News and Updates

There's always something interesting going on at YIS. Check this space for the latest news on school events and activities, messages from the head of school and principals, notices of upcoming events, and much more.

The Girl in the Red Shoes

This year, in Grade 8 Drama, we will be studying children who have been significantly impacted by the tragedy of external events in their lives.

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Celebrating Seven Years of Genuine Japanese Cultural Experiences

Established in 2011, the ICJC is designed to help students as well as the greater YIS community explore and appreciate Japan's rich, unique culture through curriculum enhancement programs, music and arts education programs, hands-on workshops, Yokohama historical tours, and lectures by special guests.


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Kicking off Season 1

It was truly an inspiring sight to see so many of our students, both returning and new, actively joining their peers on the court, the pitch, and running through the streets of Yokohama. Regardless of the eventual team results at the end of this season, it is easy for me to say that this season has already been a successful one.

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It's Not About the Bike

Although mountain biking can be fun, and climbing rocks can be thrilling, the reasons for YIS having a scaffolded Outdoor Education program extend beyond only having fun.

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And So It Begins...

Seventy-five percent of YIS secondary students took part in at least one sport this past year, which I assure you most other schools could not claim. It speaks to the quality of our coaches, the inclusiveness of our returning students and the eagerness of our then new students to get involved. If early indications are to be believed, that number will continue to grow and YIS is surely in for another exciting and successful year!

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Welcome to the New School Year

Welcome to the new school year! Today we welcomed 670 students from 54 nationalities who, as always, brought a renewed energy that makes international schools the vibrant places they are.

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Volleyball World Cup 2017

Come to the YIS gym any day after school, or check out the playground during any lunch break, and you will hear the perpetual sounds of volleyballs smacking the floor, the net, and on occasion, other students.

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That's a Wrap

Culminating with the KANTO tournaments this past Saturday, the third season and final season of 2016-17 has come to a close. Crazy to think that a whole year of athletics has already come and gone, but time truly does fly. Before we know it, the 2017-18 school year will be upon us, and the cycle will start anew. However, before we get to far off track looking at the future, lets recap an exciting weekend of sports for the middle school.

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Innovation in Education

Why do we need innovation in education? This question opens up engaging discussion and, at times, debate amongst educators. But before we can explore this question, there is a more basic one to consider: What is education for?

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Retirement Concert & Reception

After more than six decades of combined service to YIS, longtime faculty members Junko Cancemi and Dennis Stanworth will be retiring at the end of this school year.

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Why Do We Need Poetry?

Sometimes, poems are a window into ourselves. They offer us a way of understanding that we are not alone in our experiences, that someone else in the big wide world has felt what we've felt.

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Celebrating Seven Years of Genuine Japanese Cultural Experiences

Established in 2011, the ICJC is designed to help students as well as the greater YIS community explore and appreciate Japan's rich, unique culture through curriculum enhancement programs, music and arts education programs, hands-on workshops, Yokohama historical tours, and lectures by special guests.


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Language Learning at YIS

Starting off the new year, the EAL team offers some advice for our multi-lingual YIS community. For more details, coming up on September 28th, the team will host "Raising Bilingual and Multilingual Children."

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Grade 5's Journey into Aesthetics

The Grade 5 students spent nearly 2 months focusing on AESTHETICS and the central idea that aesthetic expression can be influenced by a culture's history and values.

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The Girl in the Red Shoes

This year, in Grade 8 Drama, we will be studying children who have been significantly impacted by the tragedy of external events in their lives.

Read more
Celebrating Seven Years of Genuine Japanese Cultural Experiences

Established in 2011, the ICJC is designed to help students as well as the greater YIS community explore and appreciate Japan's rich, unique culture through curriculum enhancement programs, music and arts education programs, hands-on workshops, Yokohama historical tours, and lectures by special guests.


Read more
It's Not About the Bike

Although mountain biking can be fun, and climbing rocks can be thrilling, the reasons for YIS having a scaffolded Outdoor Education program extend beyond only having fun.

Read more
Lighthouse Guest Speakers Evening

The YIS GIN Combatting Human Trafficking Service Group cordially invites parents and community members to attend a special presentation on human trafficking on March 23rd at 7:00 pm in the Loft.

