Model United Nations

H.I.S. Students at MUN in Arnhem

21 students from H.I.S., grades 10 through 12, attended the annual Model United Nations conference in Arnhem.

With many going for the first time, there was a lot of excitement in the group as we headed towards the Netherlands. The conference was held in the beautiful school of Lorentz Lyceum, which was the new venue for the event. On the first day the conference commenced with an opening ceremony that included various speeches. One of which was held by a member of the European Parliament. Having the opportunity of listening to one of Europe’s top politicians was an extremely fruitful experience, as it inspired and motivated us all for our conferences.

Throughout the three days that we spent there, many friends were made in the respective assemblies and many lessons were learned. Students who may have felt uncomfortable speaking in front of large groups of people, found themselves having detailed speeches in front of other delegates. Other students who were returning to the conference may have been able to strengthen their public speaking skills and improve their confidence. Some students may, however, have been preoccupied with writing the funniest gossip for the gossip box, or sending love notes to the cutest delegate in their committee. Nevertheless, this year’s LMUNA was a great experience for all of us.

On the Monday, before our train ride back to Heidelberg, we visited the World War II museum in Arnhem. It contained an exhibit of the Battle of Arnhem, which took place in the later stages of the war. The exhibit showed military uniforms that were worn during the battle, as well as other clothing items of victims of the battle. The most memorable part of the exhibit was the “World War II Experience,” which tried to replicate the social conditions of the war. We were able to walk through different rooms that contained mannequins dressed as soldiers in various military stages, while ominous sounds were playing. Collectively, it created a believable environment and it left a large imprint on the students.

With the fantastic teacher supervision from Ms. D and Ms. M, we had a wonderful time dressing in formal clothes and “playing adults” for a few days. Many participants have said to happily return to MUN conferences in the upcoming year.

Elsa, Grade 11

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:

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).