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Posted Monday, Jun 25, 2018 1:56:15 PM
Applications are now open for the 2018 NIS Summer Program. We look forward to another fun summer at NIS. Please go www.nisjapan.net/summerprogram for more information and www.nisjapan.net/summer_apply for applying.
Posted Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM
NIS staff gathered at the steps to wish students farewell for the summer, and even longer for some. There were definitely both cheers and tears for both as some students and staff were leaving NIS for good. Farewell until August!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 2:00:00 PM
Back in October, one student's interest in the artwork of Yayoi Kusama inspired other ELC Kindergarten students to take interest, and it developed into the big ELC project exploring dots! They created their own NIS Obliteration Room and invited the entire NIS community to contribute to create the room. Now the book documented their journey of leaning is published and you can read it here! => https://issuu.com/nagoyais/docs/nisdots-final?e=13887228/62395421
Posted Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM
Both the Middle School and High School students organized a day of sports at the end of the year as part of the year-end celebrations, and the weather cooperated! Thanks students for planning and preparing for two great days!
Posted Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM
As part of their Unit of Inquiry into children's rights, Gr. 3 thought that is wasn't fair that some children in some of the poorest countries in the world do not have access to the right to an education or healthy food. They decided to take action to try to help restore children's rights in Haiti. They held a Market Day on Monday and raised a total of 42,000 yen to donate. Thank you for wanting to have an impact Gr. 3!
Posted Monday, Jun 11, 2018 3:00:00 PM
The Gr. 8 students were able to celebrate their achievements for the year and of course, their completion of Middle School. Special thanks to the Gr. 8 parents for preparing the wonderful food and photo book to help the memories close at hand for the students.
Posted Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 3:00:00 PM
Gr. 10 students discussed modeling techniques and simulated World Cup matches using a series of dice rolls and counter rolls. Teams are seeded as they are in the real world, with top seeds getting more rolls than lower ranked teams. Students drew teams at random and began the group round matches and the two teams/students who top their group proceeded to the second round and then to the knockout phase where extra time (2 extra rolls each) and penalties (highest roll shoot out) came into play. It was wonderful to see so many excited faces and students feeling the joy and passion that mathematics and mathematical modeling can bring. The NIS Mathematics Department wishes everyone a wonderful summer and an exciting World Cup; good luck to your respective countries!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM
Parent Partners are an important part of our community, and this week the outgoing and incoming PTA Executive Boards celebrated and reflected on the accomplishments of the past year and discussed events and plans for the upcoming year starting in August. The NIS community is grateful for the many dedicated parents who work so hard on behalf of the students and the school, and we look forward to another year of collaboration in 2018-19!
Posted Monday, Jun 4, 2018 9:00:00 PM
The Grade 5 and Grade 10 students celebrated the completion of the PYP and MYP in separate ceremonies with parents and teachers on Monday. We are proud of their accomplishments as learners and look forward to them next year as they enter the MYP and the DP!
Posted Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 5:00:00 PM
The Class of 2018 celebrated the end of their time here at NIS on Saturday at the 51st Commencement Exercises. Our largest graduating class ever with 38 students receiving diplomas, the class also celebrated being truly international with 12 national anthems representing the nationalities of the students - Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan. We wish the Class of 2018 the best of luck as they continue to inquire, inspire and impact along their many future pathways!
Posted Friday, Jun 1, 2018 4:23:01 PM
Gr. 12 students paraded around the school for the "Walk of Pride" while students, teachers and parents cheered on their achievements. It is the biggest graduating class ever with 38 students. The graduation ceremony starts at 3:00pm tomorrow and everyone is invited!
Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:00:00 PM
It was "Move-up Week" at NIS this week! On Monday and Tuesday, the Gr. 5 students, who are in their last few days of elementary school, were in classrooms with Gr. 7 and 8 students to see what middle school classes are like, and on Wednesday, students and parents who are joining the ELC next year were invited to spend a half day in the ELC Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms. At the same time, current Kindergarten students went up to Gr. 1 classrooms to learn what it is to be like to be a 1st grader. Through these "Move-up" days, we hope students are able to make a better transition from August!
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:00:00 PM
The NIS community gathered on Wednesday for "Stories in Memory of Sho", to remember classmate, teammate, and friend Sho as an athlete, an artist, as "Little Sho", and as "Big Sho". The ceremony involved students, staff and NIS friends and family. Thank you, Sho, for the many, many memories; you will always be remembered in our hearts, and an important piece of the never-ending fabric of our community. You can watch the video here => https://youtu.be/kfX9C93MWZ0
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:59:04 AM
The NIS community congratulates Department Learning Leader of Science Gary Horner, here with head of school Matthew Parr, who has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Chartered Chemist (FRACI CChem), in recognition of his creative achievement and contribution to chemical sciences and education internationally. Mr Horner has contributed widely to the IB community since 2000 as an experienced workshop leader, team leader and examiner, and has led annual IB Chemistry summer workshops in Tokyo since 2013, training administrators and teachers of Chemistry as part of a Japanese Ministry of Education funded, IB joint project. Additionally, Mr. Horner also is the author of the IB textbook that will be used here at NIS and around the world! His textbook, "MYP Chemistry: A concept-based approach" was just published by Oxford University Press. Congratulations Mr. Horner!
Posted Friday, May 25, 2018 12:30:00 PM
The first TED-ed afternoon event was held on April 24 and the videos are now available on the Official NIS YouTube page here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKPTSqnNOwk&list=PL6K-MIkqlZQpEaG0e7Hen_uAPMK5Gdg1V)! The TED-ed students are planning a bigger and improved TED-Ed event next year, so look for more news on official NIS social media and the webpage for announcements!
Posted Friday, May 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM
The Gr. 5 students visited Toyooka City in Hyogo Prefecture for three days as part of their UOI on Biodiversity. They enjoyed catching fish with their bare hands, a tasty BBQ, and mochi pounding (and eathing it!). On the second day, they visited the Stork Museum, learned about rice planting from local farmers, and explored the richness of the natural habitat of the Asian White Stork that has been brought back to the area from the brink of extinction.
Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:00:00 PM
On Thursday the ELC teachers hosted a Parent Tea and shared some exciting and important changes to the program for next year. These changes include having a larger Kindergarten class, with an additional teacher. Another exciting addition to the program are 3 ASA Experiential Learning Days which will take place on Saturdays next year. The aim of these days is to continue to strengthen the connections between families and the teachers, and create opportunities for the children to interact with new environments and activities outside of school.
Posted Sunday, May 20, 2018 1:00:00 PM
Parents, students and staff came out to support the community by participating in the 27th annual Walkathon on Sunday, May 20, organized jointly by the ACCJ (American Chamber of Commerce Japan) and NIS. WIth a special guest visit by the U.S. Ambassador and his family, and with great weather and food, the event was a great success. Thank you EVERYONE!
Posted Friday, May 18, 2018 3:25:41 PM
Today the ELC hosted our Spring Celebration. The Preschool students shared three songs which included solos from the juniors and the seniors. The Kindergarten students had prepared their own performances with little help from their teachers. The audience was treated to a ballet dancing, Hawaiian inspired dance, a skipping (jump rope) tricks, a puppet show, several songs and a number of jokes. After the performances all of the ELC students, parents and teachers enjoyed a potluck lunch.
Posted Friday, May 18, 2018 11:42:00 AM
NIS hosted the final HS boys baseball tournament of the year starting today. It is special tournament in that it was a time to remember NIS student and long-time baseball player Sho, who past away last month. Sho was a varsity baseball player for seven years at NIS. All the players played with a black mourning arm band, and before the game, his uniform was presented to his family.
Posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:44:36 PM
The Gr. 6-8 Japanese B4 class visited a nearby Japanese kindergarten as part of their unit on how volunteering can be made more meaningful through effective communication. They planned the activities to lead for the kindergarten students and enjoyed experiencing the Japanese-style school environment.
Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM
The Personal Project for the 2018-19 school year launched on Wednesday! The Gr. 9 students spent most of the day learning about the Personal Project for next year in Gr. 10 and started their investigation phase with learning about the Personal Project and its components, and started to think about their topic and goal. The current Gr. 10 students who completed their Personal Project in January came to share their experience and offered advice. The students will spend the next seven months investigating, planning, taking action and reflecting.
