The annual ACCJ/NIS Walkathon is a terrific community event - a day of good food, friendship (and some walking!) in the park every Spring. However, the Walkathon is also a major outreach event for our school community, connecting NIS and our students with…
Head of School Weekly Notes (Archives)
It was terrific week for parent partnerships at NIS. Thank you to the many families who came out to campus on Monday to be a part of our "Three-Way Conferences". The triangle between parents, school and your child is one that brings strength to learning and well-being and it is the foundation of any good school. I hope you were able to enjoy discussing the progress of your child together with staff and as a family. Also, on Wednesday . . . .
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 which was held both in our staff meeting as well as in the Secondary School assembly yesterday. We are honored to be a part of such a resilient and caring country. If NIS families have been directly affected, and if we can support your children in any way, please reach out to us. • It is hard to believe that one quarter of the school year has already passed – yet with so many exciting events in the past week, there is certainly a feeling of celebration and accomplishment. We had . . .
NIS is grateful to be a member of the Japan Council of International Schools, a network of 27 schools across Japan, of which I am honored to be leading again this year. We are so fortunate to be in Japan, where all of our member schools embrace the improvement of international education through collaboration and sharing. Here in Tokyo for the past few days . . .
Last Friday, while school was on holiday, a number of our committed students were busy participating in the global movement for climate action by joining protests, alongside young people across the globe, for attention to the climate crisis. I am very proud of our students for taking the initiative to be a part of something bigger and to connect for impact on a global scale.
Of course impact also begins, on a much smaller level . . .
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 and reflecting on how we might better work together to support learning and student well-being at NIS . . .
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 (welcoming nine other teams from across Japan as host of the two-day WJAA High School Girls Volleyball Tournament today, for example!) and some of which have been the small magical moments which make NIS special. One of these was . . .
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, as well as against our own commitment to our mission, to work out what we are doing well and what we could do better. We are now at this stage in the process.
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.