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Visiting Alumni: Fleur Goetzen

Fleur was happy and surprised to see that some things hadn't changed, particularly the feel of the school as she walked through the hallways. "There is still a small community feel to the school, just as I remember", recalls Fleur.



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Learning Focused Conversations

Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences (PTSC), or Three-way conferences, actively involve parents, students and teachers in reflecting on student achievement, discussing progress and setting future learning goals.


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AISA Review

There was plenty of thrilling AISA action just before the break started, which many people witnessed in person on the various livestreams

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Upcoming Events

Meet Our Community

Aitor

Aitor

High School Student

I'd like to meet the well-known psychologist, Carl Jung. I would like him to teach me how to live my life to the fullest, and how to teach others to do the same.

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Polina

Polina

Middle School Student
I will be joining the Middle School Girls Volleyball team and the Brainbowl activity this year. I was a part of the volleyball team last year. I loved that kids from different grades were in a team together so it gave me a chance to make friends with people who weren't in my immediate friends group.
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Julie

Julie

Elementary School Student

I'd want to meet J.K. Rowling because I lover her stories and movies. I think she has a very creative imagination.

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Michelle

Michelle

High School Student
The one trip that stood out for me was the Okinawa expedition. We were part of a scuba diving course that provided us with a diving certification. Being a part of a great experience like this while surrounded by friends was a truly memorable moment for me.
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Midori

Midori

Parent

The kids learn how to think for themselves. This is what is required in today's environment where so much information is available at one's finger's tips.

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Maria

Maria

Parent

I chose YIS for my son because I felt the school will give him that unique chance to study within an international environment, with students of multiple backgrounds.


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Sherry Greenfield

Sherry

Parent

The IB program and inquiry-based learning is so important. In the corporate world, it's translated as thought leadership, and the ability to communicate clearly is a really needed skill.

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Sophie Brown

Sophie

Parent

We arrived to Japan the week before the YIS Food Fair two years ago. I knew about it before we got here because I was looking at the school website, and I thought, what a great opportunity to go see the school and to introduce the kids to the school. So we really started YIS with the Food Fair.

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Lee Parker

Lee Parker

Secondary School Psychology, and Individuals and Societies Teacher; Global Citizen Diploma

I work with the Student Council (STUCO); as a Global Citizenship Diploma Coordinator, and with STICH - the Student Teacher Inspired Coffee House.

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Audrey Brown

Audrey Brown

Grade 3 Teacher

I enjoy leading the Nature Club with Sketching, an Elementary School activity. This activity always includes two optional family weekends to the Oi Bird Park in Tokyo and a hike along the Enkaizan trail to Kamakura.

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Elise Vitty

Elise Vitty

Secondary Principal

I am passionate about outdoor education. In my previous school, I led expeditions to regions like the Amazon rainforest and the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada mountains taking advantage of the diverse geography of Colombia.

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Mark Ralph

Mark Ralph

Team Leader of Physical Education

I love sports. I play Soccer in my own time and love to keep fit and watch live sport. My love for sport helps me in my day to day job as I feel I can pass on my passion for sport to the students at YIS.
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Nalin

Nalin Advani

Class of 1983

As you become young leaders in the opportunities and vocations you choose, you will often find inspiration from the magical experiences at YIS.

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Arthur Yoshinami

Arthur Yoshinami

Class of 1974

My first teacher at YIS, Ms. Tsugawa, helped me assimilate into YIS from Hawaii when I entered Grade 2. I owe my love for team & individual sports to Mr. French and Mr. Matsumoto. I never excelled in science but discovered the importance of innovation from Mr. Kerr.


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Destiny Ishihara

Destiny Ishihara

Class of 1990

I left Japan to attend and graduate from University in the United States. I returned to Japan the day after receiving my degree and worked in many different locations, careers and positions.


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Leo Konno

Leo Konno

Class of 2016

YIS supported me with so many chances to perform koto, and that really helped me to improve. I really like composing, so it was fun to challenge myself by composing an original piece as a YIS alumni. I really enjoy coming back and working with the YIS students.

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Live Learn Lead

Our new mission reflects our passion and enthusiasm for learning and leading lives of balance and purpose in building a caring community.
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Expeditions at YIS

Adventurous and wilderness expeditions create authentic opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and conceptual understandings for life-long learning and appreciation of the natural world.
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A Caring Community

There is an unusually strong sense of care and belonging at YIS along with great pride in the cultural diversity of our community members.
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We are YIS

We are 650 students from more than 45 countries speaking multiple languages. Learners, explorers, helpers, adventurers, performers and Dragons, we are all YIS.
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Learning at YIS

Learning changes our thinking and behaviors, enabling us to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes while providing a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking and independent reasoning.
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