The outcome of our recent MYP verification visit is that KIS has now been approved for authorisation as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) school. We can now say, ‘KIS is an MYP school’. This framework is designed for students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between what they learn at school and the world they live. The goal is preparing them for success in further study and in life. This official addition enhances our schoool mission of ‘inspriing active learners, developing global citizens‘ from Pre-Kindergarten right up to Grade 10.
We can all be very proud of this achievement and the school Principal, Myles Jackson, would like to thank everyone who took part in the process. There has been so much effort put into this over an extended period of time by our MYP teaching team. As the trailblazers who have been implementing this programme for many months, our teachers have had to adapt and modify and make so many changes to planning, teaching, learning and assessment, in order to achieve this ensure this success. They have delivered an outstanding result for improving learning in the school. Thank you all so much.
We are particularly grateful to our MYP Coordinator, Ms Smita, who arrived in August and has been non-stop on this since then, bringing deep levels of expertise and commitment to guide us all through the challenging final preparations and this has been key to the school’s success.
In addition, our MYP students and parents have also been deeply engaged in ‘learning to learn’ in an MYP school and their participation in the authorisation process has been outstanding. We should also recognise the shining example of the PYP team and their implementation of the programme, along with the steadfast support of our office team, and the firm support and guidance of the school Board. All have played an important part in achieving this milestone for the school now and for many generations of students to come.
It has been a few years since the KIS Horikawa Regatta was held but the time has come to bring the house event back! Please come and join the students who will be finishing off the first week back to school with a fun community activity. ‘Regatta’ is defined as a sporting event consisting of a series of boat or yacht races… for KIS it will be handmade boats from Milk/Juice cartons.
When: Friday, Aug 26th, at 10:45 am.
Where: Horikawa River, across the street from Family Mart
Who: Whole school community, parents/guardians and other family members welcome!
Additional Note: Please provide an extra change of clothes as some students occasionally get wet. Everyone attending should wear a mask as we look to have a community time but limit risks of covid transmission. Non-enrolled children or family members are welcome to join but are under parent’s care and responsibility.
On Friday 26 May the principals of OYIS and KIS met to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two schools. Here are the key elements that support KIS students education through to Grade 12:
KIS students, upon leaving KIS at the end of middle school will have priority placement in OYIS
Should KIS begin to offer further grades above grade 10, the agreement will change to reflect the last year of possible enrolment
OYIS will help facilitate the application process in the following ways:
The entrance fee will be waived from OYIS currently ¥250,000
Facilitation of the application process
Parts of diagnostic testing will be waived
Document exchange will be facilitated between the two schools administration teams
Admission will be processed early in the academic year to ensure KIS students have a place
OYIS will come to the KIS campus two times yearly to support the application process
Acceptance to OYIS is dependent on whether or not the needs of the student can be met and is at the discretion of OYIS. OYIS will also seek to find students / families that are knowledgeable and supportive of their school mission.
The two schools will provide a range of experiences and events to help with the transition and build connections between two schools.
Dedicated time and resources will be deployed to ensure that our curriculum has some continuity and that each institute has an understanding of student levels and past knowledge.
Regular meetings and coordination will be required to ensure that students have a smooth transition between campuses.
It is with very humble gratitude that KIS would like to thank Muromachi Lions Club for their ongoing support of the school.
Over many years the Muromachi Lions Club has been supporting the school with various activities and always had a presence at the KIS Festival. As recently as this May the Muromachi Lions Club invited KIS to the annual dinner, to be part of the celebrations of all the work the club has undertaken. Two board members attended and reported back on a what a lovely evening was had by all.
In spite of the challenges that the global pandemic has presented, in 2022 the Muromachi Lions Club is donating ¥100,000 to the school. For this magnanimous gesture the entire KIS community thanks the club for their generosity.
The school hopes the next year will again be a time of fruitful cooperation between Muromachi Lions and Kyoto International School.
4 Weeks 2022 Dates: June 20th (Monday) to July 15th (Friday)
The program is all about providing students with an engaging and fun experience. The focus of the camp is to make sure students are engaged in fun and interesting learning activities based around a theme.
Monday to Friday (9 am to 3 pm)
First week: June 20 – June 24
Second week: June 27 – July 1
Third week: July 5 – July 9
Fourth week: July 11 – July 15
Students are placed in their appropriate course according to their age. 3 years old (as of 1 Feb. 2022) to Grade 6.
Current/Former KIS students and Saturday School students: