Career Counsellor’s Message

Students from Grade 11 and 12 took part in in the Virtual CIS University Fair, which proved to be a success.

The students attended live sessions with universities from Europe, USA and other parts of the world and benefitted from the unique chance to speak with Admissions Representatives of the universities they are interested in.

On 16th October 2020 students from Grade 10 and Grade 11 had the great pleasure to virtually meet with Khelan, a student admitted to Yale University.

Khelan elaborated on insightful tips about how to shortlist universities, the timeline of the successful application process, guidance about when and how to prepare for the SAT and/or ACT tests and last but not least – how to plan and successfully write the College essays.

At the end of the virtual chat, future University students from Grade 10 and Grade 11  felt inspired and hopeful that with proper and careful planning, they will be able to tackle college applications.

Grade 11 and Grade 10 students along with their H.I.S. Career Counsellor express their deep gratitude to Khelan for taking the time to give advice and wish him every success in his future studies of Physics at Yale University next year. And viel Spass during his stay in Germany.

MM

Science Teacher and Career Counsellor

Birthday Celebrations

H.I.S. in red and white

Red and white were the colours of the day, when H.I.S. students, staff and parents celebrated the 20th birthday of the school yesterday. It was a pleasure to see so much community spirit at a time, when organising events is almost impossible and we all have to think creatively of ways how to spark joy. Many thanks to the H.I.S. community for rising to the challenge and making the 20th anniversary a special day.

 

Transitions Workshop

Many thanks to the parents who attended the Transitions workshop last Wednesday.  It was lovely to see so many of you.

As a group we went through the various stages of transition and talked about the importance of taking care of yourself before you can take care of your children. We discussed successful transitions you may have experienced in the recent past and appreciated that we are able to face a challenge; asking for help along the way.  Family rituals and routines are often lost during transition times, but they are of great importance and crucial when trying to settle in a new area/school/job.  If you used to play board games as a family on a Friday evening, take them out and continue with your family tradition.  Your children will thank you for it and it will bring some normalcy into your lives.

We hope to host another parent workshop at the end of the month.  Stay tuned for details!

The Student Support Team

Year Book Cover Contest Contributions

Many thanks to all those students that sent in ideas for the Yearbook Cover. Two contributions have been chosen, one for the front and one for the back cover of the H.I.S. Yearbook 2019-20. It was a tough decision as you can imagine by looking at all the beautiful artwork submitted. Find out who the two winners are, when the Yearbook gets published end of June.

H.I.S. Environment Week

Butterfly Mandala

This week had been our planned Environment Week at H.I.S. Although many activities and ideas had to be set aside for a time, we wanted to send a huge thanks to those who were still able to make awareness, mindfulness, conservation or sustainability part of lessons and activities, both in class and at home.

Earlier in the week, Mr. Fortner reminded us that Thursday evening we would have “gathered the kids up on the roof to pay tribute to our mother earth while basking with music and chalk in the sun,” as they helped to complete H.I.S.’s sixth Environment Week Mandala!

For this year’s Environment week, Mr. Fortner created a butterfly mandala. “The butterfly symbolises our temporary time in the chrysalis awaiting for new life to emerge.” Students, parents and staff are invited to make their own personal mandala, by colouring in the beautiful patterns of the butterfly.

 

Warm wishes,

The Environment Working Group

Social Media – Student Workshop with Experts

Expert educator, Anja Kegler and former police officer, Günther Bubenitzschek from Digitale Medien visited with our Grade 7 and 8 students last week.  The students took part in an interactive training that challenged their thinking and understanding regarding the following issues:

  • the effects of social media on overall mental well-being
  • healthy habits and safety in regards to phone use at home and in public
  • age restrictions recommended by the EU on various social media apps
  • caution and best practices during on-line gaming and what to do when someone they meet online wants to meet them in person
  • the role of a cyberbully and the choices one can make to ask for help when they are the target of such behaviour
  • introduction to Klicksafe.de and their First Aid Tool

Materials for helpful websites covering the issues listed above are available at the front desk if you wish to learn more.