Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Niseko Students & Teachers Watch, The Steel, the Concrete and Community Film  

On Tuesday morning, February 5, the HIS Niseko school community gathered together in the multipurpose room of the school to watch the film that was made to mark HIS’ 60th anniversary year and the completion of the school’s second dormitory facility.

Many of the Niseko students were very excited to be able to identify their former classmate and friend, Hemi, who appeared in the video as one of the new residents of the new dormitory facility in Niseko.

In the next few weeks, HIS will upload the film and make it available online to the general school community. Look for an email update.


Reggio Emilia

It was very exciting for our two Early Years teachers, Ms. Tanya, and Ms. Kennedy, to work so closely with Dr. Junko Cancemi. “Junko” arrived early at Chitose on Monday and headed immediately to HIS Niseko where she spent the day.

In the afternoon she accompanied EY teachers to Sapporo so that Tuesday morning she could come to be with the EY students and teachers at the Sapporo campus.

Ms. Cancemi was a longtime Early years teacher at Yokohama International School where she introduced the Reggio approach. HIS is bringing Junko-sensei to work with our EY teachers so that they may deepen their understandings on the Reggio approach.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent Conferences - February 11 (8:30-3:30)
- Elementary
Please remember that if you would like to sign up for a conference, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible and they will schedule an appointment.

As well, your child's milepost teacher may contact you directly if they have something specific they’d like to speak with you about.
The deadline for signing up for a conference is Thursday, February 7th.

- Secondary
If you would like to sign up for a conference, please contact me at and I will schedule an appointment. If any teacher has a particular concern they would like to talk about, I will contact those parents directly to arrange a time.

The deadline for signing up for a conference is Thursday, February 7th.

Semester Report Cards
Please note the following distribution dates for reports:

  • Secondary: Reports will be downloadable on Alma as of Saturday, February 9th
  • Elementary: For the first time this year, elementary report cards will also be downloadable through Alma (as of February 9th).
  • Please note, I will email all parents their child’s report card as PDF along with detailed instructions about how to retrieve this and all future report cards directly from Alma.
  • Early Years report cards will still be generated and distributed in paper format.

SAT Exam Schedule - Semester 2
If you are a first time SAT taker, you will need to set up a College Board account to register. Please come to see me if you have any questions.

  • March 9th - SAT with Essay and SAT without Essay only (No Subject Tests). Final deadline for registration is February 8th
  • May 4th - SAT with Essay, SAT without Essay, and SAT Subject Tests offered on this date. Final deadline for registration” April 5th
  • June 1st - SAT Subject Tests only (No SAT with Essay or SAT without Essay). Final deadline for registration: May 3rd

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, February 6th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me at

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Husky Parents!!
Do you ever have trouble receiving the weekly HEx, Husky-Info bulletins or other school-wide emails?  Do you have another email address to which you’d like to receive these electronic communications? If so, please email us at  or phone the main office so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 The Publications & Media class 

This year the students have revived the online student website, www.TheHusky Pulse with lots of new content including artwork from elementary, middle, and high school students, MP3 narratives, high school writings, student articles on HIS events and the Hokkaido outdoors.

Also check out HIS Newscast, a series of quirky video reports created by high school students.

The Husky Pulse, created by students for all to see.

 @ Niseko 

Thank You Niseko Town
A big thank you to the fine folks of Niseko Town Council for inviting our students to the Niseko Ski Festival. Though the weather didn't cooperate, we were still able to enjoy the culture of skiing, socialize with students from other schools and experience Niseko’s natural environment.
Please pass along my sincerest thanks to Anita Churiki. She took on the mammoth task of organizing HIS Niseko’s participation. Anita went to many meetings, translated documents, assigned ski bib numbers, provided seating arrangements and countless other jobs. HIS Niseko was well served.

HIS Sapporo 6oth Anniversary Gear for Sale
Our deadline for ordering HIS 60th-anniversary swag is fast approaching. Please kindly get your orders to our administrative assistant, Liene Lase by this February 8th.


