December 13th 2019

Happy 2020 everyone!

Week one 2020 is done and KIS is already back in full swing. Today's Atsumari had some cultural perspectives and background to Coming of Age Day (Seijin no hi); a student book review; and finished with some quiet reading. It is truly great to be back. See you in school.

International Day - 14 February

On Friday February 14 KIS will celebrate our internationality, and everyone is invited!

We currently have more than 20 nationalities in the school and we would like to celebrate this fact and that one of our cores values is being a global citizen who:

  • is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen
  • respects and values diversity
  • has an understanding of how the world works
  • participates in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global

Normal lessons will finish around 1150. We will then gather in the gym to celebrate International Day with performances and activities. We will be joined on the day by a visiting school from Indonesia, as well!

The day will finish with a Food Fiesta of national dishes. We will share these meals in the KIS gym for the remainder of the afternoon. All student will be asked to contribute a plate of traditional food from their country. These will be shared out amongst all the students. Aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, the event will be bring your own eating tools, plate and cup. (Zero waste is our goal). So start thinking about what you want to cook or supply or present on that day, that celebrates who we are!

Coordinating the Food Fiesta will be:

Annie Natarajan

Debbie Sakura

The Food Fiesta team will be in touch next week about how to prepare for International Day.

More news to follow about this exciting event.

Community Tour - 21 January

The PTA has organised a new community tour!

Date: 1/21/2020 Tuesday

Time: 9h00-12h00-ish

Transportation: city bus

Fee: ¥2000 suggested

[You also need to pay for the transportation (we use at least 2 bus lines (¥230 each) or ¥600 if you buy one-day bus ticket) all money goes to the PTA fund! (except the transportation fee)]


1. Nishi-Honganji temple

We start at KIS @ 9h00 and head to Nishi-Honganji temple by bus which is one of 17 UNESCO’s world cultural heritages in Kyoto.

You will see the magnificent temple structures & also have a precious opportunity to ask questions directly to a monk working in the site.

2. Pickle party @ Nishiri, a Japanese pickle shop

Across the temple, you will stop by a pickle shop and indulge yourselves with a “mariage” between sampling of pickles & white wine (+tea).

3. Antique market @ Toji

We will head to Toji temple by bus which is also the UNESCO’s heritage and find something charming at the one of the biggest antique markets in Kyoto.

The tour will be over the site around noon.

(The admission to Toji is not included for this tour and you are welcome to visit inside by yourselves after the tour)

Register: Please send a message to PTA by 1/17 (Fri) if you would like to join the tour:

See you all then:-)

Coffee morning - Educational Technology insight

Want to know more about Educational Technology @ KIS? Looking to understand what your child is doing on their laptop that is related to teaching and learning? Curious about the current trends in Educational Technology?

Join us for this months KIS Coffee Morning.

When: Thursday 16 January

Time: 09:00am

Place: Community Room

Coffee and tea provided.

Oxford Summer School

Now in its sixteenth year, the summer school will take place on the world-renowned University of Oxford between 7th June to 28th August (students typically stay for two or more weeks), and is aimed at international students aged between 13 and 18 from all over the world. To date, we have welcomed over 25,000 students to our summer schools, and last year our student body represented over 150 nations.

Students will have exclusive opportunities to work alongside University academics passionate about their subjects in disciplines as far reaching as: Politics and International Relations, Medical School Prep, Law School Prep, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Experimental Psychology, Architecture, Cryptocurrencies, English as a Foreign Language, and many more.

Contact- Daniel Roberts (

Registration: Term 2 clubs and lessons

We hope you all enjoyed Term 1 clubs and lessons. Many thanks to the teachers who have given such great opportunities to KIS students!!

You may now sign up for Term 2 clubs and lessons here. The sign-up form will be available until January 15, 2020.

Intentions for 2020/21

Greetings KIS community,

We are already planning for next academic year- staffing, calendars, events etc.

Please fill in the following form indicating your intentions for 2020-21, as this information helps the school to plan effectively for the next school year.

All families - please fill out this form

Thank you!

Morning Library Time

On wet library mornings* from 8:10 to 8:50, we would like to welcome students and caregivers to the library. Every early learner needs to be accompanied by a caregiver. All other grade levels can come in on their own. We look forward to seeing you!

*Note: except Thursdays when the library is already booked.

See you in the library!


Volunteer Library Assistants

Dear parents,

As the library is developing into a school-wide literacy hub we are in need of volunteer library assistants. Volunteers will assist the main librarian with the running and maintenance of the library. For example, checking in and out books, stacking books, keeping log of books, tracking books, preparing books for grades who have requested specific topics, monitoring of the library during recess and lunch times, and assisting with upcoming library events.

Volunteers Library Assistant can work flexible hours. They are welcome to nominate times between 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. The hours of volunteering will be up to each volunteer.

If you think you are interested in the library assistant volunteer position please contact Galina, our head librarian, at

Thank you!


(Families And Books - The FAB librarian programme)

FAB got underway this week. A small but happy band of parents utilised the library with their children under the guidance of our librarian, Galina.

Goal: caregivers/parents to enjoy time with their children- choose books with their children; borrow up to two books with their children; and read with their children

Day: every Thursday

Venue: KIS Library

Time: 3:30 to 4:30

Requirement: Every Child has to be accompanied by a parent.

Book borrowing: Students can borrow up to two books at a time

Weather Warnings - Update


Adjustments to the school day may be necessary in the case of inclement weather or other situations which may endanger the students and faculty. In general, KIS is guided by warnings issued from the Japan Meteorological Agency.

In specific circumstances KIS applies the following guidelines:

Heat Stress Index- KIS is guided by the Ministry of Environment Heat Illness prevention guides Heat Illness Prevention Guides. KIS applies the guides for temperatures in Kyoto Prefecture found at Heat Stress Index (Kyoto) This may result in a change of normal activities and routines for school that day.

Hazardous Wind Watch- KIS is guided by the Japan Meteorological Agency. KIS is guided by the warnings for Kyoto Prefecture found at Hazardous Wind Watch Kyoto. This may result in a change of normal activities and routines for school that day.

Thunderstorms- KIS is guided by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

KIS is guided by the warnings for Kyoto Prefecture found at Weather Warnings/Advisories (Thunderstorms) : Kyoto-shi If a warning is then outdoor activity must be suspended and students and staff must take shelter.

Upcoming Events


  • Jan 6: Start of Term 2
  • Jan 13: School Closed (Coming of Age Day)
  • Jan 16: Parent Coffee Morning (Educational Technology) 9am Community Room