Community Spirit

MYP Service as Action

Students in the MYP “rose to the challenge” and completed many projects during their distance learning.  THANK YOU to all of the students and parents for helping others, be it family members or the wider community.  These actions, however small, make a big difference to others and help you develop new skills and positive attitudes.

Some of the popular activities completed were cooking for the family, making face masks, cleaning, gardening, and taking younger children on nature walks.

There were many other individual actions, including reading English to family friends learning the language, translating documents for a charity, shopping for groceries for a neighbour, walking the neighbour’s dog, teaching mum the piano, teaching a younger sibling how to read the clock, making an educational quiz and writing messages of support to primary students.

Well Done!!!

Mr Knowles

Grade 5 Proudly Presents

8th Edition of The H.I.S. Zeitung

This is just one of many articles written by Grade 5 students for the H.I.S. Zeitung. They worked very hard to put the newspaper together and they did a fantastic job! Well done, Grade 5! Another big task you have worked on this year and that you very successfully brought to an end.

Thank you very much to Aron, Anne, Charlotte and Maahi for compiling the newspaper.

Please click on the link to read/download the full edition of this year’s edition of the newspaper. You are welcome to send the link to other people who might be interested in reading this newspaper!

https://my.hidrive.com/share/zz59tn05cp

Theatre for Change

MYP Students take action

Our MYP Students are participating in homeroom lessons that promote understanding in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in the US and across the globe.

As a culturally diverse community, we are focusing on key understanding of discrimination among groups oppressed; subject to violence and injustice. Our discussions have prompted some to attend local protests and find ways to educate and speak out for human rights.

Sára joined members of her Grade 10 class to create short films for the current performing arts unit, Theatre for Change.  Her particular film combined her own spoken word poetry with images of the Black Lives Matter protests. She has also attended recent protests in Mannheim.

These contributions follow our H.I.S. Guiding Statements; embracing diversity and demonstrating respect while connecting locally to promote peaceful, sustainable action against racism.

We applaud our students who have asked the hard questions, spoken up for the rights of all individuals and are recognising the parts of our greater society that needs to change in order for there to be true diversity and justice.

text: LF

Picture: Sára, Grade 10

Habitat for Humanity – Chocolate

Support Grade 11 and #SaveTheSaviours

If you can recall, Grade 11 was meant to have an Easter Egg Hunt as a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser on the 2nd of April. Sadly, it had to be canceled due to the corona virus and the temporary school closure.

Because the hunt never happened, we were not able to distribute the chocolate to the kids. Aldi had sponsored us so this now leaves us with an abundance of chocolate.

Grade 11 has decided to use it to make small gift bags for any students that have returned back to school or any that will be returning soon.

Hopefully these gifts will inspire you to donate for our cause. Even though our trip to Romania was canceled, we have made the decision to continue to fundraise for a project called “save the saviors”.

Habitat for Humanity Romania, in partnership with the Moinesti Ambulance Center will build an Emergency Center, which will serve over 65.000 people from 11 communities in NE part of Romania. All the money that we raise will go towards making a new and better center for our saviors. You would be #savingthesavior. To make any donations, you can do it via this website link, which leads to the fundraising page of the H.I.S.  Grade 11 students:

https://www.habitatforhumanity.de/engagieren/spenden/spendenaktion.html?cfd=snmay&fbclid=IwAR29zrReWtFk1Ku_iYg2ssWi3hGHRzHs2rJ7SoWNgxxEFdMtVdDouNpO6Ls

For the students and teachers already present in school there is also a donation box at the reception. Thank you for all the support.

Kira, Grade 11

Foster Dogs

MYP Student Action

Dear students of  H.I.S.,

My name is Lucia and I am a student in Grade 8. I have been trying to find new ways to keep myself occupied in these lonely times. I have gardened, painted, cooked, and organised but that only distracted me for a few weeks. Back in January, I got my first rescue foster dog to take care of.

After taking care of my first foster dog, we had to wait with traveling plans but now, since trips got canceled and we had plenty of time on our hands, I am taking care of another dog. Two weeks ago I got my second foster dog named Pax!  He was very scared since he was rescued from Romania and was on the road to Germany for many hours.

All of the dogs have different stories of were they were rescued and Pax was found on the street with his siblings. After a few days of hiding, eating, and watching our own dog, Pax was following me everywhere and on the third day didn’t even need a leash. We found him a happy home.

I hope to see many other foster dogs in the future as a hobby and I am receiving a new dog this weekend named Bella. Stay happy, healthy, and occupied!

Lucia, Grade 8

 

Earth Day 2020

Many MYP students took some time yesterday to consider Earth days past and present and ask different questions about what form or role this event might play in their future.

What issues drove the establishment of this holiday in the past?

What might the world celebrate as a success, like the reduction of the ozone hole, or consider a priority, similar to today’s push for cleaner air, in the future?

How might the roles of individuals, organisations, governments and technologies in protecting the environment change?

Once again, this event also challenged us to think about how to celebrate, raise awareness, collaborate, and express solidarity in a time of social distancing.

The students are still working on their reflections, but have made a great start so far!

If you would like to learn more about this day at home, or consider taking part in a digital event with your family, please check out www.earthday.org

To celebrate Earth Day yesterday, a Grade 9 student spent time preparing a vegetable, herb and flower bed.

text: CH

R3ality Design

Support Keno's and Tiago's efforts to produce protective masks

Here is a message from H.I.S. Graduates Keno and Tiago (Classes of 2014 and 2015) to the H.I.S. community:

We hope you are doing well in these very challenging and uncertain times and that H.I.S. is coping with the current situation. I am sorry for the IB class that their exams have fallen through. Keno is luckily done with his studies, but mine have been interrupted and I am still uncertain of how they will continue.

Meanwhile I have returned to the safety of Heidelberg and my parents’ house, and am trying to stay on top of my studies and research.

Keno and I decided to try and do more than just stay at home. We want to help with the current crisis – that we expect is still going to get worse before it gets better.

Over the last couple of months, Keno and I have been working on building a small start-up company called R3ality Design www.r3alitydesign.com specialising in 3D printing solutions for research and home improvement. We have been producing parts for researchers at my university. During the current crisis however, we stopped all other production and have dedicated our efforts to maximising our 2 printers to produce face shields for health care professionals 24/7.

Our latest batch of 15 masks was picked up this morning by the University Clinic Heidelberg who were incredibly grateful, and will be coming by every couple of days for further batches. In between we are bringing masks to our local doctor (Hausarzt) who is in dire need of protective equipment for himself and his staff. We are further putting masks to the side to send to my fellow doctors back in Rotterdam.

The plans for the mask were made available online. Keno and I have been tirelessly calling producers of plastic visors, of plastic filaments for the printers, of rubber headbands and even of zip-lock bag products. While some of these producers replied and generously donated some items, our supplies are going to run out due to the high demand.

At H.I.S. we were always taught the importance of community and I can feel this through the enthusiasm behind the H.I.S. blog (With your current a “blog a day”). In line with the school’s dedication to making a difference, we were wondering if H.I.S. would like to support our efforts with producing protective equipment for the hospitals and clinics in Heidelberg.

We would be grateful for any donations:

Keno and I are currently spreading our message via social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter (https://twitter.com/KenoBeck), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/r3ality_design/)) and are dedicated to expressing our sincere thanks to all the companies and associations who are supporting this project and the health care professionals.

Take care, stay safe and healthy.

Tiago and Keno

Earth Hour

Dear students, teachers, families, friends, and citizens of Heidelberg,

We invite you to participate in Earth Hour being held tomorrow evening, Saturday 27 March, at 8:30 pm.

Intention: Earth hour is an annual event held on the last Saturday evening of March. During Earth Hour, millions of people take part in this event as a symbol of their support and approach to find strategies that will help in solving the problem of global warming.

How to Take Part: At 8:30 p.m. [local time] on March 28th, 2020, people from all over the world participate in the Earth Hour. To participate in this event, millions of people from all around the world turn off all lights and electrical appliances as a symbol of their support to find a solution to global warming.

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How this participation will make a difference: By participating in this annual event, you are sending out a message that you want to be part of the solution. A society comes together only if each individual makes an effort. If you take it upon yourself to participate in this event, consider yourself supporting the society and binding it as a whole because every person counts and by each person coming forward to aid this event is what makes it a wholesome approach to save the planet!!! Participate in this event to send a signal that you care about your planet, you care about the solution.

Thank you!

Saadhvi and the Grade 8 Class

PYP Fasching – Thank you

Dear H.I.S. Community,

Thank you for your help. We are especially grateful to those of you that came to school early to help us set up for Fasching.

We were surprised by the amount of creativity that went into the homemade costumes.

All of the costumes were really good, but we had to choose winners. Please tell your children this, if they were upset that they didn’t win. We hope students as well as parents all had fun at this event that we put a lot of time and effort in. Hopefully next year there will also be a lot of fun and we encourage you to be just as creative and helpful as this year.

Anne, Aron (the moderators) and Grade 5