On Jan. 18, staff and volunteers from TELL (formerly Tokyo English Lifeline) visited NIS to give a presentation about the TELL Lifeline and to facilitate small group discussions about the importance of seeking help when we feel alone or overwhelmed. At the end of the discussions, students who had informed consent from their parents were invited to complete a survey about the types of things that worry secondary students. The survey is part of a three year, government-funded study investigating the need for and availability of social, emotional and mental health support for multicultural/international adolescents in Japan. The staff at TELL and Aichi Prefectural University enjoyed coming to the school, and hope to have more opportunities to collaborate with NIS students and staff in the future.
The NIS "Community Raffle" has started! This combined effort between the school and the PTA provides important support to the school's fundraising efforts that helps all students at NIS. 100% of the raffle proceeds will be donated to the NIS school budget via the Annual Giving Fund. Special thanks to the companies who have kindly donated prizes so far - Delta Airlines, the H&R Group, the Hilton Hotel Naha Shuri Castle in Okinawa, and the Hilton Nagoya, and also Cezars International for some great class prizes. We hope that everyone can support the raffle again this year!
Congratulations to ELC and Elementary students for their wonderful performances at the Elementary Winter Arts Night on Dec 12 and the ELC celebration on Dec 15. The elementary students celebrated around a 'NOCHE BUENA' (Good Night, Christmas Eve) theme, incorporating elements of Latin culture in their performances to celebrate the diversity within our school community.
P. Horne, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at Purdue University visited NIS in Dec 5 thanks to a grant from the U.S. State Department to advise NIS students, teachers and parents about the admissions process for U.S. colleges and universities. The day concluded with an evening session with parents. Thanks Ms. Horne!
Quarter 2 sports seasons for middle school finished with a bang, with the middle school Lady Fins soccer team finishing their season with top places for both the A and B teams on Dec. 2-3. The A Team came home from Kobe as champions and the B Team got 3rd place. Well done girls! Thank you parents as well for your support.
Fourteen high school students from the NIS Habitat team returned safely from their week-long home-build in Thailand from Nov. 19- 27, having finished their work on their house. In the end, there were tears all round as they bid farewell to the family they helped. Thanks everyone for supporting the team on their build.
NIS came together for a whole day on Nov. 2 for our first whole school "Community Learning Day" of the year to dig deeper into the UN Global Goals and collectively ponder solutions for change. The day ended with the all-nations parade which this year saw 36 nations represented! Special thanks to the many high school students involved in the organization of the event as well as the secondary students who led the Primary students. It was a wonderful example of what can happen when an international community of learners can join together to share, create and celebrate.
The annual Winter Arts Evening will take place on Dec. 1 from 6:30-8:15 pm, featuring work and performances by students from grades 6-9 - there will be music, drama and art, all in one night! See you there!
- ThuJan19 ELC Parent Tea 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- ThuJan19 ES ASAs (G2-5 Reading Challenge, G3-5 Minecraft) 3:30 PM to 4:20 PM
- FriJan20 HS Boys Basketball @ Marist
- FriJan20 HS Girls Basketball @ NIS
- FriJan20 PTA New Year's Lunch 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM