The Crane, 1 June 2018


  • Incoming Teacher Introductions
  • Grade 12 Graduation
  • Sakura medal book trailer contest 2018 winners
  • Withdrawal Form & Financial Regulations Form
  • PYP Exhibition/Gr 5 Transition/Gr 5 Graduation
  • Parent Satisfaction Survey Results
  • Withdrawal Form & Financial Regulations Form
  • PTA News

1. Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Community

We are nearing the end of the school year and we have many events happening, so keep an eye on the Crane and the HIS Calander. Our next important event is the Grade 12 Graduation tomorrow and you can find details below. Congratulations to our Seniors who are just about to start a new adventure.

The period of nominations for the four Guardian positions for the Board of Trustees has closed. We received two nominations for the four available places so I will confirm with the nominated candidates and make an announcement early next week. An election for two more Guardians to the Board of Trustees will be held when we return from summer break. I would encourage you all to consider this important role.

On the last day of school, we will have a whole school assembly from 2:00 pm – 3: 00 pm and parents are invited to attend. We will open the ground for parking at 1:45 pm.

Enjoy your weekend.

Kind regards

Damian Rentoule (Principal)

2. Crane Video

3. Incoming Teacher Introductions

Marisa Villarreal (KG/Gr1)

From the USA. Previously taught in USA, China, and Lithuania

I am excited to be joining the HIS community and look forward to learning with the KG/1 students next school year! In addition to working as a classroom teacher both in the United States and internationally, I have spent significant time assessing students for Special Education. I am a strong believer in lifelong learning and in ensuring an inclusive and quality education for all students. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, photography, and immersing myself in different cultures.

Guy Dormer (Gr4/5)

From New Zealand. Previously taught in New Zealand and Vietnam.

I am from Auckland, New Zealand and have been teaching Grade 4-5 classes internationally for 9 years. As a classroom teacher I am passionate about student achievement, and about ensuring that the classroom culture is one which is safe, supportive and challenging. Prior to coming to HIS I have worked in Auckland and in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My interests outside school include hiking, reading, learning languages, travelling and cricket.

Robert Washington (MYP Sciences/DP Biology)

From the United States. Previously taught in US, Japan, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
I am very excited to become part of the HIS family. I hail from Memphis, Tn, and  I have been teaching science in various countries for the better part of a decade. I have lived in Japan before and worked as an English teacher. Now, I return to this fantastic country to begin a new adventure.  During my time away from academia, I enjoy reading, travelling, weight lifting (when I have the opportunity) and spending quality time with my family.

Edwina Sylvestre (EC3/4 Teaching  Assistant from January 2019)

From the United States. Previously taught in the US, Japan, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

I’m originally from Port-au-Prince and began my teaching career in Hiroshima, Japan in 2002 as an English teacher.  I have since taught French, 3rd Grade, and worked as a Learning Support teacher. This year, I will be working as a TA in the Early Childhood department and I’m excited to embark on this new adventure. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, sewing, and spending quality time with my 2-year-old son.

Justin Lancon (Inquiry Support Instructor – library)

I start in the library at HIS in the summer of 2018 after spending a few years teaching here in Japan and in America. I’ve been lucky enough to experience teaching students of all ages, from babies to the elderly, though most of my experience is in junior high school. Academically, I find a lot of joy in research, and I love helping students grow their knowledge and understanding. My hobbies include reading, archery, photography, and performance driving. On the weekend, you might find me out at the range, at the circuit, or in my home away from home, Ehime.

Ron Crews (EC3/4 Teaching Assistant until December 2018)

From the United States. Previously taught in Japan.

I am from California and hold a BA and MA in English.  I have taught English in Japanese Yochien and served as lead preschool/kindergarten teacher at an international school in Aomori Prefecture. I was a university lecturer for 3 years before taking time off to take care of my 2 daughters. I love animals and enjoy aquarium keeping. I enjoy technology and building computers, trying to play the guitar, the science of baking, and going to the gym (to make up for all the baking)

Matt Jungblutt (Gr4/5 Teaching Assistant)

John Savage (MYP Coordinator/Secondary Vice Principal)

Kathryne Imabayashi (PYP Coordinator/Primary Vice Principal)

4. Grade 12 Graduation

(This appeared in The Crane, 18 May)

We are all very proud of our Grade 12 students who have worked very hard, particularly over these past two years of the DP. Graduation will take place on Saturday 2 June at the Mitsui Garden Hotel.  The ceremony will be from 16:30 to 17:30 and the Graduation Dinner for students and their families will start 18:30 to 20:30 at the Oriental Hotel Hiroshima. We look forward to celebrating the conclusion of this wonderful learning journey.

5. Sakura medal book trailer contest 2018 winners

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Sakura Medal competition this year.
■MS-A(Middle school)
First Place Awards
Kayne (Grade 8)
Third Place Awards
Saiko (Grade 8)
Himawari (Grade 7)
Jahwen (Grade 8)
■MS-B(Middle school)
Second Place Awards
Sean (Grade 6)
Third Place Awards
Juliette (Grade 6)
YoonJin & Sara (Grade 6)
Lucija (Grade 8)
■HS-A(High school)
Third Place Awards 
Mairi (Grade 9)
■HS-B(High school)
Third Place Awards 
Joe & SuHwan (Grade 9)
You can see their work at SAKURA medal book trailer contest HP.

