May 8th 2020

Re entry to KIS moved to Monday 1 June

On 6 May the Japanese Government announced and extension of the state of emergency. KIS contacted the Board of Education for Kyoto Prefecture and were informed that Kyoto Public Schools will remain closed until 31 May. This necessitated an extension of Distance Learning for KIS until Friday 29 May.

The school will resume face to face lessons on Monday 1 June.

The model of Re Entry to KIS has been planned for the reentry of students into the school in a safe and healthy manner. KIS will apply guidelines from the Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology (MEXT) for the safe re entry of students into schools. The school will release details closer to the date.

Once again, as a community our sole focus is the health and safety of your child and everyone in the community. The school continues to investigate ways to support the community in these challenging times.

School Satisfaction Survey

As part of our on going commitment to the community the Executive Board sends out the School Satisfaction Survey. This is an important tool in giving every family a voice in our school. It is also part of ongoing accreditation process for both the IBO and WASC.

Deadline to complete the survey Monday 25 May.

Grade 5 PYP Exhibition 2020

This year’s PYP Exhibition has been focused on taking action towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We started in February, but have since adapted our action to reflect the current learning climate as well as our transdisciplinary theme of Where we are in place and time.

As such, the goal of this virtual Exhibition is to educate all of us in the hope that we can each make small changes that will together make a big difference.

Click the link to view the presentations. The students would really appreciate to hear your feedback so please comment.

Congratulations to all our G5 students and to Ms Candice.

Distance Learning Update

With the extension of Distance Learning to Friday 29 May, KIS has planned a program to not only support Teaching and Learning but also every child's well being.

Why Not Wednesdays

As a Staff we are just as aware of student well being, as we are of learning outcomes. For the next two (2 ) Wednesdays, the normal daily schedule will NOT apply. KIS is organising projects for the students to work on that predominantly do not require technology. Research reinforces the need for a balance between online activities and 'hands on' activities for all students. This also aligns with the International Baccalaureate's Learner Profile for students to lead a balanced life.

Examples of the projects:

  • build an outdoor fort
  • create a vegetable garden
  • write a song

Home room teachers will share the details in Monday's Morning Message. You will also find a link on the Distance Learning website

KIS Festival Challenge Day

Sunday 31 May would have been the wonderful KIS Festival. Current circumstance do not allow us to hold our wonderful festival. In honour of the event we are have a special challenge day event on Friday 29 May - The KIS Festival Challenge Day

In the tradition of Challenge Day and May Day Challenge Mr Boyd and Mr Taylor will set House Challenges for the whole family to compete in over the course of the day. You can expect a KIS 'flavour' about the event.

Schedule 11 May - 29 May

11 May -15 May

Monday - Distance Learning;

Tuesday - Distance Learning;

Wednesday - Why Not Wednesday;

Thursday - Distance Learning;

Friday - Distance Learning/ Atsumari

18 May - 22 May

Monday - Distance Learning;

Tuesday - Distance Learning;

Wednesday - Why Not Wednesday;

Thursday - Distance Learning;

Friday - Distance Learning/ Atsumari

25 May - 29 May

Monday - Distance Learning;

Tuesday - Distance Learning;

Wednesday - Distance Learning;

Thursday - Distance Learning;

Friday - KIS Festival Challenge Day

¥100 000 onetime payment

The Japanese Government will make a ¥100000 to all residents of Japan to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19. This article gives some insight into the draft guidelines for how this will be rolled out:

The online application for (You will need your My Number card to register)

Whats been happening in Class

A quick glance at whats happening across classrooms in the last week:

G1 Make a card/craft for Mother’s Day on Sunday

G5 Children’s Book Week

PTA Community Project

Dear KIS,

Well done on your commitment to the community and creating the PPE equipment for Horikawa Clinic. All materials have now gone out to the community and the PPE clothing is starting to come back into school. So far 100s of PPE have been made and are being delivered to the clinic.

Well done everyone. A great example of Learner Profile - Caring

With best wishes

the PTA

Visa Consultation and Legal Advice for Foreign Residents

Twice a month professionals are available to help you to find a solution to your Visa or Legal problems, free of charge.

Interpreters will be available on request.

Telephone* 075-752-3511

NEXT WEEK'S (ZOOM) Coffee Morning 30 April: Open Forum on Distance Learning

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Courses in:

  • Computer programming
  • Humanities
  • Art & Design
  • Social Sciences
  • Computer Science
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Guidelines for Accessing the Library

Accessing the Library Guidelines April 13th to May 1st 2020

Distance Learning website

The KIS Distance Learning website is the place to find:

  • Class timetable
  • Specialist subject information
  • Links and recordings for Parent Coffee Mornings
  • Atsumari and Challenge day recordings and links

Travel Restrictions

Distance Learning

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Click on the page to view the full version

FAQs Distance Learning

Preventative measures to stay healthy

Exciting news from the Yearbook Committee! This year you can pre-order your 2019-20 Yearbook from the school website.

Don't miss out on the memories of this year:

- Meet The Teachers

- Halloween

- Winter Concert

- Distance Learning (a special addition!)

- Plus much more!!!

Shipping options will be available both domestically and international.

Yearbook 2019-20

Grade 9 in 2020-21

KIS recently announced, on social media, the re-introduction of Grade 9 to the school. It gives the school great pleasure in confirming Grade 9 will be offered in 2020-21 academic year.

This has been made possible through the availability of experienced high school teachers, as of next academic year.

So please, get the word around that KIS is an Early Years to Grade 9 school!!!

Families And Books (FAB) time

FAB will return Thursday 7 May

Enjoy FAB time with your children:

  • choose books with them
  • borrow up to two books
  • take some time to read together

Day: every Thursday

Venue: KIS Library

Time: 3:00 to 4:00

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


  • April 23rd: 10am - Parent Coffee Morning (Assessment)
  • April 29th: 10am - Parent Coffee Morning (Parent sharing session)