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               HIS DATES

           Upcoming Events                                               

*15 Jan-29 March   CCA 2 

*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:

   Grade 2 attend the Van Gough Exhibition  

        GRADE 4 CULTURE GALLERY      Sharing and explaining with their Kinder Buddies

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!  

PASSION TALKS Parents and staff shared their passions as part of the first week of Exhibition. 

                 PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE            

Dear Families,

Your children are excited and ready to share their learning and growth. Remember also to visit their Specialist teachers, browse the fabulous Art Exhibition, and see the Book Fair in the US library.

 A few people have asked me questions recently following my talk at the language afternoon, so I have included information about the differences in social and academic language and the time each takes to develop.

Second language proficiency develops incrementally and varies from learner to learner. However, most learners go through these stages.

Stage 1 - Silent/Receptive or Preproduction

Stage 2 - Early Production

Stage 3 - Speech Emergence

Stage 4 - Intermediate Language Proficiency

Stage 5 - Advanced Language Proficiency

Regardless of the stage of second language acquisition, a student's oral language skills continue to develop. Oral language proficiency refers to knowledge of or use of vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and strong comprehension skills. 

In each of the stages of language acquisition, the Student's receptive language (i.e., understanding) is generally better than their expressive language (i.e., speaking)

 As students progress through the stages, they develop two types of language proficiency: social and academic, often referred to as BICS and CALP.

Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) refers to a student's ability to understand basic conversational English, sometimes called social language. At this proficiency level, students can understand face-to-face social interactions and converse in everyday social contexts. These social language skills—generally acquired in approximately two years—are sufficient for early educational experiences but inadequate for upper elementary school's linguistic demands and beyond. 

Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) refers to a student's ability to effectively understand and use the more advanced and complex language necessary for success in academic endeavors, sometimes referred to as academic language. Students typically acquire CALP in five to seven years, during which they spend significant time struggling with academic concepts in the classroom. 

It is essential to understand that BICS and CALP develop simultaneously, but the acquisition of academic language takes longer.

If you want to learn more, please look at the following article and website, which will provide further information. I'm always ready to talk to parents further about their child's language development.

See you all tomorrow.

Have a great week.

Kind regards,


          Message from the Vice Principals        

As a PYP school, we believe students learn best through transdisciplinary units of inquiry.  Transdisciplinary learning takes place when different disciplines (history, science, math, language, art, music, PE, Mandarin) work together to support the same concept. Our Grade 4 learners recently completed their last unit of inquiry and shared their transdisciplinary learning through their assembly and art gallery.  There was clear evidence of how PE, Art, and Music connected to the unit of inquiry. In turn, the unit was enriched as students made deeper conceptual connections across the disciplines. 


Last week, our Grade 5 students kicked off their PYP Exhibition (PYPx) Unit of Inquiry.  The PYPx is the culminating unit for Grade 5 students and indicates their preparedness to transition to the Middle Years Program. This is an opportunity for students to create their own unit of inquiry, under the Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves. To kick off the PYPx, students engaged with prompts to help them think about the intention of the exhibition.  They also heard from various presenters about their respective passions.  Finally, on Friday our Grade 5 learners went on a field trip to view a presentation to begin thinking about what makes a presentation engaging and eye-catching.  Over the next few weeks, I will continue to provide updates about the exhibition and look forward to our students' progress through this exciting unit of inquiry. 

Jessica Johnson

Lower School Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator

Hangzhou International School    

Dear Parents,

Hope you had a great week; we are looking forward to seeing all our parents at the Student-led conferences tomorrow.  This week, I thought we might share some information on a topic that consistently comes up in meetings and discussions of children's behavior. Children tend to all go through a "Superhero play" phase and depending on the Superhero, it might positively or negatively impact some behavior. I wanted to share some research-based information to help our families.

Watching cartoons is not always negative and several cartoons have positive effects on children, but it is important to look at the deeper meaning or message of the "superheroes" our children are watching. I would like to focus on the behavioral effects as it has the biggest impact in a school setting. The research found that especially action cartoons could result in children developing aggressive behaviors.  It further highlighted that boys are more affected than girls by action-based cartoons. Children do not realize the realities between fantasy and real-world experiences. Here are some typical questions parents might wonder about:

Why is my child attracted to superheroes?  Children may be attracted to the superhero's strength, courage, persona, and costumes. 

What values should superheroes present?  This is a good question to think about before we let our children watch some superhero shows.  Superheroes should represent core moral values inherent to all.  They should represent things that could be real and that can be inspiring to others.

What should be the essential traits of a superhero?  We would hope that a hero has an infallible character, is brave in facing challenges, helps others, has faith in themselves, shows responsibility for their actions, and has high moral values.

In conclusion, Superheroes are the role models your child looks at.  They should help self-confidence, instill compassion, and give children an idea about right and wrong things.  The possible negative impacts of action or violent superhero cartoons are that children might be at risk of injuries, developing a superiority complex, violent behavior (without realizing that it is hurtful), and on occasion aggression.  Parents can minimize the impact of how they interact with their children further guiding them to act and respond positively towards others.

Mahmood, Tahir & Iftikhar, Urwah & Bhatti, Ahsan. (2020). Impact of Violent Cartoons on the Behaviour of Children: A Case Study of South Punjab. Journal of Business and Social Review in Emerging Economies. 6. 10.26710/jbsee.v6i2.1212.

