Head of School
Goodbye to some
teachers, welcome to others
The third trimester seems to
come around all too quickly and this is the time of year
that we announce the teachers who will be leaving our school
at the end of June. I know that there will be farewell
wishes later for the teachers who are leaving, but I would
like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teachers
who have been a part of our school and wish them well in
their new positions. It is also the time to announce the new
teachers for the next year. I will not go into detail about
the new teachers as they will have the opportunity to
introduce themselves at the beginning of the new school year
through the Educator.
Mr. John Secomb
will be leaving OIS/SIS at the end of June to take up a
teaching position at the International School of Bangkok. He
has been teaching full time as the orchestra teacher for the
last six years and has been involved with the school for
more than eight years.
Mr. Vernon Villapando
will be replacing Mr. Secomb. Mr. Villapando is currently
teaching at Brent International School, Manila. He has many
years experience teaching music in schools and is also an
Mr. Steven Hall,
who has been with us for the past year, will leave to fill a
new position at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok.
Mr. Sam Adams
will be replacing Mr. Hall. He is teaching at the Utahloy
International School in China, and has taught previously in
the United States.
When Mr. Andrew Powell left
in January his class was taken over by Mrs. Amy Lindley,
leaving a vacancy for the Elementary/Middle School ESL.
Mrs. Joanne Adams will be the new ESL teacher and she is
currently teaching at Utahloy International School.
Mrs. Geraldine O’Connell,
who took over the short term ESL vacancy will be leaving OIS
at the end of June, and she will be teaching at Seisen
International School in Tokyo next year.
Mr. Terry Barrett,
MS/HS Math teacher will be leaving OIS at the end of June
after an 18 month stay. He will be replaced by Mr.
Jeffrey Killmer, who is teaching at Carey Academy, North
Mr. Marvin Zulauf,
who has been at the school for the last 15 years will be
leaving to take up a position as Physics and Chemistry
teacher at Thuringia International School, in Weimar,
Germany. We are currently working on his replacement, and
will let you know as soon as we make an appointment.
Enrolments for next
As is usual at this time of
year we are receiving many inquiries and applications from
families wishing to enroll their children at our school.
Several of our classes are almost fully subscribed and in
order to help us with our planning, we ask that you let us
know if you are sure that you will be returning next year.
Attached to this Educator
is a form that I would like all parents to complete and
return to the school by Friday 18th April.
If your circumstances change after you have filled in this
form, I would appreciate it if you could let us know as soon
Please fill in the attached
Tea Ceremony Organized
On Thursday April 24th Mr.
Keisuke Suzuki, a Japanese Tea Master of the Urasenke
School, will be giving a lecture and demonstrate the
Japanese Tea Ceremony. Please see the attached note with
this Educator and return if you are interested. The
OIS PTA is hosting this event.
Middle and High School Principal
As with any
specialist area, the education field is full of jargon which
can be confusing to those
who have not been exposed to the terms often enough to get
an understanding of what they are. I thought it would be
helpful to go over a few key terms here to ensure everyone
knows exactly what they mean, so as to help you further
understand the school
with which your
children are involved.
= Areas of
The 5 AOIs
facilitate the development of links between all MYP
subjects. They help focus on important concepts,
encourage students to embrace and understand connections
between the subject material and the real world; and
facilitate students to become critical and reflective
thinkers. See your January Educator for more
inform our vision
= A list of beliefs to describe our two schools’ vision.
As we have a
unique shared school setup, the vision of our schools is
best revealed by a set of statements intended for the whole
school community. More Info:
DP (or IBDP)
= The Diploma Programme of
A rigorous 2-year college
preparation programme which has attained the status as one
of the (of not the) best college prep programmes in the
world. Students sit exams in May, and if successful in all 6
subjects and program requirements, receive a diploma from
the IB which is recognised by the majority of universities
worldwide. Students may also sit individual subjects and
earn IB subject certificates if they pass course
IB (or IBO)
= An abbreviation referring to the International
Baccalaureate Organization, and used when referring to the
IBO as an organisation.
Note it is common (yet
incorrect) to refer to the Diploma Programme as the “IB”.
This stems from the DP being the only programme of the IB
for many years. It is confusing now as the IB has three
programmes, so it is better to be specific.
Note also “Programme” in PYP,
MYP and IBDP is officially spelt with British spelling,
while “Organization” is officially spelt with American
Spelling! Tolerance and compromise in action!
