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The Netherlands is famous for its fields of tulips, but H.I.S is now a close second – thanks to the hard work of parents, teachers and students.
A couple of years ago, Tim Clarke, our former Design teacher and his Grade 8 class designed some garden beds for Early Primary. Materials were purchased but work had to be delayed until the new extension had been completed.
Then, back in Autumn last year on a Saturday morning, a small team of skilled and dedicated helpers completed the construction of the beds and Early Primary students planted them with daffodils and tulips.
The new raised garden beds outside the Early Primary entrance are now in full bloom. The colourful tulips seem to be growing towards us all in our homes and saying, ’Where are you all? Look at us. Aren’t we beautiful? Come back soon!’ Our answer to the tulips is, of course, ‘Yes, you do look gorgeous and we’ll be back to look after you as soon as we can!’ In the meantime, thanks to the Administration team for keeping an eye on the garden.
On Friday, the H.I.S. community celebrated the Chinese New Year at the Chinese Culture Festival. The evening will long be remembered as a fantastic celebration, with wonderful food and an exciting programme. The beautifully decorated MPR was glowing with red and gold lanterns, lights and decorations. Many of the guests came dressed in red, too. Our thanks go to our Chinese parents who planned and organised this wonderful evening for us. 非常感谢您度过了美好的夜晚
text & photos AS
Over the past 2 weeks students from H.I.S. have taken part in the ‘Heidelberger Stadtschulmeisterschaften Schwimmen’. This is an annual swimming competition held for the city’s schools at the Olympiastüztpunkt in Neuenheimerfeld.
As our swimming programme has developed over recent years we decided that it was time that H.I.S. students join in the fun and represent the school.
On Tuesday 3rd December it was the turn of the Primary School students (Grade 1 to Grade 4 in the German state school system). A group of 10 very excited students from Grades 3 and 4 boarded their ‘team’ bus and spent the journey asking questions like:
Where would the competition would be?
Would there be lots of children and schools present?
Would there be ‘big’ kids?
Are the other children fast?
All these questions were soon answered and the students competed in individual events in 25m front crawl and breaststroke (Lieselot of Grade 3 coming away with a bronze medal for her 3rd place in breaststroke).
Representing the Primary School were Hannah, Lieselot, Ella, Sephora, Alexa, Charlotte, James, Thijs, Philipp and Lucas.
On the following Tuesday it was the turn of our secondary school students (including Grade 5). The group was a bit more reserved, but no less excited about the event. Students swam individual 50m freestyle events (any stroke) and this time we also entered teams into the relays. Carolin of Grade 10 was the fastest girl in Heidelberg, not only for her age, but overall and came away with a gold medal. The relays brought further medals and the girls (2006-2009) placed third in their event, winning bronze medals.
Representing the Secondary School were Carolin, Elli, Zara, Grace, Caera, Claudia, Molly, Sophia, Charlotte, Maahi, Dóra, Hannah, Charlotte, Ruthie, Adrian, Cy, Trey, Dhruv, Jasper, Thijs and Kallum.
This was a fantastic experience for the participants and everyone was extremely proud of their efforts. Julia and I remember some of these students just starting to swim when they were in Grade 3 and to see them compete in a city-wide competition made us very proud.
After witnessing the development of our Grade 3 and Grade 4 swimmers this year we would like to thank the Franziska van Almsick Foundation for the support with our swimming program. Since the beginning of the school year the students have had weekly swimming lessons and more recently we have also had the services of an additional swimming teaching assistant. The progress the students have made is clear to see. H.I.S. is committed to developing confident swimmers and we look forward to our continued partnership.
We will certainly be at next year’s competition so to any undiscovered swimmers – we will find you!
AR and JE
Over 30 parents and educators attended our workshop on November 13th. Our guest, Susie March, guided us through helpful ways to engage our children in a deeper understanding of body autonomy and sexuality. Susie also taught 2 lessons during the day and provided professional development for our primary teachers.
Susie has a website (1.) where you can gather some insight on items she shared with us. These resources point to the importance of having an open dialogue with your children about their bodies, about what makes a healthy relationship and about learning regarding our sexuality. In addition, you can review important guidelines supported by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and what is developmentally normal for your child at various ages (2). This site also supports the PANTS lessons that were introduced while Susie met with 2 of our primary classes.
Would you rather touch Mummies’ ears or witch hair……..eat a ghostly banana or bandaged mummy hot dog?
Gruesome decisions had to be made by the Primary students last Friday at the H.I.S. PYP Halloween Party. The food brought in by parents was as creative and beautiful as the costumes of the students and supporters of the party. Many thanks to the PTG and all parents, staff and secondary students that helped and supported the event. Here are some impressions of the haunted MPR and Playground: