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Lower School Newsletter 28 November 2022



                 Upcoming Events

*3 December     Seussical KIDS performances

        11am & 2pm.

        Tickets available via the QR code

*23 December    Semester 1 reports home

*23 December    End of semester 1

*27 January        Professional inservice/ New  Family Orientation (no school      for students) 

*30 January    First Day of Semester Two

Grade 5 Mandarin Field trip to Xiang Lake 

In literacy the students have been learning the genre of travel writing. Our fifth graders took a field trip on an Autumn day to explore the natural and human landscape of Xiang Lake, near the school. Using the skills they had learned in class, students carefully observed their surroundings, taking notes about what they have seen about the local history, drew or recorded interesting and different sites, wrote comments and feelings for the places they went. On the way, many students also collected different leaves as souvenirs to put on their posters of the Xiang Lake tour.

On their note boards, we can see, the  students have very clear  order in their observations which will link to their writing. It was  a very meaningful trip, as G5 students not only experienced the beauty of the community around our school, but also mastered the writing skills they have learned in the Mandarin class.

     Chinese Lantern Festival Gala Audition   

             Chinese Language Festival              

             LOWER SCHOOL             SEUSSICAL KIDS 
                 THIS SATURDAY!                                  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

HIS Lower School present: Seussical Kids, The Musical! 

Recommended for the whole family, this colorful new musical adventure follows the beautiful characters and worlds created by Dr. Seuss.

Saturday, December 03. Only two shows available. You need to buy your tickets in advance.

Please, notice that you won’t be able to buy tickets at the door before the show!  

 SCAN the QR codes in the poster, and remember to book the right show if you child is performing:

11:00am: classes 3B, 3C, 4A, 5B, 5D, and all CCA Seussical performers

2:00pm: classes 3A, 3D, 4B, 4C, 5A, 5C, and all CA Seussical performers

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Andrea:

This Saturday get ready to enjoy two performances of this fantastic show that all are sure to enjoy!!!


Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator's Message

Teacher as Researcher 

At HIS, our highly experienced teachers passionately believe in education for all children. As an international school in the 21st century, the teachers' methods might look different to when you were at school. Gone are the days when the teacher lectures from the front of the classroom, and the students listen and repeat. The complexity of the future means our teaching methods need to prepare children to not only cope but thrive in an uncertain world.  

To do this, our teachers take on many roles in the classroom. They are a learner learning alongside your children; they are a researcher- observing behavior, words and speech and making inferences to then plan what’s next; they are a documenter – documenting and sharing learning for the students, the community and themselves. 

This teacher-researcher role is one of the core principles for our teachers at HIS. Their observations of your children, be it a conversation, interacting with peers, work samples, or test score, help them to reflect, analyze and plan the next steps. They personalize and target learning to your children, so each child gets what they need. We do not believe one-size fits all, and your child is seen as an individual bringing their own skills, knowledge, experiences and identity to the classroom each day. 

Please share any evidence of learning you see with your child at home to support our teachers to ensure they have the best data to reflect and act on. Are they talking about something new? Are they asking questions about something they learned at school? Did they do something that surprised and amazed you? Share it with your teacher. No matter how small, our teachers want to see the whole picture of learning in order to make informed decisions, and they love to see ways your child is taking action in the world around them. 

              Lower School ATHLETICS            


HISAC Cross-Country Championships - Open Invitation 

On Saturday 3rd December we will host a Cross-Country event in some parklands adjacent to our HIS Campus. Student who would like to participate are invited to register with Mr. Nogueira this week in person or through email – . Distances for U11 is 1.6km and U14 is 3.2km. 



Hosted by Hangzhou International School 

Saturday 3rd December 

Natalio Liares, IV

Aquatics Coordinator

Hangzhou International School   

                     Principal's Message                

Dear Parents,

I hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful day with lots of beautiful food with family and friends. There is much to be thankful for and it is important that we focus on giving thanks during this holiday and beyond.

It is a hectic week here, with the finishing touches to the musical performance of Seussical Kids in full swing! Having heard snippets of it so far, I know it will be fantastic, and the students will have a wonderful time along with the audience. 

The extraordinarily talented team working with students and classes for the last few months has put in many additional hours to ensure that the show is a success and that the students learn a lot about performance and production while feeling the connection of being part of a team.

Please read the Seussical poster carefully and note that you need to work out when your children are performing and scan the correct QR code to get tickets for the performance at either 11 am or 2 pm. 

Thank you to the many parents who joined us on our walk and investigation of Xiang Lake. I was delighted to join the Mandarin team and be surrounded by excited Gr 5 students and the beauty of nature everywhere. I can see how this trip would inspire excellent travel writing!

I hope to see many of you this Saturday, and as they say in show business,"break a leg!"

Have a great week.


Lynn Pendleton 

LS Principal

                 COUNT UP TO OUR                            100 DAYS OF SCHOOL       CELEBRATION

 Our students from K -Grade 5 are counting up to 100 days of school this academic year. This is a terrific opportunity to be involved in Math talks and to see the different ways the numbers can be represented! Each class will have about 3 numbers to celebrate! We will have a celebration when we reach 100 days!


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                 


Shanghai Swim League Round 2 Results are in. 24 School teams and 1217 swimmers compete in the SSL Round 2 this November. Congratulations to our 9-10 Age-Group swimmers for placing 3rd Place Overall. It was a great day with 212 Personal Bests. Well done and thank you all for all your effort and hard work and always giving your best.  

