November 1st 2019

Halloween 2019

General invitation

I have artwork in 2 exhibitions at the moment.

A miniature show at Gallery Keifo on Marutamachi dori just east of Higashioji Dori.It runs till Sunday November 3rd.

The Second is a group show at Porta Gallery Hana, in the underground shopping center, near Kyoto station. It starts October 29th to November 10. I will be at the gallery Nov.4th ,8th and 9th. I hope you can stop by and see the show.


Wendy Carroll

Art Teacher

Art on display

We have some finished artwork on display on the stairs and down outside the art room.

  • G1 have finished their bottle sculptures of people in the community, exploring creating a 3D model and how we recognise community members.
  • G3 have completed self portraits, learning about drawing faces, mixing skin tones and including something about themselves in the background.
  • G4 create a figure in motion, learning about the proportions of the body, how to make an armature and create coloured clay.

Please take time to come down and have a look at their amazing artwork.

Ms Wendy

Request from the Art Department

As part of their UOI Evidence. G4 is learning about ancient art techniques that are still used today. They are learning about Mosaics are going to create a mosaic using modern materials. They are going to use plastic bottle lids. So if everyone can save some lids over the break that would be a great help for their project. They can propped off in the art room anytime.


MS Wendy

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!


Updates from the Kamigyo Police Station

KIS community movie and popcorn night

December 7, 2019 @KIS

Dear KIS community,

The PTA is pleased to announce a movie night for kids and adults!

Movie date and time: 15:30-17:30, Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Kyoto International School

Christmas movie for kids: either Polar Express, Elf, or The Grinch (TBC). Educational documentary for adults: Most Likely to Succeed (a well done and highly recommended film; see link below for further information).

Party: 17:30-18:30 (bring your own favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink).

Cost: 500 yen per adult and 300 yen per child for donations to pay for snacks and popcorn (any left over money will go towards painting the walls next to the entrance).

Sign up HERE

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!


KIS Winter Camp

KIS will be offering Winter Camp this year.

Date: Monday 16 December - Friday 20 December

Age: EL1 ~ G3

The deadline for signing up for Winter Camp is November 29th

Sign up here

School website:

(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

Parent Japanese Classes

Great to see the parent Japanese classes kicking off this week. Jung Sook Kim sensei leading the way. If you would like to join, contact Jun Sook Kim directly (

Come along and learn Japanese with Ms. Tokura (Jung Sook) 11:20 -12:05 on Wednesdays in the library.

Dates for this term:

  • November 13, 20, 27
  • December 4, 11

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


Nov 3 - 11: School Closed - Autumn Break🍁

Nov 11: School resumes🏫

Nov 12: G2-5 Swimming 🏊

Nov 13: Parent Coffee Morning☕️

Nov 19: G2-5 Last Swimming 🏊

Nov 21: Traffic Safety Workshop with Kamigyo Police🚲