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Upper School Newsletter March 11, 2024



Mar 12-14      ACAMIS Golf                                      Mar 14-17      MUN DAISMUN                                Mar 14-22      Gr 12 Mock Exams                              Mar 19      Student Led Conferences (special schedule)                                                                      Mar 22           Mid-Semester Reports                          Mar 23           GAME OF TIARAS production          April 1           DP Visual Art Exhibition                      Apr 3-5   Tomb Sweeping/Spring Break (no school)  Apr 21           International Day                                  Apr 24-May16   DP EXAMINATION                      Apr 26           Professional Inservice (no school)        Apr 26-27      ACAMIS Leadership Conference        May 20-24    China Trips (gr 6-10)                            June 1            SAT                                                        June 4-11      Gr. 11 Exams                                        June 14         Graduation                                              June 21         Last Day of School


Mr. Fursey Gotuaco

Upper School Principal



                                               Veda Hille


                                              Arlene Blum

The next step can be as easy as it can be mysterious.  We can ask ourselves a million questions.. Is it the right step?  Is it the right direction?  Is it the right time?  Will I fall?  Will I be ridiculed?  Who will take the next step with me?  Doubt reigns supreme to be trumped only by self-doubt.

At HIS, we know that these voices in the back of our heads can be fairly loud.  Our mission is that we offer opportunities and support for every child to mute those voices of doubt and negativity.  We will give chance after chance for students to experience success.  We will give them a chance to put their feet down and take the next step.  

Sometimes that next step might be the procedures in a math problem or a science lab.  

Sometimes that next step might be on a volleyball court for your very first tournament.

Sometimes that next step might be with joining a high success group like MUN.

Sometimes that next step might be their IBDP Exams

Sometimes that next step might be their application to a university far away

Sometimes that next step might be a presentation in front of the whole class

Sometimes that next step might be on a 4 day hike in the wilderness.... 

Our Duke of Edinburgh International Award participants are on such a hike and camping adventure.. They are looking at maps at night and navigating with a compass.. And as daunting as that sounds, it might not be as scary as auditioning for a play or playing goal keeper in soccer for the first time... No matter the fear, take the next step.

We have several opportunities for students to take the next step this month.. call it.. March Madness :). We hope you join us in cheering these kids on as they face their next step!

The next step for all  - STUDENT LED CONFERENCES: Our STUDENT LED CONFERENCES are an amazing opportunity to see how students take hold of their learning and move it forward on their next steps.  We invite our parents to join us as an audience for your child's critical reflection of their progress this year.  You and their Homeroom Advisor will then ask probative questions to help them plan NEXT STEPS.  Another awesome student/parent event!  MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT AND WE'LL SEE YOU ON THE 19TH!!

The next step for Grade 8 COMMUNITY PROJECTS: We are up and running!  We can't wait to see what our groups of grade 8 students come up with as ways to serve their communities.  Servant Leadership is alive and well at HIS!

The next step for Grade 10 PERSONAL PROJECT 1st draft submissions are tomorrow, March 12th.  The grade 10 students have been working on these 'passion  projects' for a few months.  The opportunity to impact their space starts here and has the potential to grow over the next few years.  They might even be able to leverage these ideas into something that gets them noticed at university admissions offices.  The exhibition will be on March 28th from 4-6pm.

The next step for SENIORS will be their MOCK EXAMS starting this Wednesday.

The next stop for GRADE 11 will be a discussion with Head College Counselor Mark Donagher on Wednesday night.

The next step for GAME OF TIARAS will be their tech week as they ramp up for their opening night on March 23rd.

The next step for MUN will be DAISMUN on Thursday.

We are so proud of our PAFA that has taken their next steps with their social lunches, their cooking lessons, and their fitness sessions.  

And of course, we invite you all to take your next step by returning your RE-ENROLLMENT CONTRACT for next year.  


Re-enrollment Information 2024-2025 

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

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 remind your children to put their names on their items so that we can return it to them.  If your child has lost any clothing or items like water bottles, please take an opportunity, when you are on campus,  to look through our lost and found for any items that might be yours.


go to the calendar tab on the school website and scroll down

HIS PAFA Lunch – Namaste India: a cultural feast!

