Welcome to a New Year!

We are now up and running for the 2013/2014 year and a big welcome to you all.  As discussed at last weeks meeting, you need to have a think about what issues you feel the strongest about.  At our next meeting, we will be forming groups to tackle the various issues and you will need to choose where you want to go!

If you can’t remember what issues people brought up last week, then you can check the board below.



See you at Thursday’s meeting – lunchtime, M313 (GIN/CAS HQ)

Singapore Visit November ’12

In our Middle School GIN-CAS team, 8 students were selected to fly to Singapore to attend the 2012 GIN-CAS conference in Singapore. The 8 students that attended were Marshall, Kazuki, Yuki, Mia, Emily, Naomi, Sophie and Hye-Won. During the conference the kids attended workshops, lectures, many fun activities, and performances. These 8 GIN-CAS representatives have been working on forming a plan to help other people.
We saw many inspirational speakers talking about many things that are issues in the world. When we saw these speakers many of them were promoting their NGO (Non Government Organization). After visiting many of these NGO’s we decided on one NGO to support. We chose an organization called Room to Read. An organization which helps issues such as poor education and gender equality within education. Though after we research more on this NGO we decided it may not be great for our school. So from that we created our own plan that involved experience and learning. We plan to do a Read-a-thon and an experience week for our year 8 students. For the experience week we will try and show kids how some people in our world live and don’t have access to the same resources we do. Our GIN-CAS group is now working to put this plan in action by June 21st of 2013.

Walking/Run Event in Spring

Hello Everyone, there will be a walking/run event in Spring, if you are interested to participate, let

Nurse Megumi know. ‘kameim@yis.ac.jp
All the money will go to donation.
1) Mini Walk & Run for breast cancer (Pink Ribbon Walking) – 2km, 5km, 10km
March 31 (Sun.) at Hibiya Park, Tokyo 1,500 yen (with T-shirt)
2) Gold Ribbon walking for cancer children – 5km, 10km
April 20 (Sat.) at Hibiya Park, Tokyo 1,200 yen
3) WFP Walk the World for Africa – 5km, 10km
May 19 (Sun.) at Minato Mirai, Yokohama 1,500 yen

Grade 6 Post

Cross-post: Kazuki’s Blog



Community & Service

I am contributing for the Community & Service team. Community & Service team helps out the poor people and does these events:

  • VanDer Pool Christmas Party
  • Chiku Centre Rice Collection
  • Kodomo no Sono Orphanage
  • Trash & Treasure

and other things. I decided to join the Community & Service team because I like to help other people. Especially, poor people. I think that they should have rights to have fun time like the rich people. Later on, through these events, I want to have fun with the poor people. And I hope that smiles would return to poor people’s faces…

Anyways, please wish me good luck.

Grade 7 Post

Cross-post: Christina’s Website



Chiku Center

Last Firday the people who chose to go to group A, which is to cut the vegetables, travled in a taxi. I joined to go to group A, and help cut huge buckets filled with different variety of vegetables. The cutting took place at an outside area where they had no heaters. I thought it was going to be an inside warehouse but unfortunatley, not. It was so freezing cold and we had to wash all our utensils and our own bare, hands in ice cold water. I started to cut carrots, but the carrots were really raw and hard, and then the knife slipped off the vegetable. So I stopped and tookover the camera from a teacher. It was very cold that day, so me, Sammie and Georgia, stood in the sun and here is a picture that shows a star



While I cut the vegetables, my hands would slowly start to freeze, but luckily there was a steaming bucket of water.1179039894_Ds7TA-Ti

That day was a day I had never experienced before. And I don’t think I will ever exoerience this kind of lifestyle. We had to clean our hands and the cutting utensils with ice cold water spraying out of a hose. It was outside and the vegetables went in a huge trashcan. I felt good in the taxi, leaving, of how I helped feed hundreds of homless men. It was a very unique day, and am wishing to do it again, next year.1179051185_ypowA-M

Grade 8 Post

Cross-post: Tomoka’s Wesbite

Community & Service Update!

So far what the Community Service team has done is to choose which foundation they want to contribute to. We had a lot of options to choose from and some of them were Van der Poel, Chiku Center, Cambodia, Roots n shoots and cancer. We had to reduce the amount of options and come up with two foundations we wanted to help. The two foundations we came up at the end were Chiku Center and Cambodia. Two weeks ago, the Community Service team went to help the Bazaar in Chigasaki. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go but I heard they had so much fun and raised 19,000 yen in total. Overall, waking up early to go to the meeting is very tiring but on the bright side, we get chocolates so it makes up for it :)