HS Cross Country Day Information 2014


Cross Country HS 2014

This year the PE department and the HS Student Council have decided to change Cross Country day to reflect the diverse interests of our student population. Here is some information about the day for HS students:

Thursday 13th November from about 11am – 1.30pm (return to your 1.55pm class) at Negishi Park. You will travel by bus to Negishi and back again.

G9-10 Girls and Boys competitive race*
G11-12 Girls and Boys competitive race*
G9-10 Walk/Run Charity event
G11-12 Walk/Run Charity event
* there are different accolades for different grades but the race will run at the same time

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Students will have the option to race in a 2-lap run around Negishi Park (2.6Km approx). This will be a timed event. After competition, students are encouraged to join their Tutor group to complete the Walk/Run event.

Each Tutor group (team) in Grades 9-12 will decide on a specific challenge for the event. Students will each need to take a copy of this sponsorship form and collect friends and family to sponsor you for the event. Sponsors can either offer to donate money for completing the Charity walk/run or could give you an amount of money per lap of the Negishi course. All money is to be collected after the event and returned to school.
The event will walk for approximately 30 minutes and you will complete a shortened Negishi course (approx 600m per lap). Students are encouraged to set a team tutor challenge (eg. all wear pink shirts or pokemon outfits) for the day and post photos while out on the course to share with the YIS community. All money will be donated to charity.

Yes. This is a regular school day and you will continue with your normal classes in the morning and afternoon.
If you are not well, consider if you should come to school at all. If you are well enough to attend school, you should be able to walk around Negishi park – if not, come warmly dressed to assist the PE teachers or with a note to say what you are able to do with medical advice.
Please get changed before you leave for Negishi park and then shower or change upon returning to school. We are out in the open, there are no rooms or spaces for private changing (except toilet blocks).
If you are running competitively, please wear appropriate clothing, running shoes and bring layers to keep warm. If you have a team walk/run challenge afterwards, please come prepared for this. You may like to listen to music as you run, but this is your choice and we take no responsibility for lost music devices.
Lunch, snacks and water – please bring these as you won’t have time for lunch on this day (there will be Zest Bento’s for sale!) and there is limited water supply at Negishi. You will need to dress warmly and for rain (check the weather).
Negishi Park is a public park and you will not have a safe place for valuables, don’t assume that your bag is going to be dry and safe – best to leave all non-essential items at school. Please take all your rubbish with you and leave the park as beautiful as you found it.

Grade 10 Movement Composition Assessment Task

Area of Interaction : Human Ingenuity
Significant Concept : Performance is multifaceted
Unit Question : What makes a great performance?

Your group assessment task is…

1. Dance “Get Lucky” from Just Dance

2. 2m32s – 3m31s of the song, create your group dance. Create a sequence that shows sophisticated use of space, time, level, force and flow.

3. You will perform your group dance with costumes on the performance days.

Friday 11th April – 1.50-2.30 (6 Groups)
Monday 14th April – 9.45-10.30 (5 Groups)

Movement Composition TSC

Cross Country Day – November 20th 2013

Cross Country – November 20th 2013

The annual YIS Cross Country will be held in Negishi Park on Wednesday 20th November.

Every PE class from Grade 3-12 will have the opportunity to complete some practice in advance of this exciting day!  The PE department will be sharing some information about the event and this week we would like to share some training ideas for MSHS to prepare for race day.  ES students are pretty active in PE as well as at recess and lunch, any G3-5 student who is keen to complete more training might like to talk to their parents about adding some extra walking, bicycle riding or perhaps a busy game of tennis, soccer, hockey or any other sport that gets the heart racing and the legs moving.

As the holiday approaches, it might be time to think about whether students have the most appropriate gear for Cross Country and PE, some ideas may include:

Shoes – All students need to wear proper athletic running shoes. Please do not buy the brightest lovely colored ones you see. Please go to a running/athletic shoe specific shop, take your old shoes and then talk to the person who knows about feet, shoes and needs – tell them about your need/s and any injury or issues you currently have. Try on many and then buy a pair.  This can be challenging if you don’t speak Japanese, but there are lots of running blogs about footwear and your friendly PE teacher can also assist you along the way.   The barefoot/minimalist shoes have brought out many different ideas and theories and it is important to know what is best for you and your body before you put miles into your shoes.