Enjoy a wonderful lunch with fun activities, delicious food, and great company! 

Scan the QR code to register.

PAFA Kitchen!

It’s Indonesian food cooking time with Chefs Yanti and Renata! 

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 Fitness – Join us to exercise while learning some Indian dancing moves this Thursday morning!

Dear parents,

The Senior 'Cap and Gown' professional photos are ready! Any Upper School student who is new or was absent in the last October shoot will have also taken individual shots. The attached "How to Order" Form includes a step-by-step guide on how to order your child's photos through Dave's Studio WeChat mini program.

If you have any questions or need any support, please open the customer service tab in the mini program to message Dave's Studio or email:

EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT: All packages ordered before midnight on March 11th will receive an early bird 10% discount 


Nurturing Education through Screen Time and Offline Activities

by Danie de Beer

Director of Technology

The Importance of Sleep, Screen Time, and Relaxing Time for Students

In today's fast-paced world, students are constantly bombarded with academic pressures, social obligations, and technological distractions. As a result, many students struggle to maintain a healthy balance between their schoolwork, screen time, and relaxation. In this article, we will explore the importance of getting enough sleep, managing screen time, and making time for relaxation in order to support students' overall well-being and academic success.

Importance of Sleep:

One of the most crucial factors in a student's academic performance and overall health is getting enough sleep. Research has shown that sleep plays a vital role in memory consolidation, cognitive function, and emotional regulation. When students do not get enough sleep, they may experience difficulties concentrating in class, retaining information, and managing their emotions. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a host of health issues, including obesity, depression, and decreased immune function.

To ensure that students are getting enough sleep, it is important for them to establish a consistent bedtime routine, create a sleep-friendly environment, and prioritize their sleep schedule over late-night studying or screen time. By getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night, students can improve their academic performance, mood, and overall well-being.

Managing Screen Time:

In today's digital age, students are spending more time than ever on electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. While technology can be a valuable tool for learning and communication, excessive screen time can have negative effects on students' health and academic performance. Research has shown that prolonged screen time can lead to eye strain, disrupted sleep patterns, and decreased physical activity.

To manage screen time effectively, students should set limits on their device usage, take regular breaks from screens, and engage in offline activities, such as reading, exercising, or socializing with friends. By reducing screen time and balancing it with other activities, students can improve their focus, productivity, and overall well-being.

Making Time for Relaxation:

In addition to getting enough sleep and managing screen time, it is important for students to make time for relaxation and self-care. High levels of stress and anxiety can have a detrimental impact on students' mental health, academic performance, and overall quality of life. By incorporating relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, mindfulness, or hobbies, students can reduce stress levels, improve their mood, and enhance their resilience in the face of challenges.

It is essential for students to prioritize self-care activities, such as exercise, hobbies, socializing, and relaxation, in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance. By taking breaks, practicing self-care, and seeking support when needed, students can improve their overall well-being, academic performance, and long-term success.


HIS New Campus has been named as the one of the best education buildings of the year in the world by Archdaily, the first building interconnection media in the world.


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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), please contact Ms. Andrea Stubbs:

HIS Community Band!

Mr. Vincent would like to formally invite all HIS parent musicians with experience playing a String, Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion instrument to come together and collaborate to form the First HIS Community Band!

Rehearsals will be on:

Thursday evenings starting at 5:00 PM in the Band Room 

If you have any questions please send me an email to:



Dirctor of Bands

Last Friday, the grade 9 and 10 String ensemble classes united to perform in our HIS Friday Lunchtime recital series “Free Mic Fridays!” These amazing young musicians brought forth for their peers and the community a remarkable performance of The Beatles’ iconic hit YESTERDAY!

This MYP Criterion C performance, was developed after the students researched and inquired into what impact The Beatles’ had on music-making around the world. Their inquiry and research project culminated in each member of the ensemble completing an MYP Criterion A essay.

The ensemble was joined by Micha Lu, who also performed on solo Guitar!

A fabulous and musical way to way to end the week!

