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Upper School Newsletter January 29, 2024



Feb 8              Spring Festival Festivities                Feb 9-18        Spring Festival Holiday                        Feb 22            School Photos - GR 12 Cap & Gown  Feb 24            SSL Round 4                                        Feb 28    Curriculum Night - English Language Arts  Mar 9-11        International Award                              Mar 11         Professional Learning (NO SCHOOL)  Mar 12-14      ACAMIS Golf                                      Mar 15-17      MUN DAISMUN                                  Mar 19           Student Led Conferences                      Mar 22           Mid-Semester Reports                          Apr 3-5    Tomb Sweeping/Spring Break (no school)  Apr 26           Professional Inservice (no school)        Apr 26-27      ACAMIS Leadership Conference          June 1            SAT                                                        June 14         Graduation                                              June 21         Last Day of School

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Mr. Fursey Gotuaco

Upper School Principal



                                              John Spencer


                                            Lailah Gifty Akita


We have a new group of leaders on campus this year, THE LIT LOUNGE.  These students help other students with their work.  It's not tutoring.  Its much more than that.  They are empowered, dedicated, and intelligent people who want to see others succeed.  We have started with 3 young ladies - Ruhi Gianchandani, Angel Li, & Sanyukta Shewakramani.  I'll let them explain themselves in their own words.

Q:What exactly is Lit Lounge?

A: Lit Lounge aims to encourage fellow students to benefit from cognitive coaching guided by student coaches. Lit Lounge helps guide students to identify and solve their own problems in their work. The aim is to help students become independent learners and encourage them to soar on their own.

Q: What kinds of help can students get from the Lit Lounge?

A: We don’t help with just particular subjects, we have a more holistic approach where we welcome students to get guidance for writing, reading, speaking, note-taking, and presenting. So if it’s something along these lines that a student needs help with, we are more than happy to do so. Right now, we are coaching in just English, but are hoping to expand to coaching in Chinese as well to accommodate and aid HIS students.

Q: You are now looking for coaches. What does a coach do?

A: Coaches help students develop themselves as individuals. They lead students through the creative process and apply unique strategies to their unique needs. Coaches don’t give their feedback to a problem, rather guide the students to find their own solutions.

Q: What are the qualities of a good coach?

A:  Coaches aren’t expected to be an expert, rather they’re expected to be passionate, patient, and compassionate guides who help the students in need. Coaches are also expected to have at least one “shift” per week at the Lit Lounge which allows students to connect with a set coach and find what methods work best for them. Remember, guide, don’t advise.

Q:  What's the most rewarding aspect of your role in Lit Lounge?

A: While I’m guiding learners through the process, I get to challenge myself as a student and coach as well. I also learn new ways to get my work done when I help other people. The joy I get from being able to help other people is immense. It’s rewarding to be a part of helping someone out and to contribute to my school community through such a unique initiative.

Q:  What should a student do if they feel they want help from Lit Lounge?

A: Firstly, we want them to feel comfortable enough to reach out to us. We want HIS students to know that we are here to guide them through the process of getting quality work done. Students don’t need to do much except show up to the Lit Lounge any day after school prepared with the work they need help with. Besides that, we are more than happy to answer any questions so they can reach out to us via email or in person at any time.

These fabulous students dedicate their time to lead this organization to help other students.  They will be looking for more coaches soon.  And of course, they are always looking for students who need a little extra support.  Send your son or daughter to Lit Lounge.  Its just one more way that our students care and create community.


Re-enrollment Information 2024-2025 

The time has come for us to open our re-enrolment process for the 2024-2025 school year.

After the CNY holiday, on Monday, February 19, the students will receive a printed copy of the 2024-2025 School Year Re-Enrolment Contract.

Please, read, complete, and send back to the school.  Deadline to save and pay the seat for the 2024-2025 will be March 15, 2024. After that day, we will start placing new applicants in the waiting list. 

