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Upper School Newsletter June 3 , 2024



June 3-11      Gr. 11 Exams                                          June 4           Gr 8 Community Project Exhibition      June 11-14    Gr. 9 World of Work                              June 11-13    Senior Presentations                              June 14         Senior Breakfast. 8:30                            June 14         Graduation Practice                                June 14         Graduation Parade   2:30                        June 14         Graduation  5:00pm                                June 16         Dragon Run                                            June 18         Music Festival. 1:30                              June 19         Film Festival Finals                                June 20         Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony 1:30      June 21         Last Day of School                                June 21         US Assembly                                          June 21         Whole School Assemblly


Mr. Fursey Gotuaco

Upper School Principal



                                       John Steinbeck   


                                                                 Neil Gaiman 

There is a ROAR within all of us.  It comes from deep within our soul.  It is authentic and it has a vitality that cannot be measured.  It is an element of our personality that burns with a fierceness.  But like all fires, it needs oxygen.  Are we willing to breathe life into it?

Our roar is often buried under shame, or embarrassment, or fear, or maybe a lack of confidence.  We might hide it behind shyness or cover it with false bravado.  It might lie in our darkness... scared of the light.  But make no mistake... It is there.. smoldering.. I see it there in each and every one of our students.  

At HIS, we create opportunities for every child to find his or her roar.  We see to peel back the layers of their doubt, like an onion, until we find that which is within them and ready to propel them to greatness.  And when they are ready to release these gifts, we will see them dance for joy.

This DANCE can look different for every individual.  It is as unique as our personalities and the sound of our ROAR.  The dance might be the dance of their feet as they run a race or kick a soccer ball.  It might the dance of their hands as they paint or as they play the violin.  It might be the dance of their eyes as they read or as they analyze a problem.  It might even be the dance of their hearts as they bring enemies together to make friends.  

The DANCE is the manifestation of their inner talents that we have learned to harness.  We uncover these talents and rejoice in understanding who we are and what we can bring to this world.  Our minds might dance with ideas as we solve problems while our hearts dance with a positivity that makes the day a little brighter for others.  

We will work every day to help every child find their ROAR and watch them DANCE.  When we hear it and see it, we will then celebrate it.  

This past week we celebrated the grade 11 TOK and Extended Essay exhibitions.  

We also celebrated our grade 12s as they learned new life skills.

Last week we heard from Middle School student in NATURAL HELPERS as they found their voice by helping others throughout the school.

This week we hope to hear the roar of some grade 8s as they reveal their COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

And next week, our Grade 9s will have an opportunity to explore their World At Work.  I can't wait to see them DANCE!

And last but not least, we have our PAFA.  What an amazing group of parents who have found ways to contribute their talents to our community.  They come to us as very successful people and have taken themselves to the next level through their leadership in parent activities.  I can see how they have found their voice... their ROAR!  I can see them dancing from cheer group to cheer group; from PAFA Kitchen to PAFA Fitness to PAFA Lunch.  I hear their ROAR and see their DANCE throughout the campus.  

We are HIS and our ROAR is vibrant! 

We are HIS and our DANCE is palpable!




Dear parents/guardians/friends, the G8 Community Project Exhibition is tomorrow -  Tuesday June 4th, in the Theatre Foyer, from 4-6 pm.

See the amazing service actions our Grade 8 students have completed this year!

IMPORTANT Reminder from Admissions!

This is a friendly reminder that the annual, or semester tuition is due by June 21, 2024. Please, if you had paid, don’t forget to send the receipt to Payment

Remember that by policy, communicated in the Tuition and Fees document online and shared by email with the invoice, after the deadline the seat guarantee fee is no longer applicable, and we will start placing new applicants in the seats available. 

If your plans had changed and you are NOT returning this August 2024 for the new school year, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can support your transition to a new school.


如果您已经支付第一学期或一整学年的学费,请尽快发送付款凭证到邮箱, 以便确认。

 学费单可通过邮件的方式线上发送和确认。按照规定,截至时间过后,仅支付Seat Guarantee费用的学生,将视为自动放弃学位,我们将录入相应待定席位的新生。

 如果您已经确认2024年8月份将不在HIS 继续就读,也请尽快通知学校,以便我们协助您办理转学事宜。

PAFA Fitness

Boxing training this Thursday morning!

 Let's keep fit and having fun!

2023-2024 Yearbook Sale!

Don’t miss the school year memories!

Order a yearbook by scanning the QR code in the poster.

PAFA Kitchen

Recap of the Master Chef 2024 class

The highly anticipated grand finale of PAFA Kitchen's Master Chef 2024 had arrived! Four dynamic teams faced off in a culinary showdown like no other. The Cooking Monsters, led by Joann, Melody, Vivianne, Eva, Annice, and Liz, brought their A-game. Team Yummy Mummy, including Fengyang, Chunxiang Gu, Shan Zhao, Daisy, Yilan Li, and Lily Shen, showcased their delectable creations. Team Mom’s Touch, comprised of Anne, Seohee, Miyoung, Bella, Hayoung, and Seonmi, delivered heartwarming dishes. Lastly, Team Pink Shrimps, with Rachel, Katie, Yanti, Vanessa, Mamiko, and Kiki, served up some delightful surprises.

The atmosphere was electric, with each team crafting an appetizer, main course, and dessert from a secret ingredient box. A twist awaited them as a mystery ingredient was revealed midway through the competition, challenging their culinary prowess. Our esteemed judges, Mr. Aaron Ayer’s, Mr. Liam O’Shea, Ms. Jessica Johnson, Ms. Rene Smal, and Mr. Albert from the Admin team of HIS, had the tough task of selecting a winner.

The teams hustled and brainstormed, impressing the judges with their innovative recipes. After two intense hours, the dishes were ready for tasting. Judged on taste, creativity, presentation, and cleanliness, each team left a lasting impression. In the end, Team Yummy Mummy emerged victorious, claiming the coveted title!

Congratulations to Team Yummy Mummy for their well-deserved win! They received MasterChef aprons, a 300-yuan gift voucher from Herma supermarket, and PAFA Kitchen shopping bags. Every participant was acknowledged with a 100-yuan Herma voucher and a PAFA shopping bag. The judges were also honored with PAFA Kitchen aprons for their invaluable contributions.

Special recognition goes to Yuko, our dedicated parent photographer, whose captivating images captured the essence of each session. Her passion brought the season to life, creating unforgettable memories.

As the 2023-2024 season of PAFA Kitchen ends, we reflect on the excitement, camaraderie, and growth we experienced. Looking ahead, we eagerly anticipate reuniting next year for more culinary adventures and cherished moments.

You can see photos from the event by following this link  and scanning the QR code.

HIS PAFA airlines: Fly into Summer Lunch! 

Hangzhou International School (HIS) Parent and Friends Association (PAFA) hosted a special "HIS PAFA AIRLINES : Fly into Summer Lunch" end-of-year celebration at the Grand Hyatt in Hangzhou. The event, which was attended by more than 120 school parents, was a creative celebration of the HIS community as the school year drew to a close.

The PAFA Luncheon Committee, dressed in black with matching scarves, worked tirelessly to transform the 2nd-floor ballroom into a lively airport-themed atmosphere. Guests, who came dressed in white, had signed in for the event with "boarding pass" invitations. PAFA Luncheon Committee members dressed up as flight attendants and welcomed guests as they "checked in" at the entrance.

Guests were encouraged to write special messages for their children on postcards, and explore a "duty-free shop" filled with colorful garlands to capture the essence of summer and door gifts. On the other side of the duty-free shop, there was a large world map where the parents were invited to place pins indicating the places they would be traveling to over the summer.

One of the highlights was Air India Lounge where a tea specialist from India showcased the art of making traditional Indian masala tea. Guests also had the opportunity to take photos in a life-sized paper airplane cutout, which was big enough for people to go inside and see the faces of their friends from the "windows" while others could stand outside and admire the decor with suitcases, adding to the airport ambiance.

