The Crane, 7 June 2019


  • Grade 2/3 Food Drive
  • Staffing Update;
  • Grade 5 Graduation;
  • Teacher Appreciation Day (Food/Drink Form);
  • Unscheduled School Closures;
  • Music for Peace Concert.

Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Community

We would like to congratulate our Grade 5 students who graduate today from our Primary Years Program into our Middle Years Program. We are very excited to see our new Secondary students transition into their new IB program. We also farewell our Grade 12 students who graduated last weekend although you will still see them around campus, on the Secondary Camp as well as on the Peace Ride before now and the end of the year. You have been great role models for everyone at HIS.

(Thanks to Jackie for the photo which was posted on the HIS Facebook page. A great shot.)

This week’s TED Talk is about uncertainty and although I did not specifically choose this to align with the graduations, the general idea of facing potential adversity does seem to fit well with the significant life changes associated with graduation. It is a really interesting talk, not just about one person’s struggle to overcome adversity, but a very powerful and logical approach to approaching uncertainty. Based on an experience dealing with mental health issues, Time Ferriss provides some great advice to all of us. Enjoy your weekend.


Damian Rentoule (Principal)

Crane Video

Grad2 2/3 Food Drive

The 2/3 Class is hosting a food drive for a local food bank, AiAiNet. The students will be collecting food in the genkan from Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 14. Donations should be non-perishable foods that expire after July 2019 (August 2019 expiry date is ok). Also, there will be a PYP dance on Thursday, June 13 at lunch. Food donations will also be accepted then. Thank you for your support! Here is a link to the great video. Also, Daichi visited the class to share his graduation speech. Thank you for being such a great role model.

Staffing Update (Final)

I would like to thank Matt Jungblut who will be finishing his role as a library-based Teaching Assistant at the end of this year and I would like to say thank you for all the contributions to HIS. I would also like to welcome Kazuko Savage to the Grade 4/5 Teaching Assistant role in 2019/2020.  Kazuko spent some time working in Grade 4/5 earlier this year and we look forward to welcoming her into the HIS community.

Teacher Appreciation Day (Food/Drink list)

On Thursday, June 20th, the HIS PTA will hold a Teacher Appreciation lunch at HIS. On the form linked here, you can indicate what food/drink you will be able to bring. Thank you.

Unscheduled School Closures

Section D10 from HIS Parent Handbook:

The school may be forced to close unexpectedly due to weather conditions, maintenance difficulties or other problems such as contagious illness. In cases of snow or heavy rain when school is not closed, the buses may be later than usual at the pickup spot.

Weather – the school will close for the day if Hiroshima is issued a red alert (keiho) for wind, rain or flood by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) at 6:00am.

Road Conditions – In the case of snow making road conditions treacherous in the local area of the school, a decision will be made at 6:00 am in the morning.

Contagious illness – In the case of a serious outbreak of an infectious disease such as influenza, the school will close for three consecutive days. The decision will be made in consultation with the local health authorities.

Decisions will be communicated by email, the HIS website’s home page and HIS Facebook by 6:00 am. Any school closure is made to ensure the safety of our students. It is understood that a school closure may be problematic for parents in terms of working schedules etc, however, the safety of your child is of paramount importance to all of us, so we would ask for your understanding in such cases.

(D10 Unscheduled School Closures, p. 22, HIS Parent Handbook)

We use the Japan Meteorological Agency website to keep an eye on advisories and warnings but consider HIS and the bus routes when making decisions. Our families are spread over a wide area from Okayama to Yamaguchi prefectures as well as all around Hiroshima so please consider your own local conditions when making a decision to make the journey to school.

Music for Peace Concert

We have been kindly offered free tickets to the ‘Music for Peace’ concert. 6 June 2019, Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen HBG Hall, Open 17:45, Start: 18:45.

If you would like a ticket, please add your name to this form by next Thursday, 5:00 pm and Takako sensei will organize that. Please, no requests after this time so if you would like to go, now is your chance. Thank you.