Game of Tiaras – Upper School Drama Production @ The Box, Saturday, March 23

Enjoy and support our cast and crew students in this new hilarious, tragic comedy about a King who decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character). Sit back, relax, and enjoy watching the three princesses fight their way to the throne.

Two shows available. Recommended for ages 10 and up. 

Chinese subtitles available during the performance. 


                                   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

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:



On Saturday our Grade 5-8 Girls Volleyballers got their first taste of games this season as they participated in an event hosted at BASIS. For many this was the first game they had ever played, and the coaches were both proud and delighted with their perseverance and progress during the day. Our 2 teams played 3 matches each and left with a much better understanding of the routines involved in a competitive Volleyball game, and some feedback on areas they can continue to work on at practice to develop their skills and knowledge of Volleyball.  
HIS had a great parent cheer squad on the sidelines with chants and pom-poms to inspire our young Dragons on the court. The boy’s tournament was unfortunately cancelled but they have a practice game on the 18th which will be their lead-up game to the season-ending CISSA Tournaments which will see HIS send 4 teams (2 boys / 2 girls) to Suzhou and Shanghai for some more valuable game-experiences.  


Our Varsity Football teams have been getting in some good practice matches in recent weeks. The Boys are still looking to find team cohesion but have picked up 2 good wins against CIS and a faculty/parent team. The girls were unchallenged in their first match and showed some terrific signs during a must tougher challenge versus a MS/Varsity boys’ team on Friday. Tomorrow both teams will again be in action against Wycombe Abbey. They are loving the sideline support so keep coming to cheer on our teams. The Boys will play in their HISAC Tournament this Saturday and the following weekend both teams will be heading to the ISNAC Tournament in Nanjing which will provide great tests for both teams! 


Current Seasons 

Varsity Football (Soccer) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

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

Grade 5-8 Volleyball – Monday, Friday 

Grade 5-8 Badminton - Tuesday, Thursday 

STARTING SOON - Grade 5-8 Basketball Season – From 18th March – Practices Monday / Thursday 

STARTING SOON - Grade 5-8 Touch Rugby Season – From 18th March – Practices Monday / Thursday 

Upcoming Dates 

Tuesday 12th March – Varsity Boys and Girls Football vs Wycombe Abbey @ HIS (4:45 KO) 

Tuesday 12th-14th March – ACAMIS Golf Championships, Hainan 

Friday 15th March– Varsity Boys and Girls Badminton vs CIS @ HIS (From 4:45pm) 

Saturday 16th March – HISAC U14 Badminton Tournaments – Boys @ HDSAS / Girls @ WCIH 

Saturday 16th March – HISAC Boys U19 Football Tournament @ WCIH (*Girls Tournament cancelled) 

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) 

Saturday 23rd March – ISNAC Nanjing Varsity Football Tournament (Depart Friday after school) 

Saturday 23rd March – HISAC U19 Badminton Tournament @ HIS 


Registrations for CCA 3 will open on Monday 18th March until Thursday 21st March. 
CCA3 begins immediately after Qingming Festival Holiday on Monday 8th April. 


Good luck to everyone competing in the ACAMIS Junior Swimming Championships this weekend at Xi’an. We know there will be many more PBs to come from you all. Enjoy the process and results of your training. You have massive support from your teammates, coaches, teachers, and family, who are all ready to cheer you on. So, shine, smile, cheer, and compete. Go HIS Dragons! 


Boys:  Jean Mao (G6), Jake Li (G6), Keiven Sha (G6), Nicholas Zheng (G6), Yifan (Evan) Hu (G7), Nathan Zhu (G7), Matan Zait (G7)

Girls: Mable Lu (G6), Coco Xie (G6), Xinyao Wang (G6), YuChen (Helen) Zhong (G6), Yuchen (Rachel) Wang (G6), Coco Jin (G6), Yolanda Yu Hua (G6), Shirley Lin (G6)


A reminder that students, parents/guardians must complete the ACAMIS Student Participation Agreement Form and return it by Tuesday, March 12. US swimmers must also return the Student Absence Academic Check Form. 


US swimmers traveling to Xi’an for ACAMIS Jr. Swim must attend the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, during FLEX at the Blackbox to review the rules and expectations.  


