The Crane, 14 January 2024

Welcome from James Steward

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

We have had an excellent return to school and many events are about to occur.

Firstly, I would like to thank all families for their superb support this school year to date. We have shared many enjoyable experiences together. Looking back through the photos for this CRANE, I note the many positive memories from our Holiday Assembly where our students shone so brightly. It was a command performance of fun and joy. 

Looking ahead, the DP Team are moving into their Mock Exams as they look ahead to Graduation 2024. We wish them good luck in the coming months. The Peace Riders’ training will intensify as they progress toward the big ride in May. Finally, good luck to our basketball team who play MC Perry Monday after school. Thank you to Ryoma (G12) for captaining and leading this team!

The PTA Wolfpack continues to stir up excitement and a full slate of events is about to come your way. The big one is the International Festival which will occur in April. 

See you soon at HIS!

James Steward

HIS Principal

Toy Drive Success from Student Council

Dear HIS community,

We are delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the Holiday Toy Drive, made possible by everyone who contributed donations. 

I had the privilege of delivering a car full of presents to the Misono Orphanage on Saturday afternoon before the break. Excitement filled the air as the kids observed us unloading the presents, expressing their enthusiasm with comments like, “I want this one!” and “Can I take this?” 

The head of the orphanage also expressed sincere gratitude, surprised at the sight of the abundance of gifts, saying, “All these presents?! Are you sure these are all for us?” 

Indeed, because of your generosity, we were able to present a remarkable number of gifts. We are sure that they will bring joy and warmth to the holiday season for the 33 orphans at the Misono Orphanage. Once again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated and made this Toy Drive a resounding success. 

Mei Yano
Co-President of Student Council, Co-Lead Organizer of the Holiday Toy Drive

Ritsumeikan University Visit

On Friday, Jan 19 a Ritsumeikan University representative is coming to HIS. The representative will talk to students during the day. A Parent Presentation will occur at 15:30 in the Library on the same day. (Mrs K)

HIS Photo Gallery

Notice for Students

Google Photos has changed its conditions so that students under the age of 18 can no longer see shared photos. To view the Crane photos you will need to sign out of your school Gmail account first, or use a different browser which is not signed in. 

Click the link to view a selection of photos from before and after the winter break:

From the PTA Wolfpack

Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a great and relaxing break. 

The first activity of the new year is to clean up Christmas decorations. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 9:00 we will be cleaning up. Please meet us in the Genkan if you can help out. 

Thursday, Jan 25, G9 will be baking sweet treats for the Bake Sale on Friday, Jan 26. If you are interested in helping the students bake on Thursday from 9:00 – 14:00 please reach out to Lindsae or email us at

Our first General Meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, Jan 31,  at 9:00. We will be discussing budget and upcoming events, especially the upcoming International Fair. We hope to see you there. If you would like to attend through Zoom, please let us know.

Upcoming Events:

  • Jan. 17 Christmas Clean Up
  • Jan. 25 Let’s Bake with G9
  • Jan. 26 Bake Sale
  • Jan. 29  Wolfpack Shop
  • Jan. 30  Wolfpack Shop
  • Jan. 31 Wolfpack General Meeting @ 9

The PTA Wolfpack