Kyoto International School is now offering the MYP

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.  

Congratulations everyone! 

Annual Report 2021-22

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Previous annual report 2020-2021 can be found here.

Memorandum of Understanding with OYIS for Grade 11&12

Grade 11 & 12

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.

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.

今年も京都室町ライオンズクラブ様よりKISに対してご支援を頂戴しました事を皆様にご報告させていただきます。京都室町ライオンズクラブ様からは長年に渡ってKISの様々な活動にご支援をいただいており、特にフェスティバルに関しては毎回ご参加・ご協力をいただいています。また京都室町ライオンズクラブ様のチャーターナイトにKISは毎年ご招待をいただき、この5月にもKIS理事2名が出席し素晴らしい会合だったとの感想を聞いています。2022年も世界的なパンデミックの混乱が続く中にも関わらず10万円のご寄付をいただきましたことに、KISコミュニティーを代表してここに室町ライオンズクラブ様の寛大なご支援に感謝申し上げます。

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 – https://docs.google.com/forms/…

The school will record the meeting and post later.

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Interview by JETRO & Kyoto Overseas Business Center

Kyoto International School met with JETRO KYOTO and Kyoto Overseas Business Center in autumn 2021.

JETRO

As explained on their website, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the world. The organization was established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad. Their focus has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.

Global Site: https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/ (English)

Kyoto Overseas Business Center

An affiliate of JETRO is Kyoto Overseas Business Center, which is an all-Kyoto support center located downtown in KYOTO KEIZAI CENTER building. Their focus is for small and medium-sized businesses that are considering overseas business.


Kyoto Overseas Business Center posted their interview with KIS on December 13th, 2021.

https://www.kyoto-obc.jp/en/interview-with-kyoto-international-school-preparing-for-lifelong-learners-through-ib-education/