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


Please welcome Mr. Danie de Beer to the Newsletter.  Mr. Danie is head of our technology department.  Hailing from South Africa, Danie is a pilot, a snake handler, and a master computer programmer. 

He will be giving new knowledge on computers that you may find useful.  

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Year of the Dragon!

Join us for a festive day to welcome the Year of the Dragon at HIS.

Parents are invited to the activities (ONLY parents, please)

                                    HIS                                           COLLEGE COUNSELING INFORMATION     

Carrie Sun

Upper School Counselor

 "Global Horizons: Navigating University Visits for International Students"

Part One

For HIS students planning to study abroad, understanding how to navigate university visits can be really helpful in making informed decisions. This week, we focus on how to effectively plan and engage in campus tours globally.

Strategic Planning for Your Campus Tour

Begin your preparations early, preferably in your penultimate year of high school. Carefully select universities that align with your academic and personal interests, considering not just the institution, but the lifestyle and opportunities it offers. I would recommend if at all possible visiting the top three to four schools on your list.

Engaging Actively in Campus Tours

Stay at the front of the tour to fully engage with the guide and surroundings. Don’t accept a "real estate" tour; this is about getting a feel for the campus environment. Asked the questions you want answers to and while you are walking around gauge the walking distances to essential places like libraries, labs, and lecture halls.

Exploring Beyond the Campus

Venture beyond the campus to discover nearby coffee shops and restaurants. This exploration is crucial for understanding the daily life and community you might join. These local haunts can offer a more authentic sense of the area’s culture and vibe. Make a contest out of it-for example find the best Chinese food you can within walking distance of every school you visit!

Interactive Inquiries

Ask the admission office when you make the appointment if you can speak with a professor or teaching assistant in your field of interest. Requesting a private conversation can provide deeper insights into academic life and opportunities at the university. Also ask them if while on campus you can visit the buildings of your academic department of interest. It really helps to be able to visualize where you will be spending a lot of your time over the next three to four years studying what you are passionate about!

Stay tuned for next week's Part Two, where we'll delve into crucial aspects like local community integration, financial considerations, and building a support network as an international student. Your journey to finding the perfect global university is just getting started, and university counseling department will be there with you every step of the way!


TEST DATE                       REGISTRATION

  MAY 4                                   APRIL 19

  JUNE 1                                   MAY 17



We encourage students to contact one of the university counselors  with any questions about university entrance requirements. 

                  Mr. Mark Donagher

                          Ms. Iris Zhang

                          Ms. Carrie Sun

                     Dr. Ryan Beddows

                      Dr. Monica Prieto


HELLO PARENTS!!!  We thought we'd have some fun and get your opinions on some fun topics.  It's also a great opportunity to learn more about your fellow parents!

Click on the button below to answer this week's question. 

THANKS to all our parents who took the poll last week.  The results are below.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!

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Fridays HIS Artisan Food Market is back! 

Every Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Every Friday HIS 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:


Filipe Nogueira

Athletic & Activities Director


2024 ACAMIS Green Division Basketball Tournament 

Our Varsity Basketball teams competed at their season-ending ACAMIS Tournament in Shanghai this past weekend and showed great skill and determination on the court- a tribute the improvement their coaches have guided them to over the course of this very short 8-week season. 

They finished the preliminary round-robin games with a 4-1 win-loss record and went into the final day’s Semi-Final full of confidence. Unfortunately, a slow start to their early morning game had them 19 points down at half-time and despite rallying to close to 2 points, they fell just short and had to be content with 3rd place after a dominant final game for the 3rd/4th place teams. With only 1 senior in the team this year, the boys and coaches have some more growth in them for next year. Our girls were competitive in all their matches across the tournament, diving for loose balls and playing great defense but struggling with their shooting. They won 4 of their 6 matches to finish in 5th place.  

Congratulations to Yolcy Zhang, James Lee, and Ben He for their nominations to the Tournament All-Star Teams. 

