The Crane, 10 April 2020

The Crane
Items NHK Feature on The Last Cherry Blossoms Article in the Yomiuri Shimbun Principal's Message Dear HIS Families We had a great week at school and it was wonderful to see many of our students after the period of distance learning. As we move back to our distance learning next week you will notice a few slight changes as teachers reflect and plan together to improve the learning experience. It has been quite new to us all, of course, and it is a good example of lifelong learning. The journey never stops for any of us. For our TED Talk this week, I thought that this one may be a good one to think about during the distance learning period where our schedules tend to be more flexible and finding…
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The Crane, 3 April 2020

The Crane, 3 April 2020

The Crane
Items Guidelines for re-opening HIS for regular classes on Monday 6 April; Needing a Health Observation Form to get on the HIS bus; Spring Concert; Peace Ride; Introducing 2 of our new teachers for 2020/2021. Principal's Message Dear HIS Community As we finish our 19th day of distance learning, I would like to thank you all for the great work supporting your children at home. As you know, like all schools across Hiroshima Prefecture, we are planning to resume regular classes next week. HIS will start regular classes on Monday 6th April. We are really looking forward to seeing all of our students once again after the distance learning period which has been, including our Spring Break, 5-weeks. We are excited, but of course, we are also anxious regarding the…
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The Crane, 27 March 2020

The Crane, 27 March 2020

The Crane
Principal's Message Dear HIS Community As we have just completed our 14th day of distance learning I would like to thank our HIS community for your continued support. We are continuing with the distance learning model next week in order to align our start with the public and private schools in Hiroshima Prefecture. We are maintaining close contact with the Prefecture and also with the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) to inform decisions. Below you will find a list of guidelines for our return to regular schooling and I would like to express my gratitude to both Hiroshima Prefecture and JCIS for sharing their ideas which have helped us to form these guidelines in preparation for our return to regular school. Guidelines for Reopening HIS Please do not come…
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The Crane, 20 March 2020

The Crane, 20 March 2020

The Crane
Principal's Message Dear HIS Community I hope you have had a good week with your children at home. We miss you all, although we have enjoyed seeing many of you via Zoom. It has been great having our Grade 12 class at school this week. They have been very careful with their handwashing etc and social distancing, so I would like to thank the Gr12 class for being great role models. Our current plan is to bring Grade 11 back next week (23rd-27th March) and aim for a full school start on Monday 30th March. Thank You, Parents: Thank you again for all the support during this second week of distance learning. I had to check the calendar. It has only been 9 school days so far but strangely feels…
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The Crane, 6 March 2020

The Crane, 6 March 2020

The Crane
Items Interviews with HIS students airing on TV - Thursday Evening. Photography Exhibition Message DP Visual Arts Exhibition (Next week Wed-Fri) Principal's Message Dear HIS Community This may not be so surprising, but we had a quiet week at school. Thank you for all the support over the week as we experimented with distance learning and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back on the 16th. As we head into the spring break, I thought that this TED Talk may provide a great idea for a project. If anyone has a go, please let me know. It would be a wonderful project to follow in the Crane. Kind regards Damian Crane Video The Crane Club on TV NHK in New York notified us that they are going to broadcast…
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The Crane, 28 February 2020

The Crane, 28 February 2020

The Crane
Items: Crane Club; Visual Arts Exhibition; Model United Nations; Festival News. Principal's Message Dear HIS Community I hope you have all had a good week. On Wednesday, I sent out a whole-school email letting everyone know that we will be canceling the HIS Festival and postponing the HIS Idol. Many thanks to Jackie, Yasuko, Maki, Hanae, Eriko, and Sachie for all the initial preparations for the Festival and we look forward to taking up from where we left off next year. On Friday, I sent a message regarding a school closure next week. Just in case you missed it, here it is: I would like to confirm that in line with the announcement made by Prime Minister Abe on Thursday evening, Hiroshima International School will close form Monday, 2nd March to Friday,…
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The Crane, 21 February 2020

The Crane, 21 February 2020

The Crane
Items: Primary Literacy Week; HIS Photography Exhibition HIS Social Media - Instagram; MYP Assessment Presentation; Student teachers; PTA Festival Update. Principal's Message Dear HIS Community Congratulations to our Grade 10 students who are presenting their MYP Personal Projects tonight. The Personal Project is the culminating task of the Middle Years Program and involves the students undertaking a significant inquiry into an area of interest, using all of the skills that they have been developing through the MYP. The next step for the Grade 10s is the Diploma Program which is exciting. Congratulations to you all. During the MYP Assessment workshop this week for parents there was some discussion of assessment in Mathematics so I thought that this TED talk may be interesting in the way Mathematics is presented in a…
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The Crane, 14 February 2020

The Crane, 14 February 2020

The Crane
Items: Young Americans Update HIS Festival Update Japanese Language Workshop MYP Assessment Workshop for Parents Principal's Message Dear HIS Community We have had a fun week with a continuation of the secondary intramural basketball games which have turned out to be lots of fun. See the Crane video for some images. We have also noticed many of our primary students practicing volleyball at lunchtimes, perhaps inspired by our varsity teams. This is a good reminder of the impact of our actions on the younger students. Our Secondary students are great role models. In this week's TED Talk, I like the idea of confidence as a must-have rather than a nice-to-have. I hope you enjoy the talk by a teacher and activist, Brittany Packnett. Enjoy the weekend. Kind regards Damian Rentoule  Crane…
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The Crane, Friday 7 February

The Crane, Friday 7 February

The Crane
Items Young Americans Tour coming to HIS; Coronavirus update; HIS Idol; HIS Festival; ISA Testing; Invitation to MYP Exhibition; Assessment in  MYP, Parent Workshop; Art Exhibition; After School Clubs; Adam Beck, Language Workshop reminder. Principal's Message Dear HIS Community We have quite a few items this week. I hope you enjoy the read. A big thank you to Jackie who at the moment is simultaneously involved in the planning of three major HIS events: HIS Idol, HIS Festival, and the Young American's Tour (more about that below). Thank you to all of the parents who are helping to make this a great year of fun events. This week's TED Talk provides an interesting look at the way history can be distorted through education systems and it is a good reminder…
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The Crane, 31 January 2020

The Crane, 31 January 2020

The Crane
Items: Staff changes for 2020/2021; HIS Idol; HIS Festival; Grade 12 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences; ITEPS Interns; PTA Treasurer's Report. Principal's Message Dear HIS Community We are nearly in February so the year is moving fast, as it generally does when we are adults. A year seemed like such a long time when we were children. Thank you to all of the parents who came in to help with the initial planning for the HIS Festival as well as the range of other PTA activities that have been going on this year. We really appreciate your involvement in school life at HIS and this makes a big impact on your child when they see that you are a part of their school life, in whatever form that takes.  Thank you. This TED…
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