International Diversity Club

We are so fortunate to live in a multicultural environment and the International Diversity Club, a Friday Activity for MYP students, celebrates the cultural diversity by exchanging traditions and experiences.

Last Friday the students of the International Diversity Club enjoyed Argentinian, German and Bulgarian traditions by sharing traditional food like German Dampfnudeln, Bulgarian Sudzhuk and Argentinian Alfajores Havanna, while drinking Mate Rosamante tea in the traditional Argentinian way. 

text & photos MM

Schule Für Menschenrechte

Students For Human Rights

Save the date! On Monday 11th March at 7 pm, H.I.S. will proudly host an exhibition on the topic of Human Rights. The event will be open to the public and is supported by the Intercultural Centre in Heidelberg. The exhibition will showcase MYP student work. Below is the first glimpse of the poster, using the work of Laura, Grade 10. The text, as you will see, is in German as we will be advertising this event to the general public. The exhibition will include more posters like Laura’s, which explore Human Rights critically, as well as factual posters, poetry, film, art and science. Do you have an interpretation of the meaning behind Laura’s work? Feel free to share your ideas below in the comments. We hope to welcome you all on the 11th!

Grade 10 Field Trip to EMBL

On Friday 25th January, the Grade 10 students went on a field trip to EMBL. The students were given an introduction to EMBL and learnt about collaborative working across the scientific disciplines in a truly multicultural environment. 

They were given a short presentation by a PhD student about his research and had a short tour of the laboratory facilities. 

After a short break, students had a chance to meet three people who work in different areas of EMBL and ask questions about possible careers in science and how these people actually ended up working at EMBL.

One group, with EMBL’s health & safety officer even managed to get a short tour of the chemistry laboratories!

Before coming back to school, the students had lunch in the building that is built on a model of DNA with a double helix stairwell! All in all, it was a truly educational experience!

text & photos SAB

Teaching A Foreign Language

Personal Project

Hello! My name is Nora and I am currently in Grade 10, working to complete my Personal Project. My project relates to language learning, and the methodologies that prove to be effective when teaching a language.

My product includes a presentation informing parents, teachers, and students of the H.I.S. community about effective language teaching methods. In other words, I created a tool to assist users in choosing the most effective language learning approach. Please click on the link to see my presentation.

Thank you!

H.I.S. MAD Nights 2019

Watch MYP students perform their version of “The Curious Incident” and walk through the MYP Visual Art Exhibtion. We will have two evenings of “MAD” performances next week.

Human Rights Project

When adopted on December 10th, 1948, the UN proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.” (UN, ) We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate 70 years since this declaration as well as reflect, sadly, on the distance humanity still has to go to realize these declarations in all parts of the world.

The Interkulturelle Zentrum, Heidelberg started an initiative for schools in Heidelberg to apply for a financial support to realize an exhibition with the topic “School for Human Rights/ 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” during the International Weeks Against Racism (11th until the 24th of March, 2019). H.I.S. sent in a proposal as many MYP teachers saw a great opportunity to imbed this topic in the curriculum after the winter break. 

At the end of January, if successful, the proposal will see H.I.S. as one of three HD schools involved in the IZ exhibition about human rights and we will hold a public open evening on Monday, the 11th of March at 7 pm (first day after March break). If not successful, we will run our own exhibition for the community on the same date.

We are very excited about this whole project and will keep you informed about the hopefully positive news from the IZ Heidelberg. For now: Save the date of the opening!

text: BK, HP

Grade 12 Extended Essays

The grade twelve students have been busy writing their extended essays and internal assessments. The last week of school before the holidays will offer a time to celebrate as most students were able to finish their extended essays by mid-December.

The extended essay is a major research and writing assignment of no more than 4,000 words and it is a compulsory part of the IB diploma. Students have been working on this assignment since last spring.

The extended essay supervisors also look forward to a well-deserved break before the grade elevens start working on theirs in the new year.

text & photos KG

Advertising For A Good Cause – Grade 4 German Class

The G4 students of the advanced German program (AGP) have been inquiring about advertising and found out that there can be advertisements for a good cause.

They learned about the AIDA Formula used by advertising professionals, and created their own campaign for a good cause of their choice.

Their advertising campaign was aimed to gain Attention, evoke Interest, stimulate a Desire and encourage the viewers to take an Action. See if you can find the student’s adverting posters around school and check out how successful they were with their campaigns!

text & photos GS

The Challenges To Be A Teacher

Grade 7 students have worked on three creative projects on Digestive and Respiratory Systems in Science and last week they practised to be teachers in Grade 2 and Grade 5 classes.

Their creative products have been successfully presented to the young learners from the Primary school who seem to have enjoyed their new “one lesson teachers”

Grade 7 students have become fully aware that teaching is a demanding task but they are brave enough to do it again in the future.  


text: MM