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Upper School Newsletter June 17 , 2024

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UPCOMING EVENTS

June 18         Music Festival  1:30pm                      June 19         Film Festival Finals  1:30pm                June 20         Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony 1:30pm  June 21         Last Day of School                                June 21         US Assembly  1:30                                June 21         Whole School Assembly 2:20                Aug 13         New Family Orientation Day                Aug 14         First Day of School

A NOTE FROM ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Fursey Gotuaco

Upper School Principal

THE ROAR OF THE DRAGON

"BE STRONG WHEN YOU ARE WEAK, BRAVE WHEN YOU ARE SCARED, AND HUMBLE WHEN YOU ARE VICTORIOUS"                      

 

"THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN THE DARKNESS WILL ENCOMPASS YOU.  DON'T WORRY.  JUST LIKE THE STARS IN THE SKY, THAT YOU CANNOT SEE IN THE DAYTIME, YOU SHINE BRIGHTEST WHEN IT IS DARK"

                                                                 Thomas Fursey Gotuaco

The class or 2024 has been an amazing class!

I was privileged to attend or watch all of their senior presentations this past week. During these final reflections, I gained insight into their experiences and their personalities.                     

Over and over again, what came through loudly in the presentations was that this group of students, though coming from 10 different countries, has gelled into a collaborative            group who regularly challenge each other to produce top quality work. 

  Some have known each other for over a decade and some for only a few short years, and yet, they feel closely connected to each other.  They understand the importance of their teachers,  the importance of their friends, and the importance of their family.  In short, they understand the importance of community. 

 In their time here at HIS, they have achieved success in the academic arenas, they have participated in many athletic endeavors, and they have shined in all facets of the Fine Arts.   Their success here has translated to receiving acceptances from almost 75 universities from around the world.  Yes, what starts here will change the world!  Through all their challenges they have found their spirit.. their roar.. their DRAGON ROAR!                          

This roar of confidence is what makes you an HIS Dragon.  And once you have found your roar, you must never lose it. 

Even when the darkness falls on you, ROAR. 

Even when doubt encircles you, ROAR. 

And most importantly, when it is time to protect those who need protecting, ROAR. 

Remember, Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon.           

ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE AN HIS DRAGON!!!  

HIS Community Choir

Conductor: Chanmi Joo

Piano: Mamiko, Francis Jaramillo

Soprano: Kristine, YunJeong, Miyoung, Megan, Hayoung, Rachel, Dorothy, Vivianne, Tracy, Anita, Jessica, Suzuki Ayumi 

Alto: Bella, Renata, Katie, Elena, Hannah, Nancie, Yanti, Carli, Jody, Laxmi, Rhiannon, Yemei, Vanessa, Seonmi, Kate

Tenor: Sean, Joel, Emer, Kyle

Through the power of music, we have inspired not only our children but also the entire community. Our performances and rehearsals bring joy and unity to everyone involved. By sharing our passion for music, we strive to uplift spirits and create lasting memories for all.

For your information,

Here’s the list of our performances throughout the year:

Shangri-La hotel, Christmas Tree Lightening

Winter bazaar at school

Hot Chocolate morning at school

International Day at school

Lunch time open mic at school

NEXT YEAR'S SCHOOL CALENDAR

https://www.his-china.org/inform/school-calendar

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

                                                HIS                                                                               COLLEGE COUNSELING INFORMATION                  

 

University Counseling Tips

Grade 9-12-Let’s Talk About the Summer (Part I)

Mark Donagher

Head of Guidance and University Counseling

With the summer break less than two weeks away it is a good time to look at some small things students can do to enhance their summer. Now a lot of students have their summer school all ready to go or their internship lined up but let’s see what else might be helpful and how you can use the time wisely.

First rising seniors(those Grade 11s heading into Grade 12). Hopefully you found the personal statement sessions helpful and took advantage of the opportunity after them to meet for some on-to-one discussion with your counselor. So the summer would be a great time to keep that going and do work some work on your university writing. You will be glad you did when Grade 12 starts!

Second rising juniors (Grade 10 students going into Grade 11). Are you going to be applying to universities that will ask SAT scores?This summer would be a great time to start prepping for the tests. There are a lot of free options available for you. Reach out to your counselor to get more tips on how to prep on your own.

For all students the summer is a great time to explore your interests both academic and non-academic. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars going to a fancy university program -Coursera has options available for a fraction of the cost and some for even no cost at all.

I will be back next week with a further round of suggestions for summer- so you don’t let any missed opportunities pass you by!

UPCOMING SAT ADMINISTRATIONS

Testing for next school year is below. 

The August testing is now open for registration.

BEST UNIVERSITY YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF

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

                  Mr. Mark Donagher     markdonagher@hisdragons.org.cn

                          Ms. Iris Zhang     iriszhang@hisdragons.org.cn

                          Ms. Carrie Sun    carriesun@hisdragons.org.cn

                     Dr. Ryan Beddows    ryanbeddows@hisdragons.org.cn

                      Dr. Monica Prieto    monicaprieto@hisdragons.org.cn

DRAGON ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES

AQUATICS

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 www.his-china.org/extend/swim-team/wlsl or WLSL.org

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. 

SUMMER SWIM CAMP OPPORTUNITY  

THAILAND SHARK FRENZY SUMMER CAMP (INTERMEDIATE) 

Pattana Sports Resort, Chonburi, Thailand 

July 1-7, 2024 

The swimming camp also includes an indoor and an open water swimming competition to finish. If interested, contact Coach Nat at swimming@hisdragons.org.cn or visit the link https://www.rocketsciencesports.com/events/index/view/id/9/ 

June 20 – World's Largest Swimming Lesson 2024 (HIS) 

QUICK LINKS: 

Swim Team Registration and Handbook 

2023-2024 Swim Meet Schedule 

Aquatics Calendar 

HIS Swim Records 

Swim Meet Results 

WHEN:   JUNE 15 (3:15 - 4:15PM)

WHERE:  THE WAVE

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

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.  

Leadership Conference Experience: A Reflection on Growth and Inspiration

by Andrew Zhu

Grade 11

I and some of my classmates recently had the privilege of attending to the leadership conference to represent Hangzhou International School in such a transformative event. The conference brought together faculties and admins from diverse backgrounds and schools, all coming together by a shared passion for leadership and a desire to learn from one another.

The conference was a mutualistic tapestry of insights, ideas, and experiences, an open platform for sharing and learning. Our job is to start the presentation, but at the same time open the scope for further discussion. One of the most significant themes was the importance of empathy in leadership. As we highlighted the need for leaders to be able to connect with their team members on a personal level, use sympathy as a motivation for charity projects, and be able to show gratitude towards our own school community who supported us. One of the audience agreed with us and came to realize that effective leadership is not just about issuing orders or making decisions, but also about building trust and fostering a sense of community.

Furthermore, the HIS has provided a platform for attendees to connect and learn from each other. One of the most insightful advice we got from a teacher was to expand the impact of our club. She particularly offered us an opportunity to develop a secondary Longyin club at her school in Hong Kong. In addition, one of the attendees offered us a donation to our charity project. 

In conclusion, my experience at the leadership conference was truly enriching and inspiring. The insights and ideas we are conveying and thoughtful questions from the audience, combined with the opportunities to connect with other attendees, have left me feeling motivated to make more applicable changes to the Lonyin Club and bring it to the next level.

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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: olivexu@hisdragons.org.cn

                                               LUNCH                                               

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
Email: news@his-china.org Website: www.his-china.org