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               HIS DATES

             Upcoming Events 

*15 Jan-29 March   CCA 2 commence

*8 February   Chinese New Year Gala

*9-16 February      Chinese New Year                                           Holiday

*28 February   English/ ESL Curriculum  Day(EY1_K)  Night (GR 1-5)

*11 March   Staff Professional Inservice  Day (no school for students)

*19 March    Student Led Conferences    Parents make an appointment and attend with their child.    No formal classes.

*22 March     Mid-semester Reports 

*9 January-21 June  Semester 2 2024

           PARENT COFFEE MORNING          


          Message from the Vice Principals        

This past weekend several of our Lower School teachers participated in an IB facilitated workshop here at our HIS campus.  As IB educators, it is essential we have formal IB training to ensure we have a deep understanding of the Primary Years Program and how to bring this framework to life within our classrooms.  On Saturday and Sunday, our teachers spent time learning together and growing as PYP teachers which in turn positively impacts the student they teach.  It is wonderful to work alongside educators who value enhancing their knowledge and skills and truly embrace being lifelong learners! 

Dear Parents, 

Hope you had a lovely holiday and first week back to school.  In ECE we started our first week back with great provocations and engagements for our students. We were excited and we are looking forward to learning more about Chinese Culture and getting ready to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Our teams have started their new Unit of Inquiry and ECE is filled with fun and creativity to develop our concepts and provide engaging learning experiences for our children. 

Have a great semester!


                     Inquiry In Action                  

Grade 3 has discovered how jobs and careers contribute to a successful community. As we grow up, we have dreams of what career we want, and we will change our minds as we grow and develop different interests and skills. 
Grade 3 went on a galley walk to examine the education and skills required for different jobs.  We noted what daily work and skills are required and how our unique skills and interests can help us choose our future. career. 
 Our next step will be to inquire into how goods and services are developed to meet the wants and needs of communities.  

                 PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE             

Dear Families,

Great Start to Semester2

Congratulations to all families on how you prepared your children for their start or return to school. The students have settled quickly and are back into their studies and catching up with friends smoothly.

For students new to the school, all staff are carefully monitoring how they are adjusting and putting in place lots of structures to help them understand routines and procedures in the classroom, scaffold language, and support friendships.

I attended the first day of the CCA organization, and it was highly successful, and the students quickly found their groups!

CCA 2 commences next week 

A gentle reminder that CCA2 started today, Monday, 15 January 2024. Parents, please check the notification you have received from the School about the days and CCAs your child will attend.

Please inform your child's class teacher if there are any changes in your child's attendance at the CCA so that the teacher running the activity is aware. We take attendance at the beginning of each CCA class.

Also, if your child usually catches the late bus but you are picking them up or have some other arrangement *, e.g.,( a play date ), please ensure Tracy knows from Buses, and the class teacher is also aware.

I attended the first day of the CCA organization, and it was highly successful, and the students quickly found their groups!

I attended the first day of the CCA organization, and it was highly successful, and the students quickly found their groups!

Count Up to 100 Days  of School

Students have been marking each day of school with a math activity. Each class has days they must celebrate and provide a way of showing that number .today we are day 80 and have 20 more days to our 100-day celebration. 

Save the date 

Please save the date for our English/ESL Curriculum Night on Wednesday, 28 February at 6.00 pm-7.30 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see how the English curriculum develops from EY1-Grade12 and the language demands of each grade level. It also highlights the support students receive to match their cognitive levels with The required linguistic demands of the curriculum.

A night not to miss!

School Uniforms

I want parent support and help to ensure that students in the Lower School from EY1 -grade 5 are dressed daily in the official HIS school uniform. Please visit the uniform shop and purchase additional items for the longer, cooler months ahead. As always, please clearly label any of your child's items. We will be monitoring the situation. 

I appreciate your quick support with this matter.

Kind regards,


CCA information  


CCA for K-Grade 5 students are from 3:15 – 4:15 with a few exceptions where the CCA will finish at 4:45. Please be on time to collect your child from the Main Gate at 4:15.  

If you have any inquiries relating to CCA, you can email  


Late Bus Service 

The late buses will begin service when CCA1 begins. If you are eligible for the Late Bus Service, you will have received an email this afternoon and now need to register for the late bus between now and this Thursday at 8am. 

Please note the following regarding access to late bus: 

If you do not register in time, you will not have access to the late bus for the 1st week of CCA. 

Only students who are eligible and registered for the regular morning/afternoon school bus service will be eligible for the Late Bus Service. 

Late buses are only for students who are registered and participating in one of our after-school activities on the day they wish to use the late bus (CCA, Swim Team, Athletics Teams, Performing Arts Rehearsals) 

Questions relating to the late bus can be directed to our Transportation Secretary MS. Tracy Zhu:  

When selecting CCA or Swim Team practice days, students should not register for any which conflict with their sports practice days.  

Students involved in Performing Arts rehearsals can participate in both activities if they can participate in at least 1 sports practice per week for their chosen sports.  

All information relating to HIS Athletics can be found at the following link:  

Registrations for sports teams are now open through the link below.  

                  GATE PROTOCOLS                 

Wearing masks to enter the school is optional for students and staff. Masks will still be available for students who want to wear them. 

Procedures and Protocols

Please ensure that if your child is ill that they do not attend school. If your child continues with a high temperature or remains unwell, please seek medical support. We ask that parents err on the side of caution and keep children at home until they have fully recovered. 

