Items:

  • Introducing John Savage;
  • Contributing to HIS;
  • Festive Eve Survey;
  • Syrian Refugee Winter Clothing Drive;
  • Sakura Medal;

1. Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Families

I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday. Please make sure you keep up a consistent routine of reading through the holidays (English & Japanese) and also practice that kanji. Just a bit each day can make a big difference over time. See you all back in January.

Kind regards

Damian Rentoule (Principal)

2. Crane Video

3. Introducing John Savage

Here is an introduction from John Savage who will be joining HIS as MYP Coordinator/Secondary Vice Principal in 2018/2019. We are all looking forward to seeing you here next year.

As a Canadian born educator, I spent the first part of my teaching career in public school systems. My overseas adventures began in 2002 in Fukuoka, Japan where I met my wife, Kazuko. Together we have spent the past 10 years in Muscat, Oman at an IB World School. I have held many administrative and teaching positions during my educational journey. My wife and I are very excited for the opportunity to serve the HIS community, and in particular, your children. We look forward to meeting each and every one of you during the 2018-2019 school year. 

4. Contributing to HIS

As part of our HIS Annual Giving Campaign, we are very pleased to announce a very generous donation of 3,000,000 yen made by the Tomita Family to HIS to support our educational program. As we are a self-funding school, the generosity of our school community is extremely important and we would like to express our sincere gratitude for this kindness.

We would also like to thank the Meiki Family for the donation of one of our first items from the HIS Wish List on our Contributing to HIS page. (Susan Meiki is our General Director of the Board of Directors so also contributes a great deal of her time to the school community.) This is a section of netting/fence that will be used to separate the playground when we have car parking on the field for HIS families visiting the school for events.

We appreciate your ongoing support.

5. Festive Eve Reflection Survey

Each year HIS a Festive Eve production is a highlight as we move toward the Winter Break. Congratulations to all the cast, crew and supporters who worked so hard to prepare for the performance.
This year we held Festive Eve on a Saturday instead of after school. We also held one rehearsal after school to reduce rehearsal times during regular classes. These changes were made based on ideas received last year. We would like to, once again, hear your thoughts on this year’s production to help us plan for next year.

Please share your ideas in the following survey.

6. Syrian Refugee Winter Clothing Drive

Thank you to all of our community members who donated winter clothing to the Japan Syria Solidarity Association for their winter clothing drive campaign. We were able to send off a square-meter container filled with clothing and blankets to their collection center. We hope to support the organization in the future.

7. Sakura Medal

As is tradition, HIS will be participating in the Sakura Medal Competition again this year.  Students are able to read and explore a variety of stories and authors from different countries and backgrounds selected by librarians across Japan. Then able to vote on their favourites. There are books for all grades and ages, from EC to High School level in both English and Japanese.
Because the selection of books in the competition is limited, students are only allowed to borrow one Sakura book at a time and we encourage students to read and return their Sakura book promptly so as to allow other students to read and enjoy as well. While students wait for their chance to borrow a particular Sakura book, we encourage they look at last year’s winners! The Sakura competition at HIS will run from now until the end of April, the voting procedures will be explained more fully after the Winter Break.