STEAM News: Presentations this Wednesday Afternoon
Dear Parents of STEAM Wednesday session
The STEAMists have finished their bridges and they will be presenting them next week Wednesday 6th of February.
If some parents could come and listen to their presentations it would be great and they will also get presented with their bridge challenge awards!
The presentations will start at 4:30 pm.

Upcoming Dates:

  • February 5th 11:00 HIS 60th anni film

Barry Mernin 

Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Information from the Music department 

After School Violin and Piano Program

Please consider joining the After School Violin and Piano program, where we offer private lessons for students from preschool to highschool. There are limited rental violins also available for elementary students.

We currently have 3 excellent professional violin teachers and 1 piano teacher. If you are interested, please read the attached document below, which has information about our teachers and their respective lesson fees and times.

Sign up will be a first-come-first-serve basis except for those students who decide to continue lessons from last year. All returning and new students must sign the Application/Consent Form by Aug. 30 (Thursday)

There will be envelopes in front of the music room door. Please submit the forms into the appropriate envelope by the deadline. 



Lesson Room


Teaching Language

Ms. Ichikawa (Violin)


Rm 206

3:45 - 6:00


Ms. Oshima (Piano)


Music Room

3:45 - 6:00


Ms. Kawamura (Violin)


Rm 201

3:45- 6:00

Japanese or English

Ms. Tomioka (Violin)


Rm 206

3:45 - 6:00


Violin Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 500 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥5 000/lesson
60 min lesson - ¥6 500 /lesson

Piano Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 000 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥4 250 /lesson
60 min lesson - ¥5 500 /lesson

 Greetings from the Executive Board 

If you wish to learn about what the Executive Board is
and what we do, please follow this link to the HIS homepage:
(Governance page is here)
If you wish to read the minutes to our meetings,
to read in detail, what exactly was discussed and decided on,
then follow this link to the HIS homepage minutes archive:
(Minutes Archive is here)

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

Feb 11 Parent Teacher Conferences (no classes)
March 5 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)
April 9 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)
May 7 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)
June 17 Moving On Up Ceremony
June 18 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)

 From PTA 

PTA Steering Committee Meetings
Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Any parent is welcome to attend, and please let Megumi or Neil know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, February 6th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact Neil at

English lesson offered by a parent with teaching experience. If you are interested or would like to have more details, please contact More information will be posted on the PTA website as soon as it is available

PTA Information Website:


The gym was buzzing over the weekend as we held our annual SFC Basketball Tournament. There were 8 boys teams and we also had an invitation game for our HS girls against the Seishu girls. The Huskies were represented by our varsity and junior varsity teams. Both teams played strongly and with great effort but unfortunately lost all the close games. Our visitors from Nagoya IS had another strong tournament by finishing in 3rd place. Hokkai HS were once again very deserving winners of the championship and clearly the best team.
A consolation was that we won all 3 shooting contests!
Huge congratulations to all members of H.A.A. who were superb in running the score bench. Shoma and his commentary crew for providing the video.
Here is the link to the video of all saved games.

Go Huskies!


Thank you to everyone who ordered from our Scholastic Book Club.
We are delighted to let you know that thanks to your support we earned £136.65 to spend on books for the school.
Please look out for our next Book Club to order great books at great prices and earn loads of free books for our school while you do.

Alison Manjyoume
MP3 Teacher


If you are an HIS parent and are looking for a babysitter for an evening or on the weekend, please feel free to contact  
Interested HIS parents can then be provided with a list of students available for babysitting.
Also, if you are looking for a student tutor for your child, please contact  

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • Rod Kelly for once again supporting the BB programs at HIS and organizing the entire weekend tournament
  • Teachers who came out to cheer on our teams over the weekend.
  • Nick and Laura for hosting Christ Watson -- admissions advisor -- who came to visit HIS on behalf of the Office of Overseas Schools.


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