Head of School Weekly Notes

End of a Week, End of a Year . . . and WHAT a Year!

2020 was a year we at NIS have all been thinking about for a long time. Any new decade sparks promise – and the number 2020 had an extra rhythm and ring to it – especially here in Japan with the promise of the Olympics and of course our own NIS ‘2020 Vision Project’, there was so much hope and optimism as the dawn broke on Jan 1. Who could have imagined the craziness that would start off the year of 2020; our school, families and lives turned upside down by COVID-19.

In many ways, though, this still has been an exceptional year. Not only exceptional in the stress and challenge that it caused our students, parents, staff and extended families, but exceptional also in the lessons it taught us about the importance of connection, of resilience, of belonging and of positivity. Together as a community we were able to make sure that learning kept happening and that we stayed connected. And how wonderful it has been to welcome students back to campus these past three weeks to enjoy celebrating and closing up the year together, despite the challenges of physical distancing in this brave new world. I can’t thank our community enough for the ways in which everyone has pulled together to deliver what our children needed at a time when they needed it the most.

We don’t yet know what the next school year holds, and we will send a COVID-19 update to parents shortly about this (the last COVID-19 update of the school year!). However, this year has given me confidence that whatever the new school year brings, we will be ready!

To the families leaving us this year, thank you for being a part of NIS. We will miss you all and hope you will always stay connected to NIS! For everyone else, have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to welcoming you back in August!