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One School Project

On September 17-18, YIS 7th and 8th graders embarked on Project One School with their trademark energy and enthusiasm. Their mission was to design, organize and pitch an idea to bring YIS together as One School: to build community, team spirit and to engage in interdisciplinary learning.

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The Girl in the Red Shoes

This year, in Grade 8 Drama, we will be studying children who have been significantly impacted by the tragedy of external events in their lives.

Read more
Celebrating Seven Years of Genuine Japanese Cultural Experiences

Established in 2011, the ICJC is designed to help students as well as the greater YIS community explore and appreciate Japan's rich, unique culture through curriculum enhancement programs, music and arts education programs, hands-on workshops, Yokohama historical tours, and lectures by special guests.


Read more
It's Not About the Bike

Although mountain biking can be fun, and climbing rocks can be thrilling, the reasons for YIS having a scaffolded Outdoor Education program extend beyond only having fun.

Read more
Volleyball World Cup 2017

Come to the YIS gym any day after school, or check out the playground during any lunch break, and you will hear the perpetual sounds of volleyballs smacking the floor, the net, and on occasion, other students.

Read more
Lighthouse Guest Speakers Evening

The YIS GIN Combatting Human Trafficking Service Group cordially invites parents and community members to attend a special presentation on human trafficking on March 23rd at 7:00 pm in the Loft.

Read more
The Girl in the Red Shoes
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This year, in Grade 8 Drama, we will be studying children who have been significantly impacted by the tragedy of external events in their lives.

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Play Perform Create
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Play Perform Create 2016 is a showcase for our performing arts at YIS, giving you a taste of what is being created in our classes and activities.

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Grade 5's Journey into Aesthetics
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The Grade 5 students spent nearly 2 months focusing on AESTHETICS and the central idea that aesthetic expression can be influenced by a culture's history and values.

Read more
Kicking off Season 1

It was truly an inspiring sight to see so many of our students, both returning and new, actively joining their peers on the court, the pitch, and running through the streets of Yokohama. Regardless of the eventual team results at the end of this season, it is easy for me to say that this season has already been a successful one.

Read more
And So It Begins...

Seventy-five percent of YIS secondary students took part in at least one sport this past year, which I assure you most other schools could not claim. It speaks to the quality of our coaches, the inclusiveness of our returning students and the eagerness of our then new students to get involved. If early indications are to be believed, that number will continue to grow and YIS is surely in for another exciting and successful year!

Read more
Volleyball World Cup 2017

Come to the YIS gym any day after school, or check out the playground during any lunch break, and you will hear the perpetual sounds of volleyballs smacking the floor, the net, and on occasion, other students.

Read more
That's a Wrap

Culminating with the KANTO tournaments this past Saturday, the third season and final season of 2016-17 has come to a close. Crazy to think that a whole year of athletics has already come and gone, but time truly does fly. Before we know it, the 2017-18 school year will be upon us, and the cycle will start anew. However, before we get to far off track looking at the future, lets recap an exciting weekend of sports for the middle school.

Read more
Welcome Back from Spring Break

After a brief pause halfway through the action, the 3rd and final season is back on track barreling full speed ahead toward the culminating tournaments.

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Weekly Update

Our girls were definitely nervous at first, going up against a team littered with potential future professionals!

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Retirement Concert & Reception

After more than six decades of combined service to YIS, longtime faculty members Junko Cancemi and Dennis Stanworth will be retiring at the end of this school year.

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Remembering Joji Sato, Class of 1974

We recently received the sad news that Joji Sato (class of '74) passed away on May 4th, 61 years old. Leslie Helm (class of '73) has written a remembrance of Joji to share with the YIS alumni community.

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Interview with Akira Otsuka (Class of 1986)

Akira Otsuka (Class of 1986) was at YIS during her nursery year in 1973 and her high school years from 1983 to 1986. Today her two daughters are YIS students. We asked Akira to tell us about her experiences at YIS and why she decided to enroll her children here.

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Interesting find

Longtime YIS faculty member Edward Bernard recently sent us an interesting find - a copy of the YIS school brochure from the end of the 1950s. We've scanned the brochure for the enjoyment of our alumni.

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We Want to Hear from You! Submit your Class Note Today!

Have you started a new job? Finished your college education? Moved to a new city? Started your own business? Taken the trip of your dreams? Did you get married or have a baby? Please let us know so we can share your news with former classmates and YIS alumni around the world. We want to hear from you. Submit your class note today!

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