I’d like to thank our Cheer Squad who were again in great numbers in Shanghai cheering on our Dragons. I’ll say it again because its true- we again had the best support for our team which is so uplifting for our young athletes. Thanks also to our team of coaches who have put in their time, effort, and basketball knowledge into both teams this season – Coach Sean, Coach Shick, Coach Callahan, Coach Jamie, Coach Ruth, Coach Cooper.  

Varsity Football and Varsity Badminton Seasons begin today. 

It’s not too late to join these teams. If you are interested, come and see Coach Filipe. Practices for both are Monday/Wednesday/Friday so you can’t do both, but you can certainly join one!!! 

Current Seasons 

Varsity Football Season – Begins Monday 29th January (Mon 3:30-5, Wed 3:30-5:30, Fri 3:30-5) 

Varsity Badminton Season - Begins Monday 29th January (Mon 4:15-5:45, Wed 3:30-5:30, Fri 4:15-5:45) 

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  

Varsity Track and Field Season (G5-12) – Begins Monday 19th February (Tues 3:30-5, Wed 3:30-4:30, Thurs 3:30-5)  

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



February 24, 2024 – SSL 4 at SASPX 

March 15 & 16, 2024 – ACAMIS Junior Swimming Championships at XLIS 

March 30, 2024 - HISAC 3 at WCIS 



SSL 4 – Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 4:00 PM 

ACAMIS Jr. Swim Championships – Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 4:00 PM 

Any further inquiries should be directed to 

Quick Links: 

Swim Team Registration and Handbook 

2023-2024 Swim Meet Schedule 

Aquatics Calendar 

HIS Swim Records 

Swim Meet Results 

International Baccalaureate  Diploma Programme


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Student Leadership is a priority here at HIS. 

Each week, we spotlight a student leader and give them an opportunity to tell you about their clubs, sports, and activities.  


Wendy Zhu

Founder of TEA CLUB

I am Wendy from 10th grade, and my family is a generation tea maker. I have also received training as a tea maker and learned more about tea culture. I started CCA on tea culture with the aim of sharing this traditional intangible cultural heritage with the school community.

On my CCA, I led my classmates to learn about the classification of tea, different methods of brewing tea, and how to taste different kinds of tea. What’s more, recently our CCA also went to Hangzhou to conduct on-site inspections and learning at the Tea Expo. Among them, we had exchanges and communication with multiple tea experts and even tasted some tea varieties that were not seen in daily life, we have really gained a lot.

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CLICK for Dragon Shop Catalogue

Middle School Uniform Guidelines 6-8

Middle Schoolers should wear tan shorts, trousers, or skirts and a navy blue polo shirt (short or long sleeved) with the HIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the HIS logo or other approved outerwear such as the HIS hoodie sweatshirt can be worn in the cooler weather. All students must wear laced shoes.

High School Uniform Guidelines 9-12

High Schoolers should wear tan shorts or trousers, or plaid skirts (girls only) and a light blue Oxford cloth button down short or long sleeved short with the HIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the HIS logo or other approved outerwear such as the HIS hoodie sweatshirt can be worn in the cooler weather. All students must wear laced shoes.

Students will be asked to remove outerwear (coats, hoodies, sweatshirts, etc) in lessons unless they carry the HIS logos. Students who are cold will be invited to go to the Dragon Shop to purchase acceptable HIS items. 

Families can purchase items at the Dragon Shop open 

Mondays to Fridays from 

8:05am - 2:45pm and 3:15pm - 4:00pm

For more information, please contact the Dragon Shop:


See the updated lunch menu weekly and monthly as posted on the school website. 

Lunch Menu

HIS Mission Statement

We provide international learners with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence within a caring community.

Hangzhou International School
2190 Xiangbin Road, Bin Jiang District, Hangzhou 310052
Phone: +86 571 8669 0045
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