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                 HIS DATES

              Upcoming Events                   *3-5 April               Spring Break

*8-12 April             Book Week

*8 April                   CCA3 commence

*12 April      Night of Tales-Save the date

*26 April    Staff Professional development -no school for students

*1 May        Labour day -no school

*10 June     Dragon Boat Festival holiday

*9 January-21 June Semester 2 2024

*21 June   Semester Two reports home

                HIS CALENDAR 2024-25           

2024-2025 CALENDAR:

             Parent Coffee Morning                                   Thursday, April 11                                          10 am-11 am                        Meet US library


        Please  scan the QR code and let us know how many in your family is coming.

                                                A night not to miss!

               STUDENT COUNCIL                                 HOST THE ASSEMBLY                                            WITH                                                  Andrii Govorov                        OLYMPIAN AND WORLD RECORD HOLDER

                  PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE            

Dear Parents,

Well we have had Andii Govorov, fever this last week and it has been so exciting for the students to meet  with him either as swimmers, admirers or interviewing him. He is an outstanding role model and had many interesting things to share with our students.

Student Council Assembly

I was so proud of our Student Council and the way they  prepared and performed at the assembly while interviewing Andrii Goroov the Olympian and world record holderfor 50 metres butterfly.

They spoke so eloquently and were outstanding.  Andrii was genuinely very impressed with the thought that ad gone into their questions. A huge thank you for their supporters Mrs T and Ms Shannon.

 Grade 5 also got to meet Andrii and he spoke much more about planning, making goals and overcoming obstacles ,than swimming. These messages were very on point as grade 5 start their Exhibition.

SAVE THE DATE -Friday, 12 April

The Night of Tales is coming and you and your child will not want to miss this evening of stories, performed by the fantastically talented teachers and staff! Scan the QR code and join the night as a family.

 CCA"S start-Monday, 8 April.

A reminder that CCA's start on Monday, 8 April.


All students should leave on the 3.15 pm buses or students should be picked up at the gate.  They should go home, eat some dunner and return to school to attend the Night of Tales.

Have a wonderful Spring Break with your family.


            Message from the Vice Principals      

PYPx Update

Last week during the Exhibition, the students spent a lot of time thinking about what truly matters to them. They needed to think about what makes them happy in the world or "what fills their heart with joy," and they needed to reflect on what "breaks their heart" in this world. This exercise helps the kids make connections between their passions and interests with global issues. After attending some engaging parent-led workshops on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the students were inspired to connect their passions to the UN's goals. These early stages of idea development are crucial to ensure the students are enthusiastic about the concepts they choose to explore. - Mr. Wells 

Jessica Johnson

Lower School Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator

Dear Parents,

As this semester comes to an end, we would like to once again thank you for all your support.  Our students have engaged in a variety of engagements, events, and celebrations over the course of this semester.  

Our EY students have come so far in developing their self-management skills and being able to follow routines independently.  Their language skills show great improvement, and most children are starting to use English and Mandarin to express themselves and their needs. During the last semester, we will start our new unit and further work on developing their communication skills and helping them to become more confident in expressing themselves and developing their social skills.

In PK we continue to work on developing positive personal interpersonal skills and becoming more collaborative.  As we develop our thinking skills, children will develop their ability to express their ideas and ask questions.  Being caring, open-minded, and inquirers will further strengthen their understanding of our conceptual ideas.

Kindergarten students had their second assembly for this year, where they demonstrated all the great skills they continue to develop at HIS.  They showed their communication skills by sharing their learning processes in the assembly.  They have developed their self-management skills by taking action in using recycled materials to make their props.  They participated as a group and worked collaboratively to share their learning.

This has been a great semester.  We wish all our families a Happy Holiday!

Kind Regards,

Kind Regards,


Rene Smal

Lower School Vice Principal and ECE Coordinator


Dear Parents,

Your child will be bringing home the Book Week Bingo activity these days. This is a fun reading challenge to celebrate our love of books and reading. It’s an optional activity. We hope this activity can spark interest in reading and gives you a chance to engage with your child's reading in a fun way.  Children can read all the different books in any language. We hope this activity sparks joy, curiosity, and a deeper appreciation for the magic of books in your child's heart. Embrace this opportunity to embark on reading adventures together, fostering a lifelong love for literature.

