Summer Shimbun

Important Dates:

  • Office Closed 23 July-11 August

  • New staff orientation 14 August

  • Academic staff return 17 August

  • Next Shimbun 21 August

  • First Day Semester One 2020-21 24 August (8:30 am start)

Welcome to the KIS Shimbun

Greetings and welcome to the first Shimbun (Newspaper) of the new academic year. A little early I know, but that is how excited the school is about 2020-21. The Shimbun replaces the KIS Weekly Newsletter and this one is all about whats happening over summer.
(KIS has chosen to spell 'Shimbun' in the traditional way , though Shinbun is equally acceptable.)

We hope you enjoy the new format for communicating with the community.

Any and all ideas you have, feel free to forward them to us -

Picture - Administration staff hard at work over summer

Summer Camp Highlights

Greetings and welcome to Summer Camp.

KIS+Summer Camp of 2020 was a great success, despite the ongoing heavy rain. Throughout the camp students and teachers joyfully experienced an impressive array of historical and modern Japanese related arts. In a period of three weeks studentsexperienced the art of Aikido, explored the local history and beauty of Gosho and The Imperial Palace, walked through the historical areas of Jurakudai, visited the family museum of Raku Ware, where they could view traditional pottery works, and explore a variety of modern yet historically significant parks. When students were not exploring local historical locations and viewing art they focused their attention on multi-week projects such as creating wooden historical buildings and/or a palace, created pottery works with one of Japan's top four clays: the Echizen clay, created beautiful Japan related art, made Japanese paper, and tried their best to make Japanese fans. In addition to multi-week projects students played freely, made new friends, played team-building games, buddied up with peers from different groups, created board games that depicted Japanese modern or/and historical characters, built their own water rafts which they tested at Horikawa, worked on their personal development (PD) goals, splashed on hot days in our small pools, and ofcourse did some puzzles. The joys of summer would not have been the same to all teachers without this wonderful camp and its wonderful campers. Thank you to all students and parents for making this camp a success. We wish you a wonderful summer break!

Best wishes, team KIS+Summer Camp 2020.

Uniform 2020-21

KIS is looking forward to seeing the new school uniform all around the school. The uniform is school-wide for all students.

Students are expected to wear the KIS uniform every day including school events and outings.

School clothing can be ordered here. Check out the list and more details of our uniform on the website (

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Emergency Drills at Kitano Shrine

On Wednesday 15 July students and staff were invited to participate in emergency drills at the Kitano-temmangu shrine. The KIS group were involved in preparing for evacuations due to fire and evasion due to an intruder alert. Great to be involved through the invitation from the Kyoto Prefectural Police.

Kansai Scene Blog - Mention of KIS

Don't miss this episode of the Kansai Scene Blog which highlights Kyoto International School. Great reading and greta to see KIS out in the public domain.

Click on the link and enjoy reading about your school:

New Tech @ KIS!

The 2020-21 academic year brings some technology improvements to the Kyoto International School community.

Curriculum & Reports System with ManageBac

Bukatsu (Clubs & Lessons) with SchoolsBuddy

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy and Grade 4

Kyoto International School (KIS) is committed to developing educational pathways for all students. As part of this commitment, Educational Technology is a key element in developing global citizens who are digitally responsible.

KIS is offering parents some control with the BYOD policy. The methodology in recommending Apple devices for students includes versatility in the classroom, easy-to-use, long-term durability, in addition to the importance of security and parental controls. Our long-term mission is to become an Apple Distinguished School, who is a center of leadership and educational excellence with a vision for learning with technology.​ Through technology, we contribute to the core values of the school of Inspiring Active Learners, Developing Global Citizens.

Inspiring Active Learners

Education technology inspires a dynamic, engaging, and creative learning environment where students can pursue their passions while taking active steps in their learning.

Developing Global Citizens

Students understand their responsibility as digital citizens to engage in principled action within a global context.

Grade 4 BYOD Recommendation

Apple iPad with keyboard: Grade 4 students can start with a full-size (not mini) iPad in combination with a keyboard. iPads are easy to use and work well with many applications used to support learning, like Seesaw. ¥38,000+ (device) & ¥13,000+ (keyboard)

Apple Macbook: Any Macbook, Macbook Air or Macbook Pro model made in the last 3 years should be sufficient for several years for any student. Please be aware that some Macbook Airs have extremely small SSD/HD space and that the student may need to be careful with what they load on the device. ¥110,000+

Windows: Any machine capable of running Windows 10 or later will be sufficient. Typically a Core i5 or Core i7 processor (Stay away from i3 or Celeron branded processors as they are not as capable) and 8GB of RAM will be adequate. ¥80,000+

Chromebook: A touchscreen Chromebook model made in the last 6 months should be sufficient. Please be aware that Chromebooks have limited HD space, memory and processing power. Try to find one with at least 4GB of RAM, a 13 inch + screen and an Intel processor with a min of 1Ghz. ¥46,000+

Do I need to buy any software? KIS students are given access to G Suite Education Suite which provides word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software, services and apps to support teaching and learning. Many families, at their own expense, purchase antivirus software.

Some courses may require the use of specialized software and teachers will make students aware of these requirements. If possible, the school will try to make school licensed versions available or try to make sure that open source, educational, or other free software is used.