The Crane, 1 September 2017


  • PTA Donations,
  • Parent Information Night,
  • Japanese Workshop,
  • Autumn Holiday Care,
  • IB Terms Translated,
  • Secondary Camp Information,
  • Online Accounts for Students,
  • After School Activities Sign-Up

1. Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Families

One of our hopes, illustrated in the school Mission, is for our students to use the knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes that they develop within their units of inquiry at HIS to take action; to contribute and make a positive impact in their community. I would like to thank Youki Kotani, a HIS 2017 graduate, for a contribution that he has made to our community here at HIS. Youki designed a variety of variations of a HIS logo featuring a paper crane, which we are now able to make use of. Thank you very much for this wonderful contribution. You can see an example below and another in the header for the Crane. They look great.

Kind regards

Damian Rentoule (Principal)

2. The Crane Video

3. PTA News


1)The schedule of the main event of this fiscal year will be guided at the next Crane.
The number of PTA Committee is small this fiscal year, it is desirable to establish an executive committee for each event.
For that, we need your cooperation. In the near future, we will create a volunteer sign-up sheet for the events. We would like to ask for the participation of more than one volunteer!
Thank you.
2)The first PTA Meeting will be held on 13th Sep.
It will be conducted in both English and Japanese at the meeting.
The meeting is open to all parents and guardians. We look forward your active participation!
Each events are mainly discussed at the meeting,but if you have any other items you would like to mention on the agenda, we will receive it in advance.
Venue: HIS
Time : 9:00 – 11:00
Agenda: *Approximately annual event schedule
*Upcoming events 
                    Bon fire night
For questions etc please email:
議題: *年間スケジュール

4. PTA Donation

The PTA kindly donated 150,000yen to HIS at the end of last year to support our programs. 100,000yen will be used to help purchase a set of lockers for the Secondary and 50,000yen will be used to purchase some more Lego for the Primary. This has been made possible by the ongoing fundraising efforts of our wonderful PTA and we thank you for your education to our students.

5. Parent Information Night

  • Thursday 7 September is our annual Parent Information Night. The purpose of this night is to get an understanding of your child’s program for the year. Parents of PYP students will be able to meet with the grade-level class teachers. Parents of students in the MYP and DP will meet with grade-level homeroom teachers.
  • We will start the night at 6:15 for a Kanji workshop. 6:15-6:45 will focus on Kanji learning in the secondary (MYP) program. 6:45-7:15 will focus on Kanji learning in the PYP. (More information below.)
  • From 6:45 to 7:15, secondary subject teachers will be in the gym for an informal meet and greet. Information about individual courses in the MYP & DP will be provided.
  • At 7:30, all parents are invited to meet with their child’s class teacher (primary grades) or homeroom teachers (secondary grades).
  • Closing remarks from Dr. Rentoule and the PTA will conclude the evening at 8:30.
  • We hope that as many parents as possible will be able to join us. Light refreshments and snacks will be served throughout the evening.
  • We are also looking for student volunteers to guide parents to classrooms. If your child is interested in this opportunity, please contact Ms. Pechhold.

6. Workshop on Supporting Japanese at Home

At the Parent Information Evening, the Japanese Department will hold a workshop about Japanese homework and supporting Japanese learning at home, especially kanji learning across the curriculum. The workshop will be provided in Japanese.

  • Date: Thursday, September 7th
  • Time: 6:15 pm ~ 7:15 pm
  • 6:15 pm ~ 6:45 pm MYP focus
  • 6: 45pm ~ 7:15 pm PYP focus
  • Place: HIS Japanese Room 1 (next to former principal’s office)

We are looking for to meeting you then! (Japanese Department)

9月7日のParent Information Eveningにおいて「日本語の宿題、漢字学習、及び家庭学習についてのワークショップ」を開催致します。ワークショップは日本語で行います。皆さまのご参加をお待ちしております。
  • 日時:9月7日(木) 6:15 pm ~ 7:15 pm
  • 6:15 pm ~ 6:45 pm MYP focus
  • 6: 45pm ~ 7: 15 pm PYP focus
  • 開催教室:HIS Japanese Room 1 (旧校長室隣り)

7. Autumn Holiday Care

I hope everybody has had a great first week of the new school year. I am happy to announce HIS will be offering an Autumn Holiday Care Program from October 9th thru October 13th , for students EC to G5. The application form and the timetable will be sent home with the students next Monday. If you are interested in our program, please fill out the form and return it to school with your child/children. (Ryoko Jordan)

8. IB terms translated

If you ever wondered what the official translation is for the IB words we use, here is a list that may help: IB Japanese English translated terms.

9. Secondary Camp Information

Secondary Students will go to Osorakan Ecological Camp 13-15 September, which is coming up very soon. Please find the camp information letter here: Secondary Camp Ososakan September 2017

Please return permission forms by next Friday.

10. Online Accounts for Students

As we often create online accounts for students to access resources, we would like to make sure that you know which accounts your children are accessing and confirm permissions with you. Please find attached a parent permission form related to online accounts for your child. Online Accounts Permission

11. After School Activities Sign Up

Earlier this week information was sent home about Semester 1 After School Activities. The activities booklet which outlines the details of clubs and activities offered after school on Mondays and Thursday is linked here. Registration for activities will start Monday 4 September at 7:00 pm. Registration will be online and all families will be sent a link for registration Monday evening.

12. Japanese Outline