World Food Day

​Thank you everybody for supporting World Food Day!

In the last week students in both the PYP and MYP had learned so much in class about issues concerning the distribution of safe food, the work of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN and how everyone of us can be a “food hero”!

Grade 8 joined the World Food Day Ceremony on Zoom.  They listened to several speakers including Pope Francis, and several heads of the UN, who discussed work being done across the world and current problems in ensuring distribution of food for everyone.

Many students brought in local and seasonal food for their snack and lunch.

Many thanks to the PTG who supplied local apples to each class. They were big and crunchy and tasted delicious! This was much appreciated by the students and all of the apples were eaten.

Please remember to do your bit – eat seasonal and local and don’t waste food!

Thank you

JK

Grade 8 Homeroom Teacher

International Performing Arts Event

H.I.S. student represents her home country

On the 25th of September, the international Stuttgart Consulates hosted a night in which performers of various cultures held the stage to represent their country’s performing arts.

This included a variety of events such as fashion shows, dances, music, among others. The night also had stalls set up around the hall for people to go around and learn about the culture. The stalls involved food as well as information about the country and the respective Consulate of that country in the region. The event was funded by the ”Justizministerium Baden-Württemberg”.

I was lucky to be a part of this event and represent India through my dance known as Bharatanatyam. This is a storytelling dance form, used originally as a form of prayer, but now as a way of sharing Indian history and culture. Having been taught the importance of cultural awareness, I thought this would be a good opportunity to help others understand the origins of Indian culture through India’s oldest dance form. Through this event, I also learned a lot about different cultures such as Hungary and the Philippines, who had also partaken in the event.

It was a good experience for me as a dancer because it gave me more stage experience. Having prepared for this event for months, it felt very rewarding to get a positive response from the audience. Though there were a couple of mistakes, this only added to my strengths as I improvised a lot better during this performance than I had on the ones prior. This also served as motivation and inspiration for me to keep continuing to dance because I want to continue performing.

Eshal

 

Waldpiraten Fundraiser 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the annual Waldpiraten Fundraiser cannot concur in the same manner as in previous years. Instead, students can take part in the the Fundraiser by excercising during their physical education classes in PYP and MYP.
A small group of Grade 11  students are organising this event:
All students will be provided with an introduction video explaining what the Waldpiraten Fundraiser is and how it will be different this year.
Following, students will be presented a short video explaining the exercises they will need to complete and how many repetitions correspond to a lap run on the track. The annual Waldpiraten Run was always a fun and interactive way to get the students of H.I.S. excited about supporting a good cause; and despite our current situation, the students hopefully still have a wonderful time! More information will be presented in the next H.I.S. newsletter. Thanks for your support in advance!
Alena, Grade 11

Exordium 2020

Day 1

The Grade 11 class went on a two-day field trip, also known as the Exordium. The Exordium is a key feature of the Diploma Programme (DP) Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) program and falls under the category activity. The Exordium was organized by the school’s CAS Coordinator, Birgit Kress, and Eventure’s leader, Klaus Herrmann. On the first day of the Exordium, we participated in a six-hour-long canoeing trip along the Neckar river from Neckarelz to Zwingenberg. The second day was filled with team building activities, high rope-climbing, and trust jumps.

Meeting at the Hauptbahnhof at 8 am, we soon departed by train to Neckarelz where we met with two members of the Eventure team. In groups of three, we took on the river in our canoes, where we spent the next six hours. It was at times incredibly tiring, but we found fun in our interactions and the beautiful scenery. Shortly before our lunch break, we went through a lock which took us into the portion of the Neckar with a lower elevation. We stopped for lunch at the river bank and enjoyed the beautiful views and afternoon sun while we ate. We were very lucky to have such nice weather. Our trip drew to a close as we arrived at Zwingenberg, where after the strenuous trip we hauled our boats onto the shore and enjoyed ice cream from the truck waiting for us.

This activity was quite tiring and definitely pushed our limits, however, it was still a very progressive team-building venture. With the very small current present in the river, our teams had to work very hard in propelling our groups of three down the river. To be able to do this for such a length of time, it was dire that our groups of three learn how to synchronize our rowing to achieve the fastest and straightest route.

While it did take some time to establish the correct form for each team, we all perfected our “ways of rowing” and focused on keeping a steady rhythm of paddling and conversation with our fellow teammates. Many groups even partnered up and connected with other canoes where one group was responsible for the left-side paddling while the other was responsible for the right. This also brought along many interesting hours as we attempted to perfect our rowing form while also being able to spend time with one another in a very close environment. Furthermore, these situations always present room for reflection. As improvements, many teams could have worked harder at keeping up with the rest of the class, as in many cases, a majority of the teams had to wait for the remainder to catch up from quite a distance. Despite this small hiccup the trip was quite successful and brought forth many laughs, though, many weary arms!

CAROLIN, KALEY, ALENA, LOUIS

Day 2 

On Saturday morning at 9am we all met up in the train station and by 9:30 we were on our way. After about a 30 minute train ride we walked around the town Eberbach for a few minutes before getting on the bus to the Eventure house in Mudau. At the Eventure house after rules and instructions were given the whole class and the teachers were all put in harness and helmets that we would later need for the high rope courses. We started the day off by doing some team building where we had to work together to create a plan. The goal of the plan was to find a way from point A to B walking along steel wires that were about half a meter from the ground. The class was split into boys and girls and both groups started from different points but had the same destination. In between these steel wires there would be useful things like ropes tied to trees to help us get across. If anyone fell off the wires into the imaginary swamp everyone had to restart from the beginning so any progress was lost. This activity took us a long time at first but when we found our plan that worked the pace started to speed up.

Once we completed the team building exercise we moved locations to the high rope course where we were given cow tails and instructions on how to properly use them. Then we all picked a partner to go through the course with which made sure each other were always attached to a rope while moving in between different courses. Once we started it was very clear that it appeared much easier than it would be. A few times some of us even got stuck but Mr.Claus came to the rescue.

Once everyone was finished we all met on a tall platform where our classmate Louis helped Mr. Claus while one at a time we descended down bouncing off a wall. The last activity we did required a lot of trust with each other. The task was to climb a ladder until we reached a platform which we would later jump off attempting to hit a ball. The reason this required a lot of trust was because we were hooked to a rope while jumping off but the rate at which we reached the ground was fully in the hands of the students. The rope we were hooked to was held by 10 classmates at the bottom. Not all the students participated in this as it was very scary. All the activities left the whole class very tired but at the end of the day before we left we all got pizza and drinks so we all ate and talked which left the class having an even stronger bond than before. The trip was a lot of fun and it was nice to be able to have this opportunity.

ANSLEY,​ SARA, NOA, GIULIA

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