The Crane 21 October 2016

Dear HIS Families

This week, I’d like to introduce another of the IB Learner Profile attributes, Communicators. Language is central to what we do here at HIS. The IB programs at HIS focus on the development of deep conceptual  understandings. We use language to help us develop these understandings and also to communicate these understandings in both English and Japanese. We also encourage the continued development of each student’s Mother Tongue, for this same purpose. The development of both communicative and academic language is extremely important.

Communicators コミュニケーションができる人
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. 私たちは、複数の言語やさまざまな方法を用いて、自信をもっ て創造的に自分自身を表現します。他の人々や他の集団のもの の見方に注意深く耳を傾け、効果的に協力し合います。

We want to develop truely multilingual learners, not just because it is convenient to speak two languages, but because it helps us to  understand our world more deeply. Thank you to all of the parents who came to our parent session on Japanese Language Teaching and Learning at HIS this week. A multilingual journey involves the whole family, so thank you for your support.

Enjoy this week’s video.


Damian Rentoule, Principal

Japanese summary of content

The Crane Video

1. Peace Ride

We welcomed back our six students who participated in a 450km ride over the October break. They travelled to Shikoku and back before riding to Okayama and then back to Hiroshima, camping along the way. We were all very proud of the students, Daiichi, Monica, Kyle, Yuya, Meg and Ryo who represented us very well, facing the challenge with courage, perseverance and lots of preparation. Three teachers also accompanied the students all the way, supervising, coaching and guiding them through the 450km journey. Thank you to Mr Barker, Ms Hyde and Mr Underwood for the inspirational ride. I spent the first few days with the group and it was a great experience. As you can see from the photos, the Peace Ride involves lots of planning, hard work, fun with friends and some challenges along the way. I wonder where next year’s ride will lead?

IMG_0796 Peace Ride 1

IMG_20161015_181802 IMG_0789

2. Japanese Teaching and Learning at HIS Parent Workshop

Thank you to everyone who could make it to the Japanese Teaching and Learning at HIS. It was great to see so many of our parents here joining in. Please find below, the slides that were used for the presentation:

Slides: Japanese Parent Workshop

3. Festive Eve (Friday, 16th December)

A production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will take place on Friday 16th December. This group of 30 primary and secondary students who have auditioned for various roles will take action in the production team as actors, engineers and managers. Gr6-11 Orchestra students will also be supporting the performance. Thank you to Mr Underwood and Takako Sensei who are organising the production. It will be after school and we are currently finalising the time and will send details shortly.
Please note, we re-organized our performances slightly this year with:
  • The Festive Eve in December (16th) involving both primary and secondary students who auditioned for parts.
  • The Spring Concert in May (19th) involving class groups of primary and secondary students in a concert format.
There will be a regular school day before both of these events.

4. News from the PTA (21 October 2016) (日本語は以下にあります)

PTA Meeting (Wednesday, 26 October)

We will hold a PTA meeting at HIS on Wednesday 26 October.  This meeting is mainly to decorate the school entrance and prepare the treats for the PYP classes.  If you can join us, please come at 9 am to the Pink Room.

BOT Election

The election for the vacant guardian position on the Board of Trustees will take place next month.  Further information will be sent out from the school.

Halloween Parade and Costume Contest (Saturday October 29, Hondoori)

Are you ready for the Parade?  The PTA will have a table at Alice Garden, in back of Parco, where HIS students and guardians can meet.  Meeting times are:

  • Costume Contest:  17:30
  • Halloween Parade:  18:30

Students in G6 and below should be accompanied by guardians.  PTA Committee members will be walking in the Parade, but we cannot take responsibility for any accidents.

Secondary Halloween Dance (Saturday October 29, Peace Café

The deadline for signing up for the Dance was Friday 21 October, but you can still send in your slips early next week.  Grade 9 students will distribute tickets next week.  If you have any questions, please contact the PTA on

Halloween Activities at HIS (Friday 28 October, HIS)

The PYP teachers are planning their own Halloween celebrations for students on Friday 28 October.  Come dressed in your favorite costume!  There will be a parade in school and some activities in the classroom.  More information will be sent by the Homeroom teachers.