Posted Friday, May 11, 2018 11:50:00 AM
Three NIS students, representing Grade 2 and Grade 5, participated in the 'Cultures of Service' conference hosted by Kyoto International School on Friday. They joined with students from international schools from across the region to talk about the positive impacts they are making, including our very own Action on Waste initiative and longitudinal study on litter. Thank you KIS for inviting us to share our learning with you!
Posted Friday, May 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM
ELC Students have been busily preparing for their annual Spring Celebration on Next Friday, 18th May. ELC Parents are invited to join us from 10am until 1pm, we will start by watching the show in the ELC garden and then move into the classrooms for a potluck lunch.
Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Students from Gr. 6 through Gr. 10 were learning off campus for Extended Learning Trips this week. Gr. 6 visited Kaga (Ishikawa Prefecture), focusing on activities in Language Arts (both English and Japanese); Gr. 7 went to Shirakawa/Takayama (Gifu Prefecture) focusing on Math and Design; Gr. 8 visited Hiroshima, with a focus on Language Arts and Drama; Gr. 9 went to Tsumago/Magome (Gifu Prefecture) with a focus on Language Arts and Visual Arts; and Gr. 10 went to Matsumoto/Hakuba (Nagano Prefecture) with a focus on Design and Science. Then each grade spent a day upon returning for reflection and follow-up research, expanding and deepening their learning.
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 3:20:09 PM
The NIS community mourned the sudden and untimely death of Gr. 12 student, Sho Sasaki, who tragically lost his life in a traffic accident on his way home from school on his bicycle on April 3, 2018. Sho was the light and life of the high school and the Gr. 12 students, and his smile and energy is missed dearly by those who knew, loved and cared for him. An event to remember and commemorate Sho's life is planned for Wednesday, May 30 from 2:30-4:30 pm. Organized by his Gr. 12 classmates, everyone in the extended NIS community is welcome to join and share memories of Sho. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by May 25 using the online form http://bit.ly/shostories_RSVP and learn more HERE: https://www.nisjapan.net/shostories
Posted Friday, Apr 27, 2018 3:35:00 PM
All students in the ELC Kindergarten through Gr. 5 hosted parents for Student-Led Conferences, an opportunity for parents to experience and celebrate their child's educational journey over the year and a chance for students to reflect and report on their own learning to significant others.
Posted Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 12:00:00 PM
The Gr. 5 students celebrated a culmination of many weeks along their learning journey with the opening of the Gr. 5 PYP Exhibition on Wednesday evening, April 25. With so many interesting themes - Eco-houses, healthy snacks, edible make-up, study of the brain, sound, photography, comics, and much, much more - NIS students, parents and teachers enjoyed learning about the many ways that student work can have an impact on our local and global communities as part of their completion of the PYP. Congratulations Gr. 5 students!
Posted Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 7:00:00 PM
The first "TED-Ed" Afternoon by the NIS TED-Ed Club! Eleven students in grades 5, 9, 10 and 11 who have been working on their own TED Talks over the past several months gave TED-style presentations in the library. Great job NIS TED-ed Club! Their presentations will be available on NIS YouTube soon so stay tuned!
Posted Monday, Apr 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM
The Nagoya Action Heroes (a Blank Noise inspired initiative started by NIS high school students) attended a meeting of SIETAR Kansai (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research), co-sponsored with Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara JALT chapters and GALE SIG (Gender Awareness in Language Education), on the subject of sexual harassment. After a successful workshop on tackling sexual harassment in public spaces here at NIS earlier in April, the NIS Nagoya Action Hero students listened intently and asked questions about creating non-threatening space for boys at school to stand as allies and engage with patriarchy and male privilege. They learned about a training workshop that empowers women to break the culture of silence in cases of workspace sexual harassment, and they were grateful for suggestions from other participants. They also used the trip as an opportunity to live and enjoy the motto of loitering without purpose, purely for the sake of pleasure, to claim public spaces as equal citizens, not just as women in need of protection. So prior to the meeting the students loitered freely in Akutagawasakurazutsumi Park, enjoyed lunch and dipped their feet in the river. Our Nagoya Action Heroes returned inspired to learn new ideas, theories and concepts around gender and build connections with communities around Japan to support change.
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