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                   HIS DATES

                 Upcoming Events                     

*13 June      Last Day Of CCAs 

*14 June      NO CCAs Grade 12                                          Graduation

*16 June      HIS DRAGON RUN

*20 June     Grade 5 Promotion                                         Ceremony

*21 June     Semester 2 reports home. Last day of school

               HIS CALENDAR 2024-25            

2024-2025 CALENDAR:


IMPORTANT Reminder from Admissions!

This is a friendly reminder that the annual, or semester tuition is due by June 21, 2024. Please, if you had paid, don’t forget to send the receipt to Payment

Remember that by policy, communicated in the Tuition and Fees document online and shared by email with the invoice, after the deadline the seat guarantee fee is no longer applicable, and we will start placing new applicants in the seats available. 

If your plans had changed and you are NOT returning this August 2024 for the new school year, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can support your transition to a new school.


如果您已经支付第一学期或一整学年的学费,请尽快发送付款凭证到邮箱, 以便确认。

 学费单可通过邮件的方式线上发送和确认。按照规定,截至时间过后,仅支付Seat Guarantee费用的学生,将视为自动放弃学位,我们将录入相应待定席位的新生。

 如果您已经确认2024年8月份将不在HIS 继续就读,也请尽快通知学校,以便我们协助您办理转学事宜。

Thank you!

Andrea Stubbs

Director of Admissions and Community Relations

                      HIS FUN RUN                                          SAVE THE DATE                      SUNDAY 16 JUNE

                 PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE             

Dear Families,

Fun Day

What a wonderful day our specialist teachers organized for our students in the ECE and Gr1-5.

Led by the PE Department, (Ms. Ford, Mr. Jamarillo, Ms. Rui, Ms. Anita and Ms. Nancie, a day of laughter was had by all. There was water pistols, water races, Water Pong, dragon races, chalk drawing , bubbles, tape collages, a dance party and a healthy snack!

Everyone had a fantastic time!

Thank you to all the staff who joined in the some points I wondered who was having the most fun?

Fun Run

We invite you to join us for the Fun Run this Sunday at 7.30 am. Whether you run, walk, or cheer on the participants, your presence will make a difference. The event is always a fantastic day and an excellent opportunity to strengthen our school community while supporting libraries for under priveleged schools. Please check out the wonderful prizes available in the raffle.

Promotion Ceremony

Grade 5 will participate in their promotion ceremony next Thursday, 20 June as they prepare to move to the middle school and grade 6. They are busily practicing and completing designer shoes for the oc.

Note that the last day of the CCA this semester is Thursday, June 13. There are no CCAs on Friday, June 14, as it is GRADUATION. 

Warm regards,


Lynn Pendleton 


Here atre some different ways students can spend the holidays developing skills in math, science, writing, reading, and art.

Activities That Develop Math Skills

Have Your Child Help Pick Out Groceries

On your next grocery trip, have your child help! Not only will it make your child feel very grown up, it will also help him or her practice mental math skills. For instance, if you’re cooking 2 burgers for 6 people, ask your child to figure out how many burgers to buy. If your child is a bit older, you can ask him or her more complex questions. For example, ask your child to determine how expensive each unit in a bag is based on its price.

Have Your Child Help With Holiday Baking

If you’re doing some holiday baking, ask your child to help measure out the ingredients. Baking not only helps improve basic unit conversion and math skills, it also helps young people build confidence. While your child is measuring out the ingredients, ask questions like “how many millilitres will we be able to fit in a cup?” to get his or her mind working even more.
Activities That Develop Science Skills

Take A Walk In The Outdoors

Something as simple as exploring a nearby park or green space can teach your child so much! Spark your child’s curiosity by asking how he or she thinks that landscape formed, or what animals you may find on your walk. You can also set up a scavenger hunt for your child and ask him or her to classify all the found objects by colour, shape, and size.

