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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!
Posted Monday, May 23, 2016 
The 25th Anniversary of the ACCJ/NIS Walkathon was a huge success on Sunday, May 23 at Morikoro Park in Nagakute, with close to a record crowd and a record amount of funds raised for local charities, and lots of good food and fun had by all. Thanks everyone for making the 25th Walkathon a special one.
Posted Sunday, May 15, 2016 
The biggest graduating class in the history of the school will celebrate the completion of their studies at NIS on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Everyone is invited to join and celebrate their graduation at the NIS Commencement Exercises, starting from 3:00 pm in the gym, with a reception following at 4:30 in the Commons.
Posted Saturday, May 7, 2016 
The NIS Fair - formally known as the International Food Fair & Garage Sale - was held at NIS on Saturday, May 7 with great weather, food and fun for everyone!
Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 
NIS is sad to report that David Noon, who began this year as our Athletic Director but who needed to return to the UK for medical care, has passed away following a long and incredibly courageous battle with cancer.
Posted Friday, Apr 29, 2016 
We thank everyone involved for helping make the Student Led Conferences an immensely positive experience today!
Posted Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 
The Gr. 5 students opened their "Exhibition" on Wednesday night, which is both a culmination of their years in the PYP (Primary Years Programme) and also a Rite of Passage to the MYP which starts in Gr. 6. All parents and friends of NIS are invited to join join and celebrate with the Gr. 5 students Thursday and Friday, April 28-29.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 
"Pvt. Wars" portrays the odd comradeship that develops among men who have in common only the fact that they've fought and bled for their country - whether they knew why or not. Two performances 1:30 pm (4/28) and 6:30 pm (4/29). This play is intended for mature audiences only due to the content.
Posted Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 
NIS has invited an expert on international schools, John Littleford, to help the school better deliver on our mission through a series of focus group meetings April 10-13.
Posted Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 
This year's Middle School Musical is a student devised piece called 'Open Doors' exploring the concept of second chances. Performances will be on April 7 (1:30 pm) and April 8 (6:30 pm) in the Commons.
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