Rene Smal

Lower School Vice Principal and ECE Coordinator

                       LIBRARY NEWS                  

Dear HIS Families,

The HIS Spring Book Fair, hosted by Share Kids Books, is here from March 18-20!

What is a Book Fair?

Many lovely English language picture books, chapter books and non-fiction books will be available to purchase. These books can form part of your home library, spark interest in reading and be a fun way for you to engage with your child on new topics and stories.  

When to visit the Fair?

Please feel free to visit the Fair at the following times:

Monday - Afternoon between 15:20-16:30

Tuesday - All day for parents, guardians, and students (come before or after the student-led conferences!) 

Wednesday - All day (outside of drop off and pick up times at the gate)

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 “Norton and The Bear” written by Gabriel Evans. This picture book is in our Learner Profile section under communicator. The bear thinks Norton has such great taste and wants to dress just like him. Norton starts to get more and more annoyed. How does Norton express himself to the bear and how do they communicate about these feelings? Tune in on Tuesday to find out what happens!

The Grade 2 students are continuing with their research! Now starting to use a tool (the computer) to search for the books they want on the library system. They are learning great research skills. These skills are also being taught in Grade 1 and reviewed and extended on in Grade 3-5.

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!

Mrs. Majoos

Lower School Librarian

The Book Fair is taking place from Monday to Wednesday, March 18th to 20th.  We had the pleasure of welcoming our students who delighted in exploring the variety of books available, engaging in joyful reading experiences. Our students had a fantastic time reading the diverse selection of books with teachers and discovering more new favorites. We look forward to seeing you in the Upper School Library for this lovely event.

Ms Ivy

ECE Library

                    CCA information                  


On Saturday our Grade 5-8 Girls Badminton players got their first taste of games this season as they participated in an event hosted by Wellington College. This was the season-ending tournament for the girls after several weeks of practice. A contingent of 22 players represented HIS and came away with several accolades after a full day of singles and doubles matches. Congratulations to Grade 5 student Xiner who won the singles with Emily finishing in 2nd place. Success for our girls in the doubles also with Emily and Coco winning and Xiner and Grade 5 student   Yu-Shin in 3rd Place.


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)  


Current Seasons 

Varsity Football (Soccer) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

Varsity and Grade 5-8 Track and Field – Tuesday, Thursday 

Grade 5-8 Volleyball – Monday, Friday (Ends this Saturday) 

Grade 5-8 Basketball Season – Starts today!!  Monday / Thursday 

Grade 5-8 Touch Rugby Season – Starts on Thursday this week, then Tuesday/ Thursda

Upcoming Dates 

Monday 18th March – Grade 5-8 Boys Volleyball vs BASIS @ HIS (5pm start) 

Saturday 23rd March – CISSA G5-8 Volleyball Tournaments (*4 tournaments in Suzhou and Shanghai) 

CCA 3 Registrations opened today and will close at 10pm on Thursday 21st March. 
All registrations received during this time will be given equal consideration so there is no need to rush your choices, 

CCA3 begins immediately after Qingming Festival Holiday on Monday 8th April. 


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                

Congratulations to our fantastic swimmers and to the entire HIS Dragons Swim Team! HIS took home the Girls 9-10 MVP (Carol Zhong), Boys 11-12 MVP (Jean Mao), and 5th place Overall out of 20 schools. Many Personal Best wristbands, ribbons, and medals!

Much appreciation to our swim parents. Solid support from start to end! A memorable weekend indeed to gain valuable swimming experience for our junior swimmers! Lastly, a big shout to our swim coaches!


Medals - 9 (Gold - 4, Silver - 3, Bronze - 2)

Ribbons - 37 (4th to 8th Place)

Trophy Cup - 2 (Girls 9-10 MVP, Boys 11-12 MVP)

Overall Rank - 5th Place out of 20

Personal Best Times - 119


  Please CLICK the link.


Please SCAN the QR Code


March 26 –29

HIS Swim Clinic (New)

Andrii Govorov, Olympian - WR Holder 50m Butterfly


Swim Squads will be notified accordingly.


Student-Led Conferences



Gold Squad – Carol Zhong (G5), Jean Mao (G6)

Pre-Gold Squad – Ashlynn Zheng (G5), Dennis Lu (G7)

Silver Squad – Nikolas Borsdorf (G3), Eddie Liu (G4)

Bronze Squad – Shuyao Wang (G4)


March 26 to 29 – HIS Swim Clinic (New)

March 30 – HISAC Round 3 (WCIS)

April 13 & 14 – SSL Championships (SASPD

Quick Links: Swim Team Registration and Handbook

2023-2024 Swim Meet Schedule

Aquatics Calendar

HIS Swim Records

Swim Meet Resul


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), and if you are not in an HIS Families Groups, but either you or your child are from those countries,please contact Ms. Andrea Stubbs:

Family Groups (ONLY if you or your child are from the country): Germany, South Korea, France, China (HK, Macau, Taiwan), South America, USA, Italy, Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines), India, UK, Australia and New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, etc.  

 your country), please contact Ms. Andrea Stubbs:

PAFA Fitness

 Join us for a power walk to welcome the Spring season this Thursday morning!

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.

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.