Primary School Principal’s Message

Apple Tech Training The whole school faculty set off from school at 3.35 pm on Thursday to jump into taxis. People watching may have thought we were off on some exciting social event. Instead we were off to two of Tokyo’s Apple stores, some of us to the Ginza store and the others to the Omotesando branch. We were heading to attend workshops held by Apple trainers on how to get the most out of iMovie. Of course we will soon pass on our new found skills to your children. Not that your children necessarily need our help mind you; Zac from Grade 7 presented an absolutely amazing video during the whole school assembly this morning. Zac’s video documented the tremendous trip which Zac, his Grade 7 friends and his teachers had in Cambodia in March. Thank you to Adriaan who organized the event at the Apple Store and to all of the Grade 7 students for a tremendous assembly this morning. Teachers at the Apple Store Hank (left) and Zac (right) and others presenting about their experience in Cambodia   Duct Taping! Well I finally have the correct spelling after calling it ‘duck tape’ in TIS Times for the last two weeks – my apologies! Today Lorraine and I were dutifully duct taped to the wall of the gym by the students who sold the most raffle tickets for the Cherry Blossom Fair. Well done to the following children for being such great salesmen/women Lucas (K2A) Conrad (4A) Ben (4A) Sara (1A) Stella (3B) Amalie (4B) Jonathan (6A) Hugo (6A) Kirsten (6B) Mathias (1A) and Viktor (1A). No words   IB Community Most weeks in the TIS Times I mention one or more of the IB Standards and Practices. The IB Standards and Practices are a list of ‘must dos’ set by the IB for IB schools. These practices help to promote the very best education for your children. One of the IB practices is ‘The school participates in the IB world community.’ The IB ask us to collaborate with other IB schools and other IB teachers so we can learn from one another and share good ideas. This week Greg our PYP Coordinator is facilitating an IB workshop for teachers in the Asia Pacific region in Melbourne. IB pays all expenses for Greg to do this including his flight and accommodation. Not only will Greg be an ambassador for TIS (attracting great teachers here) and teach other teachers, but Greg will also learn from the participants in the workshop and bring back new ideas to TIS. Our students also collaborate with the IB Community. Another local IB school – Yokohama International School (YIS) invited our Grade 5 students to their Grade 5 Exhibition this week and I was fortunate enough to go along. Our own Grade 5 students are undertaking their very own exhibition inquiry right now so this was a great way to share ideas with the YIS students. Our students took notes and learned from both the great ideas and the mistakes of their YIS peers. Our Grade 5 Exhibition will be happening on May 12th from 17.30 to 19.30. The students from YIS will visit us on that day. Please save the date. We would love as many parents as possible to come and support the Grade 5s. Be prepared to be entertained and very impressed! Best regards, Chris Frost Primary School...

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Learning in the PYP

Looking for Learning – What’s been happening in the PYP at TIS this week One of the requirements in our Primary Years Program is that inquiry is used across the curriculum and by all teachers. But what does inquiry mean? It is not just about asking questions. It can be making predictions and seeing what happens, collecting data and reporting findings, researching and seeking information, solving problems in a variety of ways as well as transferring the classroom learning to real world contexts. A good example of this transference of learning beyond the classroom occurred this week in Grade One. In their Where we are in Place and Time unit of inquiry, the students have been inquiry into different kinds of maps we use, how to read them and how the technology of maps has changed. To apply the map reading skills they had learnt, the students in small groups went on a landmark detective hunt in our local neighbourhood of Azabujuban. Armed with a map of the area, pencil and with the help of an adult went looking for common landmarks in the area. These included convenience stores, banks and car parks. Once they found the landmark they drew a symbol to represent these and then added them to the location on the map. They also plotted on the map the path they took. No one could use google maps unless they got lost. In the group that I accompanied, we found lots of convenience stores, a hospital, bank, car parks, a cemetery, a school, many restaurants, small parks and even a temple close to our school. Also we discovered a lot of vending machines along the way. As a follow up to this map detective inquiry, the students will recreate their maps and give instructions to others to follow the journey they went on using the landmarks as key reference points. A very interesting and relevant inquiry where the students got to apply a range of skills and understandings they had learnt in their classes. Greg Parker PYP...

