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.

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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Food Fair Tomorrow, Sun., Nov. 5

The weather is forecast to be lovely, the food is prepared, the games are ready, the prizes are waiting to be won; the musicians have practiced long hours, the Bouncy Castle has never looked better.

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AISA Tournament Begins
Watch the live streams of the AISA boys and girls volleyball tournaments at YIS and at Senri Osaka International School.
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Being Kind

Moving from Colombia to Japan has been an incredible learning experience for me. As I reflect on the first weeks settling into my new home, I was expecting to notice the many differences between Colombia and Japan, but instead have been struck by the commonality of kindness in the two cultures.

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Cultural Considerations in Translating Media Entertainment

The Gr. 12 students were fortunate to have participated in an on-campus workshop by award-winning translator Alexander O. Smith, who is also a parent at YIS. Alexander specializes in entertainment media, translating video games, novels and manga from Japanese to English.



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Grade 2 Cross Cultural Lunch

Our Grade 2s have been inquiring into how "People can be enriched by their own cultures and the cultures they connect with throughout their lives".


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Visiting Alumni: Timpa Ogasawara

Timpa recalls spending plenty of time in the library, which was in the Main Building during her time here, soaking up all the books, and stuffing her bag with books to read during the holidays.


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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.

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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.


Read more
Being Kind

Moving from Colombia to Japan has been an incredible learning experience for me. As I reflect on the first weeks settling into my new home, I was expecting to notice the many differences between Colombia and Japan, but instead have been struck by the commonality of kindness in the two cultures.

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Grade 2 Cross Cultural Lunch

Our Grade 2s have been inquiring into how "People can be enriched by their own cultures and the cultures they connect with throughout 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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Being Kind

Moving from Colombia to Japan has been an incredible learning experience for me. As I reflect on the first weeks settling into my new home, I was expecting to notice the many differences between Colombia and Japan, but instead have been struck by the commonality of kindness in the two cultures.

Read 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.

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.


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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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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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Being Kind

Moving from Colombia to Japan has been an incredible learning experience for me. As I reflect on the first weeks settling into my new home, I was expecting to notice the many differences between Colombia and Japan, but instead have been struck by the commonality of kindness in the two cultures.

Read more
Cultural Considerations in Translating Media Entertainment

The Gr. 12 students were fortunate to have participated in an on-campus workshop by award-winning translator Alexander O. Smith, who is also a parent at YIS. Alexander specializes in entertainment media, translating video games, novels and manga from Japanese to English.



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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.


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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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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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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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Grade 10 Design Workshop
justices

Grade 10 students found an opportunity to extend their learning from their classroom sessions at this week's skills workshop.

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The Girl in the Red Shoes
lobon

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
lemerye

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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AISA Review

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

Read more
AISA Tournament Begins
Watch the live streams of the AISA boys and girls volleyball tournaments at YIS and at Senri Osaka International School.
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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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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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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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Visiting Alumni: Timpa Ogasawara

Timpa recalls spending plenty of time in the library, which was in the Main Building during her time here, soaking up all the books, and stuffing her bag with books to read during the holidays.


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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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