The Crane, 10 September 2022

Thank you to all parents that attended our Parent Information Evening. It was very nice to see so many people in attendance. As well, thank you to our fine teachers for their preparations.

We were able to welcome back our Grade 10 class this week, which was great news. It was fabulous to see everyone back in person.

On Sunday evening this past week, I was able to attend the Let’s Pray for Ukraine concert featuring Jundai and Eishin. It was excellent. Congratulations to these students for showing such initiative.

I also encourage all Secondary students to participate in the Polo Shirt Design Contest as referenced below. This is our 60th Anniversary at HIS, and your contributions would be much appreciated and are genuinely encouraged!

Polo Shirt Design for Secondary Students

The deadline for the polo shirt design competition supported by the HIS PTA is now September 19th. If you have any draft designs, please do submit your design to the office or a digital version to the PTA (

You can even choose to create a design with more than one person! Be creative and harness your creative energies!

Ms K and Mr Steward (on behalf of the PTA)

The best place to learn is in person!

HIS, like so many other schools and institutions, has encountered a recent increase in COVID cases. Thankfully, this appears to be on the decline, once again.

Despite the associated challenges, and the temporary closure of one class, we remained open throughout. This is something we will always strive to do, if possible.

It is important to remind the community that HIS is not an online school. When practical and possible, we will do our best to engage students if they cannot be present at school. However, this may not always be practical or possible. This will be dependent on numerous factors and variables. If ever in question, please contact teachers directly, or me, the Principal, of course.

With regard to attendance, as stated, the best place to learn is at HIS, in person. There may be reasons why students cannot attend in person. These should be conveyed to the teachers, HIS Office, and Mr Steward. This greater understanding will help us better support each different circumstance. It will also help us understand how to best categorize each attendance record. Attending certain classes online is not considered equivalent to attending classes in person. Whatever we can offer as far as online support, while effective, is not designed to replace the real HIS experience; nor does it count as officially attending classes, unless approved by HIS.

I remind everyone, once again, that:

The best place to learn is in person at HIS!

HIS Alumni Event #1 (Fri, Sept 16 / Periods 7 and 8)

Dear Secondary Parents,

Thank you for joining the Parents Information Evening today. It was very nice to see many of you at school.

We would also like to invite you for the upcoming Secondary Alumni Event which is happening next week. I apologize for the short notice.

If you are available during that time, please feel free to join the session through Zoom. All Grade 6-12 students will be joining at school. Biographies of participating alumni are attached.

Alumni Event 2022-23

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 759 7322 0593 Passcode: 2eXz0y


2:10 – 2:20 Introduction by Ms K and Mrs K

Group 1
2:20 – 2:50 Shinjin Kahler
2:50 – 3:20 Kiko Shaw

Group 2
2:20 – 2:50 Airi Furui
2:50 – 3:20 Erin Hirakawa

Please let me know if you have any questions about this event.

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

Ms K (Ayako Kurokawa)

Morning Traffic Update

Thank you to all HIS community members for driving so carefully when approaching the school for drop-off and pick-up. The safety of our students and community members is imperative. This can only happen when we drive respectfully and responsibly. Thank you for your fine efforts. This process is going well.

Also, please be considerate of those people living near the school. Please avoid parking for long periods of time in places that will obstruct normal traffic flow. This is very important in maintaining positive relations within the local neighbourhood.

Videos of the Week

Let’s Pray for Ukraine Concert Excerpt


HIS Faces in the News! (Week 2 Picture Gallery)

Click here to see our weekly selection of photos from across HIS.

From the PTA

It was great to see so many of you at the Parents Information Evening on Friday. We explained briefly about the planned PTA events and how we are planning to try new ideas this year. We will keep you informed of our progress and decisions in the Crane, so please check back every week.


HIS polo shirt design deadline extended (September 19th) HISポロシャツデザイン締め切り延長 (9/19 月)

The deadline for the application for the design for the back of the new HIS polo shirt has been changed to September 18th (Monday). Please see the email from Ms. K for details. Entries are limited to secondary students. Thank you to everyone who has applied so far!
We would like a design that can be worn not only for this year’s 60th anniversary celebration, but also for school events / occasions in the future. We are looking forward to your application. Parents and guardians please also encourage your children to participate!

先だってよりお伝えしておりますHIS新ポロシャツ作成のための背面デザインの募集 ( 詳細はMs. Kからのメール参照。セカンダリー生徒限定。) の期限を更に9月18日(月)に変更させていただいております。(これまでご応募くださった皆さま、ありがとうございます! ) 創立60周年お祝いの今年度だけでなく、今後も引き続き正式な場所でも着用できるようなデザインでお願いしますね。たくさんの皆さまのご応募をお待ちしております。ぜひ保護者の皆さまからもお子さまへのお声がけをお願いしますね。

New plan for this year 今年度の新プラン

We would like to tell you about the new plans under consideration for this year, which were mentioned at the Parents Information Evening on Friday.


  • We are discussing changing the name “PTA” due to the negative image that this sometimes has, especially in Japan.
  • Snack Club (TBC). Once a month, make snacks with the children at lunchtime and sell them with the children at the next day’s recess time.
  • Parents’ choir club activity: We gather once a week and practice happily. There may be some performance opportunities as well!
  • PTAという名前が持つマイナスイメージ(特に日本) 脱却のために名称変更を検討中😊
  • (仮)スナッククラブ : 毎月一回、ランチタイムに子供と一緒にスナックを作り、翌日のスナックタイムに子供たちと販売。
  • 保護者クワイア部活動 : 週一回集まって楽しく練習。発表の機会もあるかも?

We will do our best to support HIS children and their parents so everyone can enjoy HIS life.

That’s all from us this week. Have a lovely weekend!

From the PTA