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Posted Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM
The PTA organized a one-day trip to the city of Hekinan, a coastal town about 50km south of Nagoya. About 30 participants enjoyed meditation at a temple, confectionery making and getting to know each other and making new friends.
Posted Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 6:00:00 PM
The HS boys and girls volleyball teams traveled to Kobe for games against CA, and the MS girls volleyball team and boys baseball team had games here at NIS against CA on Sep 8-9.
Posted Friday, Sep 8, 2017 7:00:00 PM
NIS community got together on Sep. 8 to share great food, welcome new families and teachers, meet our Parent Partners and see the new Annex classrooms. Thanks to the PTA - and the Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream truck! - for making the event so special!
Posted Friday, Sep 8, 2017 2:53:31 PM
Each Friday at 9:00 is set aside for parents to come in an meet with school leaders to discuss topics of interest and any questions in an informal "Parent Tea". The first tea was hosted by Head of School Matthew Parr on Friday, Sep. 8, and he discussed the school's "School Development Plan" - an action plan which represent a synthesis of various goals and tasks that, if comprehensively addressed, will ensure that we can deliver our mission.
Posted Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017 2:50:00 PM
The Gr.12 students met as a group with parents at College Night on Sept.5 - a chance for everyone to ensure students are on their desired path as they near the end of their time at NIS!
Posted Friday, Sep 1, 2017 9:00:00 PM
It has been a recent tradition for the Grade 5 to have a sleepover, and this year, they decided to have it at the beginning of the school year so everyone would have the opportunity to build friendships early on and enjoy the new Annex building classrooms.
Posted Friday, Sep 1, 2017 5:01:55 PM
The entire Secondary School – along with their teachers – headed off to the Japan Alps for their annual retreat, an NIS tradition for grades 6-12 at the beginning of each school year. The retreats provide an important opportunity for students to mix with different grades and get to know classmates outside of the classroom environment.
Posted Friday, Sep 1, 2017 4:57:19 PM
In addition to the middle school and high school sports teams that have started their sports seasons, the Elementary Soccer Club has started practice as well, along with the Running Club. Go Primary Dolphins!
Posted Friday, Sep 1, 2017 4:56:14 PM
The PTA welcomed a number of new parents to the school community at the first PTA gathering of the year.
Posted Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 4:00:00 PM
The PTA helped the professional photographer take photos of all NIS students for three days. Thanks PTA!
Posted Friday, Aug 25, 2017 4:21:54 PM
To better accommodate our growing school, NIS was able to build a new, two-story structure adjacent to the ELC playground, where the Cultural Center used to be. The new building was opened by the staff with the official ribbon cutting on the last Friday of staff orientation and welcomed students on Monday. The 5th grade students have spent the week organizing and designing how they are going to use their new space. Hopefully tours of the building will be available some time soon for any interested parents!
Posted Friday, Aug 25, 2017 4:16:37 PM
NIS opened the new school year on Tuesday, August 22 with 493 students, representing 33 nationalities in grades preschool through 12. Collectively, the students represent that countries of Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, U.K., U.S., and Venezuela. The 2017-18 school year is our 54th school year since 1964, when the school opened with a total of 84 students representing five nationalities – Canada, England, Japan, Portugal and the U.S.
Posted Friday, Aug 25, 2017 4:14:42 PM
This year, NIS opened the school year with a pre-opening for the new students and families as part of an orientation day to get to know the school community and get acquainted with the campus. Welcomed by volunteer student buddies, the new students had a chance to ease into their new school one day earlier than the returning students, and the parents had a chance to meet with teachers and administrators, and learn more about the curricular program. Thanks student buddies for volunteering!
Posted Friday, Aug 25, 2017 4:10:02 PM
The NIS community welcomed a talented and diverse group of new staff members for the new school year. Overall, there are 24 new staff members, representing 10 nationalities – Botswana, Canada, Holland, India, Japan, Latvia, Spain, U.K., U.S., and Vietnam. Orientation started on August 9 for new staff, who were later joined by all returning staff a few days later to prepare for the school year. Overall, NIS staff represent 14 different countries this year.
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:30:38 PM
Representatives from the Suwanohara Bon Dance group came to the NIS Summer Program to teach students how to dance the traditional Japanese Bon Dance.
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:29:27 PM
The Class of 2017 graduated on June 3, 2017 at the 50th NIS Commencement Exercises, representing 11 nationalities - Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, U.S., Vietnam and Japan. We wish the class the best of luck as they embark on their future paths!
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:27:58 PM
Grade 3 students welcomed Viola from the Japan Service Dogs Association (JSDA) into the classroom to present a donation of funds raised as part of their Unit of Inquiry about Economics
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:26:59 PM
NIS grade 11 students collaborated with DP students from Fukuoka International School. For two weeks they planned their projects on a dedicated Haiku website, and during the action phase, they performed their experiments while monitoring the work of FIS students over Skype.
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:24:52 PM
The 5th graders traveled to Toyooka-city in Hyogo Prefecture on May 25-26, 2017 to study the importance of biodiversity and the impact human interaction with the environment can affect the balance of systems.
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:23:25 PM
Many thanks to everyone for a great day on May 21 at the 26th ACCJ/NIS Walkathon. Special thanks to the many students who volunteered to organize the walk and game stations on what turned out to be a great but hot day! All for a great cause.
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:21:55 PM
Celebrating Keith Dixon's many years of service to the community as a teacher and Athletic Director, NIS unveiled a sign on May 19 commemorating the NIS field as "Keith Dixon Field". Many thanks Mr. Dixon!
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:20:48 PM
NIS students worked across all divisions in multiple-age groups on April 5, 2017, discussing and collaborating at "Community Health Day" - a day of whole-school learning for students in preschool through Gr. 10.
Posted Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 5:19:04 PM
Nearly 100 participants came together from all parts of Japan on April 22, 2017 to discuss strategies and visions for social/emotional well-being for multicultural and international children in Japan at "Creating Connections 2017" at NIS.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 9:39:58 PM
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 6:29:25 PM
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 6:27:55 PM
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 4:25:36 PM
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 7:17:27 PM
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 10:22:57 PM
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 5:12:54 PM
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!
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