ECE Library

                                                         LIBRARY NEWS                   


Dear HIS Families,

It is almost time for the LS HIS Book Week from April 8-12! Many fun events are taing place. How can you be part of it? Sign up to be a Mystery Reader for your child’s class!

Your child can also bring books for the donate and swap book table.

On Wednesday, April 10th we will have our second year of Book Character Dress-Up Event. Students and educators are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favorite book character. Parents and guardians, please help your child prepare for the event by discussing and reading different books together and assisting them to help make something to show off their beloved book character.

Don’t forget the Night of Tales which will be taking place on Friday evening, April 12. The teachers have been working hard preparing their performances for the students and parents. It promises to be a great event!

For this coming week’s Read Aloud, that can be found on Moments 365 on Tuesday afternoons, the book is called “If you give a Moose a Muffin” written by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. We have another special reader this week, Elizabeth from Grade 3A! This is a very funny story that depicts what happens when you give a moose a muffin and it leads to all sorts of other things that moose will then want.

We had the great pleasure of having Olympic Swimmer, Andrii Govorov, visiting the lower school library. He is an avid reader and reads to his son, who is 5 years old, every night, even when he is traveling abroad.

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!

Mrs. Majoos

Lower School Librarian

                     ATHLETICS NEWS               

                                       LOWER SCHOOL ATHLETICS NEWS


Current Seasons 

Varsity Football (Soccer) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

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

Grade 5-8 Basketball Season –Monday / Thursday 

Grade 5-8 Touch Rugby Season –Tuesday/ Thursday 

Upcoming Dates 

Thursday 28th March – Grade 5-8 Boys and Girls Friendly Football matches @ HIS vs Hupan School, Baimahu. (from 4:30) 

Saturday 30th March – HISAC Swim Meet – Round 3 @ Wellington College Hangzhou 

                    CCA information                 


Registrations have now closed for CCA3. Late registrations can still be submitted online at the HIS website for the CCA activities which still have available places. 

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

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

lease 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 Dragons swimmers for doing an excellent job at the HISAC 3 Swim Meet last Saturday, March 30 at Wellington College Hangzhou. HIS Dragons took home the Overall Champion Trophy Cup!

Everyone set a new Personal Best time, and some swimmers (Luke Petring, Alison Sun, Jean Mao, Harry Wang) set a new HIS School Records. Thank you coaches and parents for all the support!


Gold - 43

Silver - 15

Bronze - 14

Personal Best - 5


SCAN QR code (photos from the event host)

SCAN QR Code (Photos from Yuko Y.)


Essential – Fins, Kickboard, Water bottle, Swimsuit, Goggles, Swim Cap

Recommended – Pull Buoy, Hand Paddle


We wish the best of luck to our HIS Dragons swimmers taking part this Saturday, March 30 at the HISAC Round 3 Swim Meet hosted by Wellington College Hangzhou!


Due 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 26



Gold Squad – Jake Li (G6)

Pre-Gold Squad – Yichun (Nemo) Zhang (G5)

Silver Squad – Layton Lao (G4)

Bronze Squad – Tilda Iburg (G6)

Blue Squad – Aloise Caboche (G5), Samuel Lu (G4)

Tadpoles – Erin Wu (G2)


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!

It’s GREAT to see the HIS community getting ready to share their culture!

Thank you for the enthusiasm, we have enough performances (registration is closed) and the following countries participating with a booth: China (HK, Taiwan, and Macao), Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan,  Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, and Russia.

If you would like to organize as a country or join an HIS Family Country Groups, contact Ms. Andrea  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, Russia, etc.  

According to the different cultural backgrounds in the community, we should have more than 48 countries represented in the parade: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China (HK, Taiwan, Macau), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Irealand, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Urugual, USA, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.

 Please contact Ms. Andrea Stubbs:

PAFA Kitchen -

AFA Kitchen! It’s French food cooking time with Chefs Vanessa and Kiki! (New Poster attached)

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. 

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.