Follow up from Last Friday’s
Meeting for OIS Parents
I must begin by apologizing for
the short notice and the timing of the meeting for OIS parents
last Friday regarding the news about the 2010 changeover from
the Senri International School Foundation to the Kwansei Gakuin
Foundation. Sixty three people attended the session and I thank
those parents for attending.
Unfortunately the meeting was
not really productive with regards to specific information or
answers to questions, as the answers were all very general. It
is obvious that the best way to find out more and reassure
parents regarding the future of their children’s education, is
to have the representatives from Kangaku come to a meeting with
OIS parents, which they are prepared to do.
The administration and teachers
have been reassured by Kangaku that the education at the school
will not change and that the working conditions for teachers and
staff will not change. It has been evident that Kangaku do not
know a lot of detail about OIS, such as the IB programmes, the
needs of expatriate parents and teachers and the working details
of the ‘Two Schools Together’.
The PAC members met on Wednesday
and have scheduled an Open Meeting for Parents on Monday, June 2nd
at 7:00 pm at school. In addition a questionnaire will be sent
so that parents will have ample opportunity to ask questions and
express ideas and concerns. After this meeting, the PAC will
meet with representatives from Kangaku, convey OIS concerns and
schedule an open meeting for OIS parents and Kangaku in the new
The merger has been agreed to,
and we will need to spend our energy in ensuring that the
Kangaku Foundation knows and understands our needs, and that OIS
should be involved in future negotiations and meetings. I do not
believe that parents should panic about this changeover, but it
is very important for the OIS parents to know that their
concerns are heard and addressed, and that the IB education for
their children continues to be of excellent quality.
School Festival Parking- in
fact, NO PARKING
I know that parents are all
aware that we have no special facilities for parking at or
around the school. Parking has become increasingly difficult at
the school and in the neighbourhood over the years. Please do
not use your cars to come to school on Saturday for the festival
if at all possible, and try to use public transport instead.
Condolences to Mrs Holloway,
a previous science teacher at OIS
On May 1st we
received the news that Mrs Diane Holloway’s only daughter,
Savanna had been killed in a boating accident in Sydney. Many
teachers, students and parents felt that they knew Savanna well
as Mrs Holloway always shared her stories with others. The PTA
know that there are some parents and students who would like to
send a message to Mrs Holloway, so they have arranged for a
Condolence Book to be available for students and parents to
write a few words. The Book will be in the School Service Centre
downstairs from Monday onwards, so please take the opportunity
to write a message if you wish. Mrs Holloway will return to her
school in China next week to complete the school year.
High School Science Teacher.
We have been able to find an
experienced IB science teacher to replace Mr Zulauf. His name is
Mr Gerard Coleman and he has worked in several international
schools as well as national schools, and has taught IB Physics
and Chemistry. He is currently teaching in an IB School in
We are looking forward to many
parents and community members attending our 2008 School Festival
on Saturday, May 24th, 2008.
This festival is organized by
the Student Council with the help of volunteers, and this year’s
theme is ‘Fantasy’. A theme is chosen each year to create
unity between the booths and encourage a festival atmosphere.
See you there!
The schedule for the day is as
Students go to Homerooms.
Elementary School Music
Presentation & Art Display
Festival starts. (Genkan
performance starts at 10:00.)
Festival finishes and cleaning
All non-students must leave the
school to facilitate cleaning.
Cleaning finishes and students
are dismissed. (All MS students must leave.)
Evening performance starts for
HS students only.* (optional attendance)
Evening performance ends and all
students must leave.
* Please note the
evening performances are only for high school students (with
faculty supervising). Parents, middle school students, non-OIS
friends and graduates are
asked to respect this request as it is made by the Student
Council who organises the event.
MS/HS SPRING TRIMESTER PROGRESS REPORTS
of Academic Affairs
progress reports will be distributed to middle school and high
school students next Wednesday. All students should share these
reports with their parents. Parents, if you do not receive a
report, please ask your child about it, and contact Ms. Rennie
if necessary. Please discuss the reports with your child(ren),
and feel free if you wish to contact the subject teacher for
progress reports are sent home at the halfway point of the
fall and spring trimesters, and provides two kinds of
1) a summary of what
has been covered in the course thus far, and
2) specific feedback
on the performance of each student (how they are doing, and how
they can improve).
reports with MYP and DP descriptors are sent home at the end
of each trimester. These grade reports normally do not contain
Huge congratulations to our MS
Girls Softball team who lifted the championship trophy last
weekend after 4 straight wins in the end of season tournament.
Victory was by 5 runs to 3 over Marist in the final and our
girls really played superbly throughout the two days.
For more details and for a full
check on what is going on from now until the end of the
trimester, check out the website at
Also remember, The Athletic
Banquet – Friday, June 6th, 2008 @ 4:00 pm in the
T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION
The entries for the T-Shirt
Design Competition are displayed on the artboards on the second
floor near the administration area. The judges have shortlisted
the entries to 4 finalists. We now need your input for to make
the final decision!
Which design would you like on
Voting is open to all
students, teachers and parents – so please make time to look
at the designs and vote! Voting closes Friday, 30th
May so be QUICK and remember only one vote per person!
Thanks to everyone one who came
to the meeting last week, we now have a committee with
representatives from each class. Plans for Halloween this year
were discussed and there will be an OIS event for Halloween but
no final decisions have been made as yet. So stay tuned and
start planning your costumes.
The next Halloween meeting will
be on Thursday, June 12th at 3:40 pm in the small
cafeteria and once again childcare will be available. We
look forward to seeing you then!!!!!
OIS PTA, Lisa Glasson
School Festival (Please see the
important parking notes on this page and schedule on the next
MAY 25 - JUNE 3
MAY 26 - JUNE 4
Lost & Found Display @ 2F
Faculty Inservice - No
PAC Open Meeting, 7:00 pm @ 3F
HS Athletic Awards Banquet, 4:00
pm @ Theatre
SET LUNCH MENU – CAFETERIA
MONDAY, May 26
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
TUESDAY, May 27
WEDNESDAY, May 28
Chinese Noodle Soup
THURSDAY, May 29
FRIDAY, May 30
TUESDAY, June 3
WEDNESDAY, June 4
Kitsune Udon (Japanese Noodle in
Soup with Fried Bean Curd)
THURSDAY, June 5
Hash & Rice
FRIDAY, June 6
Spaghetti with Basil & Tomato