The Crane 3 February 2017

1. Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Families

I hope you enjoyed your week. If you are reading this, I would like to say, thank you. The Crane is our main form of communication with HIS families. I have been told on many occasions that ‘people don’t read the Crane’ and although this is an issue in many schools, I would ask you to help us out by encouraging others to follow your good example and take the time to look over this newsletter one a week. Thank you.

I am in Hong Kong this weekend delivering an IB workshop on creating inclusive classrooms to a group of teachers from a range of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The IB has a great system of bringing teachers together for ongoing professional development and being here is a great reminder of the rich diversity of the community of IB schools around the world. Have a great weekend.

Kind regards

Damian Rentoule (Principal)

2. The Crane Video

Valentines Day Chocolates

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Hungry Hideout committee is organising something where if you buy a bag of chocolates, we will deliver it to a Valentine.


Mr B on the Ice

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Mr B traveled to Karuizawa last weekend to represent Hiroshima Prefecture at the Japan Winter Games and had lots of fun on the ice, it seems. Congratulations on this great achievement.

After-school Activity Programs

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

In this message you will find important information concerning 2nd semester after-school activity programs which will begin the week of February 13th.   You can find the club information booklet attached to an email sent on Wednesday.   Sign up registration will be done online.

Sign up link here:

This form (link) will be opened for selections on Tuesday January 31st at 6pm and will close on Friday February 3rd at 1pm.

Once we have collected the information on students club selections, we will look at the scheduling of after school buses. We will communicate this to you as soon as we know the details.

Please also think about how you might be able to offer your skills and support: how about making a ‘guest chef’ appearance at the cooking club?  Please contact the PTA to volunteer your services or just let me know.    If we are unable to find volunteers, unfortunately, cooking club will be cancelled.

If you have any questions, comments or services to offer,  please do not hesitate to contact me.


Wayne Bartelink

9. PTA News

News from the PTA (3 Feb 2017) (日本語は以下にあります)
1) Cooking Club (Mondays, after school)

Regarding Cooking Club,  Yumiko Barker,  Stefan and Jenny kindly offered to help.  Thank you very much!


2) Volunteers for Baker Books

We are looking for someone who is interested in helping  Baker Books.  The main job is ordering  books and delivering books ordered.  Eriko Hird is doing this job at the moment.   If there is anyone who is interested in helping, please let us know.



3)Summary of PTA Meeting held at HIS on January  28.
 We held the PTA meeting on Saturday 28 January.  10 people attended this meeting including people who can’t  normally attend on weekdays.  It was a very worthwhile meeting.  Thank you so much for your time!
The minutes of the two PTA Meetings had been  posted on the HIS Website (under Community à PTA)
 As for HIS Festival, there will be Festival information and sign-up sheet for volunteer in your child’s folder on next Monday.  Please feel free to ask any question to the PTA team.   e-mail:
** It will not be accepted online.

Upcoming Events

2/11 (Saturday / Public Holiday):  Strategic Planning Workshop with Parents

2/18 (Saturday):  HIS Ski Trip

2/22 (Wednesday):  PTA Meeting from 10:00 at the Peace Café

3/24 (Friday):  HIS Idol Final Stage.

3/29 (Wednesday):  PTA Meeting from 9:00 at HIS

4/15 (Saturday):  HIS International Festival

If you have any questions or comments, please send to

PTAからのお知らせ (2月3日)
 クッキングクラブのボランティア、ゆみこバーカーさんとStefan en Jennyさんの応募がありまし  た。ご協力ありがとうございます。
 現在エリコ・ハードさんがやられています。 ご一緒にできる方募集します。
1月25日水曜日と28日土曜日のミーティングの議事録はPTAのホームページにアップされています。 (学校のホームページのメニューバー 「Community」にPTAのページがあります。)
 来週の月曜日にはフェスティバルの案内とボランティアのサインナップシートをお子様のホルダ  ーに入れさせていただきます。



2月18日(土曜日) スキートリップ

2月22日(水曜日) PTA定期ミーティング 10時より 八丁堀のピースfカフェにて

3月24日(金曜日) HISアイドル ファイナルステージ

3月29日(水曜日) PTA定期ミーティング 9時より  学校にて

4月15日(土曜日) HIS フェスティバル



3. February 11 – Open House Student Tour-Guides (10:00am-12:00pm)

On February 11, we have an Open House event from 10:00am-12-pm for families considering joining us here at HIS. On this day, we need some help from our students as tour guides. Our visitors were really impressed by our students last time we did this in November. If your child would be able to help out on this day, please let me know at


4. February 11 – Parent workshops

   a. Supporting English Language Learning for Secondary students

  • 10:00am-11:00am

Explore some ways that we support English language learning in the secondary school as well as some ways to support your child at home. All parents are welcome.

   b. MYP Personal Project Workshop

  • 11:00am-12:00pm

At the end of the MYP, in Grade 10, students undertake a significant independent project called the Personal Project. Find out what this is all about and how you can support your child on their journey. All parents are welcome.

   c. Strategic Planning ‘Where do we want to be in 10-15 years?’

  • 1:00pm-3:00pm

By strategic planning, we mean defining where we want HIS to be in the future and making a plan to get us there.  Over the next six months, we are going to continue to review our priorities for where we, as a school, want to be in the future, 10-15 years from now.

On Saturday, February 11 (1:00pm – 3:00pm) we will hold a Strategic Planning Workshop where you will have an opportunity to help in this process. We will brainstorm ideas and work in groups to discuss potential future directions for HIS. Hope to see you there. All members of the school community are welcome to come along and add your voice.


5. Spring Holiday Child Care

During the spring holiday we will be offering a child care program for our PYP students (EC1-Grade 5). Places are limited, so please sign up as early as possible.

  • Dates: Monday February 27 to Friday March 3
  • Time: Regular HIS hours 9:00am – 3:20pm
  • Cost: ¥20,000 for the week
  • Transport: A bus will be provided. Cost of bus to be determined. 
  • Program: Creativity & Movement: The program for the week will focus on creativity and movement with a variety of activities each day keeping students physically active and engaged in the creative arts while maintaining an English language environment.
  • Application: Please email Ms Hirata at