The medals and Ribbons have arrived. Please collect them from the Aquatics office during the lunch break or swimming practice.  


Monday – Professional In-service (no school for students) 

Thursday – ACAMIS Jr. Swimming Championships (team traveling to Xi’an) 

Friday – ACAMIS Jr. Swimming Championships (team traveling to Xi’an) 



Gold Squad – Coco Jin (G6) 


March 15 & 16 – ACAMIS Junior Swimming Championships (XLIS) 

March 30 – HISAC Round 3 (WCIS) 

April 13 & 14 – SSL Championships

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.  

Game of Tiaras – March 23 Showday!

Weekly Princess – Cinderella

by Tonya Liu & Bonnie Wang

1. What is your role in the play?

Bonnie: My role is Cinderella, the oldest of the three princess sisters.

2. Can you describe your role for us?

Bonnie: Cinderella is a very evil daughter of the king and she is full of schemes, just wanting to kill her sisters

3. Can you tell us about your experience with acting and performing?

Bonnie: This is my 3rd or 4th year in theater and arts. I really love it and I enjoy being on stage and showing the audience a story of other people.

4. What made you audition for the role of Cinderella?

Bonnie: We only got a little description before auditioning so I didn’t really know her, but she’s like a new, challenging role for me since personally I don’t think I’m very much like Cinderella. But she’s a role I haven’t experienced or played in all my years of theater, so I thought it was a good challenge for myself.

5. How do you prepare yourself for a rehearsal or performance? Can you walk us through your process of getting into character?

Bonnie: I usually walk through my scenes and read my lines to stable my memory. And then I would look at the audience before I go on and be like “don’t be afraid” and then I would walk on, channeling my inner Cinderella.

6. And finally, can you act out one of your favorite lines?


“I’m Cinderella, Queen of Nightmares!! And you’re not invited to my tea parties anymore!”


By Ziteng William Xu


走过龙吟社的走廊,扑面而来的,竟是一股沁人心脾的中药香,真是新奇! 我情不自禁走入教室,原来是来自杭州市肿瘤医院吴山中医馆的医师们在给龙吟社成员介绍中医的历史和理论知识。

Walking through the corridor of the Longyin Club, there was a refreshing aroma of traditional Chinese medicine. I couldn't help walking into the classroom, but it turned out to be the doctors from Wushan Chinese Medicine Center, Hangzhou Cancer Hospital, who were introducing the history and theory of Chinese medicine to the members of Longyin Club.


I sat quietly and listened to their patient explanation. The doctors' voices were gentle and clear, like a fresh breeze that calmed the mind. They slowly recounted the origin and development of Chinese medicine, and I was transported to an ancient and mysterious world in a relaxed state of mind.


The doctors talked about the origins of TCM, the classic works such as Huangdi Neijing and the Treatise on Typhoid and Miscellaneous Diseases. At the same time, I also understood the basic theories of Chinese medicine, such as Yin and Yang, the five elements, qi, blood, fluids, and so on, as well as the diagnostic methods emphasized in Chinese medicine, such as "looking, sniffing, questioning, and feeling the pulse". These seemingly distant and mysterious concepts gradually became vivid and alive, bursting with marvellous vitality.



With Doctors’ further explanation, we were able to gradually deepen our understanding of Chinese medicine culture. I learned that Chinese medicine focuses on the concept of wholeness, emphasizing the concept of treating the future and regulating the balance of Yin and Yang. They also shared their knowledge of acupuncture and acupoints, especially the opportunity for the students to experience how needles are inserted, which varies in length and degree of force. It was a great experience to see things that we used to only see in movies, but now they were actually presented in front of us in real life!


When the doctor announced that the lecture was over, I woke up like a dream. We thanked them gratefully, and our hearts were filled with respect and longing for the culture of Chinese medicine. When we walked out of the classroom of Longyin Club, the refreshing fragrance of the medicine still lingered in our noses, like a silent teaching, gently but firmly reminding us that the wisdom of Chinese medicine is always worthy of our in-depth exploration and inheritance.

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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.

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2190 Xiangbin Road, Bin Jiang District, Hangzhou 310052
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