The PTA will prepare some treats for the classes.  If your child has a food allergy, PLEASE email the PTA on as soon as possible.

Cooking Club (Mondays, after school)

Thank you to all parents who volunteered for the Cooking Club.  We have one opening on Monday October 31.  If you have some time to share with the kids, please send an email to Mr. Bartelink directly (

Japanese Lunch Box (Obento)

We still need volunteers who can help to distribute and collect lunch boxes for PYP school children on Fridays, 12:30 – 14:10.  Volunteers are kindly invited to sign up directly on this sheet:

PTAからのお知らせ (10月21日)







  • コンテスト参加者の集合時間 17時30分
  • パレード参加者の集合時間  18時20分

受付場所 は パルコ裏アリスガーデンのトイレ前にHIS専用デスク設置。 PTAの役員が待っています。#必ず保護者同伴で参加のこと。PTAは万が一の事故に責任を負えません。




PYPの先生方もハロウィンの企画をしてるそうです。学内パレードを企画しておりますので、PYPの生徒はコスチュームを着て学校に来ましよう! 担任の先生から案内があります。

PTAはお菓子を用意しますが、アレルギーがある生徒は必ずPTAに連絡ください (。


クッキングクラブのボランティア、10月31日が空いています。ご協力できる方はMr. Bartelinkに直接メールを送ってください(。


毎週金曜日、お弁当をPYPのクラスに配布・回収するボランティアを募集します。 時間は



5. Bonfire Night (November 4th)

The UK families at HIS would once again like to invite you to help us celebrate Bonfire Night, one of our most popular cultural traditions, on November 4th. Please click on the link below to sign up for Bonfire Night, using the online form. A paper form will be available later, but its easier for us if you register online. Please send the correct money to school in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with the name and grade of your child, the total enclosed, and the word “Bonfire”. Participation in this event will be limited to 200 this year, on a first come first served basis, so we advise you to sign up ASAP. Details of the event are included below, and if you would like to know more about this British tradition, please check out the information in The Crane newsletter. We look forward to seeing you


Cost: ¥800 per person of school age and above (toddlers are free).
*3歳以上 は一律800円になります。

Schedule イベントのスケジュール:

15:30 – 17:15 childcare activities (included in the price)
17:00 – 18:00 reception
18:00 – 20:00 bonfire, hot home-cooked
food and fireworks
20:00 – 20:30 clean up

HIS families, friends and guests are invited to celebrate this popular British cultural event. There will be traditional food, a bonfire, fireworks, and a chance to relax and chat with community
members. *今年もイギリスの伝統的なイベントである、ボンファイヤーナイトを開催します。HISのご家族、またお友達と参加されませんか?温かいイギリスの伝統料理やデザートを食べながら、皆で、楽しい時間を過ごしましょう。花火もありますよ!

Please note that the event begins at 17:15. HIS Primary school students will be under supervision as part of the after-school
childcare activities until then. Please contact Masayo-sensei directly if you need childcare for siblings not enrolled at HIS. Childcare is not available for non-HIS guests.

Please sign up online if possible. The registration form can be found on the school website and Facebook page. If you are unable to register online, please complete and return the attached form, along with the exact money in an envelope, to the school office or class teacher by Monday 31 October.

*Participation for this event is limited to 200 people, on a first come first served basis.

PTA volunteers are needed to help with:

  • cooking クッキング(11月2日、4日 来れるときだけでも構いませんので、お時間がありましたら、ぜひお願いします)
  • setting up and clearing up (当日の準備とお片付け)
  • assist with childcare from 3:30pm (チャイルドケアのお手伝い)
  • serving food (配膳のお手伝い)
  • general supervision of children in the playground from 5pm

Online Sign-up

Night Sign-up Form