Summer Time Visit

In the week before school started we were happy to receive a visit from Tatsuki Yamamoto and his mother.

This is not the first time that Tatsuki has returned to visit since he was in Grade 3 in the 2015-16 school year and although he only spent one year at H.I.S. there were many memories we could share. He was excited to meet some of his former teachers and toured the school, including the extension, which was not even planned when he was here.

Tatsuki has kept in contact with members of staff at H.I.S. and regularly sends cards including his own drawings. His picture of the school still takes pride of place in the English Support room.

Tatsuki is currently in 7th Grade in his home country of Japan. He misses his friends in Germany, but is enjoying life.

We wish you well Tatsuki and we hope to see you again in the future!

The Class of 2019

Rhein-Neckar Zeitung Special Edition

“Abiiiiiii”, which is short for the German word “Abitur”, is the name of the annual special edition of the Rhein-Neckar Zeitung published in July. It celebrates the achievements of all students that graduated in the summer of 2019. Each Heidelberg Secondary school can fill a page with a motto, stories, quotes and information about the school. Enjoy the H.I.S. page of Abiiiiiii19!

Neuroscience Olympiade

Congratulations to Ishikaa, Grade 10, for securing 4th position at the Neuroscience Olympiade Competition (national level) held on Saturday, 11th May 2019 in Frankfurt. Ishikaa qualified for South Germany after being positioned in the top ten at the regional round of the competition hosted at Heidelberg University. 

The student awarded first place at the national competition will be representing Germany at the International Neuroscience Competition to be held in Seoul, South Korea this summer. The first three participants were also awarded with a 2 week academic workshop at Munich Center for Neurosciences (MCN, Brain and Mind) Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich. 

Although finishing fourth, the invitation to participate in the workshop has been extended to Ishikaa. It will be a great opportunity for her to refresh her knowledge in neuroscience and get a hands-on training with brain models, including contributing to laboratory research. The workshop will be conducted by professors and post-doctoral staff from LMU. 

We wish Ishikaa all the best, as she continues her exploration of the brain!


text: CHA

Former H.I.S. Student Headed Back to Mayana

We had some news from Christian, a former H.I.S. student. His family left the school at the end of last year to move back to the US.

During their time at H.I.S., the family travelled to Mayana, as part of an MCP (Make Change Possible) Friends Trip. Christian will be going back to Mayana this summer. He wrote to share the following with us:

“Hello from Christian – I was a student at H.I.S and moved back to the USA last summer. Notice the frozen Lake Michigan behind me! This upcoming summer I am going on the Make Change Possible  trip to Mayana, Namibia. While I am there I will be helping the local MCP team with using computers, I am also going to help the local school with their computers.”


Visiting Student

Fafe and his father Roberto visited H.I.S. today. Fafe was in Grade 1 last school year. His former classmates welcomed him enthusiastically.

Here is a message from Fafe for his friends at H.I.S.:

I will miss you!

Come and visit me in Spain.

I am happy in the new school.

I am proud of myself in class.

I am happy I could visit you today.


Fafe moved to Spain with his family. We wish him and his family all the very best  – come and visit us again, Fafe!


photos: AS

Abel & Jaro #2

As promised, Abel and Jaro have provided recent pictures. Jaro is currently in New York studying at NYU Stern. Able moved to Vancouver, Canada. He attends UBC Vancouver Sauder School of Business.

Dear Abel and Jaro,

Thank you for sharing these photos, we are thrilled to hear that you are both doing well. We wish you all the best and a successful time in New York and Vancouver.

Many thanks to Rosa, for sending on the photos!

Abel & Jaro

If you have been at H.I.S. for a long time, you might remember these boys! Abel and his younger brother Jaro were students at H.I.S. from 2003-4 until 2011-12.

Their mother, Rosa, just got in touch to let us know how the boys are doing. Rosa’s family moved back from China to the Netherlands this year. Here is Rosa’s message:

“The boys are both in University. Abel lives in Canada, Vancouver and Jaro just moved in August to USA, New York. Abel is in UBC Vancouver Sauder School of Business and Jaro had an early acceptancy at NYU Stern. Jaro did his IB exam this year and he was predicted a 43 and he ended with a 41 score. He did 4 HL and 2 SL.  They both do really well but I do miss them. 

Warm regards, 



Anna, Kees and Margit visited H.I.S. today. They enjoyed their “walk down memory lane” very much. Anna and Kees were students at H.I.S. in the school year 2013-14. Thanks for visiting – it was great to see you again!

photo: AS


Keili, Keno and Tisha

We love it when H.I.S. Graduates come back to visit the school and share their stories with us. Today, Keili, Keno and Tisha (Class of 2014) stopped by. Keili is currently working in Heidelberg. She has been learning German and has been accepted into Midwifery studies at the Akademie für Gesundheitsberufe Heidelberg starting soon.

Tisha is studying Genetics and Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia.

Keno is studying Aeronautical Engineering in Dresden (Technische Universität). He is looking forward to starting an internship at Airbus.

We wish Keili, Tisha and Keno the very best for their ongoing studies and future careers and hope that they continue to stay in touch.


photo: AS