The Crane 16 September 2016

Dear HIS Families

I hope you all have a great long weekend. Thank you to all of the PTA members who came in this week to organise the storage spaces. It was a big job and the area is looking great thanks to your hard work.

As an IB school, the Learner Profile guides our thinking when developing students’ experiences. The Learner Profile is a list of ten attributes that we foster and develop in all of the IB programs; attributes that represent the lifelong learner that will thrive in the 21st Century. Over the next few issues of The Crane, I would like to explore a few of these attributes. You can find the descriptions here: ■IB learner profile/IBの学習者像 My first questions to you as parents would be, which attributes would be most important to your family?  What reasons would you give? Is there one that you would do without for your child? Make sure that you read the descriptions, as the labels can be misleading. We’ll continue the conversation next week.

I hope you all enjoy the video.


Damian Rentoule, Principal

 The Crane Video

Potential HIS Boarding/Homestay Questions

HIS is currently looking at a potential boarding/homestay option for next year for Grades 9-12 and we would like to ask two brief questions to help us in the planning process. Currently, we are considering two potential options:

1. A family-style supervised boarding house. Boarding fees (Approximately ¥1,400,000) would be paid to HIS.
2. A homestay option where a student would resides with a HIS family. Homestay fees (Approximately ¥800,000) would be paid to the family to cover expenses.

We would like to consider both full-boarding (full semesters) and weekly-boarding (weekdays only) options. The fees above are an initial estimate only. We are just exploring this idea at the moment. Thank you for helping us with these two brief questions.

HIS Facebook

Just a reminder that HIS has a Facebook page that we update regularly with images of life at school. If you happen to have an image that you would like shared please forward it to me at and I will be happy to post.

Healthy Snacks
We would like to remind families of the importance of healthy choices for the snacks and drinks sent in with the students. We have been seeing many sugary sweets, as well as fizzy drinks and as you can imagine, the spikes in blood-sugar levels are not very helpful for learning at school.

Korean-Japan Friendship Sports Day 

I visited the Hiroshima Korean Association recently and they have kindly extended an invitation to their sports day. It will be held at the Naka-ku Sport Centre on Saturday, October 29. The Event starts at 10:30am and is a fun day for children and adults alike. Please find a flyer linked here <Mindan>.

 News from the PTA (16 September 2016) (日本語は以下にあります)Japanese Lunch Box (Obento) Tasting Session (Wednesday 21 September)

Thank you to those parents who sent in the Lunch Taster Box form.  The menu for that day is rice with teriyaki chicken, BBQ style beef cutlet and Light Wheat Flour Ball with egg in Japanese sauce.

Please note that the PTA cannot assume responsibility for children with food allergies. Parents are asked to exercise caution.   

Election of additional PTA member for the Board of Trustees.

According to the HIS Act of Endowment, a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of seven (7) persons from among the guardians of the children in HIS should serve on the HIS Board of Trustees.

Mr. Guy Hird, who has been serving as the BOT secretary, is seeking a new term following the end of his term in June this year. The PTA will vote on whether to approve his continuation or not during the next PTA meeting on Wednesday 28 September.

Halloween Parade and Costume Contest

This year, HIS students are invited to join the Halloween Parade and Costume Contest in Hondori on Saturday October 29.  Both primary and secondary students can participate but must buy tickets in advance (price includes candy).  Information on ticket prices will be given in the form which will be sent home with students next week.

The meeting place is Alice Garden (behind Parco).  Meeting times are as follows:

16:30  for students who will participate in the costume contest

18:30  for students who will participate in the parade

PTA Committee members will accompany the students during the Parade, but children under G6 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The parent/guardian must also pay Y500.

To register, please fill in the form which will be sent home with students next week and return  to the HIS Office, with exact money, by Friday September 30th.  If you have any questions, please send an email to

The PTA is also planning a Secondary Dance on the same evening at the Peace Cafe.  More information will be sent closer to the date.

Next PTA Meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held on Wednesday September 28 from 9:45 to 11:00 at the Peace Café (

Agenda of the Meeting:

Election for the Board of Trustees

Report of Obento Tasting Session

Preparations for Halloween

Bonfire Night

Any other business

PTAからのお知らせ 9月16日)




Board of Trustees (評議員)の投票


そこで、BOTの秘書をしていたGuy Hirdさんの任期が6月に終わりました。Hirdさんは引き続き、希望をされています。次の9月28日のPTAミーティングで彼の任期延長を賛成するかしないかについて投票をします。


今年は、本通り振興会主催のイベントに参加します。 本通り、金座街をトリックオアトリートをしながらパレードします。パレードの前にコスチュームコンテストも行われます。小学生から大人まで参加できますが、チケットが必要です。チケットのお値段など詳しい情報は申込書を見てください(来週生徒にお渡しします)。



申し込みは生徒のホルダーに後日申し込み用紙を入れます。申込書と代金を一緒に9月30日(金)までにHISOfficeに提出してください。 ご不明な点はお気軽にメールでお問い合わせください