The Crane, 20 October 2017

The Crane
Items: Bentos; Vocabulary Study; Typhoon; Netherlands Student Exchange; Coffee Morning Workshop 27 October; Secondary Halloween Party; Japanese survey; 1. Principal's Message Dear HIS Families I hope you have all enjoyed your week. I received a question this week at the PTA meeting regarding the reason why HIS is considering a boarding program. I thought I would say a few words about that today. Firstly, a boarding program has been discussed by the Board of Directors for a number of years. The main benefit of a boarding program would be to boost the number of students in our upper Secondary classes to stabilize enrolments at HIS over time. Historically, enrolment numbers have gone up and down, year-to-year. When student numbers go down, the costs of running the school do not. For this reason, if…
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The Crane, 6 October 2017

The Crane
Topics:  Exhibition; PE Shirts; Guardians Elections to BOT; MYP & Japanese Workshops; The Netherlands Student Exchange Meeting; Bento Orders; 1. Principal's Message Dear HIS Families Thank you to all of the parents who came in this morning to help with feedback for the PYP self-study. We also had a quick look at the set of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills that we can target to support learning at home. For example, if the all-important reading is not happening at home it could be a case that the development of organizational skills (time-management/goal setting) may be needing some support. Many of the definitions are not perfect translations, such as a term like 'critical thinking/批判的思考' with slightly different connotations in English and Japanese, however below are the official translations which are a…
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The Crane, 29 September 2017

The Crane
Topics:  Boarding Facility Search; ISA Testing; Japanese survey; Bento reminder; HIS Student/Parent Handbook 2017/2018; IB overview documents; 1. Principal's Message Dear HIS Families We welcome back our Grade 4/5 students and their teacher-chaperones from Hamada Camp. They all had a great time and made it back safe and sound. These camps are a major adventure for our students and a very important part of their program, developing their social skills and becoming more caring, adventurous learners in the process. I would like to share a video, produced by the IB, which provides an overview of the programs and gives you a sense of the array of schools offering the IB around the world. You can see this video underneath. I would also like to thank the parents who have been very proactive…
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The Crane, 22 September 2017

The Crane
Topics Bento Program; Student Teacher from the Netherlands; PYP Reading Carousel (4 October); PYP Parent Meeting (6 October); PYP Swimming PYP Gr 4/5 Camp at Hamada 1. Principal's Message Dear HIS Families We were happy to see the safe return of our travellers from the Netherlands. They had a very successful trip and all came back safely, albeit a bit sleepy from the jetlag. One request I had this week was for all parents to please contact your child's classroom teacher directly if you have any questions regarding the classroom. This will help keep communication constructive and positive.  We really need to make sure we communicate directly with the person who is most closely connected to an issue, rather than talk about it with others. This is what we teach…
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The Crane, 8 September 2017

The Crane
Topics: Coffee Evening; Supporting Japanese at Home Workshop; Secondary Student Trips; Secondary Subject Group Overviews; Resources from Secondary Parent Information Night; Comenius College Partnership; After School Care Program; Monday is photo day. Principal's Message Dear HIS Families Thank you all for attending last night's Parent Information Night. It was great to see you here and we look forward to a very successful year, working together to support the learning of your children. We will have a relatively quiet school next week with secondary students out at either the Netherlands trip or at the Secondary Camp. If your child is going on one of these, please make sure they read their packing lists very carefully. Your children are becoming more independent learners, but they may need some help gathering necessary items.…
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The Crane, 1 September 2017

The Crane
Topics: PTA Donations, Parent Information Night, Japanese Workshop, Autumn Holiday Care, IB Terms Translated, Secondary Camp Information, Online Accounts for Students, After School Activities Sign-Up 1. Principal's Message Dear HIS Families One of our hopes, illustrated in the school Mission, is for our students to use the knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes that they develop within their units of inquiry at HIS to take action; to contribute and make a positive impact in their community. I would like to thank Youki Kotani, a HIS 2017 graduate, for a contribution that he has made to our community here at HIS. Youki designed a variety of variations of a HIS logo featuring a paper crane, which we are now able to make use of. Thank you very much for this wonderful contribution.…
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The Crane, 25 August 2017

The Crane
This Week's Topics Hiroshima Junior International Forum, Textbook List, Technology in the Secondary Program, Class of 2017 IB DP Exam Results and College Acceptances, Primary and Secondary Camp, Student/Parent Handbook 2017/2018, Buses, Madama Butterfly Audition from HIS Music Teacher, Human Rights Poster, Shimane Prefecture Camp Opportunity. 1. Principal's Message Dear HIS Families Welcome back to another school year. We are very glad to see that everyone made it back safely after the summer vacation. Firstly, I would like to say thank you to our four parents who are generously taking on roles in the PTA committee this year: Tomoko, Yasuko, Brooke and Matt. The PTA is a really important part of our school and we really appreciate the dedication of our PTA, including all the volunteers that support us. I am…
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The Crane, 23 June 2017

The Crane
1. Principal's Message Dear HIS Families We hope you all have a great summer holiday. We have certainly had a great year and wish you all a safe and relaxing break. KEEP READING! Kind regards Damian Rentoule (Principal) 2. The Crane Video You can look forward to more Crane videos next year. This is the Playlist for 2016/2017. You can watch them all again. 3. Thank you to Jun Sasaki and Joerg Sandmann We would like to thank Jun Sasaki (Board of Directors and Board of Trustees member) and Joerg Sandmann (School Treasurer, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees member) for all of the selfless dedication to HIS on the Boards. A book on global politics and a series on vanishing cultures were dedicated to Mr Sasaki and Mr Sandmann…
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