• A Change in the Secondary Program in 2018/2019;
  • Boarding Decision;
  • DP Open Day;
  • A Connection in India;
  • Winter Holiday Program;

1. Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Families

Thank you to all of our teachers and parents who have been working together to make the Bonfire Night such a great event. This is a very important contribution to the HIS school community – the gift of time. One of the items in today’s Crane relates to other ways that our community is able to contribute to the school community. We will soon open up a Contributing to HIS page on our website where members of our community will be able to make financial donations to HIS or select items from a wish-list for donations. We refer to our donors as ‘Friends of HIS’. Each year we will track donations in an ‘Annual Giving Campaign’ and publish results in our HIS Annual Report. HIS relies almost exclusively on tuition to support our educational program. We try to keep the HIS educational experience accessible to as many families as possible by keeping the school fees as low as possible, while still maintaining an extremely high-quality educational program. Friends of HIS can help us do this.

Below, you will see a message from Jessica Pechhold, our DP Coordinator and Secondary Vice Principal who has taken an exciting new position in an IB school in India starting in 2018/2019. Jessica has led the secondary school for five years now and has made wonderful contributions to all aspects of life here at HIS. Jessica, you will be missed and we look forward to hearing about your new adventures.

I hope you all enjoy Bonfire Night and you will see some images of the fire in next week’s Crane.

Kind regards

Damian Rentoule (Principal)

2. Crane Video

3. A Change in the Secondary Program for the 2018-19

Dear HIS Community,
This year will be my last year at HIS leading the secondary program and coordinating the IB DP. I have accepted a position as Middle School Principal at the American International School Chennai in India starting in August 2018. It has been a pleasure teaching your children and working with you to support our program as Secondary Vice Principal. I will continue to be dedicated to HIS this year and will be working with the Pedagogical Leadership Team to ensure a smooth transition for the next Secondary Vice Principal. Since arriving in Hiroshima nearly 5 years ago, the HIS community has been a special place for my family and me. The relationships we have established here have truly made HIS feel like our home. Thank you and I look forward to the remainder of this school year as we continue to make great progress in our programs!
Sincerely, Jessica Pechtold

4. Boarding Decision

Over the past year, HIS has been considering plans for a future boarding program. After looking into various possibilities, the HIS Board of Directors as made a decision not to proceed with a boarding program for 2018/2019, although it is a project that HIS would like to pursue at some time in the future.

In the meantime, we are exploring a system of introducing interested families to local companies that organizes long-term homestay experiences. This would still enable us to open up access to our programs to students from a greater range of locations outside Hiroshima.  Thank you to everyone in the school community who assisted as we looked into different possibilities over the past 12 months.

5. A Connection in India – St Xavier’s School

Before Winter holiday, Ron Klein, former Director General of HIS, will be speaking to our students regarding his ongoing experiences with a school in India. We may be able to make some valuable connections with St Xavier’s School in which our students here in Hiroshima can learn about school life in a different part of the world. Here are some notes supplied by Ron regarding the school.

  • St. Xavier’s School is an orphanage located in Sikkim, in the northern part of India, between Nepal and Bhutan, in the Himalaya Mountains.
  • In 1998 Miss Chandra Yonzen, a young high school graduate felt the need to house and teach the poor children from her region. Beginning in a run-down house, St. Xavier’s  School has outgrown its three rented buildings in three locations and has settled on the Tikjuk hillside in W. Sikkim. The school is now home to almost 100 orphans. She regularly receives calls from villages in all corners of Sikkim to accept young children orphaned or abandoned, some as young as two years old. One three-year-old girl was brought to the school deaf and unable to speak but has since learned to read, write and dance with her classmates. 
  • Ron Klein, former Director General of HIS (2000-2007), met Miss Chandra 15 years ago and promised to raise funds for permanent buildings for the school.  Since then, the school has built a new classroom building, dining hall, dormitory and bought land for a playground and vegetable garden.  They replaced the broken wooden beds, where children sleep four to a bed, and this year will begin to replace the old desks and chairs in the classrooms.  Despite all the improvements, it is still a poor school, with no heat in winter and minimal teaching materials.
  • In a country where it is easy for homeless children to be left to survive on their own, the children at St. Xavier’s are safe, fed, and cared for by a dedicated staff of seven teachers, two helpers and two cooks.