8. PTA News

PTA News 15th Nov(日本語は以下に)
Save the date to the next PTA Meeting January 31,9 am. Thank you so much to those of us who joined us this week for another very productive meeting. Your involvement is greatly appreciated.
Board of Trustees Report: Briefly: the greatest challenge to HIS currently is corporate funded student enrollment.  Corporate tuition fees are nearly double the private rate.  Last school year, HIS lost seven corporate rate tuitions.  The goal is to keep HIS tuitions stable, and the finances in the black; however without the corporate rate tuitions, challenges are posed.  Currently our KG-1 and 2-3 classes actually have waiting lists (we cap at 24/25 students) and many other class levels are near capacity. Last year HIS cut teaching staff (cannot happen this year).  The area where we can grow is the Upper School, which is why the dormitory and boarding of overseas students has been explored.  There is no current plan to implement this system; however it will continue to be something that will be explored. Additionally a home stay option is being considered with an outside company being used to facilitate this. It was noted that parents of HIS students need to be kept updated on these proposals.
The school’s facilities were discussed – the grounds seem to be the area that needs the most improvement. Most of the facility is in good condition otherwise.The treasurers report included how far in debt the school is and some discussion of how this will be addressed. The school website now also includes a contribution section.  Recent contributions of over ¥3,000,000 help, but do not completely address this debt. More fundraisers are being considered.
Currently, our Board is not fully compliant with our charter, this is mainly due to two factors: the original charter was set with the position “Significant Financial Contributor”, which is currently vacant.  This position previously was filled by representatives from the Ford corporation, but most members feel it is currently not necessary; however, due to the guidelines of our charter, the position cannot be voted out until it is filled. A Significant Financial Contributor is now considered someone who donates a small amount (eg ¥1000) over their child’s normal school fees and is recognized by the Board. We expect to fill this position by the next meeting in March. Additionally, both the BoT and Board of Directors have the numbers of positions set unreasonably high, and will vote on bringing the numbers down to a more manageable size in the next meeting when the Significant Financial Contributor position is filled.
There seems to be a slight disconnect between what the BoT feels are the school’s greatest challenges and what the parents believe are the greatest challenges. Neither side is wrong, but more communication needs to happen between the two sides, who share the goal of keeping HIS in a position of providing an excellent education for its students.  Matt will endeavour to add some of the concerns of the parents to the next BoT meeting agenda. Please contact him either directly or through the PTA with your ideas.
Playground Improvements: Thanks to everyone for sharing their ideas on how we can improve our school playground. Children who contributed their ideas will soon receive a small gift of appreciation.
Out of all the ideas, we have selected two small projects to work on starting in January:
– improving the garden and,
– painting
You can be involved in making these two projects a success in many ways.
In addition to the parents who have already volunteered, we are looking for parents whose knowledge and skills we could benefit from in these two areas. For example, if you have any connections to a hardware store or garden centre perhaps you may be able to help us get a discount on paint or plants? Perhaps you can share your expertise on which plants are the best for our garden?
Garden project
If you are a keen gardener perhaps you can join us? You could give us your expertise into which plants to use in such sandy soil? We would like to make a compost heap and identify a simple watering system. If you can’t give up your time perhaps you can lend us some gardening tools such as shovels and garden forks. We plan to reuse old tires as planters and we want to paint them bright colours so we need paint.
We need plants so perhaps you could donate plants? We need topsoil and earthworms to improve the soil, maybe you could help us in this?
Painting
We would like to paint games on the pavements and fences such as Four Square and Hopscotch and again we need paint. We need paint for concrete, metal or wood as well as for external walls. Perhaps you’ve had experience of having painted Four Square or playground art?
For the two projects we will need:
– compost / topsoil/ earthworms
– pots of different colours of paint which we can use on tires, wood and metal
– blackboard paint to make blackboards outside
– wooden boards for the blackboards
– old tires
As you can see there is a lot you can get involved with so please help us. Some parents are doing a bake sale in January to raise some money for these two projects but if you’d like to donate your time, materials or money at any time that would be wonderful.
Please contact Marina Clark to volunteer or for more information.
Clarkiemarina@gmail.com
HIS Logo Merchandise- We are hoping to order new HIS logo merchandise including, but not limited to, t-shirt, hats, etc.in parent and student sizes. Does anyone in our HIS community have a connection with a screen printing company that we could discuss our idea with?
A great way to give business to some of your friends or family. Please email to the PTA if you have any suggestions.
PYP Cleaning Day- At the first PTA meeting of 2018, scheduled on Wednesday, January 31th, we will be holding a short ‘school clean up’ time for students and parents from 9:00 am to 9:30 am.
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 yorokobiwarau618@gmail.com.
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!
From Rie Oride and Kumi Morimoto
Ice skating day-Since Friday night is filled with group lodgings, we will do skate day on Saturday.
Date: 3rd Feb 2018 1 p.m.- at Big Wave in Ushita/Higashi-ku
More information will be announced at a later date.
Donation for HIS Festival- We will do  Festival next April. It is the biggest event for HIS. We have set up a box at the entrance of the school. Items we would like to be donated are unnecessary but good conditioned clothes, unbroken toys, books, etc.) Please donate before disposing of!
And, those who would like to join the festival positively from the planning, please contact us!                                 *We are still looking for Room Parents for the EC class and KG/1 class.  It is a very small responsibility and will mainly work with the PTA on some small spring events and welcome any new families that have students in your child’s classroom.  Please let Brooke Amidei know if you are interested in filling those spots.  2-3 parents/classroom would be ideal. brookeamidei@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Continue to send in your family information and photo to include in the Crane. This is not just for new families, but for all families to get to know each other and build a stronger community!
*Illumination Walk happened on Thursday night. Thanks to those who joined.
If you have any questions please e-mail us: pta@hiroshima-is.ac.jp
Thank you: The PTA would like to thank all of the teachers, the Principal, and of course, parents who have joined our meetings. We appreciate the growing interest and participation this year.  Teachers have expressed an interest in joining the meetings when they can and have done so.  Mr. Rentoule’s presence and participation at every meeting this year has also been very helpful.  We invite members of both the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors to join as well in the coming year.  Enjoy the winter break, and the holiday’s that you and your family celebrate, we are looking forward to seeing you again in 2018.
 