6. PYP Exhibition/Gr 5 Transition/Gr 5 Graduation

Please see PYP Exhibition/Gr 5 Transition and Gr 5 Graduation letter at the following link: PYPX G5 Grad Letter 2018. Contents below:

Dear parents,

FRIDAY 8th JUNE: Grade 5 to Grade 6 Transition Day

On Friday 8th June, we have scheduled a transition day for the Grade 5 students entering Grade 6 in August. The goals of this transition are to:

  • familiarize incoming Grade 6 students with some of the secondary teachers
  • allow incoming Grade 6 students to change classes and move around the building, especially in areas they are not familiar with (Annex classrooms, art room, science lab)
  • give children a preview of what they will be learning in Grade 6 – observing a lesson or activity that will spark their interest will take place in each subject.

Students will be shadowing the G6 class on this day to ensure that they can experience a variety of classes.  Where secondary teachers may not be scheduled to meet with the G5 students, we hope to arrange a pop-in session before the end of the semester for students to become acquainted with new teachers.

The Grade 4 students will remain in the G45 classroom with Mr B and Ms Valdez.

FRIDAY 15th JUNE: Grade 4/5 PYP Exhibition and Grade 5 Graduation 2018

The arrangements for this year’s Grade 4/5 PYP Exhibition and Grade 5 Graduation, to take place on Friday 15th June, have been finalised.  The day will be scheduled as follows:

Time Event Location Description
10.45 -12.30 Parking opened to parents playground Please be mindful of the cones and nets.
11.10 – 11.50 Parents G5-6 Transition Presentation by G6 Students G7-8 Homeroom

(Secondary English Classroom)

G6 students to share their experiences with PYP parents in creative and thoughtful ways
11.50 – 12.30 Early lunch for all PYP students Homerooms Parents welcome to eat in genkan area or playground spaces
12.30 – 12.45 Outside play PYP students will be out in the playground
12.45 – 13.30 PYPX 2018  Welcome Ceremony and Group Performances Gym Please arrive at least ten minutes before 13.00 pm.
13.30- 15.15 Visit Student Exhibition Stalls Pink Room, Library, Upper Corridor, G4/5 Cafe & G45 Classroom This will be the time to visit all locations to discover what passions have been explored.
15.15 – 16.00 Refreshments and preparation for G5 Graduation Genkan area/Pink Room Please feel free to use Japanese Room 1/bathrooms/Ms. B’s office for changing.
16.00 – 16.20 Grade 5 students final rehearsal Gymnasium Parents please wait in the genkan area whilst we complete our last rehearsal.
16.20 Gymnasium doors open Families and attendees to enter for seating.
16.30 – 17.45 Grade 5 PYP Graduation Ceremony commences Gymnasium
17.45 End of the Graduation Ceremony and photo opportunities Please leave school grounds.
evening Grade 5 Graduation dinner party To be confirmed.

*Car parking will be available in the school playground from 10.45am. Please enter carefully as students may be on the grounds.

G5 Graduation

G5 students wear a range of formal clothes of choice for this occasion and will receive a Certificate of Graduation from the PYP at the ceremony.  

Parents and extended family members and friends are all very welcome to join our ceremony.  If there is likely to be more than four members attending, please let us know.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

Ritchelle Valdez, Wayne Bartelink                      Clare Barnfather

G4/5 Team                                                             Primary Vice Principal/ PYP Coordinator

7. Parent Satisfaction Survey Results

If you would like to see a copy of the previously published Parent Satisfaction Survey, please contact the school office. Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback.

8. Withdrawal Form & Financial Regulations Form

If you are withdrawing at the end of this school year and haven’t yet submitted the Withdrawal Form, could you please contact Sayaka Hirata in the office Returning families, please submit the Financial Regulations form to the HIS office. This will assist us in our planning for next year. Thank you.

9. PTA News

1)The Board of Trustees is still seeking parent/guardian members.  This is a good opportunity to become more involved with the decision making processes of the school.  These positions are open to every parent in the school regardless of language, grade level of children, and familiarity with the board. If you are interested, you are highly encouraged to stand for election.
The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Thursday June 7, at the UNITAR office, across from the Atomic Bomb Dome from 7 PM.  This meeting is open to any and all interested members of the HIS community, provided that you contact Board of Trustees Chairperson in advance – the email is

– we hope to see you in attendance.

2)Read It, Review It, Recommend It

<New review>

Vaughn Amidei  G3

* Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 

This book is awesome because it is a mix of fantasy, magic, love [ kind of], school, and total AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!! It is also cool because when you finish you can watch the movie. I think everyone though G2 up. I give it 5 stars because it is EPIC.

* Title: Bad Dad

I think that Bad dad is a very cool book but also sad, everyone gets Revenge!!!! I would recommend it to G2 and up. I give it 5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3)<Family interview>

Welcome to HIS!

Murato family

Lan: KG/G1

Mom: Yoshie Murato ,Japanese

Dad: Zhu Zhenyu , Chinese

Lan has been in Hiroshima since she was born.

We live near Hiroshima Castle.

We like to travel with our family, especially we like going to Hawaii.

My family uses Japanese.

We hope Lan will have a good relation with friends from of all over the world!

4) Next PTA meeting will be June 13th.





メール: よろしくお願いします。

2) ブックレビューが届きました!

Vaughn Amidei  G3

* Title : Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 


G2以上がいいと思います。 超絶すごいから星5個!!

* Title: Bad Dad



G2以上おすすめ。 こちらも星5個だぜ!!!!!!


Welcome to HIS!

Murato family

Lan: KG/G1

Mom: Yoshie Murato ,Japanese

Dad : Zhu Zhenyu , Chinese







10. Japanese Outline