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!
Today is a new day. Today is different. Though something about how it begins is familiar, the way it ends will certainly not be. Like birds singing, obliviously happy in a cage, why are we content to remain trapped within a form of enslavement (the safe haven from our fear of the unknown) and reject any understanding of the absurdity and meaninglessness of our own lives? "The Cagebirds" asks us to transcend this meaninglessness, through freedom found in authenticity...in what is truly meaningful, in terms of life and human interaction. In this extraordinary play, a "room" and a "cage" and "people" and "captive birds" all become confused until a dramatic climax in which we suddenly see reality. There are two performances on Tuesday, one at 1:30 pm and one at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
N. Farrelly, from the theater company 'Nose 2 Nose', facilitated workshops for the IBDP Theatre students on Nov. 16-17. Both grade 11 and 12 students were able to spend an entire day with Farrelly, practically and physically exploring starting points for the devised collaborative work required of their coursework in the subject. The days were intensive, extremely hands-on and yielding of some fantastic results in performance, but also more implicitly within the process. The focus was generating ideas and working as an ensemble, calling particular attention to the ways in which we work together, when approaching theater from the perspective of 'creator'. Farrelly has a long history with NIS and this week only furthered his connection with NIS students and the unique opportunities for learning his presence affords them.
Congratulations to the high school boys & girls volleyball teams for winning their WJAA season-ending tournaments on Oct. 14-15. The 10-team girls tournament was held here at NIS, and boys were in Kyoto. This is a first for NIS to win both the boys and girls in the same season. Congrats dolphin athletes!
The Gr. 10 students welcomed the ACCJ, the charitable organizations and the supporting companies and organisations of the Walkathon to the school for the annual donation awards ceremony on Oct 5. NIS is tremendously proud to be a part of this amazing initiative in support of the many organizations in our local community and we are grateful for the opportunities this brings for our students to live the mission and learn through action.
Teachers and interns new to the PYP attended the first day of a two day-day workshop to learn about implementing the PYP. The aim of the workshop was to assist teachers to develop their personal knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of the program; to deepen their understanding of international-mindedness and the learner profile; to prepare themselves for planning, teaching and assessing students; and to develop skills to analyze and refine the school's "Programme of Inquiry". The workshop environment supports educators as lifelong learners through reading and discussing current pedagogy and research to better implement the PYP.
The NIS community, including the Board of Directors and PTA welcomed all NIS families, teachers and staff to the Welcome Potluck to start off the 2016-2017 school year on Friday, Sept. 9. There was lots of good food and talk with returning parents and new parents, as student representatives of the Elementary Student Council, the Middle School Student Council, the High School Student Council were all given a chance to talk about their goals for the year and new staff were introduced as well.
Thanks to the generous donations of Parametric Technology Corporation in Osaka and the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation of the US for donating robotics parts, NIS students got busy building robots for the first time this year! The team hopes to compete in the Japan VEX championships in Tokyo in November and the Korean FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition in Seoul in January 2017. Team members also plan to share what they learn about robotics with elementary and early childhood students at NIS by leading hands on robotics lessons for the children.
- FriDec09 Gr. 11 + 12 Exams
- FriDec09 Elementary School Winter Arts Evening (G1-5) - Commons 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- SatDec10 ACT Test 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- MonDec12 Ristumeikan University 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
- TueDec13 Board of Directors Meeting 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM