21st September, 2007.
IBDP SUCCESS, EE
Thirty-three students took International Baccalaureate
Diploma Programme (IBDP) exams in 20 subject areas and
levels in May 2007. All six diploma candidates were
successful in earning diplomas, and all certificate and
anticipated candidates scored extremely well.
Congratulations to the 2007 graduates and to this year’s
seniors on their strong performances.
The start of a new school year brings new challenges to
students, particularly students in the diploma programme
(DP). Fourteen 11th grade students are in the first year of
the two-year programme and face packed schedules, limited
lunch time, heavy homework loads, and new abbreviations like
HL (higher level), SL (standard level), CAS (creativity,
action, service), TOK (theory of knowledge), and EE
(extended essay). All of these students will complete one or
two anticipated DP courses this year in the subject areas of
maths and/or history or ITGS. We wish them good luck as they
start their DP journey.
Twelve 12th graders are in their second and final year of
the DP. All have finished one or two anticipated exams, but
the bulk of the work remains to be done, including subject
work, CAS, TOK, and the beloved extended essay. In fact, one
deadline is already fast approaching: first drafts of the
EE should be turned in by September 28. Students know
that if they do not meet this deadline or subsequent
deadlines, they will be withheld from extracurricular
activities—including sports, student council, and the
all-school production—until they have completed their work.
(The EE is a required component of both the DP and the OIS
diploma. The EE can significantly affect a student’s overall
DP score and thus affect university admission. Some students
put off the EE until the last minute and thus submit
inferior work; be careful.)
Registration for May 2008 exams is nearly completed. Peter
Heimer, IB coordinator, has met with students to confirm
their course details. Parents are encouraged to review these
To learn more
about the IBDP in general, please visit the official IB
To learn more about the OIS DP offerings in specific, please
Also, to learn more about the extended essay, please visit
Please feel free to contact Mr. Heimer with questions. Thank
FOR YOUR CHILD’S
HEALTH AND SAFETY
We require the Student Health Record from all
students every school year.
The Student Health Record is important for your child to
join school activities and receive nursing care or any
emergency medical care. We would like to support your
child's health at school and deal with any emergency care
your child needs as smooth as we can. Please hand in the
Student Health Record to the Student Information Center
by Friday, September 28.
New students, Grade 3 and Grade 6 and Grade 9 students are
required to fill in the Physical Examination Report as well.
Recently we were contacted by a family regarding their
experience after eating raw fish infested with the tiny
Anisakis worms. For some people, these worms can cause
severe abdominal pain, for others there is no effect. If you
or your children experience severe unexplained abdominal
pain after eating raw fish, you can take young children to
Osaka University Hospital and older children and adults to
Patrick Stenger, School Counselor
Fall College Visits
Please take advantage of the opportunity to meet with and
learn more about the colleges that will be visiting OIS
throughout the year. All visits will be after school in the
counseling center unless otherwise noted. I will leave
information about visiting colleges posted here. If you wish
further information please ask within the counseling center.
University of British Columbia – October 15, Monday
State University of New York at Plattsburgh – October 16,
Tuesday at 11:30
UK University Mini Fair - October 18, Thursday, 8:30-10:30
University of Oregon – October 19, Friday, 9:00
Florida Institute of Technology – October 23, Tuesday
University of Alberta – November 12, Monday
PSAT at Osaka International School
Date & Time: Saturday, October 20, 8:30 AM
Place: 3rd Floor Conference Room
Fee: 1900 Yen (exact amount, please)
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 12
By taking the PSAT (Preliminary SAT), you can practice for
the SAT, enter scholarship competitions, ask colleges to
send you information, find out if you have the academic
skills to succeed in college, etc. If you would like to
register, please come to the Counseling Center Secretary
(Room 340) before the deadline with the application
fee. G10 and G11 students are strongly recommended to
You need to take the SAT to attend some academic summer
programs. Please contact the Counseling Center if you want
details on tests (such as PSAT, SAT, SSAT) and overseas
summer programs. Registration will be closed when the
enrollment reaches the maximum (50).
Please call Fumie Onodera, Counseling Center Secretary for
details and questions at 072-727-5061 (direct), or email to
Important Upcoming Dates:
Osaka Invitational Boys Volleyball - September
Marist Invitational Girls Volleyball - September
CA HS Baseball Tournament - September 21st/22nd
APAC VOLLEYBALL - BOYS @ Osaka / GIRLS @ Kobe
APAC BASEBALL @ Kobe
APAC TENNIS @ Manila
For full details
of everything going on in the world of MS and HS sports,
check out the website at <www.senri.ed.jp/sportsweb>
Carol Shigeyama &
Mary Sameshima, OIS Parents
Hey all you Trick
or Treaters out there! Just a friendly reminder for anyone
wanting to participate in Trick or Treat on Friday, October
26th. The dates for submitting applications, candy and money
are on Tues. Sept. 25, Wed. Sept. 26, Thurs. Sept. 27, 8-9am
and 3:30-4:30pm and Fri. Sept. 28th 8-9am in the OIS
entrance. The deadline for submitting applications is Fri.
Sept. 28th 8-9am. We CAN NOT accept any applications after
the deadline. If you have any questions, need information
and/or applications, please email Carol Shigeyama at
or call 072-749-0045. For Japanese, please contact Mary
Sameshima at 072-726-6545. Thank you.
OIS PARENTS ARE
INVITED TO COMMUNITY LUNCHEON
SIS Network Committee
The SIS Network
Committee holds a luncheon once in a while to get to know
one another in the community they live.
Details such as
dates, time, places, costs, etc. are posted each time on the
bulletin board next to the School Service Center on the 1st
floor. Information also can be found in the school web under
SIS Parents Association.
OIS parents are
more than welcome to join any luncheon!
Those who have
questions and/or would like to join, should email to
THE MINOH POST
Attached to this
week's Bulletin is “THE MINOH POST”, a bimonthly free
newsletter published by MAFGA (Minoh Association For Global
Information in it
is useful even for the expatriate families who are
non-residents of Minoh.
We asked MAFGA to
send us enough copies for all the OIS families this time.
However, in the future it will be available only in the SSC
(Reception) and Library in the school.
Holiday - No School
Tea @ Room #213, 4:00-5:00 pm
Joint Retreat - Half Day of School
should leave school by 11:45 am.
will depart at 11:45 am.
- Cafeteria &
snack bar are closed.
Deadline for Nov. 3 SAT I & II Tests
K-Gr. 2 SET LUNCH
MENU – CAFETERIA
Kitsune Udon /
Japanese Wheat Noodle with Deep Fried Bean Curd
Chicken & Egg
MONDAY, October 1
Marinated with Soy Sauce
FRIDAY, October 5
Basil & Tomato
Rod Adam, ES
Contact us via e-mail
*For direct e-mail, all faculty have
with their first name initial and family
name @ senri.ed.jp
For example: If a faculty member had the
name John Smith, his school e-mail
address would be: firstname.lastname@example.org