The Crane 12 May 2017

1. Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Families

I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather over Golden Week. I wanted to remind everyone that next Monday is Student Led Conferences and next Friday evening is Spring Concert, so we have a week and for this reason, quite a lot of information below. On Monday, for the Student Led Conferences (SLC), we do not have a regular school day, rather students come to school with their families at the scheduled SLC time. On Friday, for the Spring Concert, primary students come home early – buses leave HIS at 1:00pm and the exact arrival times at each bus stop will be sent home on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend and we hope to see you at school next week.



2. The Crane Video

3. HIS Idol


The sign up deadline for HIS Idol was today (Friday May 12th).

HEATS:  will run between 15th to 26th MAY during lunchtimes.
FINALE: Friday June 2nd 6:30pm to 8:45pm at International House (留学生会館).

4. Student Led Conferences on Monday

Please find attached a letter from Ms. Pechhold and Miss B that was sent earlier by email, inviting you to the Student -Led Conferences on Monday, 15th May, and explaining how the conferences will proceed.  The appointment time slip was also distributed earlier in the week. If, for some reason, the time slip did not make it to you, please call us on Monday morning and we can confirm your time.

SLC on 15 May 2017 Parents Letter

5. Information Sessions during Student Led Conferences

On May 15, during Student Led Conferences, we will offer two information sessions that may be of interest to you.
A. 9:00-10:00 am Reading Support in the Primary and Secondary Grade Levels:
This workshop is for any parent who is interested in learning how HIS supports reading development for all students in the primary and secondary grades. The information session will address: 
  • how target reading skills are identified for individual students
  • what direct reading instruction will look like at HIS next school year
  • suggestions for reinforcing reading skills at home.

After the information session, a selection of reading strategies will be presented through a carousel activity. Strategies will include:

  • support through online programs (secondary)
  • book clubs & reading is thinking
  • stamina reading & reading journals.
B. 12:45-1:30 pm Netherlands Student Trip for October 2017: This information session is for secondary students and parents who are interested in the visiting Comenius College near Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in October 2017. Students who are in grades 10-12 as of September 2017 are eligible to join the trip. The purpose, estimated cost, and logistics of the trip will be reviewed. We hope to book flights soon to get the best rates, so please attend if you are interested in learning about the opportunity. If you cannot attend, information will be available online & via email afterwards. Please contact Ms. Pechhold if you have questions about the trip or information session.

6. Spring Concert/Arts Gala on Friday

1) Friday May 19th Arts Gala: Spring Concert , Visual Art Exhibition, DP Exhibition 

The HIS Annual Spring Concert will be featuring all students in Early Childhood Class through Grade 11 in various performance groups. The program is presented as a way to celebrate student’s music coursework for the school year.  Students are making their final effort in preparing for the special evening.  Please join us and support, inspire the performers to sing and to play their best!

  • Primary Students: Early dismissal at 1:00pm for PYP students after eating early lunch.
  • Secondary Students: All G6-11 students will have normal classes until 15:20 and students will be staying on school campus in preparation for the evening.  Please pack supper for the evening for G6-12 students.

Please click here for more details: SpringConcert2017newsletterinfo.May12.docx-2

2) HIS Pale Blue Polo Shirt Donation HIS ポロシャツリユースご協力のお願い

If you have an HIS Pale Blue Polo Shirt that are no longer needed, please donate to the HIS Choir Wardrobe.


7. 平和発信コンサートSaturday, May 27th Peace Concert 

G2-5 students if you still wish to take part, please notify Takako sensei. Other grade level students are welcomed to come and see the event.



8. Peace Ride Bake Sale, Thursday 18 May

Hello, this is Ryo and Lisa from the Peace Ride Team.

On May 18th, Thursday during lunch time, we will be holding a Bake Sale selling cookies, muffins, and sweets which will all cost ¥100 – ¥150. We are also accepting donations of baked goods for the bake sale. If you would like to bake something for the sale, please bring it to school on May 17th or 18th. The money collected will be used for the Peace Ride and profits donated to organisations that work for the recovery of the Kumamoto Earthquake. The Peace Ride team is comprised of 9 students and 2 teachers. Our mission is to promote peace through a physically demanding activity with symbolic significance. The last two years, the Peace Ride Team has cycled to Nagasaki, and around the Chugoku and Shikoku region, riding a total of 450 kilometres for each trip. This year, the Peace Ride Team will be going to Kumamoto and Nagasaki. We will hold a workshop in a school around Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefecture to spread the message of Peace and donate money to help the earthquake recovery efforts.

Yours sincerely,

Ryo and Lisa


9. PTA News

News from the PTA (12 May 2017) (日本語は以下にあります)

  1. Report on 2017 HIS Festival

The Report of the 2017 HIS Festival is now available.  The yellow section is still to be filled, and will change after all of the receipts are collected.  We would like to think about how to use the profits from the Festival.

 The Report of the 2017 HIS Festival.pdf

・ Big thanks to Mr.Li(from Philippine food) for donations.

・ Once again, there is a thanks letter from Deli team.

From the International Deli

Many thanks to everyone who gave of their time, baking skills, packaging skills,  sticker sticking skills and decorating skills at the Festival to help us prepare such a varied colourful selection of treats.  Parents did most of the baking and packing, but we had the generous help of students and teachers as tasters during the week to make sure everything was fit for consumption!  Thanks guys!

Further thanks to all those worked so hard all day to sell our wares on the day, and lastly to those who baked at home and donated their treats on the day, and lastly of course to everyone who bought them!

Thanks to you all, we were able to completely sell out all home baked goods before the end of the day, and hopefully we were able to contribute a little to the PTA’s efforts to support our school for our kids! It was a pleasure working with you all.

  1. Reflections of Secondary Students on their Games and Activities during the Booths by Secondary Students

We have consolidated the comments from secondary students on the various activities they did for the HIS Festival.  These comments will be useful for preparing the next Festival.

 Reflections of Secondary Students .pdf

  1. PTA Committee for 2017-18

It is time to invite new members to form next year’s PTA Committee!  A separate email will be sent to parents and guardians about the role of the PTA Committee.  If you are interested, please send your name and child’s name/grade by email to by Wednesday May 31.  If there are more than 7 people, an election will be held.

Upcoming PTA Meeting (Wednesday 31 May, HIS Pinkroom, 9 – 11)

The agenda of the meeting is:

  1. Formal report of the HIS Festival
  2. New PTA Committee for 2017-18

We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions, please send an email to




 The Report of the 2017 HIS Festival.pdf

・フィリピンフードブースさん(Mr. Li)の経費は寄付となりましたことにお礼申し上げます。















5月31日 水曜日 9:00 HIS ピンクルームにて

議題 : フェスティバルの具体的収支報告

2017-2018 PTA役員について

10. Japanese Outline Video