Great ART session with Shoichi (and Colleen) Sakurai + Mr. Reed

A wonderful follow up visit with Shoichi Sakurai spending 45 minutes with us in 5W. Please ask your child about what s/he did and what will happen to follow this visit up in the next few weeks with Mr. Reed

Grade 9 visits 5W to discuss 3 types of ‘service’

At YIS we recognise 3 different types of ‘service’ to the community. In no particular order they are:

DIRECT service – Interaction that involves people, the environment or animals
INDIRECT service – Making a positive impact without direct interaction
ADVOCACY – Speaking on behalf of a cause or concern to promote action on an issue of public interest

Class 9U visited us to day for 30 minutes and together in groups the students sorted out a jumbled list of examples back into the 3 categories above – after plenty of discussion. It was a really good exercise and the students enjoyed their time together.

Everett Kennedy Brown. Sankeien Gardens. Japan aesthetics

Mr. Brown talked to us yesterday and showed us his exhibition of special photos taken with his special camera using classic glass plate collodion photography methods dating back to Edo period Japan (150 years ago). We had lots of time to explore the park and look for the aesthetics that Mr. Brown talked about.

Below in the comments section, could you please answer the following questions.

  1. How would you describe “yohaku no bi?”
  2. What did Mr. Brown mean when he talked about the ‘in’ and ‘e?’
  3. What does ‘serendipity’ mean to you now?
  4. What did you like best about the park? Where did you find some of the aesthetics mentioned above?

Everett Kennedy Brown

Aikido Lesson today

All Grade 5 students had a 35 minute Aikido lesson with Paul Neuma Chief Instructor, Pacific Aikido Website: It was excellent and looked great fun! I took photos from the safety of the perimeter of the dojo! The students also got to understand a little of the ‘aesthetics’ of this martial art. There are no competitions in Aikido. There are no opponents – only partners. No points to be scored. But it teaches respect, balance, awareness, movement – and much more I’m sure.

The Founder Of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, 1883 – 1969


Linda Ragsdale special guest visitor – Solution based peace!

Linda Ragsdale was shot in the siege of Mumbai and survived. Today she spent 90 minutes with Grade 5 talking about ‘solution based peace.’

What did you learn from her that you will try to use in the future? As she said, how do you wish you will be able to act in the future? Please comment below: