- Festive Eve;
- Kanji Club update;
- Japanese Culture Day;
- Soccer Opportunity;
- PYP Cleaning Day;
- Otafuku Visit;
- Hirosho Department Store;
- Soccer Coaching in English
1. Principal’s Message
Dear HIS Families
Thank you to the HIS families who are organizing the Kanji Club, an opportunity to create some time for children to practice kanji. The kanji club has sent home an order form for a kanji book that will be used for this practice. The book can only be ordered through a school, so we will place one order for anyone who would like a copy. This does not follow the units of inquiry in our program but has a range of kanji that parents may find useful to practice. Your child’s Japanese teacher will be able to let you know which kanji are being addressed in each unit. It is really important that students have consistent routines where they read English and Japanese at home and also, in the case of kanji, practice as much as possible at home. I have written a few notes about this in the Principal’s Blog, which you may like to read or listen to as I have included a brief outline in Japanese. Enjoy the weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow for Festive Eve.
Damian Rentoule (Principal)
2. Crane Video
3. Festive Eve
See you tomorrow at Festive Eve. Congratulations to all of the students, teachers and parents who have been involved in the preparations. I would like to especially thank Jackie and Marina who have spent an enormous amount of time at school supporting the costuming part of the performance. Also thank you to Takako sensei, of course, who is at the centre of it all. Our students have the opportunity to get up on the stage, which is a scary place to put yourself and I would like to thank you all for your courage, determination and commitment. Good luck! (I am pretty sure that it would be inadvisable on many levels for me to ask anyone to ‘break a leg’ so I will refrain from that.)
We will have parking attendants and please be very careful driving onto the school grounds. During the day, students will not be permitted to be outside on the grounds so please help us out with this.
UNICEF will also be at HIS during Festive Eve with some dedicated volunteers and will be accepting donations. The good news is that UNICEF also accepts foreign currency (notes) so you can get rid of some of those foreign notes that you have been carrying around.
Alternative school day schedule There will be NO SCHOOL BUSES on this day. （当日はスクールバスはありません）
- 10:00 Casts & Crew arrival （キャスト：役付きの生徒、裏方スタッフ集合）
- 12:00 Lunch （昼食）
- 13:00 Secondary students arrival （キャスト、裏方スタッフ以外のG6-G12 集合）
- 13:30 G6-11 Orchestra sound check rehearsal （G6-G11 オーケストラ音出しリハーサル）
- 13:45 Primary students arrival （キャスト以外のEC-G5 教室に集合）
- 14:00 DOORS OPEN Welcome Music in the gym （開場）
- 14:30 Curtain Opens （開演）
- 16:30 Curtain Closes （終演予定）
Parking: School ground will be opened for PARKING from 9:40 a.m. We have arranged for it to be supervised by experienced parking attendants: please follow the instructions of the attendants. Thank you.
Indoor Slippers: Please prepare indoor slippers to protect the gym floor. 上履き：体育館の床を保護するため、上履きをご用意下さい。
Gym Doors Open @ 14:00 for audience. Ushers will be welcoming you. 14:00に体育館を開場します。
Food & Drinks: Please use the entrance area for eating. Food will not be allowed in the GYM. 体育館は飲食禁止です。飲食は玄関エリアでお願い致します。
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in advance.
4. Japanese Culture Day, 2018
Volunteer Needed: The Japanese department is planning to hold Japan Culture Day 2018 for PYP students on the first day back from winter holidays. Please contact Yumi sensei by Wednesday 13th December if you can participate and support at one of our carousel stations:
karuta and hyakunin ishu card game
or support groups of students to move to the next carousel.
In order to minimize any confusion on the day, we would like to organise volunteers at specific stations prior to the event. We will confirm your attendance and carousel within a week.
We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for your support and understanding.
- Date: Wednesday, January 10th 2018
- Time: from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
- Place: Gym
5. Update on Japanese study and Kanji Club
6. Winter Holiday Care (PYP students)
Please find below some information regarding our Winter Holiday Program, which we are looking forward to. We also have two special guests coming in. David Sira is from West Africa and has been living in Hiroshima for three years. He is a musician who has a huge passion for spreading an awareness of African music and cultures in Japan. David and his wife Yoko Sira are holding a workshop during the Winter Holiday Care.
It looks like it will be a great week of fun activities where students will have the opportunity to be creative and develop their language skills. You can sign up for the Winter Holiday Care Program at this link.
7. Otafuku Visit @ HIS on Friday 26th January 2018
We hope this gives you some indication of what we have planned for this day. Any further details will be shared when we return in January.
8. PTA News
Some of the suggestions we’ve had so far from students on what they’d like to have in the playground:– hopscotch– lines for soccer– four square– blackboards to draw on– painting murals on certain parts of the outside walls– monkey barsParents have also suggested:– improving the flower bed, adding colourful planters with perhaps vegetables– making compost– painting a checker board or a chess board on the tables/ benches– artwork for the fences– games that can be attached to the fencesNext week the PTA will provide another update on which suggestions we can implement. There will be a sign up sheet at Festive Eve asking for volunteers and the activity they’d like to be involved with.
Thank you for all your support as we’ve said from the beginning, this project is about doing little things to improve the playground on a small budget that won’t cause any disruption to the children’s access to the playground.
On Thursday Evening, December 14, everyone, teachers, students, principals, office staff, and parents are all invited to take a walk together to see the Heiwa Dori (Peace Boulevard) Holiday Illuminations. This will be very casual and informal, if you can’t join until later, that’s okay, come when you can. We just want to let the children have an opportunity to enjoy the lights and each other and for adults to see each other one last time before the holidays.
The plan is to start around 5:30 PM at the illuminations nearest to the ANA Hotel (we are not meeting at the hotel, but at the park on Heiwa Dori in front of the hotel). We will start walking around 5:30, if you are late, that’s okay, find us along the way.
No reservations, no cost, just dress warm!
We are hoping this experience will enable students to become responsible members of our community who take care and appreciate the school property.
To support children with dusting shelves and sweeping the floor etc, we are looking for volunteers on the day. If you are able to join, please let us know by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you have any used hand towels or dustcloths that you no longer need at home and wish to donate, please send them to school. There is a box located by the office. Thank you!
The PTA committee wants to thank the many parents who have been joining the PTA meetings this year. We really appreciate your time, efforts, and input, we are so glad that so many of you are joining us each month. We also appreciate the presence of the school principal, Damien, at each of these meetings. We hope to see even more of you, please contact PTA members by Monday 12/11 if you need a ride to school.
Next meeting is next Wednesday, December 13 at 9:00 at HIS
Topics to be covered include:Clean Up Day Information
HIS Logo Merchandise (T-Shirts, Hats, Sweatshirts)
Board of Trustees Report
Winter Family Ski Day
9. Soccer Coaching in English
There is a new soccer coaching program in English in Hiroshima. A new soccer school at the volleyball court next to Hiroshima Castle started on 2nd December 2017. There are places left for players aged 6 – 11. All coaching will be in English. Please contact Kevin Scott email@example.com for more details.
10. Hirosho Department Store
This weekend, the Hirosho Department Store is happening. We were kindly invited last year and it was great fun for the families who attended. It would be a good way to spend Sunday after Festive Eve. Please find some information below.