Celebrating the Love of Literature

Grade 4 students spent this Valentine’s Day celebrating another book read by the class. This school year, Grade 4 has already finished reading 6 novels. After falling in love with the book, The Tale of Despereaux, it just felt so right to enjoy this day of love with activities based on the events and characters in the book. IMG_1553We finished our next class book, “The Tale of Despereaux”!

“I loved this book so much being the author used so much detail. She helped me to paint a picture in my head.” – May (Grade 4)

“This book is so good! There’s so much suspense. You never know what is going to happen next.” – Isaac (Grade 4)

“I liked how the author speaks to the reader. I started doing that when I write.” – Ryan (Grade 4)IMG_1524Students analyze the characters of the characters in the book. How does Roscuro feel? What are some of Miggery Sow’s character traits? What is Despereaux’s motivation? …That last one’s easy…it’s definitely LOVE! What evidence can we find from the book to support our claims?IMG_1550 Grade 4 enjoyed the story so much, we decided to warm our hearts, souls and stomachs with a Despereaux themed recipes!  Incorporating reading and math skills, students enjoyed making soup. Groups were given recipes for Princess Pea SoupMouse Blood Soup and Clout Eared Soup. They then had to decide how they could make enough soup to feed the entire class. This required students to double, triple and quadruple whole numbers and fractions.

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Ending our day with full hearts, and full stomachs!IMG_1554

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UTSAV Indian Evening

भारत में आपका स्वागत है

Screen Shot 2017-02-18 at 15.36.55How high is your IQ (Indian Quotient)? Thanks to Subhamoy (brilliant!) this and other questions were being answered at the Indian Evening on Friday. A feast of colours, fragrances and tastes awaited the guests who had made a fantastic effort to follow the dress code. The Multi-Purpose Room was bathed in colours, flowers and candle light.

Guests were challenged to share their knowledge about India: Do Indian people ride their elephants to work? How many vegetarians are there in India? How many languages are spoken by how many people?  The audience enjoyed the dance performances presented as well as Subhamoy’s entertaining facts about India. Never forget: “Curry is not a spice!”DSC00579To start the evening a welcoming light was lit by Kathleen Macdonald.

DSC00588 DSC00595 DSC00597 DSC00607“Advertise the part of India you come from and convince the audience, that the northern/ southern/ eastern/ western region of the country is the most beautiful and special place to visit: you have got 1 minute!”DSC00584The dancers performed traditional as well as Bollywood style dances.DSC00585The exquisite dishes served and the colourful and warm ambience of the room made the event a very special cultural night. Many thanks to the organising team, to the PTG, to student and parent helpers, H.I.S. staff, entertainers, dancers, chefs, technicians and photographers! आप एक अविस्मरणीय शाम के लिए बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद!DSC00600DSC00599DSC00613DSC00609DSC00619

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World Read Aloud Day

"My dad used to read this book to me..."

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 09.11.42The grade six students had a library session to learn about reading aloud with younger students this week. Each of them chose a book, practiced reading it aloud, and read it with PYP students in celebration of World Read Aloud Day. 

If you have any doubt about the power of reading aloud with your children, you should know that several students choose books they remember from their own childhood. “My dad used to read this book to me” was a comment made at least two times as the students chose their books.20170215_11234320170215_112417Yesterday, Grade 6 students chose books, practiced, and then had a great time reading aloud with the Early Primary and Grade 1 students to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.20170216_142620-120170216_14393920170216_144042

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World Read Aloud Day

UnknownAs we celebrate World Read Aloud Day on Thursday (16 February) with activities in our classrooms, we want to remind you of the importance of reading aloud at home.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be read aloud to for at least 15 minutes every day.  A national campaign is underway in the United States to make “reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care.” (http://readaloud.org/index.html for lots of great tips!)Unknown-1Your school library has great books for all ages, and your friendly librarian can recommend excellent read-alouds appropriate for the age of your children!  It’s not too late to start the read aloud habit at your house, regardless of the age of your children.  (It’s never too early, either; many moms and dads read to babies even before they are born!)

Want help?  Great books?  Come on upstairs to the library!

