It is with mixed emotions that I
write to inform you that I have decided to leave the school at
the end of the school year. After forty years in education, with
thirty of them being in administration, I have been thinking of
retirement, and as soon as I do that, I think about where else I
can contribute to serving others. So I am not yet clear about
full retirement but a period of time out will help me make
decisions for the future.
I have been at OIS for the last
ten years, four as elementary principal and the last six as head
of school. The long hours and time commitment that characterize
this job could have been a burden were it not for the joys of
being part of a unique and special school, with wonderful
families and excellent teachers. I know that we have continued
to improve educationally over the years and we enjoy an
excellent reputation world wide.
Our relationship with SIS is a
special feature of our uniqueness and success in many areas and
I have ensured that we are well known through my contacts with
colleagues and associations around the world.
I will not write a farewell
speech at this time, as there are still six months left for me
at OIS and I will continue to remain dedicated to our goals and
serve the school.
An announcement regarding my
replacement will be made after the winter break.
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE
Middle and High School Principal
Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, January 21st
, 2008 4:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Tuesday, January 22nd
, 2008 8:30 am to 11:45 am
As our parent teacher conferences are scheduled just a few weeks into
the New Year, I wanted to let you know the times now so you can
plan for your attendance. For new parents, we use an “Open
Appointment” system, where all teachers are located in the
library, and you are free to speak to any teacher who is
available at any time during the two half-days set aside for the
conferences. I will send a letter with more details early
January. Have a Merry Christmas!
The Basketball season is well
underway and our HS Boys and Girls teams have now played the
bulk of their league games. For all the latest results, league
standings and news on schedules for immediately after the
holiday for both MS and HS, just visit the Sportsweb at
JV and MS Basketballers, be sure
to check the schedule carefully as your tournaments are coming
up very soon after the Xmas break!!
From the Athletic Department we
wish everyone in the school community a very Happy Xmas and all
the best for a safe, healthy and successful 2008. Also a huge
thanks to all those people who have contributed so much to the
sports programme here at the school throughout 2007. To the
teachers and coaches, to the parent volunteers and to the
students themselves who always represent our school and
themselves in such a first class manner. Thank you to you all
2008!! Go Sabers!!
DIPLOMA PROGRAMME UPDATE:
registration statistics, summer camps
Diploma programme exam
registration for May 2008 is complete. This year’s cohort is
nearly our largest ever: 42 OIS and SIS students with 12 diploma
candidates (OIS seniors), 13 anticipated candidates (OIS
juniors), and 17 certificate candidates (SIS students). 97
registrations were made in 18 subject areas levels, ranging from
2 candidates in history higher level to 12 candidates in maths
standard level to 16 candidates in English B. Candidates are
registered in 3 different languages, 3 different science
offerings, and 3 levels of mathematics.
The average size of an OIS IBDP
class is about 5 students. Ten DP classes have 5 or fewer
students. Unlike many international schools, OIS does not cancel
DP courses due to low enrollment. Also, unlike other schools,
OIS does not charge DP candidates additional exam and
registration fees. We are fortunate to be able to offer so many
DP courses with such breadth and depth to a relatively small
student body without extra costs to the candidates.
IBDP summer camps are
offered in England and the United States. There are pre-DP camps
and mid-DP camps available. These camps provide great
opportunities for students to prepare for the DP curriculum,
improve academic skills, and get a taste of life at an overseas
university. Applications are now being accepted. Please contact
Mr. Heimer for details.
Have Questions About the School?
The Parents Advisory Council
(PAC) is here to help you. Whether it is about the governance of
the school, the curriculum and type of lessons our children
attend, questions to do with safety or things which you have
seen in or around the school which you do not understand, PLEASE
The best and quickest way is by
email@example.com or you can
send a letter addressed to PAC at the school.
We are sure that there are many
things that you wish to ask and we will reply as soon as
possible to your enquiries. Please remember that the more we
hear from you as parents the better our school will be for our
We hope that we will see many
more of you at the next Open PAC meeting.
PAC Members: John Kellett,
Tomoko Syrad, Gina Moriguchi, Stephen Frater, Graham Burman.
from the PAC Open Meeting December 4th 2007
Thank you to all PAC members who
were at the open meeting last week. Unfortunately this meeting
was not well attended by parents, but there were some apologies.
The first Agenda item was a
concern that had been raised by parents that Saturday School
parents’ cars were being allowed to park on the new school
field. There was concern about the effect of parking on the
warranty of the surface, and concerns expressed about oil
dripping from cars and causing a safety hazard for the students
of the school. Mr. Parker from the PE department said that the
warranty was not affected.
The second Agenda item was a
query about which sports and arts activities were planned to
replace the APAC activities. Mr. Parker outlined some of the
ideas that we are pursuing with other International Schools in
Japan and with schools outside of Japan. The next year will be a
year of transition for the school and as soon as decisions about
activities have been made we will inform the students and
parents. Of course we still have the remainder of our APAC
events to complete this school year.
