Head of School
The end of the school year
is approaching much too quickly! There are still several
school events that we can look forward to, such as the Maple
Hall Concert on Tuesday 10th, and the OIS Seniors
Graduation on Friday 13th. The Seniors have
returned from their Habitat for Humanity trip in Thailand
and I know that they have had a life changing experience
working in a Thai village and building a house.
The Parent Advisory
held an open meeting for parents on Monday night to discuss
the Kwansei Gakuin merger, and 21 people attended. PAC had
also sent out a questionnaire to parents who were able to
answer electronically or on paper, and a total of 59
responses was received. The responses from the questionnaire
and the discussions at the meeting were well considered,
with some positive and supportive comments about the merger,
but there were also many questions and issues raised that
indicate that there is a significant level of concern and
uncertainty about the merger.
The parents agreed that it
was extremely important that they have a voice in relation
to their and their children’s needs, and that they are able
to have direct contact with Kwansei Gakuin. Given that there
was no consultation with the school community, and given the
way in which the merger was communicated, it was felt by
many parents that they should be able to express their
thoughts and questions and that they should be able to
receive answers from KG.
The PAC has asked for a
meeting with people from KG and will present the point of
view of the OIS parents, with the aim of having the KG
representatives come to OIS for an Open Parent meeting in
the new school year.
We have attached the Minutes
of the PAC meeting last Monday so that all parents have an
idea of the questions and concerns.
The merger will move ahead
and it will now be important for the whole school community
to use their energy towards preserving the excellent aspects
of our schools and also to improve wherever possible.
SCHOOL TUITION for the 2008/2009 SCHOOL YEAR
We have tried hard in past
years to keep increases in school fees to a minimum. This
year we have carefully considered our school fees and find
that it is necessary to increase the fees by a small amount.
The Board of Directors has
approved an increase in school fees of between two and a
half and three and a half percent.
The increases will be
reflected in the account that you receive for the new school
SCHOOL FESTIVAL PARKING
We'd like to offer our
sincere thanks to the many families who cooperated in not
using their cars, despite the inclement weather, on the
morning of the school festival. This is especially
applicable to those elementary parents who, in many cases,
went to great trouble to make alternative arrangements. We
are continuing to consider how we can balance the needs of
the community and are exploring ways in which we can use
buses to alleviate the problems on days of major events.
SIS will be using buses
widely to offer transport for the upcoming Education Expo on
the 15th of June and Saturday School and JFK have also taken
steps to remove the need for cars as the primary mode of
Having said all this though,
we still received complaints from the neighborhood, and want
to remain sensitive to the issues we create for those living
close to school. Your continued cooperation is appreciated.
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE
Middle and High School Principal
We are now into our last
four weeks of school, and I would like to make a plea
for patience over the next few weeks! During this period of
time, a combination of end of year stress, uncertainty
towards the immediate future and tiredness lends itself
towards some unsettled behaviour from reduced patience and
tolerance levels. Taking time to relax, a healthy diet,
exercise, and a good night’s sleep are essential to combat
this, so please ensure your children are doing this. When
confronted with a problem, taking a moment to consider all
perspectives, and confronting sometimes unspoken concerns
such as the future, then calmly weighing options can also
lead to a reduced level of stress.
I am happy to report our
senior students returned safely from their senior service
trip in Thailand last Monday, and from all reports, had
a great trip. Thanks to Mr. Parker and Ms. Entwistle for
accompanying the students on this trip. I have much respect
for the students choosing this trip as it is a lot of work
fundraising and giving up time to help poorer families build
homes. This practical and very real help is a direct
application of many of our Student Learning Results, and I
am proud our school is associated with such efforts.
All parents, students,
families and friends of the graduating class are invited to
the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2008 on the
13th of June, in the theatre. The ceremony
will begin at 6:45 pm with a slide show, followed by the
ceremony at 7:00 pm. We hope you can join us to celebrate
the awarding of diplomas to our graduates. I would also like
to thank the Gd.11 class and parents for their help in
advance, as they traditionally help by providing the
refreshments for the post-ceremony function.
As this is our last
Educator for the year (there is a Bulletin on the
20th, but the seniors will have graduated by
then!), I would like to recognize our Class of 2008
by name, and congratulate them on their success in making it
this far, and wish them all the best for their bright
Rico Chow, Iku Kawachi,
Yuma Kennedy, Akira Moriguchi,
Arisa Nishimura, Hayato
Takami, Raymond Terhune, Chie Trew,
Lina Kobayashi, Maya
Sadavrati, Alisa Sweet, and Takeyoshi Mizusawa.
It has been a pleasure
knowing you all!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2008!
The Class of
2008 has been a pleasure to work with. They have worked hard
and they have all found places at university for next year.
I wish them the best of luck in their futures. Ganbatte!
