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                   HIS DATES

                   Upcoming Events 

*10 May      Grade 5 Exhibition  

*16 May      Full Dress Rehearsals                                     The High Seas

*17 May            The High Seas                                         Performances                1.30pm-2.30pm         5.30pm-6.30pm    Please note different classes perform at each session

*23 May          Robotics  Competition

*7 June        Fun Day/Dragon Boat                                     celebration

*10 June     Dragon Boat Festival            holiday-no school        no CCA's

*14 June              Last Day Of CCA's     

*20 June        Grade 5 promotion                                         Ceremony

*9 January- 21 June   Semester 2 2024

*21 June   Semester Two reports home. Last day of school

               HIS CALENDAR 2024-25            

2024-2025 CALENDAR:

                       GRADE 3                            COLLABORATE WITH DESIGN TECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS               THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED!               How we can use technology to support communities in extreme climates?

                         SAVE THE DATE                                                  GRADE 3-5 MUSICAL                                                THE HIGH SEAS                            FRIDAY MAY 17 

                  PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE           

Dear Families,

PYP Grade 5 Exhibition

As we approach the much-anticipated Grade 5 opening ceremony and the exciting Exhibition, the atmosphere is filled with a mix of excitement and nerves. The grade 5 team and students can't wait to share this special event with families, friends, staff, and students across the school.

As a mentor, it has been so enjoyable to spend time each week getting to know my group, and I have learned so much, too, about their chosen area of inquiry. I joined them as they interviewed an expert in the field and had a wonderful day sharing with them and their parents what the future may hold for robots at the Robotics Exhibition Park.

Like every group, they are busy planning how to engage their audience with the aesthetics and resources they will use. The day of the poster has been replaced with multi-modal texts, hands-on activities and materials that will require much greater audience participation.

The High Seas

The countdown for our wonderful theatre musical production, The High Seas, with two performances next Friday, 17 May, at either 1.30 pm -2.30 pm or 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm, is drawing closer. Next Thursday will be the full-dress rehearsal with our younger classes being the audience.

Please check below to ensure you know which time your child’s class will be performing.

The 1st performance at 1:30 pm will be led by: 3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5B, 5C

The 2nd performance at 5:30 pm will be led by:3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5D

Those students at 5.30 pm will remain at school, attend CCAs or other activities as usual if they have them, eat dinner in the cafeteria, and then be ready to go on stage at 5.30 pm. Staff will be supervising them after school.

This will surely be a wonderful highlight of the school year, and we thank Ms. Farina and her team for the enormous work they have already undertaken.

NWEA Grade 2-5

Our NWEA testing period will commence Monday, 27 May to Tuesday, June 4. Make-ups, June 5-12.

Please share the link below with your child and undertake some of the practice tests.

I will be sending further tips home over the coming weeks.


Slowly, days are warming, and temperatures in the late 20s C are expected next week. Please ensure your child's clothing, jackets, and water bottles are clearly labeled so they can be returned.

Please have your child wear a hat(the bucket hats from the Uniform shop are ideal) for sun protection.

Have a great week, and remember that CCAs will continue with the Exhibition and The High Seas productions this Friday and next.

Warm regards,


Lynn Pendleton 

           Message from the Vice Principals       

PYPx Update 

Last week, our fantastic Grade 3 learners provided a thought-provoking exhibition of their unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme, “How the World Works,” in which they explored the possibility of designing and creating resources as a response to their understanding of the impact of climate and weather. They demonstrated strong thinking skills and were truly creative in their innovations. Congratulations to our innovative Grade 3 learners! 

PYPx Update 

Our Grade 5 students are in the final stages of preparation for their PYP Exhibition this Friday.  This week, they will finalize their modes of expression and create their exhibition spaces. As you can imagine, this is a busy and potentially stressful time for them.  If you are the parent of a G5 student, please provide them with extra encouragement and TLC as they will undoubtedly be working hard to meet their deadlines and ensure they are prepared for Friday morning.