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Learning in the PYP – Grade 5 Exhibition

Grade 5 Exhibition Dear TIS Community, You are invited to this year’s PYP Exhibition! Grade 5 students continue to work tirelessly to prepare an informative and entertaining presentation. Through primary research (such as visiting TELL, interviewing Mr. Yamasaki about his fish post, and spending a day with children at a North Korean School in Tokyo) and secondary research, students have learned a great deal about eleven different issues. They invite you to listen to their presentations and ask further questions. Please come and support the Grade 5 students in their culminating Exhibition experience on Thursday, May 12th from 5:30pm. Hope to see you there, G5 Team May 12th Schedule 5:30 – 6pm: Viewing of Boards 6pm: Student MCs / Artist Presentation 6:15pm: 1st Presentations 6:30pm: 2nd Presentations 6:45pm: 3rd Presentations 7pm: 4th Presentations 7:15 – 7:30pm: Closing Remarks / Final Viewing of Boards Kenny McFadden Gabrielle Minervini Grade 5...

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Learning in the MYP

This Year’s Grade 8 Trip to Yakushima The trip to the beautiful island of Yakushima from the 30th May – 3rd June, is just four weeks away! Please note that the parent information session about the trip has been moved to Tuesday the 10th of May at 17.00-17.45 in the Learning Lab. Parents of Grade 8 students should have received an information packet and forms via email earlier today. Please read the information provided and submit the necessary forms to Adriaan by next week Wednesday. We hope to see you all at the information session! Yakushima is a wonderful and unique place; a World Heritage Site with beautiful beaches, enchanting forests with 1000 year old Yaku sugi trees, and the largest nesting ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. It is no wonder we are all starting to get really excited about going.   Next Year’s Grade 8 Trip to Beijing The Grade 8 residential trip next school year will be to the historic city of Beijing, and the planning and bookings for this exciting trip are well underway. The trip will be from the 17th – 21st October when the Grade 6 and 7 students also go on their trips. Grade 7 parents, you will find information about the recommended vaccinations in today’s Grade Level Newsletter.   Parent Volunteers We are looking for parent volunteers who are willing to help us conduct an inventory of all the books in the classroom library in the middle school. With several hundred books in the library, this is a big task that will take many days to complete, so the more parent helpers we have, the better. Please send me an email if you would like to help us check and track the books that we have in the middle school – we greatly appreciate any help we can get. We now have a Twitter account at TIS which will be used to share the great learning that is happening across the school. If you are a Twitter user, please follow us @TIS_Learns Best wishes for a great weekend! Kristine Adelsboell Middle School & MYP...

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Learning in the MYP – TIS Cambodia Interview Series

“Cambodia 2016” By Koko Suzuki and Hank Harris During our Grade 7 trip to Cambodia, we interviewed the grandmother of Narath, an ex-student of TIS Cambodia who TIS is sponsoring to go to college. Narath was our host when we were staying in Thmei Village. Her grandmother told us about her experiences and story under the relentless and gruelling Pol Pot (or Khmer Rouge) regime. The grandmother of Narath, Chin Ner told us her experiences: Chin Ner had 12 children but 4 of them died because they were ordered to be soldiers in the Pol Pot regime and fought and lost with the Vietnamese. We are deeply sorry for her loss. She was ordered by Khmer Rouge soldiers to be the one to get the food from the rice farms, get water and resources for the other soldiers and was moved away from her children- moved away to a different village in Cambodia. We asked her about her life before Pol Pot’s regime but she forgets because it made such an impact on her life – it made her think of how Cambodia’s past was Pol Pot’s regime and not much before that tragedy, so her son keeps reminding her that it was a peaceful, friendly and an amazing country that will never be forgotten by the people who were there before it all happened. Narath’s Grandmother Chin Ner When we asked Chin Ner, about her perspective of Cambodia right now, she answered that, Cambodia is still developing again after Pol Pot. Cambodia is starting to change in a good way and will have a better impact on all of us. She does not want to move from the village and want to stay in Thmei until she dies. Her husband on the other hand broke his leg during a motorcycle accident. This happened 2 years ago but he could never get hospital treatment because they could not afford it. Although before, her husband used to cut down trees and get food, but now he cannot do that anymore. We saw her husband lying down in the shade. At the end, we gave Chin Ner a pencil innovation of Aisyah’s – a pencil that can be planted later and grow into a plant, She was very pleased and thanked us. We hope you got to understand a bit about what happened in their time, and how we should be grateful about the things we have. We hope Narath and her family are doing well and hope that Cambodia will go back to being an amazing country – even if it’s amazing right now. We hope it will be a more liveable place in the future. We have learnt that we, even if we don’t know it – take things for granted, and things make us happy. But in Cambodia they have their own way of happiness without any object – just happiness in general. This made us realize that we have to appreciate what your own country is doing for you. Thanks and Have an Amazing Weekend, Koko Suzuki and Hank Harris,...

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