Happy reading aloud,

Pam Clower


Destination Imagination

DI Teams Take to the Tech Room!20170214_154501-1Three of our six Destination Imagination teams began building their solutions this week, with instruction from Mr. Clarke in the Tech Room. He taught the kids how to use the clamps and vise to secure a piece of wood while cutting and how to use the drill and drill driver to screw pieces of wood together. Mrs. Clower then taught them how to build frames and cover then with fabric. These “flats” will be painted to create backdrops, which the teams hope will give an illusion of place for their solution performances.

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In DI, the teams (up to 7 students) must do all the work and make all the decisions themselves, so in these photos you see the kids using saws and drills while the adults monitor their safety. Teams also often learn to sew and use hot glue while building their solutions, and one team this year is building their own radio equipment!

Our teams will present their solutions at a mini-tournament at the school on Saturday, 18 March. The public is welcome to attend and watch these creative kids shine. We are still looking for volunteer appraisers; if you are interested please contact Mrs. Clower in the library (training will be provided!)

DI is an international creative problem-solving competition and has been active at H.I.S. for five years.

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Personal Projects 2017

Last week Grade 10 students presented their Personal Projects to parents, students and staff at the annual Personal Project Presentation Evening.

After enjoying a life performance by Remus, presenting one of his Jazz compositions, the guests took the chance to wonder through the Foyer and MPR to look at the projects on display and to interview the students about their work. DSC00558
On the morning after Presentation Evening the students presented their projects to PYP students who were eager to find out all about the ideas and projects on display.

Congratulations to Abbigaile, Aykut, Ayon, Daniel, Ella, Hannah, Illya, Ishani, Izzy, Jystina, Mica, Nina, Paige, Pavel, Remus, Ruben and Xander for giving us inspiring ideas, for showing your many talents and for being risk-takers and communicators.

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Scientists Committed to Saving Our Planet

Blog 1 (1)Our Scientists in Grade 4 have been working hard to uncover the root of the energy crisis of year 3000. Through research, conducting experiments, and data analysts, these students are taking their role as scientists very seriously.Blog 2 Blog 3Every morning, Grade 4 students use their ID badges and ‘handprints’ to enter this top-secret research facility. From the time they step foot in the lab, they are focused on their mission: Save Plant Earth.Blog 4In hopes of preventing the energy disasters that lead to the irreparable damage done to the planet in the year 3000, these scientists try to learn from the “past”, by researching inventions that have allowed humans to generate energy, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.  Students have also been learning how to conduct experiments; focusing on the role of variables, record results and choose appropriate graphs to represent data. With these scientists so deeply committed to their mission, there might be hope for our planet yet.Blog 5Blog 6

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Personal Project Evening

4628372822Next week Thursday is the annual H.I.S. Personal Project Presentation Evening. Join us for an exciting evening!  Project topics include:

Vegetarianism, The Impact of Allergies, Disaster Response, Fast Food Advertisement, The Phenomenon of Fandom, Inspirational Leadership, Digital Music Production, Music Composition, 2D Animation, Space Travel, Football Physique, Social Anxiety, The Theory of Probability in Casinos, The Golden Ratio in Photography, Bilingual Fairy-Tale, Computer Processing Unit & Colour Production, Cultural Views of Death and Afterlife

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PYP and MYP Movie Events

The Parent Teacher Group is organising movie events for PYP and MYP students. Buy your tickets after school today!

PYP Movie Afternoon: The Secret Life of Pets, 3.20 pm MPR (parents need to stay)

MYP Movie Night: Here Comes The Boom, 6 pm MPR

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See you on Thursday!

Deadline Alert for Writing Competition!

Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 16.49.53The Strasbourg Short Story Competition is coming to an end. Native and non-native English speakers, both adult and children have been encouraged to enter the short story competition. The only condition for this time’s competition is that the story should be in English. You are free to choose any storyline for your story. If you love writing, you still have until 4 February 2017 to finish up your entry. There will be prizes for winners. If you are interested check out for details and to enter. http://sxb-write-a-story.org/Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 16.49.44

Text by Nasya