How many languages do you speak?

Among all those present at our Wednesday workshop on multilingualism and language development, 6 different languages were represented.

It was wonderful to finally be able to offer a parent workshop in school again. Thank you to everyone who was interested in the workshop and a big thank you to Beth Grimley, our expert on language development and language difficulties. There will be a short summary of the workshop in the next newsletter as well as some documents on this topic in the internal section of our website.

SH

 

 

A place to linger…

New bench handed over to students

Representatives of the PTG (Parent Teacher Group) as well as Grade 11 and Grade 12 students and staff were present, when the new bench, set up around the tree within the bike park, was officially handed over to the Diploma students today.

A huge round of applause followed the ribbon cutting and words of thanks were addressed to the PTG. Immediately after the ceremony the students were invited to enjoy Pizza by the PTG.

Our thanks go to all PTG members and especially to those present and former members who initiated the purchase of the bench. With warmer weather in springtime, the bench will offer an opportunity for our older students to sit at lunch time.

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An Apple A Day….

Continuing a tradition of the World Food Day at H.I.S., the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) provided all students with fresh, locally grown apples from the Schneider farm in Edingen-Neckarhausen.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away…”, is a well-known expression. According to the many health benefits of apples, there must be some truth in that!

A big thank you to the PTG for the delivery of the delicious and healthy treat.

What’s your favourite apple recipe?

AS

 

 

Time to Talk

Zoom discussion for parents

The H.I.S. Student Support Team would like to invite you to join us on 4 February at 14:00 for an open discussion about focus and concentration.

We hope to discuss the skill of focusing and review what works for our children while completing required learning tasks at home.

Please find the Zoom link for this open discussion in the newsletter no. 21.

 

 

Parent Workshop

How to help children cope with difficult situations

On Tuesday 29 September, H.I.S. Student Support Services hosted a parent workshop entitled, “How to help your children cope with difficult situations.”

Dr. Preeti Purohit, from the Psychologische Beratungsstelle, Caritas in Heidelberg, shared with all of us about her work and the methods and strategies around supporting children to be resilient in these challenging times.

Here are a couple of reflections from parents in our community who attended:

“In times of uncertainty and rapid change RESILIENCE is a very important topic. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed the talk of Dr Preeti Purohit, a mother and a professional counselor at Caritas, on the topic of resilience this morning at H.I.S. In sharing her knowledge and work-experience, she helped in getting a better understanding of children’s basic needs in times of stress: A safe base, structure, focus on positive encouragement and honest conversations.

In her down-to-earth, lighthearted and engaging way she was able to alleviate feelings of overwhelm that often come with this topic and replaced them with clear guidelines and simple exercises that empower children and parents alike.”

Caroline

“Thanks Lance, for arranging such a useful Parent Workshop with Preeti Purohit,on “How to help your child cope with difficult situations”.  With all the changes the last few months have brought, it was great to get some new strategies and ideas to approach different situations.

Our kids (and us!) have had to adapt to lots of new rules and things they can’t do, so there were lots of good ideas such as helping focus on what their alternatives are for things they CAN do and ways to help them identify what they might be feeling so we can support them in a gentle way. “

Lucy

photo: LF