The Crane, 15 March 2019


  • Parent Workshop – Growth Mindset;
  • Welcome to our teaching-practice interns;
  • PTA News

Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Families

I hope you have been enjoying the week. We will be holding a Parent Workshop on 1 April looking at the idea of a growth mindset. The basic idea behind a growth mindset is that we see ourselves as developing learners, a view that treats intelligence, in all its forms, as malleable. In short, we replace the idea that ‘I am not very good at something’ with the idea that ‘I am not very good at something, yet‘.  It is an empowering message that challenges many negative self-perceptions.

Related to this idea is an area that we should all be concerned about which is the unrealistic and unhealthy expectations that children are exposed to through various media which make them feel they need to be ‘perfect’. This, of course, is not new, but the effects are magnified through social media. Thomas Curren has some great advice for parents and schools in this TED Talk and I love the comment that we need to ‘create a culture that celebrates the joys of imperfection’.

I am spending the weekend in Bangkok at a series of IB workshops for the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP). One of the workshop leaders was discussing role-modelling in society and is investigating the phenomenon of children who spend such extended periods of time on the internet that the role-modelling function that a parent or caregiver would normally fulfil is taken over by the Internet. The results of this, as you can imagine, are not great for the child. The increased incidence of ‘perfectionism’ through increasing exposure to unrealistic expectations on social media is one of the outcomes so there is a lot to think about as a parent when controlling screentime.  For this reason, I thought that this TED Talk may be of interest so please enjoy and I hope you have a perfectly imperfect weekend.


Damian Rentoule (Principal)

Crane Video

Welcome to our Practice-Teaching Interns

We would like to welcome, Mick Hill, Eline de Boer and Maaike Kingma from the Netherlands to HIS. They are joining us in a primary practice-teaching placement where they are studying education. Click here for an introduction: Practice-Teaching Interns

Parent Workshop – Growth Mindset

April 1, 9:00 am-10:00 am in the Pink Room. We would love to see you there.

PTA News

Please click here for the PTA News: PTA News 15th March