After exploring the airport-themed areas, the guests entered the ballroom, where each table was decorated with a theme-appropriate table runner and small airplane models.

The afternoon continued with a delightful lunch followed by engaging games and activities that filled the room with laughter and joy. The first game was a guessing contest for country flags, which had everyone excited as they tried to identify the flags. The winners received special prizes. Next, the parents participated in a "musical countries" game, similar to musical chairs, where they had to move around the room based on the country name that was called when the music stopped. It was a beautiful sight to see the parents following the lead of the Parent Pilot, Aman, and dancing to the lively music numbers.

The event then moved to the bittersweet moment of bidding farewell to the parents who would not be returning to the HIS PAFA community, as they were leaving the school. It was particularly emotional for the PAFA Luncheon Committee, as their chairperson, Renata, was among those departing. PAFA members Anuja and Katie delivered heartfelt goodbye speeches, filled with sadness and tears, as the community realized that regularly meeting their leaving friends would no longer be as easy.

Finally, the event culminated with a group photograph, where the entire HIS PAFA community came together to stay united and continue growing stronger, despite the changes ahead.

You can see photos from the event by following this link and scanning the QR code.



Scan the QR code below for pics


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

                                   HIS                                          COLLEGE COUNSELING INFORMATION     


University Counseling Tips

Understanding the Australian Universities

Undergraduate Application Process

by Iris Zhang

College Counselor

Part 2: Submitting Your Application and Receiving Your Conditional Offer

Once you've chosen your course and university, it's time to submit your application. Most universities use online application portals, such as the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Create an account, fill out the application form, and upload required documents (e.g., academic transcripts, proof of English language proficiency).

In addition to your application, you may need to provide supporting documents such as academic transcripts and certificates, proof of English language proficiency, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement or motivation letter. After submitting your application, the university will review your application and send you a conditional offer letter.

This is normal, especially for students who are still completing their final exams, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. The conditional offer will outline the conditions you need to meet to secure your place at the university, such as achieving a certain grade in your final exams. Once you've received your conditional offer, make sure to meet the conditions outlined in the offer letter. If you meet the conditions, the university will send you a formal offer letter, and you can apply for a student visa through the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs.

After receiving your formal offer, you'll need to apply for a student visa. This typically involves submitting an application to the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs, providing required documents such as your passport, academic qualifications, and proof of English language proficiency. Once your visa application is approved, you'll be ready to start your studies in Australia.


Testing for next school year is below. 

The August testing is now open for registration.




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



A heartfelt thanks to all swimmers participating in this year's HIS Swim Team Summer Splash Swim Meet and Awards Presentation. Each lap and cheer has created a ripple effect of joy and camaraderie.  

To our incredible parents and volunteers, we cannot thank you enough. Your generosity in giving your time and energy was the key to the event’s success. Thank you for making the swimming season truly special. 

To our swim coaches, from daily swim training to ensuring safety, your contributions were indispensable. Your selfless service has left an impression on the hearts of our swimming community and has been the cornerstone of the swimming program. 

To the operations team, nurses, and administrators, THANK YOU! 

Please SCAN QR code or click the link below for photos 


June 3-7: Aquathlon - Students to bring Swimming kit and PE kit 

June 10-13: OPTIONAL Swim Team Training  

Note: NO morning training sessions.  



Gold Squad – Jake Li (G6) 

Pre-Gold Squad – Aditya Sharma (G8) 

Silver Squad – Lena Kwok (G4) 

Bronze Squad – Minchae Kim (G9) 

Blue Squad – Sophia Wang (G2) 

Tadpoles – Marius Caboche (G3) 


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 or

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. 



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 or visit the link 


May – Water Safety Month 

June 1 – HIS Summer Splash Swim Meet/ Swimming Awards (HIS) 

June 3-6 – HIS Swim Team Aquathlon (squad practice time slot) 

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


Swim Team Registration and Handbook 

2023-2024 Swim Meet Schedule 

Aquatics Calendar 

HIS Swim Records 

Swim Meet Results 


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:


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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