PTAニュース
13日、PTAミーティングにご参加いただきありがとうございました。とても建設的なミーティングになり感謝いたします。次回は1月31日9時からです。ぜひお越しください。
BOT(Matt氏)からの会議の報告:
現在HISに課せられている最大の課題は簡潔に言いますと企業からの生徒の減少です。
ご存知の通り企業学費による生徒Iの授業料は個人払いの2倍です。昨年度、7名分の企業学費を失いました。
目標はHIS授業料を安定的に保つこと、そして黒字財政を維持することです。しかし企業学費の生徒が増えないままでは課題が残ります。現在、KG/G1,G2/3のクラスは待機リストになっており、他の学年も上限に近くなっています。(上限は24から25名定員)昨年は、教職員を削減しました(今年度は予定なし)。なのでHISがもっと安定的になるにはセカンダリーの生徒を増やしていくことにあります。そのため留学生用の寮を調査をしました。加えてホームステイの可能性も考えています。在学生の保護者の皆様にもこれらの情報を留意しておいてください。
学校の施設について議論が行われました。ほとんどの施設は良い状態ですが、一番改善すべき場所は校庭であろうと思われます。
財務担当の報告には学校がどれだけ借金があるか、それはどう対処されるかも含まれます。学校のHPには現在、寄付を募るセクションを設けています。現在300万円を超える寄付が集まっていますが債務を対処するには不十分であり、募金活動の継続が必要です。
現在HISの理事会は憲章に完全に準拠していない状況です。2つの理由があります。憲章の原文には「重要な財務貢献者」のポジションが用意されていますが、現在は空席になっています。このポジションには以前はフォード社からの代表者により満たされていましたが、今現在は理事の多くはそのポジションは必要ないと感じています。しかし憲章のガイドラインのために、そのポジションが満たされるまでは投票ができません。重要な財務貢献者とは子供の学費以外に少額でも(例えば1000円)寄付し、理事会で承認された人物がふさわしいと考えています。このポジションが来年の3月のミーティングまでに埋まることを期待しています。さらにBOTとBOD両方とも、定員数が根拠なく多く、重要な財務貢献者枠が埋まればその次のミーテイングで定員数を減らすための投票を行う予定です。
何が学校の最大の課題であるかについて、BOTと保護者の間には少し乖離があるようです。
どちらも間違っていませんが、両者のコミュニケーションがより必要と思われます。共有する目標は生徒のために優れた教育を提供したいことです。
Matt氏は次回のBOT会議の議題に保護者の持つ心配事等を加えることに努めるとのことです。何か案件があれば、Matt氏へ、またはPTAへご連絡ください。
校庭の改善について:
校庭をどのように改善出来るかについてのアイデアを出していただきありがとうございます。アイデアを出した生徒には感謝のプレゼントをします。
寄せられたアイデアの中から2つの小さなプロジェクトを選び、1月に取り掛かります。
*花壇の改善
*ペイント
この2つの計画へは様々な形で関わることができます!既にボランティアしていただいている保護者に加え、より良いものを作るためのノウハウを持った方を探します!
たとえばDIYやガーデニング関係でお知り合いのいらっしゃる方いませんか?塗料や植物などが安く購入できれば助かります。また、校庭の花壇にどの植物が適切か専門知識のある方いらっしゃいませんか?
<花壇プロジェクト>
ガーデニングが好きな方、参加しませんか?
砂地にはどのような植物がいいのか専門的なアドバイスをしていただくと助かります。コンポストヒープを作り簡単か給水システムも作りたいと考えています。また、お持ちのシャベルやガーデンフォークなどを貸してくださるだけでも構いません。私たち古いタイヤをプランターとして再利用する予定で明るい色のペイントをしたいと考えています。また植物も植える予定です。植物や表土やミミズも必要ですが、寄付できるものがあればお願いします。
<ペイント>
私たちはフェンスや舗道に(Four Squreやケンケンパなど)ペイントしたいと思っています。そのためのコンクリート用の塗料、木材、外壁用の塗料が必要です。道路に描かれたFour Squareや壁画アートなどみたことないですか?!
上記2つのプロジェクトに関して必要なもの
*コンポスト、表土、みみず
*タイヤ、木材、金属に使用できる塗料
*外に設置する黒板を作るための黒板塗料
*黒板用木製ボード(外用です)
*古タイヤ
できるだけで構いませんのでみなさまのご協力をお願いいたします。資金のため、1月にベイクセールをしてくださる予定の方もいらっしゃいます。寄付は手伝っていただくお時間でも資材でも資金でもなんでも構いません!どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。ボランティアに関する詳しいお問い合わせはマリーナさんへ。

