This Week’s Topics
- Hiroshima Junior International Forum,
- Textbook List,
- Technology in the Secondary Program,
- Class of 2017 IB DP Exam Results and College Acceptances,
- Primary and Secondary Camp,
- Student/Parent Handbook 2017/2018,
- Madama Butterfly Audition from HIS Music Teacher,
- Human Rights Poster,
- Shimane Prefecture Camp Opportunity.
1. Principal’s Message
Dear HIS Families
Welcome back to another school year. We are very glad to see that everyone made it back safely after the summer vacation. Firstly, I would like to say thank you to our four parents who are generously taking on roles in the PTA committee this year: Tomoko, Yasuko, Brooke and Matt. The PTA is a really important part of our school and we really appreciate the dedication of our PTA, including all the volunteers that support us. I am looking forward to a great year with you all.
Damian Rentoule (Principal)
2. Crane Video
3. PTA NEWS
4. Hiroshima Junior International Forum
Lisa, Monet, Ryo and Meg participated in Hiroshima Junior International Forum last week, from Aug. 17th till 20th August and represented HIS very well. This was a great way to take action during the summer break.
5. Secondary Items
Linked here is the secondary textbook list for the 2017-18 school year. While students are not required to purchase texts, we have had an increasing number of students and parents requesting to purchase their own texts. Students who own their own text can mark them as needed for their studies. Students who do not purchase their own texts will be issued texts by HIS to use for the year. All school issued-texts are expected to be protected in a zipper file. If you have questions about the text list, please contact Ms Pechhold or subject teachers at the start of the year.
Technology in the Secondary Program
In grades 6-12, many students choose to bring their own laptops or tablets to school. This is not a requirement in our secondary program. Many students prefer to use their own devices when the class is engaging in online collaborative activities or research. For students who do not bring their own device, teachers will sign out Chrome books for use during instructional time. It is useful for students to have access to a computer at home so that they can check the homework calendar, teacher website or class materials.
As in the past, we will be continuing our “tech-free” lunch period. From 12:30-12:50, students are not permitted to use mobile devices, laptops or headphones. Students are encouraged to socialize with their peers. Students may use devices from 12:50-1:20 to complete homework or for personal use. We highly discourage the use of messaging apps to contact peers or social media during school hours.
Class of 2017 IB DP Exam Results and College Acceptances
We are very pleased to report on the results of the May 2017 IB DP exams. While our average score remains at 32 points, we would like to share highlights from this exam session. This year one candidate achieved 40 points out of a possible 45 points, a record for HIS. Four of the nine diploma candidates earned 36 points or greater. The average overall subject grade achieved by candidates who sat exams was 5.09 on the IB DP grade scale of 1-7.
The Class of 2017 was accepted at the following higher education institutions:
- Japan: Tokyo Christian University
- USA: New York University, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Clara University, University of Miami, University of California (Santa Barbara, Davis, Merced), University of San Francisco, Boston University, Pepperdine University
- United Kingdom: The University of Edinburgh, The University of York, Durham University, Coventry University, Imperial College London, University of London (Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary, University College)
- Canada: University of British Columbia
6. Primary and Secondary Camps
- Secondary students are going to Osorokan Ecology Park in Hiroshima Prefecture on Sep 13-15. This is coming up very soon. We are doing a site inspection tomorrow before finalizing the program and will send out details, including cost, early next week. http://www.osorakan.co.jp/summer/about.html
- Grade 4/5 students are going to Hamada in Shimane Prefecture on Sep 27-29. Details will be sent out by classroom teachers.
7. Student/Parent Handbook 2017/2018
You can find our updated Student/Parent Handbook here. StudentParent Handbook 20172018.doc.
Just a reminder that in the morning, buses are not able to wait for you if you are late as we need to arrive at school on time. We really don’t like to leave anyone behind, so please help us out and be at the bus stop on time. Thanks.
9. Madama Butterfly Audition from HIS Music Teacher
The production (March 10, 11, 2018) is presented by the Hiroshima International Opera Studio (HIOS) run by Mr. Yasushi Yamagishi (tenor), a former professor of mine. He has worked with students from HIS in the same Madama Butterfly production 20 years ago.
It is a fantastic opportunity to experience first hand how professional artists work together to create an opera as a total collaboration of drama, music, and art. It is also another opportunity for students to reach out to the wider community of Hiroshima. If you are interested or would like to find out more please reply to this email or return the slip to me by Monday, August 28th.
Takako Tokunaga 德永隆子, music teacher
10. Human Rights Poster
If any Grade 4/5 students are interested in being a model for the poster for Human Rights week which will be produced by Hiroshima Prefecture’s Board of Education, please let Sayaka Hirata in the HIS know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The poster will be put out all over Hiroshima Prefecture in places like schools, ward offices, hospitals and stations. Here is a sample of the type of poster they will produce.
11. Shimane Prefecture Camp Opportunity
The Junior Chamber International in Shimane Prefecture has extended an invited to our students to participate in a camp on September 17 (Sunday)-18 (Monday). Please find the Shimane Camp Flyer at this link.