• Personal Project
  • PYP Reading Carousel
  • Grade 11 CAS Activity – Pet-overpopulation Video

1. Principal’s Message

Dear HIS Community

We have the HIS International Festival tomorrow and I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in the lead-up with all of the many preparations. It is a great event and takes many people to collaborate along the way. See you there tomorrow.

Also, farewell to our visitors from Comenius College in the Netherlands. The week went by very quickly. Thank you to all of our host families from HIS who made this trip possible. Have a great weekend.

Kind regards

Damian Rentoule (Principal)

2. Crane Video

3. Personal Project

We would like to invite the school community to attend the first MYP personal project exhibition at HIS on Friday 20 April between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. The exhibition will take place in the secondary classroom and grades 4/5 room on the second floor of the main building.
The personal project is completed by all students in the final year of the MYP (Grade 10) and is the result of over six months of planning, creation and reflection.
If you would like to learn more about the personal project and its requirements, Ms Annie will be leading a presentation for parents before the exhibition in the Pink Room between 3:30 and 4:00 pm.
We are looking forward to seeing you there. Do not hesitate to contact Ms Annie at if you have any questions.

4. PYP Reading Carousel

Final Call for our last PYP Reading Carousel of 2017-18!

We still require at least three more parent volunteers to join us for our last PYP Reading Carousel before Golden Week commences to share a love of reading with the primary students!

On the morning (9.00 – 10.10am) of Monday 23rd April, we will be offering the students the opportunity to enjoy stories which celebrate `Creativity` and `Earth Appreciation.` We hope to enable students to connect these stories to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to consider appreciation for both creativity and nature.  The stories can be in any language as long as they connect to these concepts and we would be delighted if you could come participate in our reading event.  We also have a range of books you can borrow from the library to read aloud as well.

If you would be interested in participating as a parent volunteer or group leader (to lead the students to each room) please contact Ms B at by Tuesday 17th April at the latest.  Thank you for your consideration in advance!  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

5. Grade 11 CAS Project from Kyle, Sara, Kent

Greetings HIS community,

I am writing this letter to inform the HIS community about our film project we are creating for a CAS activity. The film will be a 1~3 minute video about the issue of pet overpopulation.  The content will involve:

  1. 2 care workers bring 2 “humans” (in this video, “human” are the personified version of pets), 1 boy and 1 girl.
  2. As time passes, the population of the “human” grows from 2 to many.
  3. As the population grows, the care workers will start to use more money, food and time to take care of the humans and become unmanageable.

To follow on from this, I will be discussing the background of the pet overpopulation issue in the film.  Hiroshima Prefecture has recently issued an ordinance which restricts the euthanasia of abandoned pets. This is seen as great progress in animal welfare within Hiroshima by the public; however, this No-Kill policy is causing a negative side effect.  The population of abandoned dogs and cats has drastically increased, increased so much in fact that public and private animal shelters are not capable of taking care of these animals. What we believe is that the No-Kill policy is failing in Hiroshima, and the policy is causing a serious overpopulation of abandoned pets.

Our aim is to spread awareness to the citizens of Hiroshima prefecture, Japan, and in fact the people around the world, that overpopulation of abandoned pets needs to be solved. In this video, we will need 20 to 30 actors acting as “humans”, and so far only 5 people have volunteered from G4 to G10.  

We need further volunteers from Kindergarten to G3 students to participate in our video.

Although the filming schedule has not been decided yet, the finished video will be seen by public so we require parental permission for students to participate in our video.  On May 27th, the G11 will participate in public presentation with Dr. Jeff, Hiro Yamasaki and other presenters to raise awareness of pet overpopulation.  During this event, we will show the video to the audiences.  Also, the video is planned to be released on the internet via Youtube, with a public setting.

If your child is interested in participating in this project with your permission, please e-mail us directly at the addresses shared below or complete this form. Please contact us if you have any trouble accessing the form. 

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have regarding this.

Thank you for your consideration.


Kyle Hoy, Grade 11



  1. ケアワーカー二人が二人の「人間」(このビデオにおける「人間」は、ペットが擬人化されたものとして表現されている)を連れてくる。一人は男性、もう一人は女性である。
  2. 時間が経つにつれ、「人間」の人口は二人からたくさん増えていく。
  3. 人口が増えるにつれ、ケアワーカーはお金、食べ物、そして時間をたくさん「人間」達に費やす様になる。




このビデオは、一般に公開されます。5月27日に、ぺットの過剰増加について人々の意識を高めるためのプレゼンテーションを行います。このイベントには、アメリカの獣医師であるDr. Jeffや動物愛護活動家の山崎ひろ氏などが出席します。私たちは、このビデオをイベントの参加者に公開します。さらに、インターネット上での公開も予定しています。

何か質問がありましたら、Eメールでお問い合わせください。(or complete this form. Please contact us if you have any trouble accessing the form.)

Sincerely, Kyle

6. Japanese Outline

The Crane, 13 April 2018