Santa Clara University (CA)
University of Miami (FL)
University of Illinios
Evergreen State College (WA)
or Sophia University
University of Pacific (CA)
Loyola Marymount University (CA)
Soka University of America (CA)
Western Washington University
California State University at Chico
Lewis and Clark College (WA)
Carleton University (Canada)
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UPDATE
Elementary School Principal
The Exhibition: Putting
It All Together
During the past few months
the grade five class has engaged in one of the unique
components of the Primary Years Programme, the Exhibition.
The Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of
a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential
elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school
To provide these experiences
the students are required to engage in a collaborative,
transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in
identifying, investigating and offering solutions to
real-life issues or problems. The central idea selected must
be of sufficient scope and significance to warrant a
detailed investigation by all students.
This year, the fifth grade
class explored the issue of smoking. The students presented
their research on the history of tobacco, smoking in
advertising and the media, the chemicals found in
cigarettes, physiological and psychological addiction, and
ways to quit smoking. They also discussed the responsibility
of adults, tobacco companies and the government to regulate
smoking. The fifth grade class made five presentations to
OIS and SIS students, teachers and parents.
While researching, the
students developed their library and computer skills, note
taking, and journal writing skills. Their presentations
demonstrated a variety of oral and media communication
including a play and a musical. Of course all of this could
not be accomplished without learning a great deal about time
management, organization and interpersonal relations. Dr.
Coombs, Mr. Hall and I enjoyed assisting the class in
developing research, technology and presentation skills. Dr.
Factora, Mr. Navitsky, Dr. Ninnes and Mrs. Shiffman also
generously shared their knowledge and expertise. Now it’s
time for the students, Mr. Zarouba and the whole elementary
school to reflect on and celebrate the fifth graders’
Roll Out Those Lazy Crazy
Hazy Days of Summer and Read!
At this time of year, parents
often ask teachers, “What can we do to help our child
continue to develop reading skills over the summer?”
Usually, the more a child is exposed to books and
pleasurable reading activities, the greater the interest
they will have in reading. Here are a few ways in which
parents can not only encourage language development through
summer reading – but also pack in a whole lot of fun.
Try to have plenty of English and mother tongue reading material in
almost every room of the house or apartment. Bathrooms,
kitchens, bedrooms and living/dining rooms are all potential
reading sites – so are outside decks and patios.
Allow children at stay up 30 minutes or so after “lights out” if they
are in bed reading.
Selectively discourage the use of television. Set limits for viewing
time, such as one hour per day. Let your children know that
you pay careful attention to good programming – for adults
and children – such as those offered by public stations.
Show an interest in reading yourself and asking your child what they are
reading. If you enjoy reading you are serving as a model
that your child can follow.
Encourage reading related
activities. Have your child tell stories to you that either
you or he/she writes down. A diary of daily experiences can
be fun, especially when traveling. Include digital photos or
simple drawings and share with relatives or classmates upon
Don’t worry if your child
seems to ‘forget’ English. Use your special time together to
enhance mother tongue communication. The skills and concepts
involved in reading are transferable across languages. It is
more important that children have frequent opportunities to
experience reading in a variety of meaningful and motivating
settings – in whatever language is pleasurable for parents
and children to enjoy together. Rest, rejuvenate and read!
DIPLOMA PROGRAMME INFORMATION
DP exams finished; long
journey ahead for juniors
The 2008 DP exam session
started back on 9 April with the Visual Arts examiner’s
visit and finished on 22 May with Japanese A2 exams. This
year’s session involved 42 students, 46 exams, 13 days and
over 40 hours in the 3rd floor conference room.
Many seniors took 10 or more exams; one took 13. Sixteen SIS
students took English certificate exams. Exams were mailed
to examiners all over the world – England, Wales, Singapore,
Bosnia, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, the
US. Congratulations to all students, especially the grade 12
IB results will be available
online on July 7. Access details will be given to students
soon. Best wishes to everyone as we await results.
As mentioned before, all
juniors have completed anticipated DP exams in maths,
history, and/or ITGS. Student time is now taken up by two
more DP components, TOK and EE, both of which
TOK stands for Theory of
Knowledge. EE stands for Extended Essay. Both TOK
and EE are required for both the IB diploma and the OIS
The grade 11 students will
be very busy next year as they continue their DP journey.
They will spend hours on DP homework, expend energy on CAS,
study TOK, and write the EE. They have music, sports, the
all school production, university applications, and their
community service trip to think about. Throw in hobbies,
sleeping, TV, video games, online chatting, boyfriends and
girlfriends, and time quickly disappears. This kind of
schedule can be stressful and there is a recognized danger
of academic overload. One way to lighten next year’s
workload is for students to complete the EE over the summer
holiday. They will be prepared to do so.
If you have questions about
TOK, EE, or the DP academic load, please contact Peter
Heimer, IB coordinator.
DEPARTMENT PRESENTS THE HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Music Department would
like to invite all members of the school community to the
High School Spring Concert.