“CHILDREN FIRST DAY” COUPONS FOR ES/MS STUDENTS
From Osaka Prefecture
Attached to the paper-version of
this Bulletin is a leaflet with discount coupons and a
list of sponsoring shops, facilities, etc. in Osaka Prefecture.
Families who have children in
the Middle School or younger can use them every 3rd
Saturday up till March 15, 2008. It was given by Osaka
Prefecture to our ES and MS students, however, it is available
only in Japanese.
Minutes of PTA Classroom Representative Parents
December 4th 2007
29 Parents / Apologies: 5 parents
Mrs. Caffin welcomed all
parents, thanking those who were standing down after completing
their term, some longer than one year. Most of the continuing
and new classroom parent reps were present and they were thanked
for their commitment for the January start.
Mrs. Caffin explained the way
that the classroom rep system has been working and how it has
now evolved over the last 18 months. The alphabetical rotation
system is now understood by all parents and some classrooms have
parents who have been able to pass on their turns in order
within the class. At times the order of parents will vary due to
special circumstances, but basically we will choose the reps in
Mrs. Heimer and Mrs. Honjo
explained how classroom reps would have to be either the
International Fair rep or the PTA rep. This was decided at the
meeting and they will be given an outline of their
responsibilities in the new calendar year.
Summary of changes and
procedures for the January to December 2008 year
There will be an
organizing committee of three parents. One is continuing on
(Mrs. Kim), and two more will be chosen in January.
There will be a
secretary, (Ms Glasson), and a treasurer.
International Fair reps would meet separately from the PTA reps.
Meetings of the PTA reps
would be open but agenda items would have to be sent in before
The agenda would be
determined with the organizing committee, secretary and the
The International Fair
reps will decide on key responsibilities at their January
Meetings will be set well
in advance. The aim is to place them on the school calendar for
the next school year.
There are some plans for
fundraising activities over the next year.
Parents will take
responsibility for informing the next on the list in all classes
with the help of administration if necessary.
A list of contacts for
all parents in each class will be given to the reps by the
It has taken a while to make
the new system workable, and has not always been smooth.
However, many parents agree with me that we are on the way to
having a system that will ensure that everyone takes a turn.
The next Classroom PTA Rep
January 17, 2008, 8:45 -10:00
am @ 3F Conference Room
The next Classroom
International Fair Rep Meeting:
January 30, 2008, 8:45 -10:00
am @ 3F Conference Room
INTERNATIONAL FAIR ECO REPORT
International Fair Committee
For the International Fair this
year the committee decided to purchase dishes and cups to
recycle. (Total of 3100 items, at a cost of 310,800 yen). These
were paid for by both schools and we can use them again over the
next few years. Chopsticks, spoons and forks were rented this
year and we may decide to buy our own for the next year.
Thanks for the help of the
booths members and the parents who organized and washed all of
the items. We feel that this project was a great success and we
can help save the environment by re-using them in the coming
years. We had a 99.2% recovery rate with .8% being lost.
The tableware will be available
for other groups to use for school OIS PTA and SIS PA events.
Guidelines for use are available.
Special thanks to the student
Akira Moriguchi (OIS G12)
Yuma Kennedy (OIS G12)
Arisa Nishimura (OIS G12)
Sun Min Lee (OIS G11)
Mai Iida (OIS G11)
Haruka Arai (SIS G11)
Jun Kamei (SIS G11)
Rui Yamaguchi (SIS G10)
Mana Sasaki (SIS G11)
Aya Yanai (SIS G11)
ADMINISTRATION WISHES YOU ALL A HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!
The Winter Holiday begins next
week and for many of our families it is also time to celebrate
various festivals. Many families will be traveling to visit
family and friends, both close and far away, and we hope that
you make the best of such moments which are very precious in our
busy lives. We would like to thank all parents for their support
during the last term, and on behalf of the administration and
faculty would like to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New
of School (See below for details)
of Winter Holiday
Registration Deadline for Jan. 26 SAT I & II Tests
Faculty Inservice - ES No Classes
WINTER BREAK EARLY DISMISSAL
Friday, December 18
will be a half day.
ES/MS/HS students will dismiss @
School Bus will depart @ 11:45
Public Bus will depart @ 12:03
SET LUNCH MENU – CAFETERIA
MONDAY, December 17
with Chopped Chicken & Egg
THURSDAY, January 10
FRIDAY, January 11
TUESDAY, January 15
WEDNESDAY, January 16
Stir-fried Rice with Chinese-style Barbecued Pork
THURSDAY, January 17
Wheat Noodle with Deep Fried Bean Curd
FRIDAY, January 18
with Pork Cutlet
Karin Caffin, Head 072-727-5080
Gwyn Underwood, MS/HS Principal 072-727-5050
Rod Adam, ES Principal 072-727-5050
Patrick Stenger, Counselor 072-727-5061
Mike McGill, Admissions Director 072-727-5070
Jim Schell, Business Manager 072-727-5084
Peter Heimer, IB Coordinator 072-727-5290
Student Attendance 072-727-2305