the world.

The Interkulturelle Zentrum, Heidelberg started an initiative for schools in Heidelberg to apply for a financial support to realize an exhibition with the topic “School for Human Rights/ 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” during the International Weeks Against Racism (11th until the 24th of March, 2019). H.I.S. sent in a proposal as many MYP teachers saw a great opportunity to imbed this topic in the curriculum after the winter break. 

At the end of January, if successful, the proposal will see H.I.S. as one of three HD schools involved in the IZ exhibition about human rights and we will hold a public open evening on Monday, the 11th of March at 7 pm (first day after March break). If not successful, we will run our own exhibition for the community on the same date.

We are very excited about this whole project and will keep you informed about the hopefully positive news from the IZ Heidelberg. For now: Save the date of the opening!

text: BK, HP

Historic Seasons Greetings

Grade 9 and 10 students made their own seasonal greeting cards in Individuals and Societies class just before the start of the holidays. 

The cards are based on printed black and white historic Christmas cards which the students then coloured in. The pictures were glued on colourful pieces of carton. Several students also decorated the picture frames, sometimes in Art Deco style. 

This task has a curriculum connection as some of the images relate to our interdisciplinary World War One unit. The grade 9 students were particularly interested in 19th century seasonal greeting cards.

The class will have an  Industrial Revolution unit  later on this school year. It was common for black and white images to be painted by hand in the early 1900’s, so this technique has historic roots. 

The students were encouraged to send greeting cards to friends, teachers and family. Several students added text in their own languages to the cards. Some of the greeting cards are currently on display in school on the I&S MYP information board, next to room 110 on the first floor. 



 Text: KG

Photos: KG and AS

Grade 12 Extended Essays

The grade twelve students have been busy writing their extended essays and internal assessments. The last week of school before the holidays will offer a time to celebrate as most students were able to finish their extended essays by mid-December.

The extended essay is a major research and writing assignment of no more than 4,000 words and it is a compulsory part of the IB diploma. Students have been working on this assignment since last spring.

The extended essay supervisors also look forward to a well-deserved break before the grade elevens start working on theirs in the new year.

text & photos KG

Advertising For A Good Cause – Grade 4 German Class

The G4 students of the advanced German program (AGP) have been inquiring about advertising and found out that there can be advertisements for a good cause.

They learned about the AIDA Formula used by advertising professionals, and created their own campaign for a good cause of their choice.

Their advertising campaign was aimed to gain Attention, evoke Interest, stimulate a Desire and encourage the viewers to take an Action. See if you can find the student’s adverting posters around school and check out how successful they were with their campaigns!

text & photos GS

The Challenges To Be A Teacher

Grade 7 students have worked on three creative projects on Digestive and Respiratory Systems in Science and last week they practised to be teachers in Grade 2 and Grade 5 classes.

Their creative products have been successfully presented to the young learners from the Primary school who seem to have enjoyed their new “one lesson teachers”

Grade 7 students have become fully aware that teaching is a demanding task but they are brave enough to do it again in the future.  


text: MM

Sankt Nikolaus war da!

December 6th is St. Nicolas Day in Germany. In remembrance of Saint Nicolas children in Germany get little gifts on that day hidden in their boots.

When the PYP students arrived this morning at school they found their self-made Nikolaus boot with a little surprise in it. 

Who was walking through the hallway with his dirty boots? We might have an idea who the red piece of fabric belongs to, you too? 

text & photos SST, VZ

How to Write A Newspaper Article…

Schüler machen Zeitung!

On Tuesday the 20th of November an expert from the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung came to visit the excited grade 9/10 German Language and Literature class. He was doing his “Volontariat” for the RNZ, which is a type of payed training to become a full-time “Redakteur” or editorial journalist.

He spoke to us for more than an hour, and explained, in depth, how the life of a journalist working for a newspaper is like. Describing the exciting experiences as well as the challenges and difficulties of taking that career path. Afterwards he told us a little about how writing articles for the newspaper is done best and gave us a few insider tips and tricks. After answering the many questions that the class had prepared beforehand he gave us some personal advice for our own projects.

A few weeks ago we have started a so called “Schüler machen Zeitung Projekt” which entails daily RNZ subscription and a newspaper article writing competition where every student is to write an article about something that fascinates the and the best ones will be printed and published in the newspaper! There is also a money- prize for the best three articles from all students taking part in this project.

We were very happy to get such a behind the scenes and in depth overview of journalism and writing articles so a great thanks to Herr Jonas Labrenz.

 text: Ishikaa

Education Is About Asking Questions

Dr. Chirojit Mukherjee visits Grade 7

This week Students from the Grade 7 Science class had the pleasure to receive answers to their questions about the human heart and heart conditions from an expert:

Dr. Chirojit Mukherjee, chairman at the Heart Center Karlsruhe, was their distinguished guest speaker.

Grade 7 students had the chance to increase their knowledge of cardiology and to prepare for the task ahead.

The students plan to create a book suitable to inform Primary School students  about the processes in the heart and heart diseases. 

Many thanks to Dr. Mukherjee for his visit to H.I.S.


photo: KM




Saving Lives

Grade 7 students have been learning about the Respiratory system in Science lessons. As part of this unit they have completed some First Aid training to supplement their knowledge and understanding.  Specifically, students have learned the procedure and techniques on how to perform CPR and resuscitate people.  This is a really important skill that more people should have.  The students of Grade 7 will repeat the training later in the school year.  They were very motivated and keen to learn during the session.  Well Done!

text & photos JK