5W @ YIS

Simple yet profound :)

June 15, 2015
by Julian Weekes

5W students all wrote a Grade 5 ‘Celebration’ speech

and congratulations to Joshua Noda-Hines who was voted by his peers to be our 5W class representative at the ‘Grade 5 Celebration’ event on Wednesday 17th June in the Auditorium. Thank you very much to the other students who took the challenge of reading their speech in front of the class. If you would like to read your child’s entry, or any of the 5W students’ entries, please click on one of the links in the comments section below. The criteria we used to vote was:

Speech rubric

June 2, 2015
by Julian Weekes

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Free play is nature’s means of teaching children that they are not helpless. In play, away from adults, children really do have control and can practice asserting it. In free play, children learn to make their own decisions, solve their own problems, create and abide by rules, and get along with others as equals rather than as obedient or rebellious subordinates.

Source: The Atlantic

Thank you to Mr. Mural for sharing.

May 29, 2015
by Julian Weekes

Exhibition update #3

Dear Parents,

This is the last weekend before our Exhibition night next Thursday 4th June, which starts from 18:15 in the Cafeteria. The official opening will begin at 18:30pm. We will also have the chance to share our journey with students on Friday 5th June.

May we ask you to send your child to the Exhibition night and day at school on June 4th and 5th wearing his or her RED Celebration t-shirt that the students have recently been given. The T shirts are a wonderful gift from the parents and we think the students will look really good together wearing their t-shirt at their Exhibition.

This has been a wonderful learning process for the students and they have taken meaningful action which has developed their understandings of their chosen global issue.

Monday 1st June – Student Holiday (Staff work day). We look forward to seeing all of the Grade 5 students back in school on Tuesday 2nd June at the usual time.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Best regards,

Grade 5 Team

May 22, 2015
by Julian Weekes

Did you get to the Grade 5 transition to Grade 6 night?

If you didn’t – perhaps you would like to look at the slideshow presentation from the night Grade 5 – 6 Transition for Parents

Dear Grade 5 parents,

It was lovely to see so many people at our Grade 5 – 6 Transition night last week. There was great conversation, good questions and a lot of information shared. We are attaching the presentation from the evening for your information, or if you weren’t able to join us on the evening.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always very happy to talk about Middle School and the transition for your son or daughter.
Kind regards,
Susie and John

May 11, 2015
by Julian Weekes

Kota and Ryan from 5F would like to explain about a food drive they are helping with

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As part of our PYP Exhibition we are looking at the Service Cycle and working out how to find and support needs in our Community. We found out that many people in Japan don’t have access to enough food! We learnt about an organisation called Second Harvest Japan.

We researched this organisation and believe in their mission which is to help give away extra food to those in need. We are asking all the Grades to bring in any EXTRA FOOD from their pantries at home


Ryan and Kota will personally bake COOKIES for the Grade that brings the most food to donate to those in NEED!




May 8, 2015
by Julian Weekes

Exhibition Update #2

Exhibition Update #2 How We Organise Ourselves

All groups are now well established and students have a clear vision for what they would like to achieve over the next four weeks.

This week students have been busy trying to make contact with people from our local community. Students are attempting to find out more about what is currently being done in our local community to support their chosen issue.

During the next two or three weeks your child might ask you for some support in getting to and from different locations. Each student is on their own journey, some students will be interviewing and chatting with people that they can access at school, while others might need to travel further. Any support is greatly appreciated.

Students are busy researching. They have gathered information from many sources to answer the questions they’re generating for their PYP Exhibition.

If you have any questions relating to the Exhibition please speak with your child about them. After speaking with your child you can also feel free to contact their teachers.

Thanks so much for taking the time to support your child.

Grade 5  

May 6, 2015
by Julian Weekes

Pet adoption fair – This Saturday May 9th in Tokyo

This is not a YIS event. It is an outside event that Wyatt and Julius (two Grade 5 students) from 5G feel strongly about. If you and and family would like to travel to and from the event with us then please click on the picture to find out more. If you have any questions you can email us at: [email protected] or [email protected]
Please click on the photo to find out more about this exciting event in Tokyo this weekend.
Thank you for reading and we hope to see some of you this weekend.

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