At Home Science Experiments

Building a baking soda volcano doesn’t only have to happen at the school—create one at home! There are many child-friendly mini-experiments you can do with your family that are both fascinating and fun. If you have multiple children, have them start a friendly competition over who can create the highest tower made out of just paper and tape. The winner gets to decide the next science experiment your family does.
Activities That Develop Writing Skills

Keep a journal or scrapbook of summer activities and visits

Write Holiday Cards To Family Members

A simple but easy way you can get your child to write throughout the holidays is having him or her write the family holiday cards! Have your child ask family members what they want the card to say and write a message from everyone. This will help teach your child how to compromise and coordinate with other people, as well as improve writing skills and time management. It will also give your child the satisfaction of creating something the whole family can enjoy.
Activities That Develop Reading Skills

Read With Your Child Every Night

For younger children, reading a chapter of a story every night is a great way to improve their reading skills. Read the story out loud together, point to photos, and guide your child through the text using your finger.

For older children, reading a novel ensures they’re still developing their reading skills while having fun over the break. Offer to buy your child a book at the beginning of the break and encourage him or her to finish it by the time school is back in session.

Learn How To Play A New Game

Go out and buy a new board game your family can play over the break. When you sit down to play it, ask your child to read the instructions out loud. Be sure to help your child with any tricky words and be there for support. Reading the instructions aloud will not only help with reading skills but it will also help with his or her confidence in presenting.
Activities That Develop Art Skills

Performing A Play

It’s time to get creative! If you have friends or family coming over, have your child to put on a play. Offer to help your child prepare for the big performance by setting up a stage or reviewing lines—but make sure the play is entirely his or her own idea. Writing and performing plays is a wonderful way for your child to express him or herself and have fun.

Film A Video

If live performance isn’t something your child feels comfortable with, he or she can also have fun filming a video. Coordinating angles, sets, lighting, and storylines take a lot of concentration and commitment. Your child will also feel very accomplished when the whole video is complete. This will only inspire him or her to start more creative projects.

Tip: Make sure that the video is saved—your child will have a good laugh watching it years down the line!

        Message from the LS Vice Principal      

Our KG students joined us for lunch in the cafeteria today as they begin to transition to Grade 1. This helped them gain familiarity with the cafeteria environment and become acquainted with the layout, procedures, and expectations of the Lower School cafeteria. Our hope is it will help reduce anxiety and make their transition smoother as they will already be comfortable in the cafeteria setting. 

This is less abrupt than the full transition on the first day of Grade 1, allowing our Kindergarteners to get comfortable with this change. Overall, this visit gives our KG learners a head start on navigating the physical, behavioral, and social aspects of the Lower School cafeteria, setting them up for a smoother and more confident transition to Grade 1.  

It was a pleasure to have them with us today and we look forward to consistently having them there with us in the new academic year. 

Jessica Johnson

Lower School Vice Principal and PYP Coordinator


Dear Parents,

As the school year winds down, it's time to start thinking about the exciting transition to the next grade level. This can be a time of both anticipation and uncertainty for young children, but they can approach this change with the right support, confidence, and enthusiasm.

Over the summer holiday, there are several things you can do to help prepare your child for a successful start to the new school year:

Maintain Routine: Keep your child's sleep schedule, mealtimes, and daily activities as consistent as possible. This will help them feel grounded and ready to tackle the new academic challenges.

Foster Independence: Encourage your child to practice self-care skills, such as packing their own backpack, getting dressed independently, and managing their own belongings. This will build their confidence and smooth transition to a new classroom environment.

Read Together: Make reading a regular part of your child's summer routine. Explore books that feature characters going through similar transitions or introducing themes related to the upcoming grade level. This will help keep their minds engaged and ready to learn.

Celebrate Achievements: Take time to reflect on your child's growth and accomplishments over the past year. Remind them of the skills they've developed and the challenges they've overcome. This positive reinforcement will boost their self-esteem and excitement for the road ahead.

Remember, maintaining a positive, supportive, and nurturing environment for your child is key to a successful transition. Focusing on their strengths, celebrating their progress, and gently preparing them for the new year can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable start to the next grade level.

We had a wonderful Fun Day on Friday and we are always happy to see our students engage and enjoy learning and being together!

We're here to support you and your child every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Rene Smal

Lower School Vice Principal and ECE Coordinator


Scan the QR code for lots more photos

                  LIBRARY NEWS ECE              

Dear Parents,
The school year is almost over, and our libraries need your help to ensure all our wonderful books find their way back home. The librarians will soon be conducting their end-of-semester inventory, and they need your assistance in locating any outstanding books. Please take a moment to check around your home - on bookshelves, under beds, behind the TV, or even in toy boxes. Any library books you find should be returned by June 14th.Your help in getting all our books back on the shelves is greatly appreciated. The students rely on access to these resources, and your cooperation makes a big difference. Thank you for your support!

Ms. Ivy

ECE Library

             LIBRARY NEWS Grade1-5            

Dear HIS Families,

A big congratulations to all the students who took part in the Mind Your Language activity that was hosted in the library for the second year running. Each month there was a new language to learn in the library – the students could learn how to count in the different languages. Three students, Afonso 4D, Astrid and Sebastian 4C tried all nine languages! It shows responsibility, to keep their language bookmark safe all year, and dedication to come each month to check what the new language is. I hope to see even more students participating and taking agency over their learning next semester.

It is almost the end of semester! Please help your child look for any missing library books and return any outstanding book by June 14th. This gives the librarians the opportunity to do stocktake and organize the books for the new semester for students, staff and HIS families to enjoy. This year, between September 2023 and end of May 2024, over 15 000 books were checked out in the lower school library by students! This is fantastic and exciting to see so many avid readers at HIS. We hope we can increase this amount in the next academic year.

For this coming week’s Read Aloud, that can be found on Moments 365 on Tuesday afternoons, the book is called “Small World” written by Ishta Mercurio and illustrated by Jen Corace. First, Nanda's entire world is the circle of her mother's arms but as she grows, she sees the wonder of whirligigs, fractals in the snow, and even the circle of the Earth, itself. It is a wonderful story of connection, growth and fulfilling goals.

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

                     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               


June 10-13: OPTIONAL Swim Team Training

Note: NO morning training sessions.


HIS is proud to be a partner in this global event promoting water safety. Get ready for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Thursday, June 20th! Mark your calendars and be part of this life-saving initiative!

Hangzhou International School’s THE WAVE will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for the 2024 WLSL event. HIS was the first school to participate in WLSL in China, and only one of two host venues in China in 2024. Parents are invited to learn more about this phenomenal event by visiting or

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson was created to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to prevent childhood drowning. Since its inception, more than 383,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL Lessons in 53 countries on six continents generating billions of media impressions about the importance of learning to swim. TEAM WLSLTM holds five Guinness World Records.


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          

PAFA Fitness – Join us for a Power Walk and Picnic!

          PAFA KITCHEN MASTERCHEF            Year Book 2023-24


2023-2024 Yearbook Sale!

 LAST CALL to order the 2023-2024 Yearbook!  (Poster attached)

The deadline to order is this Friday, June 14.

Don’t miss the school year memories and order a yearbook by scanning the QR code in the poster.

IMPORTANT Reminder from Admissions!

This is a friendly reminder that the annual, or semester tuition is due by June 21, 2024. Please, if you had paid, don’t forget to send the receipt to Payment

Remember that by policy, communicated in the Tuition and Fees document online and shared by email with the invoice, after the deadline the seat guarantee fee is no longer applicable, and we will start placing new applicants in the seats available. 

If your plans had changed and you are NOT returning this August 2024 for the new school year, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can support your transition to a new school.


如果您已经支付第一学期或一整学年的学费,请尽快发送付款凭证到邮箱, 以便确认。

 学费单可通过邮件的方式线上发送和确认。按照规定,截至时间过后,仅支付Seat Guarantee费用的学生,将视为自动放弃学位,我们将录入相应待定席位的新生。

 如果您已经确认2024年8月份将不在HIS 继续就读,也请尽快通知学校,以便我们协助您办理转学事宜。

Thank you!

Andrea Stubbs

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.