I thank our entire community for your patience and understanding this week; a week in which we made the difficult decision to continue to offer online learning. I know that while this decision had the support of the large majority of the community, a strong minority take a different and equally valid view. I understand these ...
Head of School Weekly Notes (Archives)
Though we went into Spring Break hopeful that we might be able to convene on campus upon return, thanks to the hard work and creativity of our teachers, the support of our parents, and the dedication of our students we were able to resume ‘NIS Online’ and . . . .
The end of the third quarter has been a strange day on campus. Usually we would be having a big assembly and waving goodbye to the students, wishing the best on their well-earned break - but today this all happened online! I am so grateful to . . .
Day two of online learning at NIS is a wrap and we have come to a close on a busy week! The feedback we’ve received has been so positive…
A special thank you to everyone in our NIS community for your support as we begin online learning next Thursday. I am especially thankful to the students and staff for . . .
I’m very grateful to our parents, staff and students for helping our students understand the emerging situation with the COVID-19 virus . . .
A very exciting day today at NIS as our Global Issues Network (GIN) students took the lead by hosting students from international schools across Japan . . .
As we enter the mid-winter break, I wish to thank you all - everyone - for all that you do to make NIS a special community for everyone . . .
To be an inquiring, inspiring and impacting community school, NIS relies on the dedication and support of parents, staff, students and friends . . .
This week, over 60 NIS students submitted Walkathon T-shirt designs for consideration for the 2020 event’s official shirt design . . .
At NIS, we understand that our goals as a community are achieved only when we are in partnership with our wider community . . .
I trust everyone in the NIS community had a wonderful holiday season. The school is back and running and full of excitement . . .
The wonderful performances, art display, and parent participation by both the ELC and the Gr. 5 was a fitting end of a busy semester . . .
Last night we had our fourth “Community Parent Meeting”, and this time it was held downtown in the hope of making it easier for parents living closer in to town . . .
Yesterday was a day of artistic creativity. In the morning, the Gr. 10s gave their pitches to a panel of judges for community art . . .
A big thank you to the parents who came out to share their thoughts and ideas in the first of our parent ‘Community Meetings’ . . .
The annual ACCJ/NIS Walkathon is a terrific community event - a day of good food, friendship (and some walking!) in the park every Spring . . .
It was terrific week for parent partnerships at NIS. Thank you to the many families who came out to campus on Monday . . .
Welcome back to all our families after what was, we hope, a wonderful week spending time with your children. This first week of the second quarter has been a busy...
• Our thoughts this week have been with the victims of the recent typhoon Hagibis which included a minute of silence to pay our respects . . .
NIS is grateful to be a member of the Japan Council of International Schools, a network of 27 schools across Japan . . .
Last Friday, while school was on holiday, a number of our committed students were busy participating in the global movement for climate action . . .
Two events on Wednesday this week provided a great example of how NIS strives to live our mission to inspire and empower...
The annual start of the year retreats in Secondary have finished and, if like me you’ve been following the hashtags ..
Welcome back! What a great start to the year it has been. The long summer of preparations all made sense when the corridors and classrooms...
All of us here at NIS are excited to welcome students and families for a wonderful year together. Over the summer we’ve been busily preparing for the school year ahead . . .
As the last full week of the 2018-19 academic year closes up, the school is a frenzy of activity. With concerts, sports days, closing assemblies, marches and celebrations . . .
As the year comes towards a close I was very grateful to see so many parents come out to spend time reviewing our partnership with parents . . .
Today saw the first of our two-day graduation celebrations as we honor our amazing students in the Class of 2019. Following the Graduation March of Pride in which our graduates paraded around the school . . .
It was wonderful to see so many students and parents at the Walkathon on Sunday. Besides being a beautiful day weather-wise, the event provided a great chance to interact and make connections with many . . .
The arrival of spring heralds different things in different cultures, and here in Japan it often feels like new beginnings for many things, as the school year starts in April in Japanese schools . . .
It was wonderful to see many images of the secondary students on their trips throughout the region, and to see them reflect on their Interdisciplinary Units today . . .
On behalf of all of us here at NIS, I wish all of our families a wonderful Golden Week. This year, Golden Week is particularly special, with the abdication of Emperor Akihito on April 30 . . .
Today saw a true “celebration of learning” at NIS. In addition to the Student Led Conferences in most grades, the day also saw the concurrent events of . . .
While students in an international school such as NIS have incredible benefits in terms of the richness of learning which is not possible in a national system in any country . . .
A huge thank you to the PTA for organizing such a wonderful parent excursion to Asuke-Korenkei yesterday . . .
This has been a week of many highlights - some of which are big and obvious . . .
On Saturday last weekend our school was filled with educators from across Japan as we discussed how to embrace translanguaging in our school culture. Translanguaging is the process whereby . . .
As a part of the CIS/WASC accreditation process, the school engages in a comprehensive ‘Self-Study’ in which we analyze ourselves against international standards . . .
Walking around campus this week it has been great to see so many Inquire-Inspire-Impact t-shirts being worn, especially today with the HS girls volleyball team off on their first tournament of the season . . .
NIS secondary students returned this afternoon – tired but happy – from the start of year retreats in Nagano. I hope parents have been following on twitter to . . .
A school without kids in is a very strange place indeed and so it was wonderful for us to welcome back our nearly 500 NIS students this week for the start of the new school year.