Individual/Relay Event Award 

Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Backstroke – 1st Jean Mao 

Girls 9-10 50 SC Meter Freestyle – 5th Shirley Lin 

Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Butterfly – 5th Leo Guo 

Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Butterfly – 6th Jean Mao 

Girls 9-10 50 SC Meter Backstroke – 6th Shirley Lin 

Girls 9-10 50 SC Meter Butterfly – 7th Shirley Lin 

Boys 9-10 50 SC Meter Freestyle – 7th Leo Guo 

Boys 9-10 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay – 3rd HIS Dragons 

Girls 9-10 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay – 4th HIS Dragons 

Girls 9-10 200 SC Meter Medley Relay – 4th HIS Dragons 

Boys 9-10 200 SC Meter Medley Relay – 5th HIS Dragons 

CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR THE SSL Round 2 Results and Individual/Relay/Age-Group Event Award Certificates 

SSL Round 2 Individual Results 

SSL Round 2 Age Group Overall Team Results 

SSL Round 2 Individual/Relay Event Award Certificates 

SSL Round 2 Age-Group Award Certificate 

SCAN THE QR CODE FOR ADDITIONAL Hangzhou International Youth Swimming Open Championship Photos 

HIS Photos 1 

HIS Photos 2 

2022 HIYSOC Photos 

Upcoming Swim Meets: 

Due to the previously advertised meets being postponed or canceled, we have two remaining swim meets before the Winter Break. 

Dec. 10-11 – 2022 Swim Cloud Junior International Swimming Championships  

Optional external meet. Registration and payment by the individual competitor.  

Dec. 17 – Santa Splash Swim Meet 

Internal meet at The Wave. Open to all swim squads. 

Email for inquiries, and visit the Aquatics Swim Meet Calendar webpage for updated events.

Grade1 and Grade 5 BUDDY CLASSES Reading together in the outdoors and sunshine!

              CCA information and contact       


Monday, October 10 – Friday, December 16 

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. 

         CCA'S LEARNING NEW SKILLS                      &DEVELOPING PASSIONS                        The Creativity Club-Clay sculptures

WHAT ARE LOOSE PARTS? We Need Your Help collecting Loose Parts!


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.

COVID Procedures and Protocols

Please pay strict attention to your COVID prevention protocols and monitor your health code status regularly.

Masks must be worn on entry and can be removed when children are inside the school grounds.

As you know, we are back to 72-hour COVID tests in Hangzhou. The school will usually conduct three (3) COVID tests for all staff and students weekly. 

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

                                               HIS PAFA Winter Lunch

Join us for the Winter Festival Lunch. Please, enjoy a wonderful lunch with fun activities, delicious food, and great company! 

                          PAFA NEWS                  

HIS in the News 

Look of the latest presence of HIS in the news!


                   TURKEY TROT  2022              

HIS Turkey Trot 2022!

A beautiful day to run/hike the trails from the Lianhua Old Temple to the HIS Campus. Thank you, students, parents, and faculty that joined us!


Grade 8 Christmas Choir and MS String Orchestra Spreading Joy! 

Last Saturday our students brought festive joy during the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony organized by the Four Seasons Hotel. A wonderful evening that supports the Carnation School for Children with Special Learning Disabilities. We, students, faculty, and parents, are proud to support and participate to give back to the whole community.

You can see photos of the event here:

and you can join this Friday to the InterContinental Hotel Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Our Choir will be performing at 6pm. (Entrance is free)

                          Lost Property                  

Please label your child's jackets, coats, umbrellas, waterbottles......everything! It is very worrying to see the number of unclaimed items, some of them brand new, but without a name and the ability to find the owner! We will try and locate the owner if the item has a name on it! Please help us and avoid needing to buy new items that could be located, if only we knew who it belonged to.

                      LIBRARY NEWS                

Dear Families,

In ECE, Ms. Ivy made a tractor for students to act out and sing the story "Driving my Tractor". They liked being the farmer to drive the tractor and to be different farm animals. Some Students even participated in making their own rules by taking turns with three to five friends playing together each time. They enjoyed the activity so much.

A big congratulations to all the students who read at least one of the books for Battle of the Books and to all the students who made it through to the voting round!

The Upper and Lower School libraries are holding a “Season’s Readings” Competition! It is similar to our winter book bingo from last year. Come to the library starting November 23rd to get your card for the competition!

It is also that time of year where we need your help to decorate the ECE library and Lower School Library Christmas Trees! We would love to see your Storybook Ornaments. See the poster for more details.

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. Amy –

Upper School Library, Ms. Sara and Ms. Cocoa –

Happy reading!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Majoos

Lower School Librarian


  Messages for entering/exiting the school   


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.    

Ordering School Uniform

Parents can go to the following link and look at the uniform web page (

Parents can place an order with Nancy in the Dragon Shop ( by email or by calling the school directly (Tel# 8669-0045 X109) during office hours (Monday-Friday 7:45 am - 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm).

Also, parents may make an appointment to go to the Dragon Shop between 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm when the regular school day is over.

Older students may come to the Dragon Shop to select sizes and purchase uniforms if they have time before or after school during open hours.

Payment may be made through AliPay or by giving students cash.

You can choose from the following options to receive uniform orders:

Give items directly to students

Wait for pick-up at the school gate

Deliver home 12RMB pay on delivery fee.

           LS ADMINISTRATION TEAM        

Lynn Pendleton

Lower School Principal 

Aaron Ayers

Lower School

Vice Principal

Student Welfare

Cilla Giannopoulos

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.