<HISロゴ商品について>

私たちは新しいHISのロゴの入ったTシャツ、帽子、その他、大人サイズ、子供サイズでオーダーしたいと思っています。HISの保護者の方でスクリーンプリントの会社を直接ご存知の方はいませんか?一番良いのはみなさんの直接のお知り合いや、ご家族です。ご存知の方、PTAまでご連絡お願いいたします。
<PYP大掃除について>
来年1月31日(水)に、9:00amから30分間、子供達と保護者が一緒に身の回りをきれいにする掃除の時間を設けることになりました。つきましては当日子供達と一緒に棚を拭いたり掃き掃除をしたりしながら、子供達のサポートをしていただける方を募集しています。ご参加いただける方は、yorokobiwarau618@gmail.comまでご連絡ください。
また、ご家庭で不要になった使用済みのハンドタオルや雑巾など、拭き掃除に利用させていただける物がありましたら、学校にお届けいただけると大変助かります。玄関に回収ボックスを設置しています。
From Rie Oride and Kumi Morimoto
 
<アイススケートデイ>
金曜日の夜は団体の貸し切りで埋まっているため来年度は土曜日に行います。
日程:2月3日(土曜日)13時より 東区牛田のビッグウェーブにて。
詳しい内容は後日ご案内いたします。
<フェスティバルへの寄付について>
来年の4月にフェスティバルを行います。HISのイベントの中でも最大のイベントです
学校の玄関に箱を設置しています。恒例の100円ショップで販売する商品となるもの(不要な服や壊れていないおもちゃや本など)年末の大掃除で処分する前に状態のよいものはどうぞお持ちくださいませ!
また、フェスティバルに関して計画段階から積極的に加わりたい方、ぜひ早めにご連絡お願いします
*ルームペアレンツの募集をしましたがECクラスとKG/ G1 が決まっていません。大きな役割があるわけではなく、PTAと今後のイベントや新しくHISに入られるご家族の対応(お子さんの学年)をお願いするくらいです。
各2,3名が理想です。ご興味のある方はこちらへメールをください。PTAでももちろんOKです。
*ファミリーインタビューをまだまだ募集しています。新しい家族だけではなく、昔からHISのメンバーのご家族のファミリーインタビューも募集しています。お互いを知ることで絆は深まりますよ!
*イルミネーションウォークは木曜日に終わりました。ご参加いただきありがとうございます。
すべての問い合わせはこちらへ。どうぞお気軽にお願いします。pta@hiroshima-is.ac.jp
<みなさまへ感謝>
PTAは校長含めた先生方、そしてミーティングに参加くださった保護者の方々に感謝いたします。今年度のPTAの取り組みに関心を持ち、参加してくださりありがとうございました。先生方もできるときにはミーティングに参加できればと思われています。校長はミーティングに毎回参加していただき、私たちはとても助かりました。私たちは来年はBOT,BODメンバーにも参加を呼び掛けています。
どうぞ楽しい冬休みを!2018年、年が明けてからまたお会いしましょう!

9. Japanese Outline

The Crane, 15 December 2017