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 . . .
Head of School Weekly Notes
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.