HJIS Blog

After learning about the devastating bushfires in Australia, the HJIS Student Council officially initiated their first event: a week full of fundraising for bushfire relief efforts. The students worked extremely hard and not only raised awareness of the issue, but also urged their fellow students to take action for this cause. This event was a beautiful exhibition of Horizon spirit, student agency, and international-mindedness. The Horizon community came together and...
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Students from PreSchool through Grade 12 took the Horizon community on a trip around the world through the 2019 Winter Showcase—”Adventure Away: We are the World.” The PYP Showcase featured music from Toy Story, Moana, Seussical the Musical, Coco, Aladdin, and The Wizard of OZ. Students represented different countries by singing songs such as Oh, Susanna (traditional American song), Un Poco Loco (Spanish song from Disney’s Coco), and Paprika (Japanese...
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This past November was Horizon’s first secondary service-learning initiative: Mental Health Movember! This will act as an exemplar for future student Service as Action Projects in the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Throughout the month secondary students raised money for TELL Japan, a local NPO that works to support, educate, and advocate for mental health issues in the international community here in Japan. Rather than focusing on one gender (like a...
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Students had a great time learning about our host country through karate and kendo performances, a yosakoi dance lesson, and a culture quiz. We also celebrated the winners of our haiku and calligraphy contests. We love seeing the creativity of our students! Thank you to all the performers, parents, teachers, and students who made Japanese Culture Day 2019 a success! We would like to especially thank the PTA board and our wonderful parents...
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Our PYP, MYP, and DP Curriculum Nights were a great success! We hosted these events to offer parents details about the various IB programmes and model how student-centered learning happens at school. Our goal was to create a close connection between home and school—families and teachers—to foster a sense of collective purpose. Thank you to the 100+ families who attended these curriculum nights!
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