With the last three COVID-filled years, many programs, traditions, and activities had to “wait in the wings” for their chance to shine again.
Step into the creepy and kooky world of the Addams Family with our new High School musical extravaganza!
Service Learning at YIS is transformative and allows students to develop crucial understandings, skills, and qualities, such as empathy, cooperation, communication, critical thinking.
As a school, we are always looking at pushing ourselves for continual improvement, and as the name of our Impact Strategy suggests, we want to make improvements that will have a positive impact on learning for all students, make us a better school, and create more opportunities for learning for all of our community.
Our 25-meter indoor heated swimming pool is a venue for growth for many students and staff, and has already provided novel opportunities for personal and community development.
As we prepare for the winter break and a much deserved holiday ahead, it is a good time to reflect on the year and the fact that we have now been in our Honmoku campus for nearly a full twelve months.
Middle School Student
My favorite YIS event is definitely Spirit Week. It happens right before our winter break when everyone is hyped for the holidays. I have good memories of coming to school dressed as a Minion during my Grade 5 Spirit Week.
Elementary School Student
I like music because I can express my emotions in a different way. I’m self-taught on the piano and I love coming up with my own songs.
Middle School Student
I love the new Honmoku campus for its modern and spacious build. My favorite place to spend time is the fourth floor deck.
High School Student
The amount of freedom and flexibility the school gives us really shows the trust teachers have in us as students. There are so many opportunities to get involved and to discover new interests.
PYP, MYP & DP Japanese Language Teacher
The inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching is invaluable and leads to a fostering of lifelong learners who can take positive action to make the world a better place.
Head Lifeguard/Swimming Coach
I volunteered and helped with water safety when I was still in the Philippines, so for most of my life aquatics has played a large role.
Gr. 2 Learning Assistant & ES Service Learning Coordinator
I love being able to share my passion for gardening with our Grade 2 students through our hands-on kitchen gardening for Service Learning.
Kindergarten Learning Assistant
Living in Japan there are countless places to explore, and always new things to see and plenty of international opportunities to experience.
I feel completely welcome and relaxed at YIS, I have found soulmates here. That’s how wonderful this community is.
Since my time as a student at YIS I have wanted my children to get educated in the same wonderful environment I grew up in.
The climate change and sustainability action event that was held by students, faculty, administration and parents last year stands out for me.
I volunteer at the library regularly. I get to understand what the students are like, what teachers are like, and I can find books I think my daughter will like.
Class of 1996
The Hiroshima field trip was one of my most memorable moments as a student at YIS. It was really emotional being there in the city, but I also remember making some lasting friendships. I still have a photograph in my study from that trip.
Class of 2019
I tried sports like tennis but honestly sports was not really my thing. I did like the Chowa yearbook committee, where I felt a sense of belonging.
Class of 2015
YIS has a very international environment and teaches values of not just tolerance, but acceptance. Truly a school that embraces and celebrates all cultures, faiths, genders, orientations, and abilities. It’s a little more difficult to find that out in the ‘real world’, and I would like my future children to experience similar respectful values that YIS has.
Class of 1973
I was born and raised in Japan as were both my parents as well as one of my grandfathers.