The OIS/SIS High School
Wind Ensemble, High School String Ensemble and High School
Chorus will present a Spring Concert on Tuesday, June 10,
2008 6:30 p.m. at Maple Hall in Mino.
The program will feature
choral, string and wind literature including Percy
Grainger’s arrangement of Country Gardens and Irish Tune
from County Derry, Vivaldi’s Concerto for four violins, and
the 1812 Overture of Tchaikovsky.
The hard work and commitment
of the OIS seniors will be acknowledged and they will be
introduced and thanked during the concert.
We would like to encourage
all OIS/SIS parents, friends and faculty to attend.
Admission is free.
NOTICE FROM STUDENT INFORMATION CENTER & COUNSELING CENTER
If you need any kind of
certificate for any reason (transcript, certificate of
attendance/graduation, etc.) please make sure to request
before summer vacation.
Office staff will take some
days off, and may not be able to issue documents immediately
To request, please submit
“Application for Issuing Certificates” at the Student
Student Information Center
FOR LEAVING FAMILIES
If your child or children
are leaving OIS as of end of June, please turn in Withdrawal
Form (green color) to the Counseling Center as soon as
possible. Forms are available at the Counseling Center. For
middle and high school students, there is Sign Out (yellow)
form which they need to take around HR and class teachers to
receive signatures. Without these withdrawal forms we can
not start the process. Grades for this term will be input
and confirmed at the beginning of July.
School Report and transcript
(cumulative record at OIS) will be sent to your current
address, unless there is a special request.
FROM THE ES SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
Thank you to all students
who participated on pajama
day last Friday, our final FUNdraising day for the year.
\33,956 was raised, which will be donated to the aid efforts
in Myanmar and China.
1. Next Halloween Meeting:
Thursday 12 June 3:45pm in the Small Cafeteria. Childcare
will be available.
2. Next PTA Meeting:
Thursday 19 June 8:45am in
the 3F Conference Room.
Please submit agenda items
to class reps/ secretary - Lisa Glasson :
by 9 June.
3. Winner of the T-SHIRT
Thank you to everyone who
voted and to all contestants who entered.
Congratulations to Kako
Tanaka, Kaori Ogawa, Emi Morioka and Mari Nakano who were
the short listed finalists for the competition.
Voting is finished with 117
valid votes being counted and the winner with 45 votes was
Design No. 3 by Emi Morioka. She will receive a book voucher
and free T-shirt when they are printed.
Printing of T-shirts will be
organized after the summer break with order forms available
at the beginning of Semester 1.
INFORMED, CARING, CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS CONTRIBUTING TO THE
Community Service Coordinator
One Saturday evening each
month, a few OIS & SIS 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 wider community.
If you would like to join us
next Saturday (21 June), please phone Lyn
Melville-Rea on (090)9612-8364.
We will meet at Kita
Senri Station (taxi pick up area) at 5:30 pm or
Dobutsuen Mae Station, exit 8, around 6:50 pm.
MARATHON, CITY TRIATHLON & AQUATHLON
Triathlon & Running Coach
Minoh 6 Hours Relay
Date: Sunday, June 22nd,
Place: Minoh Dai 2 Ground
Entry Fee: Free (But you can
donate to the Minoh City Nature Preservation Fund.)
You can run at any time
during 10:00-16:00 as much as you like.
Suita City Mayor's Cup
Triathlon & Elementary Aquathlon
Date: Sunday, September 7,
Place: Senri Kita Koen
Entry Fee: Free for Gr.1-9,
1000 yen for Gr.10-Adults
Gr.1-6: Swim 125m, Run 1.4km
Gr.7-9: Swim 500m,
Stationary Bike 10km, Run 2.8km
Gr.10-Adults: Swim 1000m,
Stationary Bike 20km, Run 5.6km
SAT I & II Tests @ OIS
HS Spring Concert, 6:30 pm @
Mino City Maple Hall
HS Graduation, 7:00 pm
MS/HS Spring Strings Bands
Concert, 4:00 pm @ Theatre
PTA Meeting, 8:45 am @ 3F
MS/HS Spring Strings & MS
Chorus Concert, 4:00 pm @ Theatre
2 SET LUNCH MENU - CAFETERIA
MONDAY, June 9
Chicken & Egg Bowl
TUESDAY, June 10
Chinese Noodle Soup
WEDNESDAY, June 11
THURSDAY, June 12
Stir-fried Rice with
Chinese-style Barbecued Pork
FRIDAY, June 13
Pork Cutlet Bowl
MONDAY, June 16
Omelet Containing Fried Rice
TUESDAY, June 17
WEDNESDAY, June 18
Japanese Wheat Noodle in
THURSDAY, June 19
Curry with Fried Cutlet
FRIDAY, June 20
Karin Caffin, Head
Heimer, IB Coordinator
McGill, Admissions Director