The Crane, 27 November 2022

Welcome from James Steward 

Dear HIS Community,

Another excellent week has been completed at HIS.

The HIS Parent Wolfpack has decorated the Genkan and various areas of the school with a very festive and wintery look. It looks fantastic! Thank you for your incredible support of HIS!

Festive Eve is on everyone’s mind. Our Peter Pan production must be making others GREEN with envy! Students are putting their final touches on the performance as the big date approaches. We also thank the Sonoda family, in advance, for agreeing to support the videoing of Peter Pan. More Peter Pan updates can be found below.

It was great to enjoy and ‘Indian’ lunch this week with our Grade 12 class. They were the winners of our Halloween Carnival Skit Contest! Their prize was a lunch of their choice!

Finally, congratulations to Yuta (G 12) and Hinano (G 8) whose 60th Anniversary Polo Shirt designs have been selected by students to grace our new shirts. Yuta’s design received slightly more votes, however, we thought that it would be good to combine both designs on the shirt with Yuta’s on the back and Hinano’s on the front. I will congratulate both students personally this week, as it has been a secret up until now! Please stay tuned for more news on this front.

Please read on for further information.

James Steward

HIS Principal

Festive Eve 2022                              

Saturday, Dec. 10th 14:00-17:30    

Program:  This year, we will be presenting Peter Pan, based on a classic play (1903) by J.M. Barry.  The choir (all G3-5) will be singing selected pieces during the musical; all primary classes will be presenting class dance acts. The G6-10 orchestra will be performing an overture. The cast are supported by the backstage crew who are taking all areas of responsibilities behind the scenes as stage directors, movement director, stage managers, choreographers, musicians, lighting, scenery prop design, costume/hair make-up, and audio technicians. 

Costumes & Concert Attire: 


All costume related items in school by Sun. Dec. 4th CAST Run-through Day

Final Dress Rehearsals will be on Friday, Dec. 9th 

All Primary Class Act Students: 

All costume related items in school by Friday, Dec. 2nd for Primary Class stage trial. Please mark names clearly on all items.

Hair and Make-Up   

Costume team will work on light face painting at school, but hair styling can be done at home. There are no specifications and ‘special feel’ of the child is the priority.

All Students

Students should leave all costume items at school until the performance. 

Please put all items in a strong shopping bag with the student’s name and grade on it. Please contact

G6-10 Orchestra Concert Attire オーケストラ演奏者服装規準

  • White shirt with collar and dark pants, Suit & Tie
  • Dark Dress OR White blouse and Dark Pants/Skirt  
  • Calf length or longer is more appropriate for this occasion if you have a choice.

Saturday, Dec. 10th Schedule:

Alternative school day schedule. Monday, Dec. 12th 代休 No school in lieu of Sat.

There will be NO SCHOOL BUSES on this day.

10:00     Cast & Backstage Crew only arrival 

12:45     Other Crew and Primary/Secondary Students arrival

No sooner than 12:30 please

Students will go directly to their homerooms. 

13:00     G6-10 Orchestra soundcheck rehearsal

13:30     DOORS OPEN 

14:00     Curtain Opens

Parking:  School ground will be opened for PARKING. Safety guards will be directing you.


Indoor Slippers:  Please prepare indoor slippers to protect the gym floor.

Something Warm:  Heating in the gym will not be on during the performance. Please wear something warm. 

Student Seating and Program Order:

All students will be seated with the class until the end of the program. I

The program order is as follows:

Peter Pan

Overtures by G6 Orchestra & G7-10 Orchestra

EC/KG classe: Act 1 “Tender Shepherd” 

G1-2 class: Act I “I Gotta Crow”

G3-4 class: Act II “Hook’s Tarantella” 

G5 class: Act III “Hook’s Waltz”

G3-5 Choir will be singing through all Acts “Tender Shepherd” “I Gotta Crow” “I Won’t Grow Up” “Wendy” “Hook’s Waltz” “Neverland”

Clean Up:

For all secondary students, community responsibility is an important part of their learning expectations. Orchestra members are expected to safely put away the instruments and take them home after the program. Thank you for your understanding.

Video:On the courtesy of the Sonoda family, HIS will be taking a video for record.  We will make this video accessible via online link.  Please respect the copyright law and use the link ONLY for personal use. Sharing of the link through any open social network is strictly prohibited. 公演ビデオは個人利用のみに限り、SNSでのシェア、公開は固く禁じられています。

Baseball Clinic on December 2

Yasunuishi High School has offered to run a baseball clinic for our students December 2 from 15:30 to 17:00. Most equipment will be provided, however, HIS students are requested to bring their own bats and gloves, if possible. If a student does not own these items, the high school team will bring extra equipment. Thank you to Megumi Muterspaugh for helping us organize this opportunity.

Please inform Makkie-san in the HIS Office by November 30 if your child intends to participate in the excellent opportunity:

Yuko Makio

HIS Faces in the News! (Picture Gallery)

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Videos of the Week

From the HIS Parent Wolfpack (PTA) 

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From the Parent Wolfpack Team (PTA)

◆ HIS 60th Anniversary Polo Shirt Order Start HIS創立60周年記念ポロシャツ販売開始

As mentioned above by Mr Steward, the design has been chosen for the HIS 60th Anniversary Polo Shirt. Congratulations to the winners! We’d also like to show our respect by thanking all designers who contributed to this special celebration for the school!

The Parent Wolfpack Team (PTA) would like to support the school by taking orders for the Polo Shirt.

Here is the link for the details of the order. 

 ➡︎Click here for the Details of the Polo Shirt / ポロシャツの詳細はこちらから

 ➡︎Click here for the Polo Shirt Order Form  / ポロシャツの注文リンク

◆ Let’s Bake! Thursday Dec 01 on sale Friday レッツ ベイク! 12月1日(木)実行、翌日販売

Next Thursday, Dec 1st it’s time for “Let’s Bake!” again. This month, G3/4 will be in charge of making apple crumble muffins. They will be sold at the bake sale on Friday, so please give your child some money. We will sell them for 100 yen each. Please remember to bring an apron for all students who plan to participate in baking on 1st December (Thursday). 

◆ Request for Donation of Sweets for the Santa Visit (Reminder) Santa Visit 用のお菓子ドネーションのお願い (再)

We would like to ask for donations for the sweets that will be distributed to students for the Santa Visit as the sweets collected before Halloween were all used up for the Halloween Carnival. If you have brought donations to the school, please give them to Sayaka-san in the office. Some students are allergic to nuts, so please avoid them. Thank you!!

◆ Winter Holiday Decorations ウィンターホリデーの飾り付け

We decorated the entrance area and corridors for Christmas on Tuesday 22nd Nov, creating a special festive atmosphere. The Christmas trees will be added by G10 students soon. Thank you to everyone who helped us, it’s great to see the school looking so festive. 

Scholastic / Baker Books Order has Ended スコラスティック/ ベイカーブックス 注文締切

Thank you to everyone who ordered from our Scholastic/Baker Book Club. We will let you know when your books arrive. 

The total price of the books everyone ordered this time was nearly $1000, which means we will be able to purchase about $125 worth of books for the school library. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped us support the school in this way. 

For those who didn’t manage to order in time please look out for our next Book Club!

That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend!!

The Parent Wolfpack Team