Invitation to the ‘Horikawa Regatta’!!

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. 

Thank you Muromachi Lions Club

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.


KIS AGM – Thurs June 9th @ 2:30 pm

On Thursday 9 June the KIS Executive Board will review the school year at the Annual General Meeting. 

The main source of this meeting will be the KIS Annual Report 2021-22. 

This will be published on Tuesday 7 June via the school website and ManageBac.

The community is invited to join the board on this day at KIS from 14:30. Room 12 will be the venue.

Please indicate your intention to join the join via the form –…

The school will record the meeting and post later.

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM.

2022 Summer Camp Registration Open

2022 Summer Camp

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)

  1. First week: June 20 – June 24
  2. Second week: June 27 – July 1
  3. Third week: July 5 – July 9
  4. 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.

Program Costs

Current/Former KIS students and Saturday School students:

  • ¥70,000/2 weeks
  • ¥100,000/3 weeks
  • ¥130,000/4 weeks

Non-KIS Students:

  • ¥90,000/2 weeks
  • ¥130,000/3 weeks
  • ¥170,000/4 weeks

*Minimum 2 weeks participation required*

External Event: Spring Camp for English Language

 Spring Camp for English Language

If you are interested in a Spring Camp (not run by KIS) here are the details:

Kyoto Lesson is pleased to announced that they will be having a Spring Camp for their English Curriculum, from 29th March to 2nd April, daily from 10am to 4pm. Please do not hesitate to contact Kyoto Lesson for more details.

Also as a reminder, they will start their weekly English program: Emerging Fluency in April (right after the Spring Camp). The regular price will be jpy 20,000 per month and will offer a special discount for the launch and the fee will be jpy 15,000 for any registration happening before May.

Here is the link to the registration form:

Welcome to 2021

Important inclusions:

  • All students return to school on Tuesday 12 January.
  • Situation Report
  • Updated health procedures
  • Changes to Bukatsu/ Lessons/ Afteschool care
  • Semester Two events

Greetings everyone,

Year of the Ox
KIS wishes everyone a healthy and prosperous 2021. As we approach the Year of the Ox (ushi), we are informed the ox is epitomised as gentle; loyal in virtue; being trustworthy and grounded. I am sure you would agree, recalling recent times, looking for stability and confirmation are areas our entire community will once again try to establish.

Situation Report
As of this communication, areas of Japan are in a State of Emergency (SoE) and Kyoto Prefecture is also considering what are the safest next steps. The school is monitoring these situations and reviewing the latest communications from the Ministry of Education (MEXT) which have been updated this week. A common point of these updates is that schools are being encouraged not to close but to continue to minimise risk behaviour for the transmission of COVID-19.

Over the holiday break, the school has maintained continuous updates from JCIS and with Dr Lomax. In his most recent presentation (January 7) the doctor reinforced that schools are places where there has been the least transmissibility in the age groups up to high school age students. This continues to support the KIS response to the pandemic.

A newer development from Dr Lomax is that potential symptoms for COVID-19 are not as consistent as previously identified. As more research is completed it is now evident not all COVID-19 patients had:
● Increased temperature
● Cough
● Runny nose
● Body aches
● Tiredness

When to stay at home?
As a result of this information, the school asks that parents keep students at home if there are any signs of being unwell, until there is an absence of any symptoms for 24hrs. This is an update from previously published information. When in doubt keep your child at home.

Bukatsu, Lessons and After School Care
For the first week (Tuesday 12 Jan – Friday January 15) KIS will suspend ALL after school activities. This is consistent with all other schools in the JCIS network. The outcome of this will mean less time for interaction outside of the essential delivery of teaching and learning. KIS is committed to continuing to offer face-to-face lessons until it is deemed unsafe. This is one step that will help support our commitment.

Looking forward
What can we look forward to in 2021? The second semester is a significant one for KIS. The school will go through a number of validation processes being our IB evaluation; the WASC re-accreditation and the renewal of our Guiding Statements (Vision, Mission and Values). As well we are continuing our journey for membership with the Council of International Schools (CIS). All key aspects in reinforcing who we are as school and what we strive for students in their education.

What types of events the school can provide will be mixed in comparison to previous years. Rest assured the Senior Leadership Team continues to reflect on ways to support the community and maintain connection.

Of course the KIS Festival will be held but not necessarily in its traditional format. It is important that the school continues to celebrate the community and culture that makes us KIS.

Experiential learning opportunities for students will look different as students will not be able to go to camps this year. This does create opportunities to work on different models whereby students can continue to have authentic experiences inside and outside the classroom, with a true reflection of our culture.

More online community events will be on offer. Coffees mornings, online education sessions and of course we have the option for parent conferences online if face-to-face is not available.

It will be a busy Semester Two but the school approaches it with excitement and enthusiasm. We look forward to connecting with everyone over the course of the year.

Michael Taylor

EXTERNAL EVENT: English Drama & Art Program

We are please to inform you that Kyoto Lesson will be offering an English Drama & Art Program this coming Winter Break from 21 December to 8 January (3x 1 week).
You can register to any of the three weeks. Each week will have a different program so you can register your child to more than one week.

The class will be from Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Community Lab N5.5 (GoogleMap)
The school fee is ¥20,000 per week.

Below is a quick outline of a typical day:

  • Warm Up: active repeat after me type of activity: Get to know you, Name Game, Jellyfish, I met a bear, A Ram Sam Sam, Milk Song
  • 1 or 2 activities among: Music, Writing, Art, Games, Challenges, Drama, Reading, Language
  • Relax time / Bring your own toy / book / board game, present it and play time
  • 1 or 2 activities among: Music, Writing, Art, Games, Challenges, Drama, Reading, Language
  • Project time: Newspaper, Manga or Movie
  • Closing activity: String Games, Hangman, Bingo/Ogniv, Memory Game, Murderer Wink, 

For Winter Camp this year, the plan is to have a major theme for each week. The students will learn about something such as weather, or Christmas / new years traditions. These weeks will incorporate small daily activities in art, drama & games and a cumulative activity for the end of the week. 

Week 1:  White Christmas ️ with Ashley & David
Song of the Week: White Christmas
Learning: Extreme Weather- Blizzards and Snowstorms
Stories: Christmas Stories- various
Group Activity: Write your own Christmas Cards

Week 2: The Night Before Christmas with Kris & David
Song of the week: Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
Learning: Christmas around the world
Stories: Christmas Stories- Various
Group Activity: Twas the Night Before Christmas mini-play

Week 3: Feliz Navidad ️ with David & Ashley
Song of the week: Feliz Navidad
Learning: New Year’s traditions
Stories: Christmas / New Years Stories- Various
Group Activity: Make your own Times Square Ball Drop

Kind regards,
Kyoto Lesson

More information on our program

Wellbeing in times of challenge – a TELL/JCIS event

In conjunction with TELL counselling Japan and the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) is presenting a number of workshops for parents.

TELL has already held sessions for school leaders and is following up with sessions for teachers.

KIS hopes you find these sessions useful.
Great initiative!