Swimming Competition

Stadtschulmeisterschaften - Congratulations to all H.I.S. participants!

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

Parent Workshop with Susie March

Educating Children about Sexuality

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.

Helpful Links:

  1. https://www.susiemarch.com/parents
  2. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/healthy-sexual-behaviour-children-young-people/ 

 

PYP Halloween Party

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:

photos: AS

 

 

 

Herzlich Willkommen

Enjoy our new bench

Welcome to the latest addition to the H.I.S. landscape. A bench was delivered on the weekend and placed near the front entrance of the school to provide space for relaxation and communication.

Thanks to the huge number of generous participants of the German Night, the Cultural Event Working Group was able to purchase the bench. Together with the existing benches at the school entrance the “German Night Bench” is inviting you to rest and chat when you are outside waiting for school to start or finish. Enjoy the sunny autumn weather there and Herzlich Willkommen!

Special thanks to Julia, for taking care of ordering the bench.

 

Winter Fair

The smell of waffles and popcorn in the air marked the beginning of the annual H.I.S. Winter Fair.

Students, parents and staff work together every year to provide fun activities and wonderful treats at this seasonal event. Decorating cookies, christmas tattoos, Karaoke singing, roasting marshmallows and more – the activities and the food made everybody look forward to the Winter Break. But before that there is another week of school!

Many thanks to all for making the Winter Fair 2018 such a successful event.

photos: AS