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Upper School Newsletter March 18, 2024



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

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Mr. Fursey Gotuaco

Upper School Principal



                                           Simon Sinek


Today we celebrate our students who return home with medals and championships!  Our boys soccer team won HISAC.  Our Under 14 won in Shanghai!  Our Junior Swimmers won in Xian!  Our MUN team won Best Delegate (best school) in Dalian!  CHAMPIONS!  

But we celebrate not just their work over 1 weekend.  These kids worked hard day in and day out over the course of weeks, months, and even years.  They sacrificed time that they could have been out with friends or at home on a sofa.  They sweated, bled, and even broke a one or two.  They pushed themselves hard and allowed coaches to push them even harder.  They are open to criticism and they take it in stride.  They fall and they fail from day to day knowing that as long as they get back up and as long as they don't give up that they will get better and better.

You will see CHAMPIONS in every corner of our school.  They are on the Badminton court, on the stage, and at the Economics competition.  We have champions swimming.  We have champions at Math contests!  We have champions everywhere and at every age and grade.  And they all have one thing in common.... They thrive on getting better.  They understand that feedback is the breakfast of champions.

It is important that all our students understand the importance of being self-reflective and resilient.  We create the kind of supportive and positive environment that cheers them on - even when they fall.  They see where they could have done something differently or done something better.  This is what we invite you to do at your child's Student Led Conference tomorrow.  We encourage you to help your child through the process by asking questions that guide them in their self-reflection.  

Every champion starts with their first practice, their first game, their first tournament.  Every champion starts by learning how to move forward.

Every champion starts with an innate talent that is then fed with feedback.

Tomorrow, you will sit across the table from a champion in the making.  How will you encourage them to build on their successes?  How will you help them analyze their self-reflection?  How will you convince them that they were born to be great?

Tomorrow, we celebrate our future champions!!!



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.



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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 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 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), and if you are not in an HIS Families Groups, but either you or your child are from those countries, please contact Ms. Andrea Stubbs:

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, etc.  



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, FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND 

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 - 5PM & 7PM

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 Badminton players got their first taste of games this season as they participated in an event hosted by Wellington College. This was the season-ending tournament for the girls after several weeks of practice. A contingent of 22 players represented HIS and came away with several accolades after a full day of singles and doubles matches. Congratulations to Grade 5 student Xiner who won the singles with Emily finishing in 2nd place. Success for our girls in the doubles also with Emily and Coco winning and Xiner and Grade 5 student   Yu-Shin in 3rd Place.  


Our Varsity Boys Football team had a very successful day on Saturday. Competing in the first of 4 tournaments this season, they won all 3 of their matches to clinch the 2024 title. The team won their 2 pool matches convincingly with 6-0 and 8-1 victories. The final was a much closer encounter which tested the fitness and teamwork of our team. The boys had narrowly beaten their opponent CIS in a lead-up match a fortnight ago and the final was even closer, going to a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 deadlock at full-time. HIS prevailed 3-2 on penalties with some 3 confident penalties and some goalkeeping heroics from Ehsaan. Gaspard was prolific in front of goals all day and Captain Ronan highlighted the important contributions by all players, including Varsity debutant 7th Grade student Seo-In. The team now joins the Varsity Girls on their annual trip to Nanjing for another important preparation tournament for their upcoming ACAMIS season-finale. The teams will travel to Nanjing to compete in their inaugural ISNAC tournament being co-hosted by Nanjing International School and Wycombe Abbey Nanjing. The girls are hungry for some competitive matches to really test their progress so far this season. Good luck to both of our teams!!  


HIS sent a small contingent of 4 golfers to the 2024 ACAMIS Golf Championships hosted by the Yalong Bay Golf Club in Hainan. The team was comprised of Senior Athena, Grade 10 students Leo and Justin, and Grade 7 Eason. These students played 36 holes over 2 days against over 100 of the best young golfers from China’s International Schools and performed very well. It was impressive to see the amount of focus and dedication they display – 5:30am wake ups, followed by 45 minutes of practice, followed by 4+ hours of play – amazing!! After 36 holes of great golf, we had some positive outcomes for all players. Leo finished in 3rd place with a strong finish including a string of birdies and Athena in 6th place in a strong female field. Eason improved markedly on his ACAMIS debut tournament last year and has lots of improvement in coming years. Justin completed his first ever back-to-back rounds of 18 holes and was thrilled with his first ever birdie! Well done to all 4 of our ACAMIS golfers. 

Current Seasons 

Varsity Football (Soccer) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

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

Grade 5-8 Volleyball – Monday, Friday (Ends this Saturday) 

Grade 5-8 Basketball Season – Starts today!!  Monday / Thursday 

Grade 5-8 Touch Rugby Season – Starts on Thursday this week, then Tuesday/ Thursday 

Upcoming Dates 

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 


CCA 3 Registrations opened today and will close at 10pm on Thursday 21st March. 
All registrations received during this time will be given equal consideration so there is no need to rush your choices, 

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


Congratulations to our fantastic swimmers and the entire HIS Dragons Swim Team! HIS took home the Girls 9-10 MVP (Carol Zhong), Boys 11-12 MVP (Jean Mao), and 5th place Overall out of 20 schools. Many Personal Best wristbands, ribbons, and medals! 

Much appreciation to our swim parents. Solid support from start to end! It was a memorable weekend for our junior swimmers, who gained valuable swimming experience! Lastly, a big shout-out to our swim coaches! 


Medals - 9 (Gold - 4, Silver - 3, Bronze - 2, + Relays)  

Ribbons - 37 (4th to 8th Place)  

Trophy Cup - 2 (Girls 9-10 MVP, Boys 11-12 MVP)  

Overall Rank - 5th Place out of 20 

Personal Best Times - 119 


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March 26 –29 

HIS Swim Clinic (New) 

Andrii Govorov, Olympian - WR Holder 50m Butterfly 


Swim Squads will be notified accordingly. 


Student-Led Conferences 



Gold Squad – Carol Zhong (G5), Jean Mao (G6) 

Pre-Gold Squad – Ashlynn Zheng (G5), Dennis Lu (G7) 

Silver Squad – Nikolas Borsdorf (G3), Eddie Liu (G4) 

Bronze Squad – Shuyao Wang (G4) 


March 26 to 29 – HIS Swim Clinic (New) 

March 30 – HISAC Round 3 (WCIS) 

April 13 & 14 – SSL Championships (SASPD) 


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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