Socks – not all socks are created equally. Talk to sports shop people about socks and climate here in Yokohama. Good socks can cost more but you may find that they last longer in this climate and that you need less sock not more. Everyone has different likes and dislikes, try a few different types and then buy the one/s that you love.

Sports Shorts/shirts etc. – go and try on a variety of brands and get things that fit you well. Try and choose the dry-fit type fabrics and then buy some warmer layers for colder weather. Think about when you exercise, and if it includes the dark, try and get some gear with reflective panels or bright colours.  All YIS students are required to wear a YIS T-shirt to PE – check with the school shop to claim yours!

Sports Bras – Are expensive and don’t always do the job. Try different brands and sizes until you find something that works (is supportive and doesn’t chafe etc.) best for you.

Grade 10 Volleyball – Assessment task-

We have been working on “3 steps” in volleyball, Dig, Set and Spike. Answer the following questions on the google doc and email the link to Mrs.Clark when you submit.
Due : October 14th Monday
1.  Describe the following volleyball positions.
Explain about their roles(speciality) and what skills they need.
    • Setter
    • Spiker(Left, Center, Right)
    • Libero

2.  Choose a position from the three you can play most confidently and comfortably. Explain the reasons why.

3.  Create a drill which will help you improve your ability to play the position you chose in question No.2.

(make a video, draw pictures or write down how to do the drill)



Gr10 Volleyball

SIGNIFICANT CONCEPT: Positions define a player’s role.

Unit Questions:
What role do I play?

Volleyball is a team sport and requires basic skills. It is one of the more difficult sports to develop the basic skills in but without them, it is hard to gain experience or have fun. As just the beginning, your serve needs to land in the opponent’s side just to start the play!

You will work on the basic skills a lot and teach your friends skills, too. You will find that the more you develop your skills, the more interesting your games will become!

Assessment: Homework tasks and teaching skills
Here are the links to the important documents for Gr10:

Grade 10 Volleyball Unit Outline
Grade 10 Volleyball Task Specific Assessment Rubrics (Crit A, C and D)

Volleyball Video (PE e-learning for 9/16 Typhoon Day)

Post a reply on “Veracross discussion” after watching the video.

*Volleyball – How to serve a volleyball”.

The video highlight 3 types of serves. Identify on the discussion forum which serve or serves you are currently comfortable with and which serve you would like to improve your skill level with.

Link to discussion –

Grade 9 Discussion on Veracross
Grade10 Discussion on Veracross



Dear Students, we in the PE dept are so excited to see you back and ready for the new year. When you think about success – what comes to mind and how does this combine with MYP PE?
The Middle Year’s Program (MYP) is the framework that YIS uses from G6-10 in all subjects. In PE that means that you will not arrive and just play games – you will need to be ready for much more learning than that! You should be challenged to be successful as a balanced student – to take risks in trying new concepts; to lead; to support leadership; to be engaged and informed in a variety of units. You will learn about skills that can applied to a variety of sport models and find your way through these with support.
Adventure Challenges!

Please come prepared for PE. Arrive on time and not before, remember we share the facilities to allow all students to enjoy PE so wait your turn! Please bring your YIS shirt (PE or other YIS shirt) and sports shorts; full water bottle; appropriate shoes for your activities and a positive attitude. (A towel might be good too to have a quick ‘shower’ as it is super hot right now)
Treat others as you would like to be treated! Respect goes a long way, show respect for your learning, your environment, your peers and your teachers and especially respect yourself. We hope that you will Try your best in every lesson, that is what we hope is your expectation of your own learning too.
Feeling sick? Try staying at home and recovering so you are back on your feet more quickly. If you have to be at school, please bring a note or have your parent/guardian shoot us an email so we know what is going on with you. If you have a long term issue, please let us talk to your therapist or your parent/guardian, we want to see you active and doing the best you can do with your injury or illness. If you feel sick during the school day, please go and see the nurse before you come to PE.
Want to contribute to positiveness in PE? Then please leave your valuables in your locker – there is no safe place in PE for them. If you need to use your phone, camera or computer in PE , your teacher will let you know.