Christmas time is here and the skyscraper is being decorated! Three new special edition Christmas items will soon be available to buy.
As you all know, the skyscraper is displayed on the window in the foyer and you can buy items to place on it. There are already so many items that have been bought to complete the building.
We would like to raise as much money as possible so that we are able to supply everything we need to help build homes for families in Romania and to realize individual projects in Namibia on our CAS trips 2020.
So far we have raised 705 € that will all go towards our CAS trips. Starting Monday the 2nd December, you can buy:
- a string of lights for only 3€,
- a Christmas wreath for 5€, and
- a beautiful snowman for 10€.
These items can be purchased with the order forms that will be sent out with the newsletter and found underneath the skyscraper. There you can also place your order in the black donation box. We would like to thank anyone that has spent their money for the cause, we really appreciate it. Grade 11 encourages you to help us prepare the building for Christmas.
Come decorate the skyscraper!
Kira, grade 11
Last Sunday, I attended a Chess tournament with players from various clubs such as Altlußheim, Viernheim, Großsachsen & Mannheim organised in Viernheim. There were various age group categories.
The tournament I played at consisted of 7 Chess games with different participants. Each game lasted a maximum of 50 mins. (25 min. each participant), kind of a rapid round competition.
I won 6 games out of 7 and achieved 2nd position in the category of Under 14 year old players. I felt very proud of myself at the end of the tournament and was very happy. During the matches I felt very stressed but after winning a couple of rounds, I was more confident.
Akshat, Gr 7
On Monday the 11th of November, several Grade 11 students went to hand over a cheque of 4,100€ to the Waldpiraten Camp. The amount was raised by the H.I.S. community. It was a new school record and we felt proud to be able to represent our supportive school community.
When we arrived, two representatives explained the concept of their organization and how our money will benefit them. Afterwards, the students got a tour around the camp where we had the opportunity to see how the children get to spend their time. This included playing games, doing sports activities and making pizza.
We hope to visit the camp again next year and hand over an even bigger amount of money to help support more children.
Blog article by: Grade 11 students
This year 13 students from grade 11 are traveling across the world to help people who are in need. Three students will go to Mayana, Namibia and the others will go to Bucharest, Romania with the non-profit organizations Make Change Possible and Habitat for Humanity.
To raise the money to finance the project costs of these trips, the class has decided to make a skyscraper that needs to be completed.
Please help us to build the Skyscraper by buying any missing item:
single window: 5€, single fancy window: 15€, line of windows: 30€, bird: 7€, tree: 10€, door: 50€, antenna: 75€, sun: 150 €.
You have the chance to buy any of the mentioned items from the 18th to the 22nd of November after school in the school foyer or you can put your order and the correct amount of money in a box placed in front of the office (box, envelopes and order forms will also be available from the 18th of November).
When the skyscraper is all finished, you will be able to see what part of the building you and the children contributed. With your help and additional individual fundraising, we hope to be able to raise our goal of 8360€. This money will pay for the building materials and experts on the building site in Romania and for the individual projects in Namibia.
In addition to this next week there will be our first Healthy Bake Sale, Wednesday, the 20th of November after school. Don’t miss it! Grade 11 deeply appreciates your help in our mission to make the world a better place.
Kira, Grade 11
Traditionally the week before the 11th November you can find pastries shaped like men in bakeries all around Germany.
These pastry men are called Martinsmännchen or Weckmänner and are one of the customs used in Germany to remember and celebrate St. Martin from Tours. He was a Roman soldier and later became bishop, who was well known for his lovingness and care towards others.
The most famous legend about him was that he had once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm.
In order to celebrate him and his positive attitude towards others, Grade 3 made dough and formed little man shaped buns during German lessons.
They decorated their men with raisins and chocolate drops. In order to follow St. Martin’s example of being caring, they also made a Martinsmännchen for our Grade 1 students. The students really enjoyed baking and handing out their Weckmänner to the younger students.
text & photos: SH&SST
During Homeroom Grade 8 students made Pumpkin Soup and served it to the school staff for lunch as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. They raised 49.80 euros! The Pumpkins were grown and harvested locally. Grade 8 would like to encourage people to eat local produce to help protect the Environment.
H.I.S. staff members were delighted about the delicious lunch, served by Grade 8. Many thanks to Grade 8 and their Homeroom Teacher John Knowles for this fantastic service. We can’t wait to taste the next soup…!
1 Boil the potatoes: Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in a pot. Cover with at least an 2.5 cm of cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Begin to boil, then put down to a simmer, and cook until tender ( 20 minutes).
2 Sauté vegetables:While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a big sauté pan on medium heat. the add the chopped up onions and cook until tender, about 6 to 10 minutes. If you are including vegetables, add them according to their cooking time. Cook carrots and onions together, because they take the same amount of time to cook as the onions do. If you are including peas or corn, add them near the end of the cooking of the onions and carrots , or after the meat starts to cook, as they will not take a lot of cooking time.
3 Add the ground beef, then Worcestershire sauce and broth: put the ground beef into the pan with the onions, carrots and vegetables. Cook until it’s no longer pink. add salt and pepper. put in the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Bring the broth to a simmer and lower the heat. Cook for 10 minutes, if necessary add beef broth to keep the meat from drying out.
4 Mash the cooked potatoes: When the potatoes are done cooking, remove them from the pot and place them in a bowl with the remaining 4 Tbsp of butter. Mash with a potato masher or if you do not have one a fork will do, and season with salt and pepper.
5 Layer the meat mixture and mashed potatoes in a casserole dish: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the beef, onions, and vegetables in an even layer in a large baking dish (8×13 casserole). cover the ground beef with the mashed potatoes from before. Rough up the top of the mashed potatoes with a fork so there are peaks that will get well browned.
6 Bake in oven:Place in a 400°F oven and cook until bubbling, about 30 minutes. If necessary, broil for the last few minutes to get the top of the mashed potatoes to go brown.
- three large potatoes, peeled and quartered
- eight tablespoons of butter
- one onion
- one cup of diced vegetables: corn,
- carrots and peas
- two lbs of ground beef
- one cup of beef broth
- one teaspoon of worcestershire sauce
- salt, pepper or other seasonings
Congratulations to Ishikaa, Grade 10, for securing 4th position at the Neuroscience Olympiade Competition (national level) held on Saturday, 11th May 2019 in Frankfurt. Ishikaa qualified for South Germany after being positioned in the top ten at the regional round of the competition hosted at Heidelberg University.
The student awarded first place at the national competition will be representing Germany at the International Neuroscience Competition to be held in Seoul, South Korea this summer. The first three participants were also awarded with a 2 week academic workshop at Munich Center for Neurosciences (MCN, Brain and Mind) Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich.
Although finishing fourth, the invitation to participate in the workshop has been extended to Ishikaa. It will be a great opportunity for her to refresh her knowledge in neuroscience and get a hands-on training with brain models, including contributing to laboratory research. The workshop will be conducted by professors and post-doctoral staff from LMU.
We wish Ishikaa all the best, as she continues her exploration of the brain!