June Bug

The mandala is taking shape

Our students are spending their time learning how they can be mindful of what we all can do  to protect our soil and our living world during our Environment Week.

Day two was greeted by a wonderful breeze and slight crispness to the air. Grades 7 and 5 contributed to the mandala on the roof top yesterday.

Dasha and Sophiia also shared their special artistic additions.

We might have some needed rain for our flowers tomorrow and if this happens, we will try to put finishing touches on the mandala Thursday morning before the festival.

Grade 4 starts at the beginning of  Wednesday followed by small groups of Grade 1.

Thanks to all of our wonderful artists!



Duke of Edingburgh Award

Weekend Expedition

The Duke of Edinburgh Award students seem to be very lucky with the weather. For their hiking and camping expedition over the weekend as well as all their previous practice hikes sunny warm weather ☀️ was a steady companion.

Saturday was a little too warm, but luckily the students had an opportunity to stop briefly at a Kneipp Kur, stretch their legs and wade through the water like a storch.

With this weekend being their first two night expedition, it was clear that the students have become much more independent through each expedition. They have developed their skills in maps reading, navigating and cooking using a Trangia. Their fitness levels have improved vastly over the past year to allow them to hike with their backpacks for the required 16 km each day.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they continue to have sunny warm weather on their final assessed expedition from 24-26 June, but perhaps they do need to experience a little rain on at least one day.


Graduation Ceremony

“Waterloo…..finally facing (their) Waterloo…” To the sound of the famous ABBA song, The Class of 2022 passed through the cheering crowd of parents, friends and H.I.S. staff, proofing they had maintained their sense of humour throughout the 2 years of the IB Diploma.

With the breath taking view over Heidelberg and the Neckar from Molkenkur Restaurant, the Graduates celebrated their achievments, each one of them expressing words of thanks to their teachers and families.

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Bye, bye!

Last day of school for Grade 12

Grade 12 students had their last day of school today, before they return to sit their final exams in May. In many ways the day was colourful and special.

It is an H.I.S. tradition for the youngest students to give chocolate ladybirds and cards to Grade 12 students on their last day.

In order to keep their distance, Early Primary students hid the ladybirds and placed the cards to be found and picked up by Grade 12.

Good luck with your exams Class of 2021!


Schüler machen Zeitung

RNZ Special Feature

The winner is …

It is a tradition at H.I.S. for the Grade 9&10 German Language and Literature class to take part in the annual “Schüler machen Zeitung” project organised by the local Rhein Neckar Zeitung.

The project entails a daily RNZ subscription over 6 weeks and the publication of student newspaper articles. Hundreds of students in the Rhein Neckar Kreis take part and submit their articles. Each year the RNZ team chooses those articles that are being published, the authors of the best 3 receive a prize.

It is a special honour if articles are published by the RNZ, and it is an even a bigger honour for students to be among those whose article win a prize. Congratulations to Vedikaa, who won second prize with her article about a professional dancer.

Despite of Covid19, every student of the H.I.S. German class created an article about a topic they decided to be of interest for the readers. Conducting an interview with an “expert” of the related topic is an integral part of the project.

Gregor and Anton (Grade 10) were the first to submit their article about the H.I.S. Waldpiraten Fundraiser, which was published in the RNZ on the 15th of December and on the H.I.S. Blog: http://his-makingadifference.de/2020/12/page/2/

Today, in a separate special edition of the RNZ, 40 student articles were published and we are very proud that you can find another 4 articles of H.I.S. students among them. Well done Ella (Grade 9), Masha (Grade 10), Ava (Grade 9) and Vedikaa (Grade 9).


Speed, Design and Technology…

Deadline: 10th January 2021

… is what the Carl-Bosch museum is looking for in their winter competition. If you are looking for something fun to do on the weekend, see below:

If you have this great idea of how to construct a car from recycled materials then now is the time to make it real (at least a model of it!) Invent ingenious constructions and drives, make sure they look good and, above all, be fast! Because there are three prizes you can win:

  • prize for the fastest entry,
  • prize for the smartest design
  • prize for the most sophisticated technology.

All you need to do is: build the car, take a picture and send it together with your first name to kontakt@carl-bosch-museum.deAnd regardless of whether you win or not, your photos will be on display in a small exhibition on their homepage from January 15, 2021.

For more information check out their Youtube-Video: https://youtu.be/-W6QdjsHKWc