= A statement that encapsulates
our school’s mission.
For SOIS, our
mission statement is [to facilitate OIS students to become]
informed, caring, creative individuals contributing to a
= The Middle Years Programme of the IBO.
program for grades 6-10
of international education designed to help students develop
the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary
to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.
The MYP provides a curriculum framework,
not a full curriculum, and there
are no external exams.
= The Primary Years Programme of the IBO.
A programme of international
education designed to foster the development of the whole
child as an inquirer
elementary school years. The PYP facilitates students to
focus on transdisciplinary Units of Inquiry rather than
separate subjects. More Info:
= Student Learning Results (sometimes referred to as student
These are a
list of attributes we have identified as those we wish to
instil in our students.
At OIS, we have
chosen to use the same attributes as the IB identify in
their Learner Profile, plus Creativity.
= A list of 5 respects used as the basis for behaviour and
interaction with others.
The 5 Respects
are crucial to a shared
understanding of behavioural expectations for our schools,
and encourages students to make appropriate decisions based
on respect and responsibility. The 5 Respects are Respect
for: Self, Others, Leadership/Authority, Learning, and
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UPDATE
Elementary School Principal
IB Learner Profile
“Reflective” – Students give thoughtful consideration to
their own learning and experience. They are able to assess
and understand their strengths and limitations in order to
support their learning and personal development.
The focus for the month of
April is the IB Learner Profile “Reflective.” During this
month students, teachers and parents will have a number of
opportunities to put this attribute into practice.
Next Thursday and Friday,
Grades 1 – 5 will be holding formal Student-Led Conferences
where children will share their work and their progress with
their parents. Because the format of these conferences
depends on the age of the child, we have regular
Parent-Teacher conferences at the Kindergarten level.
As the year has progressed,
the children in Grades 1 – 5 have, with the support and
guidance of their teachers, selected work (based on
predetermined criteria) to be discussed. The conferences
have been carefully prepared so that the students reflect
(analyze and assess) on their own learning. These
conferences give the students more ownership for their
learning and provide a venue to celebrate what they have
learned and to share their goals for improvement.
At the conference, you will
have a chance to view your child’s portfolio. This
collection of work is designed to demonstrate success,
growth, higher order thinking, creativity and reflection.
For parents, it gives a more complete picture of your child
as a learner. Students have prepared portfolios or
demonstrations in single subject classes, so we encourage
you to visit all of your child’s classes. The students will
be disappointed if they don’t get the opportunity to show
you what they have learned in all of their subjects.
The key in this type of
conference is for the parent to ask questions and make
supportive statements that will help your child feel
comfortable in sharing his or her successes and challenges.
The overall goal is to celebrate your child’s achievements
and support future goals.
You may be asked to write a
response during or after the conference. Please take your
time and respond in a way that will help your child to
achieve his or her goal. If you have questions for any of
the teachers, please contact them to schedule an individual
conference at another time.
PYP/MYP Evaluation Self
In the October 6th
Educator, I outlined the process for the joint PYP/MYP
evaluation that will be taking place next autumn. Since that
time, the faculty has been reviewing the standards and
practices in four major areas of our programmes: philosophy,
organization, curriculum and the student. We have also
reviewed the progress made on the recommendations from our
previous authorization visits. To gather faculty input on
these areas, each faculty member has completed an extensive
32-page self-study questionnaire. These results are being
compiled and reviewed and will be used to determine our
strengths and areas for improvement and will form the basis
for our action plan for the years ahead. This information
along other documentation will be sent to the IB regional
office before the end of the school year.
Feedback from students and
parents is vital to preparing a report that reflects the
views of all stakeholders. Information on how parents can
participate in this process was sent home with Elementary
and Middle School report cards. An online survey can be
completed by following the directions outlined on the
information sheet. The links to these surveys are in our
password protected community website
The username is
firstname.lastname@example.org and the password is
If you do not have access to
a computer, please drop by the library and use one of the
library computers to complete the survey. We will also have
computers available in the third floor conference room for
parents to use during the Student-Led conferences next
Thursday and Friday. Alternatively, if you would like a
printed copy, please contact me and I will send one home for
you to fill in. Your views and opinions are important to us
and to the evaluating
Welcome back to everyone - I
hope you had a good break. We are back into action both in
the HS and the MS in all the spring season sports.
