We welcome back our Grade 4/5 students and their teacher-chaperones from Hamada Camp. They all had a great time and made it back safe and sound. These camps are a major adventure for our students and a very important part of their program, developing their social skills and becoming more caring, adventurous learners in the process. I would like to share a video, produced by the IB, which provides an overview of the programs and gives you a sense of the array of schools offering the IB around the world. You can see this video underneath.
I would also like to thank the parents who have been very proactive in supporting Japanese language learning at HIS with some initial discussions last weekend and you will find a quick survey by the group of parent below. We will be following up our initial Japanese workshop with another one at the end of October, so we will send out more details in the Crane. Also, thank you to the PTA for the family interviews. That is a great idea. Enjoy your weekend.
Damian Rentoule (Principal)
2. Crane Video
3. Boarding Facility for 2018/2019
We are making plans to introduce a boarding facility next year to help us build our enrolments in the upper secondary school and increase diversity. We plan to start with a modest program of approximately 12 students. We are searching for a suitable property and would like to ask our HIS community’s help as you know the city better than anyone. Here is a brief outline of what we are looking for so if you come across anything, please let us know. Boarding Facilities at HIS
4. PTA News
1)From Brooke who is the Halloween leader:
We need about 80 empty toilet paper rolls for one of the projects.
We put a box to collect them near the entrance of the school, so save these empty rolls and send them in with your child! Thanks!
2)We need more volunteers for Room parents.
This is to benefit your child. Many of the things that room parents can help with can be done from home!
HIS will be administering the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) for Grades 3-10 on Monday and Thursday 2 and 5 October, respectively. Testing will take place each morning. Regularly scheduled classes will resume after testing.
Please see the following information outlining the purpose of the ISA and testing schedule. Paper copies of the HIS letter were sent home earlier this week. You may wish to read the privacy information for parents related to the results of the assessment.
On September 24, about 12 parents and guardians gathered to talk about Kanji review. There were many opinions about kanji and about Japanese language learning in general. The group decided to ask the wider HIS community for their views about Japanese and Kanji, so we prepared a short survey. If you are interested, please fill it in by Friday, October 6. (We are very sorry but due to limited time, we could not translate it into other languages).