Congratulations to The Class of 2020

100% Pass Rate for H.I.S. Graduates

The students in our class of 2020 joined 174,355 students around the world to celebrate receiving their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme results.

These students have joined a community of nearly two million graduates, in 152 countries, who have all demonstrated the knowledge, skills and determination to address our greatest challenges.

Dr Siva Kumari, the IB Director General, extended her heartfelt congratulations to students worldwide receiving their results. She said “An IB education has always been about more than results and, this year, students have had to deal with a level of global disruption that has never been experienced before.

Every IB graduate should be proud of their achievements, not just in reaching this milestone, but in the great flexibility and commitment they have shown in overcoming such obstacles.  We know that the IB has prepared them to be better learners for life—to be better, more critical thinkers, better at formulating excellent questions and finding the answers, and better suited to adapting to our ever-changing world.

We at the IB wish this year’s graduates all the best for successful and fulfilling futures.

We know that they will continue to make positive differences to the world as they progress in their lives and the many new normals.”

The May 2020 IB results are based on the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigour and quality control measures built into the IB programmes. This means that the May 2020 cohort will be awarded a Diploma or Course Certificate that truly reflects their standard of work.

I am very pleased to offer my congratulations to all our students celebrating their achievements. For the sixth year running, H.I.S. has achieved a 100% pass rate. We have an average score of 32.8 points (of a possible 45) which compares very favorably with the world average score of 29.9

I thank our teachers and staff who ensure that every student at Heidelberg International School receives the highest quality education and thorough preparation for the IB exams.

Kevin Whitmore

Secondary Principal & Diploma Coordinator







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

Konnie the Inquirer

You won’t believe how much Konnie has grown.  Hopefully you can see this in the following pictures.

He is an Inquirer.  He is incredibly nosy and loves to sit on the balcony and watch what is happening in our garden below.

He also wanted to check we repaired the raised bed properly.

He is very sweet and still loves to play.  At the moment he is very keen on finding and chewing on sticks.  When we go for walks in the forest, he always wants to bring home the biggest branch he can find!


text & photos KvG

Spring Break Spring Clean

With time at our hands and the lovely spring weather, I’m sure a lot of you have been busy working in and around your homes or gardens during the break.

Being a member of the H.I.S. Environment Working Group, Mrs Bracht didn’t let the cancellation of the H.I.S. Spring Clean deter her – she stepped right into action, with her family.

Mrs. Bracht: “Unfortunately there is plenty of work to be done around my neighbourhood.

Fantastic effort – thank you for taking action!



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Schüler machen Zeitung! H.I.S. Junior Journalists

In November and December 2019 the grade 9/10 German Language and Literature class took part in the annual project “Schüler machen Zeitung” organised by the local Rhein Neckar Zeitung.
The project entailed a daily RNZ subscription and a newspaper article writing competition. Each year several hundred students from schools in the Heidelberg area participate in this project. Every student writes an article about a topic of personal interest. The best articles are chosen and published by the RNZ.
Finally, last week, in a separate “Sonderbeilage” of the RNZ, the best 40 student articles were published and we are very proud that you can find 4 articles of H.I.S. students among them.
Well done Anton, Elli, Eshal, Franklin, and Jooke!
Elli and Jooke:
A big thank you to Frau Kress for supporting the students and this project!

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H.I.S. Distance Learning Programme

Many thanks to parents, teachers and students for providing us with some shots of “distance learning” in action. This is what it can look like when…..

A teacher is preparing assignments for her classes……

A student is busy working on a writing assignment….

A PE lesson is creatively worked into the daily schedule at home…

And Grade 12 students work online with their German teacher!

Keep up the good work everybody – you rock!


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Dear H.I.S. Community,

Good morning and welcome to the first “a post a day”! With this post I want to reach out to all H.I.S. students and teachers. If you have had breakfast, remembered to feed the cat/dog, given someone a hug, listened to the birds outside your window, answered all your messages, had a second tea, brushed your teeth, smiled at yourself in the mirror, then you must be ready for your first day of school away from school.

But what does distance learning look like?

Many thanks to the H.I.S. student who contributed this illustration!

If you are among those students who might skype with their teachers: remember to tidy up that part of your room that is visible behind you when you sit in front of your computer…..

Nothing left to say, except: have a good day everyone!





Teaching Science

After extensive studies of cell organelles in Science class, Grade 6 students designed amazing 3D cell models. Equipped with their cell models, Grade 6 students visited Grade 4 to share their learning with the Primary students.

Grade 4 students learned about the important parts of the animal and plant cells. The Grade 6 Teachers enhanced their teaching  not only with the amazing colourful models but they also simplified the complex  matter with easy to understand analogies.

Well done Grade 6!

Margarita Mechkova