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Lower School Newsletter 5  December 2022



                 Upcoming Events

*6-10 December CCA registrations will begin  Tuesday 10am until  Saturday 5pm

*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

                      SUESSICAL JR.                                            TRIUMPHS!                                WHAT A SHOW!


            Chinese Language Festival              

                   Principal's Message                 

Dear Parents,

I know you join me in thanking everyone who contributed to the outstanding success of Seussical the Musical! This performance combined class work, CCA's, and additional weekend work, including a workshop/sleepover. Talking to the students before each performance, they were equally excited and nervous! I know you, like me, are in awe of the exceptional performances of our Grade 3 -5 students.

A huge thanks to our Company Directors, Ms. Ehling, Ms. Wong, and Ms. Jessie, who took a large group of students and made them into a joyous, performing team!

The sets, costumes, and makeup were inspirational and set the backdrop for some stunning performances. Our thanks to the talented and aesthetically clever Ms. Tara and Ms. Anita and their support crew. A special mention to Ms. Zoe for being involved everywhere.

Mr. Em, along with lots of support from the Upper School Fine Arts and Theatre crew (including Kyle, Brian, Ellie, Tia, and Teia), ran the essential lighting and sound that created the foundations of the production.

Ms. Caro and Mr. Steven ran the CCA that created the advertising posters and a theatre etiquette video and trained them in ushering and welcoming guests.

A massive team effort supported by teachers, our TAs, and others!

Ms. Andrea, as always, had the front of the house running superbly and the traditional Chinese musicians added a lovely touch!

And lastly, a tribute to Dr. Seuss, who wrote some beautiful books, created memorable characters, and left powerful messages.

Please make sure you scan the QR code and enjoy the performance again! 

Please note that registration for CCAS for the next Semester commences tomorrow at 10 am and until Saturday at 5 pm. There are many exciting opportunities to interest everyone!

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                


Good Luck to All Dragons Swimmers Competing This Weekend. 

Good luck to 54 Dragons swimmers heading down to Li Ning Sports Park this weekend to represent HIS at the 2022 Swim Cloud Junior International Swimming Championships. Swim fast and have fun! 

Reminder: All swimmers must be in an official HIS swimsuit and swim cap when competingWhen not competing, swimmers should be in HIS apparel (Yellow HIS PE polo shirt, HIS Hoody, and HIS Athletics Tracksuit). These items can be purchased from the Dragon Shop if you do not have already one. 

Upcoming December Swim Meets: 

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

Dec. 17 – HIS Santa Splash Swim Meet 

Email for inquiries. 

Grade 3 Collaborate with Mr. Em to support their unit of inquiry on Innovations! 

 Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.

How Standard is Achieved: Students created a magnet car and conducted various tests, such as going up inclines and getting the car to turn. After conducting their tests with the car, students take part in a magnet car race. After the race, students will identify which features of their car allowed it to move the way it did during the race.



CCA 2  

6-10 December                    CCA registrations will begin tomorrow from

                                                     10am Tuesday until Saturday 5pm

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. 

                        BUDDIES                       Gr 2 A with Pre-K B . 2A selected the activities that they would offer the younger children and are very good at keeping them engaged:

           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

HIS PAFA Winter Lunch (Poster Attached)

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

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                      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                 

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Dear Families,

It has been great getting in ornaments for our trees in the library! Keep bringing in the storybook ornaments and remember to include the student’s name and grade. See the poster for more details.

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 to get your card for the competition!

The first week of voting for the Battle of the Books is completed! The Top Four books for the Battle of the Books are:

My First Day by Phung Nguyen Quang

Mr. Stink by David Walliams

Bei Bei Comes Home: A Panda Story by Cheryl Bardoe

Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

This week students will vote for the top two books!

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


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