Duke of Edinburgh Award Challenge

2nd Practice walk required map reading skills

On the 14th November, an intrepid group of Grade 10 students set off from Eberbach Station in 3 groups to try to complete a map reading challenge set by Mr. Parkes.

This was the second practice walk for the students as they prepare for the Duke of Edinburgh Challenge 3 day hike in the summer of 2022.  They would need to visit several points on a route using a detailed map of the area around the wonderful meadows and woodlands (and hills!) of Breitenstein, an area protected because of its outstanding natural beauty – really worth a visit sometime!

The group needed to visit all the checkpoints and take photographs of themselves in order to prove the entire group had been there. After a minor wrong turn coming out of Eberbach which cost all the groups one or two extra kilometers, the students powered along the course to find Mr. Knowles and Mr. Parkes waiting at one of the checkpoints.

This was the moment when the groups could choose to use a compass bearing to shorten their route and head across country to a nearby hill and a welcome hot chocolate and refreshments provided by 2 amazing Grade 11 CAS students.

Successful use of a map and compass will be essential on the 3 day hike which the students plan and walk themselves, carrying tents and provisions – a kilometer saved by good map reading really will be worth it! All groups took their compass bearings successfully and headed across the open countryside to the refreshments.

A big thank you to all the students who participated and to the teachers and Grade 11 students who were there as the back up team.



5,086 Euro Collected for Waldpiraten

Chris Maier meets students at H.I.S.

A symbolic bank cheque was handed over to Chris Maier, pedagogical leader of the Waldpiraten Camp https://www.waldpiraten.de/, by two students today. At the annual Waldpiraten Run in September, the H.I.S. community managed to collect over 5,000 €.

Chris Maier, who is soon going into retirement, was thrilled to receive the money for the Waldpiraten and was chatting to Kengo (Grade 11) and Marta (Grade 6) about the H.I.S. Waldpiraten Run, organised annually by the school with the support of students.

H.I.S. has been supporting the Waldpiraten since 2010, and the sum collected at the Waldpiraten Run 2021 was again a fantastic result. A huge thank you, to all students, staff and parents.

Chris Maier promised to stay in touch and remarked that she has been giving us a wave every time she has passed by H.I.S. on her bike. Her colleague, Frau Dietze, will be our new contact at the Camp and we look forward to continue our efforts of supporting the Waldpiraten.

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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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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

H.I.S. is proud to introduce a new and exciting experience for students in Grade 10.

The Duke of Edingburgh Award offers students the chance to learn new skills and to build on prior knowledge. It takes them out of their comfort zone and into a place where they’ll push themselves and have amazing new experiences.  The students will have the chance to build confidence, resilience, develop skills for work and forge friendships.

The DofE Award is regarded highly by Colleges, universities and employers world wide.

There are three awards bronze, silver and gold. They each consist of 4 elements (Service, Skill, Physical recreation & an adventurous journey) with an additional residential element in the gold award.  The students set their goals and work with an assessor to achieve them.

On Sunday October 10th, Grade 10 students took part in a practise hike in order to assess their map reading skills. They will need these skills for planning their adventurous journey sometime next year.

The sun shone as the students led the way with maps, but soon discovered that they needed more detailed maps of the area; they had not hiked as far as they had thought and had taken a wrong turn somewhere! Some local dog walkers helped them out to find their back the starting point, via a windy path through the forest.

There will be more practise hikes to come for the students as well as sessions on developing map reading skills and working with compasses!


World Food Day 2021

Last week the Primary and Secondary students participated in various lesson activities about food consumption.

Students had attempted to waste less food during lunch times and bring in locally produced food.

Food insecurity and the impact the food industry has on carbon emissions and the environment, were topics addressed in class.

Here is an interesting article about food security. The second link takes you to a Kahoot quiz, if you would like to test your knowledge about food facts.



Enjoy the “Food Characters”, created by Primary students.



Kindertag 2021

Visiting the Mayor of Heidelberg

Every year two students from each elementary school in Heidelberg have the chance to spend a day at the city hall of Heidelberg, to learn more about the services offered by the city.

This year 2 students from Grade 4 represented Heidelberg International School at the “Kindertag” (children’s day).

At various stations, they were able to gain insights into the work of the different departments of the City of Heidelberg. (for example the registry office, garbage collection, public library, police, road cleaning service and many more.)

Each student also gets to meet the mayor and has the chance to ask him questions.

Elisha and Paul shared their experiences in a detailed presentation in German class. Thanks, Paul, for spending your time to create the presentation and thanks to both of you for sharing your experiences of this event with us.