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Upper School Newsletter March 4, 2024



Mar 9-11        International Award                              Mar 11         Professional Learning (NO SCHOOL)  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        June 1            SAT                                                        June 14         Graduation                                              June 21         Last Day of School

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Mr. Fursey Gotuaco

Upper School Principal



                                  Michel de Montaigne


                                   Robert Browning

What an amazing evening we had last Wednesday at our English Language Curriculum Night!!!  We had a record number of parents attend to see what our amazing students were doing in their English classes. 

I saw students teaching parents. 

I saw parents writing poetry. 

I heard students reciting Shakespeare and I heard parents answering questions from students.! 

I saw students smiling. 

I saw parents laughing. 

I heard students laughing. 

And I heard parents admiring!  Their admiration was LOUD!!!

THANK YOU PARENTS for joining us on such an important evening!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL NEXT MONDAY.  Teachers will be attending Professional Development... That means we will be in training.  Yes, training.  Up Skilling.  Improving.  Learning.  Isn't this the nature of school?

As a professional organization, is it incumbent on us to model that which we teach.  We are a community of learners.  We learn about what others are doing well and we work to improve our own practice.  It is a never ending journey to increase our ability to reach our students where they are and move them forward to where they want to be.  That challenge changes with every student every day.  As professionals, we reflect on our own practice and plan activities for our own improvement and progress.  

This is the same invitation we have for every student.  We invite all on campus to embrace learning as a way of growing our personal world.  We take steps forward to increase the size of our comfort zones.  We do it with every book that we read, in every subject that we take, through every teacher that we meet.  Sometimes it's during school and sometimes its after school.  Sometimes its by writing and sometimes its by playing an instrument.  Sometimes we grow by researching in a lab and sometimes its by researching online.  Sometimes our homework is a math problem and sometimes our homework is to measure our caloric intake at a meal... well, at least it is for me.. My doctor says I need to watch what I eat and measure my blood sugar...  :).  

We all have our challenges and we all have our journey to walk.  We look back in reflection and plan for what may happen ahead of us.  This act of 'taking stock' of our progress is critical to our learning process.  It's critical to the learning process of our students.

On March 19th, we will have one of those very important days where we reflect and we plan.  Our STUDENT LED CONFERENCES are an amazing opportunity to see how students take hold of their learning and move it forward at their self-designed pace.  We invite you the 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!

What a great opportunity to participate in your child's learning journey!



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:

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 for Power Walk this Thursday morning!

We will have a sunny beautiful day, join us!

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

In today's digital age, where screens dominate our daily lives, finding a balance between online learning and offline activities is crucial for the holistic development of students. While technology offers a plethora of educational resources and tools, excessive screen time can have adverse effects on students' well-being and academic performance. It is essential to strike a balance that maximizes the benefits of technology while ensuring students engage in meaningful offline activities.

Screen time, when used mindfully, can enhance learning experiences through interactive educational platforms, virtual simulations, and access to a vast array of information. However, prolonged exposure to screens can lead to issues such as digital eye strain, decreased physical activity, and difficulties in maintaining focus. To counter these challenges, educators and parents must encourage students to participate in offline activities that promote physical, social, and cognitive development.

Offline activities, such as outdoor play, arts and crafts, reading physical books, and engaging in face-to-face interactions, offer numerous benefits that complement online learning. These activities stimulate creativity, improve social skills, and provide much-needed breaks from the constant stimulation of screens. By incorporating a variety of offline experiences into students' daily routines, educators can help them develop a well-rounded skill set and a healthy relationship with technology.

Creating a balanced approach to education involves setting limits on screen time, establishing tech-free zones or hours, and encouraging students to explore diverse offline interests. By fostering a culture that values both digital and traditional learning experiences, educators can empower students to make informed choices about their use of technology and prioritize activities that support their overall well-being.

Striking a balance between screen time and offline activities is essential for promoting the holistic development of students. By leveraging the benefits of technology while encouraging participation in offline pursuits, educators can create a learning environment that nurtures students' academic growth, social skills, and overall health. Finding this equilibrium is key to preparing students for success in a digital world while fostering their creativity, critical thinking, and well-being.


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. 


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

We won’t have the HIS Artisan Food Market this week on Friday. It will return as usual after the holiday on Friday, February 23!

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:



Congratulations to our HIS Gold Dragons swimmers who attended the SSL Round 4 Swim Meet last February 24. Our team returned with 109 Personal Bests and brought home 15 Individual Event medals and 9 Relay Event medals. Big thanks to all the parents who came and supported the team. Shout out to our swim coaches, Donal Sha, Kiki Hu, Zhipheng Xu, Ruyi Fu, and Mr. Filipe Nogueira for accompanying the team! Thank you to our swim parent, Yuko Yanagimoto, for taking beautiful photos! 

Click the link to the updated practice schedule on the Aquatics Calendar page. 


March 8 – Meet Program Distribution  

March 14 – Departure Date 

March 17 – Return Date 


A friendly reminder during dryland training that students need to be changed out of their regular school uniforms for practices. This is a consistent expectation across all sports practices at HIS. Students will not be permitted to join practice otherwise. Thank you for your cooperation. 


Please direct any aquatics and swimming-related questions to Include the student's full name, grade level, and swim squad in the message. 


February 24 – SSL Round 4 (SASPX & SCISHQ PD) 

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.  



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.

Walking through the corridors of the Dragon Song Society, it was truly marvelous to encounter a refreshing scent of medicinal herbs. It was so intriguing that I couldn't help but step into the atrium. To my surprise, it was the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physicians from the Hangzhou Cancer Hospital providing the members of the Dragon Song Society with a lecture on the history and knowledge of TCM.

The physicians' voices were clear and gentle, like a gentle breeze passing through, bringing a sense of peace to the mind. As I listened to them leisurely recounting the origins and development of TCM, it felt as though I was being transported into an ancient and mysterious world.

I sat quietly, absorbing their explanations. They spoke of the origins of TCM, mentioning classic works such as the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon and the Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders. At the same time, I grasped the basic theories of TCM, such as yin-yang and the Five Elements, as well as qi, blood, essence, and fluids. Through their words, these seemingly distant and mysterious concepts became vivid and tangible.

As the physicians continued their explanations, our younger generation's understanding of TCM culture deepened gradually. I learned that TCM emphasizes a holistic approach, focusing on the concepts of preventive care and balancing yin and yang. They also shared knowledge about acupuncture and acupoints, providing real-life experiences. Using the short needles of acupuncture, we gained a deeper understanding of the effectiveness and application of these practices, which we had previously only encountered in novels.

In this brief educational process, it felt as though we had traveled through centuries, experiencing the profoundness of TCM. I couldn't help but recall the ancient virtue of sincerity in medical practitioners and the diagnostic method emphasized by TCM known as "looking, listening, asking, and feeling the pulse."

As the physicians concluded their lecture, it felt as though I was waking up from a dream. I thanked them sincerely, filled with respect and admiration for TCM culture. Exiting the atrium of the Dragon Song Society, the refreshing scent of medicinal herbs still lingered in my nostrils, as if reminding me that the wisdom of TCM is always worth exploring and inheriting.


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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.

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