For a full check on
everything going on please visit the website at
Just a reminder too -
APAC Soccer next week from April 16th-19th, the Boys in Kobe
and the Girls in Seoul. Good luck to you all!!
SPRING RECITAL: THURSDAY, MAY 1, 4:00 PM
The next Spring Recital will
be on held Thursday May 1st 2008 at 4:00 pm in
the SISF theatre.
The recital will feature
Middle and High School students performing in solos and or
Parents, teachers and
friends are invited to attend. Please come and support our
outstanding young musicians.
INFORMED, CARING, CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS CONTRIBUTING TO THE
Community Service Coordinator
One Saturday evening each
month, a few OIS students join with children from Sannoh
Children's Center to make onigiri and offer support to
Osaka's homeless. Our students learn valuable interpersonal
skills and compassion. They also get to make friends in the
If you would like to join us
tomorrow, Saturday, April 12, please phone Lyn Melville-Rea,
OIS community service coordinator, on (090)9612-8364.
We will meet at Kita Senri
Station at 5:30 pm.
SUMMER PROGRAMS (overseas)
Counseling Center Secretary
There are still some summer
programs that you can apply!
College credit, academic,
SAT Prep, ESL, leadership, outdoor, etc… But you had better
hurry! Summer comes sooner than you think.
Contact Fumie Onodera,
Counseling Center Secretary for information.
IZU-OSHIMA SUMMER CAMP - Invitation from St. Mary’s IS
This summer will mark the 17th
season that St. Mary’s International School has been
operating their Izu-Oshima Summer Camp for International
youngsters 6yrs. – 18 yrs. This camp is designed to provide
an opportunity for youngsters to enjoy many outdoor
activities in a residential camp setting.
Camp 1: July 30 – Aug. 4
Camp 2: Aug. 6 – Aug. 11
Camp 3: Aug. 12 –
Check out their website for
the details or contact Mr. David Moodie, Camp Director,
Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the International
Buccaneers Swimming Team at St. Mary’s IS.
“CHILDREN FIRST DAY” COUPONS FOR ES/MS STUDENTS
Attached to this Educator
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 September 20, 2008.
It was given by Osaka
Prefecture to our ES and MS students, however, it is
available only in Japanese.
Time to relive
the memories. DVDs of all four shows from this year’s All
School Production will be available from the School Service
Center on the 25th of April for 500 yen.
Payment can be
made on collection of your DVDs from the SSC.
If you would
like to order copies, please send an email to
with the following information by Thursday the 17th
Student Name -
copies you require of each show:
Show 1 –
Show 2 –
Show 3 –
Show 4 –
SALE AFTER TALENT SHOW
To raise money for our PTA,
a bake sale will take place after Talent Show, Friday
April 25th, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. in front of the Theater.
Conjointly, Grade 12 will sell cotton candy floss to raise
money for their upcoming trip to Thailand in support of
Habitat for Humanity.
We are asking parents from
Kindergarten and Elementary School classes for donations of
baked goods. We need around 12-15 pieces from each person.
Any contributions will be highly appreciated (waffles,
scones, pizzas, muffins, sandwiches, pies, cookies or
anything else you fancy). Please make sure you bring your
donations, individually wrapped, to school by 3:00 on that
Drinks (green tea, water and
sports drink) will also be sold.
If you can give some of your
time and help either bake or sell (2 people are needed for
please contact Isabelle
Delumeau (072-728-5730, or
email@example.com) by April 22nd.
Thank you very much for your
support and cooperation.
PTA Organizing Committee
APRIL 14 - 25
& Found Display @ 2F Showcase Area
HS Student Council SIS Club Fair
APRIL 17 - 18
Spring Student-Led Conferences
Ceremony organized by PTA , 11:00 am @ Tatami Room
Talent Show, 2:00 pm @ Theatre
2 SET LUNCH MENU – CAFETERIA
MONDAY, April 14
Chicken & Egg Bowl
TUESDAY, April 15
Chinese Noodle Soup
WEDNESDAY, April 16
Salmon with Tartar Sauce
MONDAY, April 21
& Egg Bowl
TUESDAY, April 22
WEDNESDAY, April 23
Omelet Containing Fried Rice
THURSDAY, April 24
(Japanese Wheat Noodle)
FRIDAY, April 25
Karin Caffin, Head
Heimer, IB Coordinator
McGill, Admissions Director