Jessica Johnson

Lower School Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator

                  LIBRARY NEWS ECE               

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and in preparation, we're delving into heartwarming books that celebrate the essence of motherhood. As students engage in conversations about their mothers, they showcase exceptional communication skills by sharing delightful anecdotes about their moms' hobbies and cherished shared activities. Inspired by their deep affection, some friends are enthusiastically creating something for their mother to express their love.

Ms Ivy

ECE Library

              LIBRARY NEWS Grade1-5          

Dear HIS Families,

This week, I am happy to recognize the students and teachers who have read 6 or more books from the Battle of the Books! Please have a look at the posters to see who the readers are! This year’s Buddy Edition Battle of the Books is going well, and students are engaging with the variety of books available. There are picture books, fiction and non-fiction, fiction chapter books and non-fiction texts. Something for everyone! Only a few more weeks and the students will vote for their favorite books read!

Remember, once you have read a book, come to the library to do the quiz and then you get your bookmark on the Battle of the Books window.

For this coming week’s Read Aloud, that can be found on Moments 365 on Tuesday afternoons, the book is called “Hey Wall – A Story of Art and Community” written by Susan Verde and illustrated by John Parra. This is a story about coming together as a community to turn something mundane into something beautiful. This story also relates well with the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition happening this week. Wishing all the grade 5 students the best of luck with their exhibition presentations this week.

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 

Grade 5-8 Basketball Season –Monday / Thursday 

Grade 5-8 Touch Rugby Season –Tuesday/ Thursday

                        CCA                             The students have been learning how to grout in Arts and Crafts. Basketball is a happy dynamic place to be.


                     CCA information                   



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 

Please note the following regarding access to late bus: 

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                 

May 15 – International Water Safety Day

June 20 – The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson 2024



Gold Squad – Naomi Xa (G8), Alice Wu (G9)

Pre-Gold Squad – Alex Tong (G9)

Silver Squad – Angela Chen (G5), Junhwan Lee (G7)

Blue Squad – Sophia Wang (G2), Chloe Sheng(G3)

Tadpoles – Keyi Wu (G2)


May – Water Safety Month

May 15 – International Water Safety Day

June 1 – HIS Summer Splash / Swimming Awards (HIS)

June 3-6 – HIS Swim Team Aquathlon (squad practice time slot)

June 20 – World's Largest Swimming Lesson 2024 (HIS)


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        

Zhejiang American Cultural Fair 

HIS and the USA Consulate General Shanghai are organizing the Zhejiang American Cultural Fair with activities, performances from two american bands, and information in different fields, and it’s OPEN TO EVERYONE in the community, not only to American citizens. 

However, at the event, all American citizens will have access to the American consular services offered only at the Consulate General in Shanghai, but you must register in advance. QR in the poster attached. 

There will be other activities, and everyone in the community can join in the fun!

PAFA Fitness – Join us for a Power walk session this Thursday morning!

PAFA Kitchen! It’s Indian food cooking time!

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. 

PAFA Kitchen – Recap of the Korean cooking class! (2 QR codes of photos attached)

One beautiful spring morning, our culinary journey delved into the heart of Korean cuisine within the bustling Korean kitchen. Guided by a vibrant group of Korean moms, we embarked on a flavorful adventure. As sizzling vegetables danced in the pan for Bibimbab, fragrant Korean spices wafted through the air, infusing the class with a taste of Korea. The bubbling Doenjang jijgae stew, rich with soybean paste and vibrant veggies, promised a wholesome delight. Then came the star of the show - kimchi and chives pancakes, a crispy indulgence that left us craving more with each savory bite. Amid laughter and camaraderie, we mastered the art of the perfect pancake flip, a challenge embraced with gusto. Learning the art of marinating kimchi, that beloved pickled cabbage, further enriched our culinary repertoire. Finally, as we sat down to savor the fruits of our labor, old and new friendships blossomed over a table brimming with homemade Korean delights. A morning well spent, indeed, in the lively tapestry of the Korean kitchen.

You can see pictures here and by scanning the QR codes :

                                     French cooking  Scan for more photos.

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


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.