Please note that if your child is absent due to COVID you must ensure they have a valid negative COVID test to reenter the school. Please forward your child's result to or


Moments 365 Help

Help with Moments 365 is available from Mr Emlyn Majoos (Mr.M) to ensure we have all parents using this platform.  If you need a Chinese or speaker of another language please contact Mr M.and we will arrange support.

Contacting Teachers

We ask parents to contact teachers via Moments 365 or by email. Teachers are busy working with students, attending meetings, preparing class materials, and ensuring student safety. They infrequently look at their computers or mobile phones and may miss your message. For changes to pick-up arrangements or urgent news, please get in touch with the school secretaries, who are online all day.

ECE             LS main building

Online teaching and Student/Teacher contact

For online teaching and correspondence between teachers and students we use TEAMS.

                  SWIMMING NEWS                 



Best wishes to our Dragons swimmers who will represent HIS at the 2-day event SSL Round 3 held at Nanjing International School this weekend.


Kindly familiarize yourself with the Swim Team Registration Packet for LS and US (emailed). It includes guidelines, expectations, etc. This is also now digitalized. Please complete the form before your first practice by scanning the QR code or through the link below. Please note that the Student Identification Number is needed.

Any further enquiries should be directed to


January 20 & 21 – SSL Round 3 (NIS)

February 24 – SSL Round 4 (SASPX & SCISHQ PD)

March 15 & 16 – ACAMIS Junior Swimming Championships (XLIS)

March 30 (TBC) – HISAC Round 3 (WCIS)

April 13 & 14 – SSL Championship

Quick Links:

Aquatics Calendar 2023-2024

Swim Meet Schedule

HIS Swim Records

Swim Meet Results

                 CCA INFORMATION              

Please visit the Co-Curricular page on the HIS website for more information  

You can also send an email to if you have any inquiries. 


Please assist staff by advising us early (before lunchtime) wherever possible, if you need your child to do something different at their usual pick-up time and location. Teachers focus on working and engaging their class while maintaining a safe environment. They get to their computers sporadically and may miss changes. In addition, some classes are with Specialist staff for the last lesson and bring the students to the pick-up locations. They may be unaware of last-minute changes.

If you need to make a late change to plans, I'd suggest you send a message to our Lower School secretaries, or in the ECE, and they can pass on your message.

             PAFA NEWS AND EVENTS          

Fridays HIS Artisan Food Market is back! Every Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Every Friday Hangzhou International School along with our community Artisans will offer to purchase tasty treats and excellent snacks from the different food vendors attending.

Come for a pleasant afternoon to end the school week, and head out for a relaxing and fun weekend with a happy stomach!

For information, contact Ms. Andrea:

HIS PAFA Festive Lunch - A wonderful way to welcome the CNY!

Enjoy a wonderful lunch with fun activities, delicious food, and great company! Scan the QR code to register.

PAFA Kitchen Session 4! It’s cooking time! 

Join us and learn from our HIS community members how to prepare an easy but delicious lunch meal from their cultural region to enjoy afterward together! 

Information is in the poster above. Limited spaces (24) please RSVP by scanning the QR code in the poster. 

*Let us know if you want to share your skills and country flavors and be one of our Community Chefs; the simpler, the better.

Contact us:


PAFA Be fit! Be Healthy! Every Thursday from 8:15 to 9:45 am. 

All HIS parents are invited to join this program. Please, scan the QR code in the poster for more information and register. Limited spaces per session.


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Andrea Stubbs

Director of Admissions and Community Relations

Hangzhou International School

2190 Xiangbin Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou 310052 Phone: 86-571-8669-0045

                        LIBRARY NEWS                 

We are so happy to see our students returning from holiday with bright smiles and warm greetings. And welcome to our new students who visited the library and enjoyed their time with their classmates and teachers. Congratulations to the students who completed the “Book Reading Bingo” activity during the winter holiday. I know you will have had a lot of fun with this project!

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our wonderful libraries and 2024! A special warm welcome to our new families that have joined our HIS family today. Your class teacher will advise you of your child's borrowing time, but students are always welcome in the library with the teacher's permission. We also have material for parents and the library can be accessed to 4.15 pm each day.

If you would like to contact the libraries, please use the email addresses listed below: 

ECE Library, Ms. Ivy – 

Lower School Library, Mrs. Majoos and Ms. Jeanne – 

Upper School Library, Ms. Sara– 

Happy reading! 

Best wishes, 

ECE and Lower School Librarians 

ECE and Lower School Librarians 

Parent and Student ID Cards

All students and parents should have an HIS Identification Card. Please review the information on the website to submit your photo to the secretary for ID card generation. HIS ID card information



School Uniform

Please wear our school uniform with pride each day, and we seek your support in having your child dressed in the complete uniform each day. We will notify you if it is a special day to dress up; otherwise, students should be in uniform. Also, please have your child wear their PE kit on swim days (Grade1-5). Please label your child's clothing to help us return it to you. We often find many items without names, and the students cannot recognize their belongings.    

Purchasing School Uniform

Families can purchase items at the Dragon Shop. It is open

Monday to Friday from 

*8.05 am-2.45 pm and 3.15 pm-4.00 pm

For more information, please contact the dragon shop:

Alternatively, if you need to link, check it out here

                                         LS ADMINISTRATION TEAM                                   

Lynn Pendleton

Lower School/ECE Principal 

Rene Smal

ECE Coordinator

Vice Principal


Jessica Johnson

Lower School

Vice Principal 

PYP Co-ordinator

                                                  SCHOOL LUNCH                                         

What's for Lunch?

See this week's cafeteria menu

HIS Mission Statement

We provide international learners with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence within a caring community.