6. Winter Holiday Program

A winter holiday program will run for the week after school: Monday, 18 December – Friday, 22 December. More information and a sign-up link will be sent home shortly.

7. DP Open Day

Parent Information Sessions 2017

Japanese translation will be provided during the information sessions.

Secondary parents are encouraged to attend HIS’s DP Open Day on Thursday 23 November from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. G10 & G11 parents are strongly encouraged to attend the sessions recommended below. There will be 5 workshops taking place. We hope that you will consider joining us to learn more about the DP program, College Counselling and SAT. If you have questions in advance of the Open Day sessions, please contact Ms. Pechhold or any of the teachers listed below.

12:30 pm      Overview of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) and HIS Course Offerings

  • Audience: Grade 10 parents (strongly recommended); open to all secondary parents. This will be the primary face-to-face orientation for parents to the IB Diploma Programme and the courses offered by HIS. Students will receive more information and counseling for IB DP course selection after the winter break.

1:20 pm         Extended Essay (EE)

  • Audience: Grade 11 parents (strongly recommended); open to all secondary parents. Ms. Annie will present an overview of the EE, student support and expectations as well as a model timeline to complete the task.

2:00 pm         Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)

  • Audience: Grade 11 parents (strongly recommended); open to all secondary parents. Mr. Hardisty will provide a brief overview of the program, examples of CAS projects, and explanation of the CAS process and resources.

2:40 pm         College Counseling

  • Audience: Grade 10 & 11 parents (recommended); open to all secondary parents. Ms. Kurokawa will give an overview of the college counseling program & process at HIS.

3:20 pm         US University Admissions & Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

  • Audience: Grade 10 & 11 parents (recommended); open to all secondary parents Ms. Kamibeppu will present an overview of the SAT, the standardized test used for admission to most American universities and recommended testing dates.

8. PTA New (日本語は以下に)

Thank you for gathering lots of volunteers to prepare for Bonfire!
Thanks especially to Yumiko and Mr. Barker , as well as Jackie(baked goods) and Mr.Yoneda (field arrangements). Definitely be a wonderful night!
1) PTA Meeting, Wednesday, November 15th
  Venue : HIS conference room
  Time : 9:00 – 11:00
  • Vote for amendment change (the proposed amendment is attached below.)
  • Review of Halloween and Bonfire events
  • HIS Clean-up day and recess play area additions
  • HIS merchandise plan
2) Family Interview

Thank you to those who have already completed their Family interview sheet!  We are still waiting on more responses! HIS PTA Family Interview (English) / HIS PTA Family Interview (Japanese)
It’s wonderful to get to know each other, don’t you think?
Please write below and send it back with your family photo!

Family Interview

1)Ganse family( Second year in HIS)
Mimi : KG/1
Mom : Ikumi Ganse
Dad : Ming Shi
Younger brother : Ao Ganse (1 year old)
Where they live: Danbara, Minami-ku
Languages: Japanese and Chinese


Mom is from Akita, Japan and Dad is from Shanghai, China. We moved from Sydney, Australia in last September. We have lived in China and Australia. Mimi was brought up in China and Australia. She is shy but cheerful character. The younger brother goes to HIS with Mom everyday. We like to go to concerts and also like finding new restaurants. We hope to become closer to everyone.

Ganse family (HIS 2年目)
Mimi : KG/1
母: Ikumi Ganse
父: Ming Shi
弟: Ao Ganse (1才)
お住まい: 南区段原
使用言語: 日本語、中国語
母は秋田県出身で父は中国上海出身です。私たちは去年の9月にオーストラリアのシドニーから引越してきました。 私たちは中国とオーストラリアに住んだことがあり、Mimiはその両国で育ちました。Mimiは恥ずかしがり屋ですがとても明るい性格です。弟は毎日、私(母)と一緒に学校に送り迎えで連れて来ています。皆さんともっと仲良くなりたいと思っています。よろしくお願いします。

9. Japanese Outline

The Crane, 10 November 2017