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Posted Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 
On Wednesday, March 8, the Gr. 10 students presented their MYP Personal Projects at an evening reception. Students worked hard on their project for over 8 months through investigating, planning, taking action and reflecting, culminating in presentations at the school all day. Great job Gr. 10s!
Posted Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 
Congratulations EVERYONE and thank you all for the tremendous support for the 2017 NIS Community Raffle! Special thanks to the PTA and class parents for the baskets and hard work for the evening event on Feb. 17, and, of course, a big thanks to the many companies and people who donated prizes! Congratulations to 3A and 7P for winning the class prizes!
Posted Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 
As a culmination to their study of nuclear and particle physics, the Gr. 12 students visited the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Gifu prefecture ( They saw the control room during live fusion tests being run in the institute's Large Helical Device (LHD), and were also able to visualize the paths of the charged particles in the interior of the helical device with the Numerical Simulator where a super computer generates a three-dimensional immersive virtual reality plasma simulation in real time. Another part of the tour included a collection of helical fusion research machines used to study fusion prior to the one currently being operated at this scientific research facility. An incredible opportunity to see high level physics in action!
Posted Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 
The NIS "Community Raffle" is in full swing, and there are only 2 weeks left to get your tickets! 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 - go HERE for more information.
Posted Friday, Feb 3, 2017 
Students celebrated "Setsu-bun" (the first day of spring) on Friday, Feb. 3 by throwing beans at an Oni (demon) and driving away evil spirits. ELC K students were very brave and they chased away the Oni with his scary face and pointed horns (but he had a familiar growl). See more photos HERE ( (password required)
Posted Monday, Jan 30, 2017 
To celebrate Chinese New Year in the ELC, the students were treated to Tangyuan, a kind of dumpling that is sweet, made by several of the parents. After that, students proudly paraded their homemade dragon around the school! Special thanks to our Chinese parents for helping to start the day in such a fun way! (1/30)
Posted Friday, Jan 27, 2017 
Congratulations to Haruka (gr. 7) for her winning design for the 26th annual ACCJ/NIS Walkathon which will be on May 21! Thanks to all students who submitted designs - there were many great ones! Special thanks to the H&R group for donating an iPad mini to the winner as well!
Posted Friday, Jan 27, 2017 
Last weekend NIS hosted the WJAA High School Girls Basketball Tournament. Teams came from Hokkaido, Kobe and Kyoto to compete. It was a great weekend full of skilled basketball and good sportsmanship all around. The NIS Lady Fins struggled due to illness and many injuries, but kept their chins up throughout. A special thank you to the NIS Sports Council, as they supported all areas of the tournament; and it would not have run as smoothly as it did without their time and dedication! Go Dolphins!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 
On Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 23-24, NIS teachers spent time working and learning. In the secondary, teachers were planning for the upcoming MYP authorization visit this May, focusing on standardization of grading and unit planning across grades 6-10 and planning for the NIS Extended Learning trips in May. The Primary school teachers were investigating teaching through inquiry - examining what Inquiry is and how to teach for Conceptual Understanding. They also studied the role of provocations and questioning, and the role of assessment in Inquiry. It was an important chance to get together and collaborate and learn!
Posted Monday, Jan 16, 2017 
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.
Posted Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 
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!
Posted Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 
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.
Posted Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 
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!
Posted Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 
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.
Posted Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 
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.
Posted Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 
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.
Posted Friday, Nov 18, 2016 
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!
Posted Friday, Nov 18, 2016 
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 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!
Posted Friday, Nov 18, 2016 
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.
Posted Friday, Oct 28, 2016 
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!
Posted Friday, Oct 28, 2016 
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.
Posted Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 
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.
Posted Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 
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.
Posted Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 
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.
Posted Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 
Educators gathered at NIS for a weekend of professional development to support extended teacher collaboration in school, support the development of a collaborative school culture, encourage reflective practice, and help rethink teacher leadership — all in support of increased student achievement. The focus on the weekend was how to emphasize making teaching practice public, assessing teaching in relation to student learning, and routinely adapting teaching to meet the changing needs of today's students.
Posted Friday, Sep 2, 2016 
The NIS High School went on their annual three-day retreat to the mountains of Nagano for three days to start off the year.
Posted Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 
Head of School M. Parr opened school on Monday, August 22 with one of our largest and most diverse student body ever! Students of all ages were excited for the start and happy to be in class.
Posted Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 
The 2016 NIS Summer Program is in full swing, with Sessions 3 and 4 both fully registered. The program provides a dynamic environment to help students learn - and have fun! We hope to see your child next summer! Go to for more information!
Posted Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 
The NIS community bid farewell to 27 seniors who graduated on June 4, the 49th graduating class of Nagoya International School.
Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2016 
37 grade 4, 5 and 6 students were guests of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a day of fun at the Sports Arena near the International Media Center at the Ise G7 Summit on May 27. Students were also able to meet Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Malgorzata Tusk, wife of European Council President Donald Tusk and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe!
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