January 17th 2020

New decade, new beginnings

In the last quarter of 2019, KIS where informed our much admired and dedicated Deputy Principal, Mr Taylor Boyd, was moving on from our school. This lead to a recruitment process that literally scanned the world and involved a search committee (Thank you MS Victoria and Mis Kellie), and the Board Chair (Thank you Michi).

The school is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Deputy Principal (Head of Learning) will be Ms Sharyn Skrtic. Sharyn is currently Lower School Assistant Principal and PYP Coordinator at International School of Helsinki. Sharon will be joined by her husband Colin Gallagher, who will be teaching Middle School Design. We are excited to get two so highly qualified and enthusiastic educators to join KIS.

We wish Taylor, Kate, George and Quinn every success and thank them for the positive contribution they have made to KIS and our community.

International Day - 14 February

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

We currently have more than 20 nationalities over 101 families 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 1130. 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!

As part of KIS International Day on the 14th February we would like to celebrate with a Food Feast lunch spanning the 20 nationalities over 101 families at KIS! 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!

UPDATE: Debby Sakura (TA Grade 2) and Annie Natarajan (Theo G2 and Ru EL2) are coordinating the lunch with the PTA and would appreciate 2 or 3 parent volunteers from each Grade(one or two Japanese parents and one or two expats) to help make this event a success. They promise you won't have to come to any long meetings and to make this as simple and as fun as possible for everyone concerned!

Please email Annie at annie@flyingpatang.com or Debby at dsakura@kis.ac.jp if you would like to be part of the team or see Annie at pick up time.

More news to follow about this exciting event.

Term 2 Clubs and Lessons

Long-awaited clubs and lessons will begin on Monday, January 20th! Please make sure to let your child(ren) know what clubs and lessons they are signed up for.

The school office will send you a lesson bill by email at the end of January. If your child wishes to withdraw from their lessons, please let the school office know by January 31st. After this date, it will no longer be possible to cancel their lessons for the term.

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:-)

Bilingual Yoga classes

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 (partnerships@oxford-royale.co.uk)

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 library@kis.ac.jp

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 20: Term 2 clubs and lessons commence
  • Jan 31: OYIS G7, G9 visit and performance