The Crane, 12 May 2024

Welcome from James Steward

Dear HIS Community,

The MYP took centre stage this week at HIS with their exceptional work on our Interdisciplinary Units (IDUs). Students studied such concepts as Artificial Intelligence, Renewable Energy, and Disaster Preparedness. Our students and teachers were superb while integrating complex concepts into the learning and teaching. Congratulations to Sarah Niemann (MYP Coordinator) and the entire MYP Team.

This coming weekend the focus will be on the Spring Concert, College Counselling, The Visual Arts Exhibition in MYP and Parent Student Conferences from ECKG to G4. We are looking forward to hosting you. More information can be found below.

The Peace Riders will leave campus next Monday morning for their adventure into the mountains of Yamagata. Mr Barker and Dr Skaer have been training our riders consistently since the beginning of the school year.

The IB DP Exams are almost complete. The final ones occur early this week. Congratulations to the G12 students, Mr Smith our DP Coordinator and all invigilators that helped support this complex endeavour.

I hope the week to come is a positive one for the entire HIS Community.


James Steward

HIS Principal

Arts Gala and Spring Concert Update 

Dear Parents, Families, and Friends at HIS

You are Cordially Invited to the

Arts Gala: Spring Concert 2024

Saturday, May 18th at Hiroshima International School

The HIS Annual Spring Concert will be featuring all students in Early Childhood Class through Grade 11 in various performance groups. The program is presented as a way to celebrate student’s learning engagement through music for the school year.  Students are making their final effort in preparing for the special day.  Please join us and support, inspire the performers to sing and to play their best! 

Program Overview

Early Childhood/Kindergarten Class Movement & songs

Grade 1-2  Movement & songs

G3-5 Chorus 

c. 60min.


G6 Ensemble

G9-10 Ensemble


G7-11 Orchestra

c. 40 min.

Please prepare attire: for the purpose of bringing the light onto unity of the groups, and to add a little special feeling for the evening, please consider the following guidelines. 


EC-G2            HIS team color T shirt and short pants/spats (something fit and easy to move around). Students will be demonstrating rhythm movement activity where they would need to be able to move freely (bending, crawling, galloping, etc.) They will be barefoot during the performance.

Chorus G3-5       HIS 60th Anniversary Polo Shirt and beige or brown tone color pants/skirt

Orchestra (G6-11)   Collar shirts, dressy white or black shirts, dark pants/skirt OR dark dress 

(calf length or longer is more appropriate choice for concerts)

  • Parking:  The playground will be open for parking. Car-pooling would be encouraged as there are limited spaces. 
  • Slippers: Please prepare slippers to protect the gym floor. 上履きの準備をお願いします。
  • Gym Doors Open @ 13:00 p.m. Please wait until the final rehearsals are over. 


All Primary students will be seated with their homeroom groups until the end of the program.

No Eating during the Performance for HIS Students HISの生徒は演奏会終了まで、生徒の席で演奏に耳を傾けます。演奏会中は生徒は飲食できません

Secondary Students will be kept for a quick clean up of their equipment and for a GROUP PHOTO following the program. We will be aiming to dismiss secondary students by 16:00 p.m.

終演後、中高生は記念撮影をし、オーケストラ席の簡単な片付けがあります。解散は16:00 予定ですのでご協力よろしくお願いいたします。

Children can be the best audience of the finest music.  If they are familiar with the pieces, they will be RESPONDING with greater joy. Younger children watch the way grown-ups listen to music. Please enjoy listening to some of the musical pieces that will be heard at the HIS Spring Concert 2024.  Looking forward to seeing many of you there! 子供は本物の音楽を聴き分ける力を持っています。曲に親しんでいれば、聴くことが喜びに変わるでしょう。小さな子供は大人がどんな風に音楽を楽しむのかをじっと見ています。スプリングコンサートで奏される曲にどうぞお子様と耳を傾けてみてください。

G7-11 Orchestra    Beethoven 6th Symphony “Pastorale”      Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile 

G9-10 Ensemble    J.S. Bach Double Violin Concerto in D minor

G6 Ensemble  Ryuichi Sakamoto “Rain” from Last Emperor ,  Simple Gifts (Yo-Yo Ma)

Takako Tokunaga, HIS Music

 Arts Gala: Secondary Visual Arts Exhibition

“We are back!”
          Visual arts department will present selected artworks by secondary students around the genkan area. This exhibition will showcase the works by Grade 7-10 students and you will be able to see both challenges and progress that students made over the year. Please join us for our exhibition!

HIS Secondary Visual Arts Exhibition

Date: Saturday, May 18th

Location: HIS Genkan (entrance) area

Open to anyone

“We are back!”

Grade 6 and Grade 7 – Selected artworks

Grade 9 and Grade 10 – Self Portrait 

Grade 11 and Grade 12 – Selected artworks

Tim Humphris, HIS Visual Arts

The Barkers in Zambia!

During Golden Week the Barkers were able to make a couple of donations in Zambia on behalf of HIS.

Peace Ride Donation

We were happy to deliver a Buffalo charity bike to Kasisi orphanage. About 240 children live in the orphanage, which is run by nuns from Poland.

The bike was purchased in Zambia with money raised through Peace Ride T-shirt sales. Thanks to everyone who bought one!

Library Book Donation

We also brought about a hundred books no longer needed by the HIS library and donated them to Enviro-Floor school, which is the school on Shanika’s farm. Shanika is Ren’s sister, who also went to HIS when she was little.

In Remembrance of Yusuke Hiraga

Dear HIS Community, 

In remembrance of our dear classmate Yusuke Hiraga (class of 2020), who tragically left us one and a half years ago, we are coming together at HIS on the weekend of June 16th 11 am, to pay tribute to his life and friendship.

We plan to hold a ceremony to plant a tree sapling and dedicate a bench in his honour next to the new Annex at HIS. We hope that this sapling will grow into a healthy tree and the bench will be used by future generations of HIS students.

We warmly invite you to join us in paying tribute to Yusuke’s memory. Specific details regarding the time and day will be finalised closer to the date.

We also kindly ask for donations to contribute to the cost, estimated at 70,000 yen, for the bench and plaque.  We request donations to be sent to the following bank account

Name: Lisa Shige 

Type of account: Normal 

Account number: 2520456

Bank: 中国銀行 (Chugoku Bank)

Branch: 広島西支店 (322)

All the best, 
Class of 2020 and 2019




また、ベンチと楯にかかる費用 (約7万円)につきまして、皆さまにご寄付いただけますと幸いです。何卒、ご支援賜りますようお願い申し上げます。

金融機関名・支店名: 中国銀行(0168) 広島西支店(322)
口座番号: 2520456
口座名義:シゲ リサ



Many thanks,


HIS Photo Gallery

Follow the link to see photos from before and after Golden Week:

From the PTA Wolfpack 

We hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Golden Week.

We are looking for Wolfpack leaders for the 2024-2025 school year! If you would like to be on the Wolfpack OR you would like to nominate someone to be on the Wolfpack please fill out the nomination form here . Nominations will close on May 24th. We will contact the people who were nominated and then we will send out voting information. 

The Spring Concert will be on May 18th. As a thank you to everyone for a wonderful year and to celebrate the success of the International Festival the Wolfpack will be giving out FREE ice cream after the concert. 

 G7 will be baking  cookies Thursday, May 23rd. If you would like to help please contact Lindsae. Friday, May 24th will be the Bake Sale so remember to send your kids with small change if you would like them to buy a cookie or two!

Upcoming Events:

  • May 18  Ice Cream Party
  • May 23  Let’s Bake with G7
  • May 24  Bake Sale

The PTA Wolfpack