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                    HIS DATES

                 Upcoming Events                                                 

*15 Jan-29 March   CCA 2 

*11 March   Staff Professional                In-service Day (no school for students)

*18-20 March         Book Fair-US library

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

*22 March   Mid-Semester Reports 

*8-12 April             Book Week

*8 April                   CCA3 commence

*12 April    Night of Tales-Save the date

*9 January-21 June  Semester 2 2024

               HIS CALENDAR  2024-25           

2024-2025 CALENDAR: HIS Calendar 2024-25 Final v.Mar 01.pdf


What inspiring collaborations were beautifully and carefully displayed as part of Grade 4’s inquiries around ‘Culture.’

Following their informative assembly , where the students explained facets of what makes up a culture; parents, and LS classes were able to explore the displays of student artefacts of their lessons with  the Specialist teachers in Art, PE and the Performing Arts. 

Congratulations to Grade 4, and the  Specialists staff for their rich concept building,  and  wonderful Gallery!  

Parents of grade 5 students attend a workshop to learn about what lies ahead for students and supporting parents, as the 8 weeks program of Exhibition begins this week.

           RE- ENROLLMENT 2024-2025        

Re-enrollment Information 2024-2025 -IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT -

The time has come for us to open our re-enrolment process for the 2024-2025 school year. Students will receive a printed copy of the 2024-2025 School Year Re-Enrolment Contract. Please, read, complete, and send back to the schoolmain officeThe deadline to save and pay for the seat for 2024-2025 will be March 15, 2024. After that day, we will start placing new applicants on the waiting list. 

If you have questions, please contact the Director of Admissions and Community Relations, Andrea Stubbs:

                 PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE             

Dear Families,

Grade 5 Exhibition

Seeing the wonderful turnout for the Exhibition workshop for parents was fantastic. Parents were given an overview of their child's journey after they attend the official launch tomorrow. This is the culmination of all they have learned as an inquiring young learner in the PYP, whether for a short time or since the early years. Parents were able to take part collaboratively to identify their passions and interests, and they tried and look for big i=enduring ideas in these and identify a concept.

I am very excited to see the growth, development, and agency within students during this unique and important event.

Student-Led Conferences -SAVE THE DATE! 

My favorite teaching day is coming up very soon: Tuesday, 19 March. Make sure you have marked this day in your diary and that you or a family member can attend to share your child's learning. 

Sign-up times for the Student-Led Conferences will be coming out this week.

3 Pieces of Advice for Your Child’s Student-Led Conference (SLC)

1.    Be present for your child

It’s precious time for your child. Put your smartphone and any other distractions away. Take notes if you find that helpful. The teachers will provide some sample questions to guide you if you need support.

2.   Focus on growth

At the SLC, the student will describe their learning and progress. They may identify and describe goals, show work and evidence of proficiencies, and share reflections on their learning. Parents, please keep your eyes on the big picture and look for noticeable areas of growth or improvement.

3.    Schedule a follow-up

At a student-led conference, some conversations that you may want to have with the teacher need to be put in the right place. To avoid the inappropriate conversation, follow up with the teacher privately. Our teachers are more than happy to schedule a separate appointment.

 Parents or family play an essential role in the Student-Led Conference

You are true partners in your child’s learning and growth, and Student-Led Conferences provide an invaluable opportunity to stop, sit, and hear who your child is and who they want to be. Your child will tell you what they’re proud of and what they want to learn about. Together, set some goals, take your child’s ideas, and lead with them.

Please make the most of the time they’re taking to open up to you and respond with support, kindness, and undivided attention. The Student-Led Conference allows you and your child to connect and feel empowered.

Have a great week everyone and I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend! it was nice to see the sun again.

Kind regards,


            Message from the Vice Principals      


                   LIBRARY NEWS                  

Dear HIS Families,

The HIS Spring Book Fair is coming up in one week from March 18-20! The Book Fair is a great chance to browse around all the best English books available, ranging from non-fiction to chapter books and beautiful picture books! The Book Fair will also be open during Student-Led Conferences. We look forward to seeing you in the Upper School Library for this lovely event.

For this coming week’s Read Aloud, that can be found on Moments 365 on Tuesday afternoons, the book is called “I Am Quiet: A Story for the Introvert in All of Us” written by Andie Powers. A beautiful picture book that identifies how people can be different. Some are quiet, some are louder and both ways are fine. The author wrote this book with their daughter in mind. Definitely worth a read!

The Grade 2 students had a real treat this week, with a great book tasting as a tuning in for their new unit. The students got to explore different books on habitats and the plants and animals that live in different habitats.

