The Crane 28 October 2016

Dear HIS Families

As we get ready to come together as a community for Bonfire Night, an appropriate Learner Profile attribute for this week would be ‘balanced’. Why would we want students to be at school in the evening when they could be home studying? In some ways, this attribute is the one that really tests a school’s belief in its mission and we need to ask if our day to day life at home and in school really reflects that of a balanced learner. Here is the definition:



They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. 私たちは、自分自身や他の人々の幸福にとって、私たちの生を 構成する知性、身体、心のバランスをとることが大切だと理解 しています。また、私たちが他の人々や、私たちが住むこの世 界と相互に依存していることを認識しています。

That idea about well-being is extremely important and will remain so to each of us for the rest of our lives. We want to be healthy intellectually, physically and emotionally – not neglecting an aspect of our self. Being balanced is about looking after ourselves. For this reason, sit down and do your homework, have dinner with your family, play with your friends at the park, come and see the Bonfire, get a good night’s sleep, practice for volleyball, talk to your parents about something that’s bothering you, dance, do some more homework, join a community event (Bonfire Night) and watch out if any one type of activity is taking up too much of your time. Be well. Enjoy your balanced weekend, especially the Secondary students at the Dance on Saturday night (Thank you PTA).

Kind regards

Damian Rentoule (Principal)

The Crane Japanese Summary 

1. Bonfire Night
Bonfire night is next Friday, the 4th November. This year there will
be no paper sign-up form. The only way to sign-up is online, using this link.

Thank you to Yoninah, Creative Commons.
Yoninah, Creative Commons

Please sign up by Monday 31 October.
Hope to see you there!
Nigel Barker

2. Parking at Bonfire

Parking will be limited on Bonfire Night so we would ask families to car-pool where possible. There will be a small amount of parking available on the school field (away from the fire) and some limited parking at Nozomien, accross the road from HIS. If you do need to park on the street, please be mindful of our neighbors. Thanks.

3. Volleyball

From October 6 to 8, HIS varsity volleyball teams had the end-of-season tournament. Boys went to Kyoto International University Academy, and girls went to Nagoya International School. In the beginning, from the different atmosphere and nervousness we could not show our full skills. In between games, we had a team discussion where we identified each of our strengths and weaknesses which boosted our confidence. Gaining our composure, we gradually showed HIS’s full potential. We won games against other schools and at the end, we were able to come together as a team encouraging each other and not giving up even in the hardest conditions we faced. We will continue to improve and show that at the next tournament.


4. Emergency Food Kit

We have some Emergency Food Kits at school that we prepare in case of a lengthy evacuation. Each kit has a bottle of water and a snack. These are stored in the shed on the playground for easy access. We need to replace these kits each year as expiry dates approach. From next week, we would like to ask all families to send, in a zip lock bag:

  •  one small bottle of water
  •  a snack (muesli bar etc)

Please write your child’s name on the bag. Homeroom teachers will collect these during the week. This is one snack that we hope we never need to eat, but it is good to be prepared. We will send your packs home at the start of the summer holiday, so please ensure that expiry dates are after the summer holiday begins.

We have also purchased a set of thermal blankets (the silver emergency blankets) in case we need to evacuate in cold, wet weather. We will keep these together with the snacks.

Something like this; small water and a long-lasting snack. Please check expiration dates.

5. Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) survey 
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Please take a moment to fill out the following survey for CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). CAS is an important and mandatory component of the DP at HIS. With your help, our HIS CAS students can be provided with opportunities that create meaningful connections with the local community. 
If you are interested in finding out more about CAS, please refer to the following links:
The links for the surveys are listed below:
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Christina Hyde (CAS Coordinator)

6. Peace Marathon next Thursday

The runners received registration cards from their class teacher this morning.  Please come along in a blue shirt and support our HIS runners.

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