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                 HIS DATES

             Upcoming Events 

* 9 January               First day of Semester 2    for returning students       

*15 Jan-29 March   CCA 2 commence

*9-16 February        Chinese New Year

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

*9 January- 21 June   Semester 2 2024

                   LOWER SCHOOL                    ROBOTICS CLUB

I am an extremely proud robotics coach today, our Lower School Robotics club competed in their very first competition. Even though the competition was internal (Middle School v Lower School), we still adhered to strict rules and had external judges (Ian Malloy and Sean Wilson) oversee the scoring. Our Lower School kiddos came up on top, with Aloise and Nathan (5C) taking the top spot with 54 points, Ted and Louis (5A) 2nd with 42 points, William Cho (G7) taking 3rd with 36 points, and Alice and Emily (5A) in 4th with 26 points.
We look forward to taking on other schools in more external competitions. 

Coach Em Majoos



                PARENT WORKSHOP                 Ms ELizabeth Noske

Grade 9 ‘World of Work’ Experiential Learning

Grade 9 ‘World of Work’ Experiential Learning

Dear Lower School Parents:

The Grade 9 experiential learning ‘World of Work’ program has been running at HIS for several years now.  

The ‘World of Work’ is three days in which students seek out businesses, government programs, or volunteer organizations to experience more about what ‘the world of work’ is like.

By offering a G9 student a chance to experience the workplace, your business can: 

Help develop future international leaders;

Further develop its mentoring and leadership program; and

Deepen community ties with the leading international school in Hangzhou.

This year the program will run on June 11, 12, 13, 2024.

You/your business will receive a letter of gratitude from each student you place, a formal certificate of recognition and appreciation from Hangzhou International School.

Contact our MYP Coordinator/Upper School Vice-Principal, Liam O’Shea at if you might be interested in hosting a student this year.


 Dear Families,

Welcome Back

A warm welcome to our new HIS families joining us today; we are delighted to have you in the lower school community and look forward to meeting you at upcoming functions.

Staff is excited to have all their students back tomorrow and hear about their adventures and travels over the break.

Winter Concerts 

Thank you for your enthusiastic support of our two Winter concerts. We sincerely thank our music teachers, Ms. Farina Lim, Mr. Francis Jamarillo, and support assistant, Ms. Tiffany Zheng, for all their work preparing the classes for their performances.

s with all productions, many others helped behind the scenes to ensure everything was a success.

Parent Coffee Morning This Thursday

Please join our Student Support staff, Ms. Aubrey Yao, and Counsellor, Ms. Ruth Viader, who will help parents intentionally and responsibly support their child/children to remain safe when using the internet.

This information is essential to parents EY1-12 that they should consider attending.

CCA 2 commences next week 

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

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.

Health and Safety

As you all would be aware, it is flu season, and after many years of being isolated, we are all more vulnerable to the latest bugs. If your child is unwell, has a fever, coughing, nausea, vomiting, not eating, or generally not themselves, please keep them at home resting and monitor them or seek medical assistance if they don't improve.

Lost Property

We ask all parents of missing items of their children's clothing to come into the school and check the currently lost property. Please ensure your child's name is marked on the clothes and the class they are in, so we can readily return them.

I look froward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

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               



Welcome Back! The Swim Team practice resumes on Tuesday, January 9, 2023 (Afternoon sessions only from January 9 – 12). The swimming schedule will remain the same. There will be NO additional registration needed for returning swimmers. Our swim coaches will conduct a swim placement assessment during swim practice upon our return from the break.

The Swim Placement Assessment for new swimmers will be held on January 9 - 11 at the "The Wave" Swimming Pool from 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM. Please register through the link below.


NOTE: There will be NO late buses from January 9 - 12. If you are attending the swim team practice or swim placement assessment, please plan accordingly and arrange for transportation home. Pick up students at the Main Gate.

Any further inquiries 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 S

wim 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           

Last Friday Market of the semester. This Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm (Poster Attached)

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

For information, contact Ms. Andrea: andreastubbs


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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                   

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.