Amy and Anyssa have done a great job reading all 12 of the Battle of the Books, books! Watch out for next week when I’ll highlight who has read 6 or more books! Remember to encourage your child to read the books competing in this semester’s Battle of the Books (refer to the poster to see which are the 12 books)! When they have read a book with a buddy, they can complete the quiz and voting for our favorite books will be happening in May!

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– 

We look forward to seeing you in the libraries and at the Book Fair!

As our students loves to explore the imaginative world of mandarin book "跑跑镇." This captivating book had them captivated from beginning to end, particularly the part that showcased unexpected combinations when different things collided. To further enhance their engagement and bring the story to life, we created a special wall table where students could act out scenes from the book. Students eagerly gathered with their friends to recreate the magical moments they had experienced through acting out. 

Ms Ivy

ECE Library


Current Seasons 

Grade 5-8 Badminton  

Boys Practice Schedule: Tuesday 3:15-4:00, Thursday 4:00-4:45 

Girls Practice Schedule: Tuesday 4:00-4:45, Thursday 3:15-4:00 

Grade 5-8 Volleyball  

Practices each Monday and Friday 3:15-4:15 

Upcoming Seasons  

Middle School Track and Field Season (G5-8) Begins Monday 26th February (Tues 3:30-5, Thurs 3:30-5)  

                     CCA information                  


Registrations for CCA 3 will open on Monday 18th March until Thursday 21st March. 
CCA3 begins immediately after Qingming Festival Holiday on Monday 8th Apri

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 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.  


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. 


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 everyone competing in the ACAMIS Junior Swimming Championships this weekend at Xi’an. We know there will be many more PBs to come from you all. Enjoy the process and results of your training. You have massive support from your teammates, coaches, teachers, and family, who are all ready to cheer you on. So, shine, smile, cheer, and compete. Go HIS Dragons!


A reminder that students, parents/guardians must complete the ACAMIS Student Participation Agreement Form and return it by Tuesday, March 12. US swimmers must also return the Student Absence Academic Check Form.


US swimmers traveling to Xi’an for ACAMIS Jr. Swim must attend the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, during FLEX at the Blackbox to review the rules and expectations.


The medals and Ribbons have arrived. Please collect them from the Aquatics office during the lunch break or swimming practice.


Monday – Professional In-service (no school for students)

Thursday – ACAMIS Jr. Swimming Championships (team traveling to Xi’an)

Friday – ACAMIS Jr. Swimming Championships (team traveling to Xi’an)



Gold Squad – Coco Jin (G6), Luke Petring (G4)

Pre-Gold Squad – Kiki Jin (G3), Yihao Zhou (G4)

Silver Squad – Elizabeth Loosova (G5), Lucas Guo (G3)

Bronze Squad – Ivy Gao (G3), Lucas Liu (G4)

Blue Squad – Talia Yun (G3), Sebastian Tovar Jahn (G4)

Tadpoles – Max Zhang (G2)


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

March 30 – HISAC Round 3 (WCIS)

April 13 & 14 – SSL Championships

Quick Links: Swim Team Registration and Handbook

2023-2024 Swim Meet Schedule

Aquatics Calendar

HIS Swim Records

Swim Meet Results


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         

HIS International Day 2024! -Save the date, Sunday, April 21st.  ! )

What is International Day? 

Is an HIS traditional event at open to HIS students, parents, faculty, and staff members, and the wider HIS community. During the event, we all represent our cultural backgrounds participating in the “Parade of Nations”, followed by the Dragon and Lion Dance, traditional performances, activities, food from all over the world, and much more. 

If you would like to organize as a country and participate in any way to celebrate your cultural background and community (traditional food, share traditional games, perform a traditional dance/song on stage, share celebrations from your country), please contact Ms. Andrea Stubbs:

PAFA Fitness – Join us to exercise while learning some Indian dancing moves this Thursday morning!

PAFA Kitchen! It’s Indonesian food cooking time with Chefs Yanti and Renata!

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 below. Limited spaces (24) RSVP by scanning the QR code in the poster. 

HIS Community Band! 

Mr. Vincent would like to formally invite all HIS parent musicians with experience playing a String, Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion instrument to come together and collaborate to form the First HIS Community Band!

Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings starting at 5:00 PM in the Band Room.

If you have any questions, please send me an email to:

HIS PAFA Lunch – Namaste India: a cultural feast! (New Poster attached)

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

Game of Tiaras – Upper School Drama Production @ The Box, Saturday, March 23. (New Poster attached)

Enjoy and support our cast and crew students in this new hilarious, tragic comedy about a King who decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character). Sit back, relax, and enjoy watching the three princesses fight their way to the throne.

Two shows available. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Chinese subtitles available during the performance. 

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:


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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

               SECURITY- HI SID CARDS          

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


Please can I ask you to remove the QR code and instead update the link so that it directs people directly to the website (rather than the PDF)?

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.