High School Parent Newsletter - June 2016

High School Parent Newsletter - June 2016
High School Parent Newsletter - June 2016

Dear Parents,

Well, the year is nearly over! It's been a tremendously busy and packed year and I know that both students and teachers will be looking forward to a break. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continual support through the year. Once again, it is a time for us at the school to reflect on what a good community we have here at YIS.

To those families who are leaving us, thank you for being part of our community and we wish you the best of luck in your new post, wherever that may be. Please remember that you are always welcome to come back, even if just for a visit.

Parent Access to Report Cards
Semester two reports will be posted on Veracross from 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 16. If there are queries or errors, please don't hesitate to contact either me or our IT help line (help@yis.ac.jp). One possible thing some parents will notice is that if your son or daughter has changed class during the semester, the old class will still be there- blank – until we can change it on Monday, June 20th.

Please note that you will not be able to access report cards after 22nd June. On the 23rd, first thing in the morning we will start the roll over to the new school year. If you need to access your child's report after this date, you will need to contact Ms Shiina (shiinam@yis.ac.jp) or the Admissions department (admissions@yis.ac.jp).

High School Graduation
It was cool but a little humid for this time of the year in the gym for our annual high school graduation. Smoothly emceed by Dennis Stanworth, our Head of Academics, and in front of a gym packed with teachers, family and friends, the class of 2016 crowned their high school years. The interludes were a good reflection of the qualities of this year's seniors: creative, skilled, joyful and above all, supportive of each other. A highlight of this year's ceremony was the speech by our special guest, Dr Tadashi Yasuda, Health Manager of UNICEF, Tanzania. Dr Yasuda has spent many years in promoting public health in developing countries and gave an inspiring talk to our graduates, many of whom have been heavily involved in service. Dr Yasuda is also a parent of Tomoko, one of our seniors, and she introduced him most poignantly.

High School Awards
One of the highlights of the year, this ceremony recognises the efforts of high school students in a range of activities – academic, sporting, cultural, artistic and service. This year's ceremony will be held in the auditorium on Wednesday, June 15, starting from 2:30 pm. Parents of those students receiving awards will be contacted ahead of the day.

Timetable changes – 2016/17
Next year will see some changes to high school students' timetables. We have had a 10-day schedule for the past few years, split into Week A and Week B. We now feel it is time to slightly modify this and move to a Day 1 – Day 10 schedule. The benefit of this is that over the year we will lose fewer academic days to sports, arts and holidays than either the Week A/Week B, or the original Monday-Friday model. From experience with other schools, it is usually the students who adapt the quickest. To help, however, we will have the Days indicated on the Veracross calendars and signs posted around the school indicating which Day it is.

The other change will be to lunchtimes. For several years now high school has had lunch at 12:35 pm -1:15 pm and middle school from 1:15 pm to 1:55 pm. We feel it's time to switch this around, so as of August, Middle School will have lunch at 12:35 pm.

Best regards,
John Snowball
Secondary Principal