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									          Saint Maur International School
             Newsletter 2008~2009
                  83 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-8654
                 TEL +81-45-641-5751    FAX +81-45-641-6688
                     Newsletter No. 1 – August 29, 2008

                             FROM THE SCHOOL HEAD

       We trust that you have all had a safe and restful summer,
and that your children are ready to face the challenges of yet
another academic year!
        During the summer vacation, apart from general annual
maintenance work, the Recreation Area and the play area
adjacent to the Montessori, Gym and Fine Arts Center were
resurfaced, the art room painted, and alterations made to the French Section
classroom to accommodate an increase among the levels of the students
participating in this programme. New desks and chairs have been placed in the
north rooms and the Computer Lab 3, which now marks the completion of the plan
we embarked on four years ago to replace desks and chairs throughout key
rooms in the school.
         A warm welcome to the many families who have joined us this year. We
look forward to seeing you at the various functions which take place during the
academic year. We have an active Parent Support Group who are always willing
to assist new families, so please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would
like to be put in touch with a PSG member.
       A major means of communicating general information is via our twice
monthly School Newsletter which is sent out electronically. The published dates
appear in this mailing, so please be sure to check your e-mail at the time of the
published dates.
        Within the next few weeks we shall be organizing our “Adult Enrichment
Programme”, our “Toddlers Group” activities, along with various other
programmes, committees, and activities for both students and parents. We hope
that as parents, you will take advantage of what the school has to offer you, and
that you will get actively involved in the life of the school, as ultimately we are all
here for the purpose of providing our children, at all levels, with an enriching
supportive environment, while also providing us adults, with an opportunity to
learn and experience new things, acquire and develop new talents, develop
friendships, and together grow as citizens of our global community.
       Let’s together demonstrate to our children, that learning is a life-time
pursuit to be enjoyed by all. We are looking forward to working with you to
assure a successful 2008-2009 academic year.

                        IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Wed     Sep.    3     Student Holiday, Faculty In-Service 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thu     Sep.    4     First PSG Coffee Morning of the New School Year 8:30 a.m., Cafeteria
Mon     Sep.   15     Parent-Staff Introductory Afternoon/Evening
                      Student dismissal 12:10 p.m., Montessori dismissal at 12:00 noon
Tue     Sep.   23     School Holiday
Throughout the year, admissions representatives of college and universities throughout the
world come to Yokohama, and we always try to schedule visits for the benefit of Saint Maur
students (especially those in Grades 11 and 12) and their parents. Many of these visits take
place at the beginning of the school year and through September and October. We urge all
students to take advantage of these important opportunities. All events are open to all
students and parents from Saint Maur and Yokohama International School, regardless of their
location, with fee or prior reservation.

Date and Time:          Monday, 8 September 2008, 12:10 pm
Location:               Art Room, Fine Arts Center
Colleges:               Linden Art & Design College Tour, including
 (Joint Presentation)   Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design & Media (Vancouver,
                        British Columbia), Ontario College of Art & Design
                        (Toronto,Ontario), Parsons: The New School for Design (New York,
                        New York), University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Student Audience:       All IB Visual Arts students in Gr 11-12 (except HSSC members)
Further Information:    Please see Mr Scoggins or Mr Sarsfield

Date and Time:          Wednesday, 10 September 2008, 12:10 pm
Location:               Conference Room, High School Corridor
College:                Mt. Holyoke College (South Hadley, Massachusetts)
Representative:         Ms Cherry Chachero, Assistant Director of Admissions
Further Information:

Date and Time:          Tuesday, 16 September 2008, 12:10 pm
Location:               Conference Room, High School Corridor
College:                Regents College (London, U.K.)
Representative:         Mr Neil Herrington, Asia School Liaison Officer
Further Information:

Date and Time:          Monday, 22 September 2008, 3:30 pm
Location:               Yokohama International School, Venue TBA
Colleges:               Denison University (Granville, Ohio)
 (Joint Presentation)   Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York)
                        Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York)
                        Ringling College of Art & Design (Sarasota, Florida)
Representatives:        Ms Sarah Leavell (Denison), Ms Jane LaRocco (Hofstra)
                        Ms Shirley Be (Sarah Lawrence), Mr Jim Dean (Ringling)
Further Information:,,,

Date and Time:          Monday, 29 September 2008, 3:20 pm
Location:               Conference Room, High School Corridor
College:                University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana)
Representative:         Mr Ruben de Jesus Medina,
                        Assistant Director, International Admissions
Further Information:

Date and Time:          Thursday, 9 October 2008, Time TBA
Location:               Conference Room, High School Corridor
College:                Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (Chur, Switzerland)
Representative:         Mr K. Santhosh, Regional Manager
Further Information:

Date and Time:          Wednesday, 15 October 2008, 3:20 pm
Location:               Conference Room, High School Corridor
Colleges:               Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia)
                        Fraser International College (Burnaby, British Columbia)
Representative:         Ms Susan Moore, Admissions Manager
Further Information:

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Date and Time:           Monday, 27 October 2008, 3:20 pm
Location:                Conference Room, High School Corridor
College:                 Temple University Japan (Tōkyō)
Representative:          Ms Sheri Kao, Admissions Counselor
Further Information:

Date and Time:           Thursday, 30 0ctober 2008, 12:10 pm
Location:                TBA
College:                 Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
                         (Toronto, Ontario)
Representative:          Luisa Macchia, International Enrollment Services Officer
Further Information:

                            COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY FAIRS
A number of college fairs with representatives of many campuses will be held during the
autumn. We recommend that students in Grades 11 and 12, as well as their parents, visit as
many of these fairs as they can. Details will be printed in the Saint Maur Newsletter.
Council of International Schools (CIS) Asia Fall Tour 2008:                  This fair features
representatives from over 30 North American colleges and universities.
Date and Time:           Friday, 5 September 2008, 2:30 pm
Location:                St Mary’s International School (Setagaya-ku, Tōkyō)
Further Information:     Will be distributed to all students in Grades 11 and 12
British Council Education UK Fair: It will include universities and other institutions from
across the United Kingdom.
Date and Time:          Saturday, 18 October 2008, 11:00 am—5:00 pm
Location:               Tōkyō International Forum (Yūraku-chō, Tōkyō)
Further Information:
Institute of International Education (IIE) College Fair: This includes universities and
colleges from all over the United States and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of
Date and Time:         Sunday, 19 October 2008, Time TBA
Location:              Sunshine City World Import Mart (Ikebukuro, Tōkyō)
Further Information:
Kantō Plain College Fair: Sponsored by the college admissions counselors of the KPASSP
schools, this fair is open to all high school students and will include most of the U.S. colleges
which attended the IIE Fair, as well as universities within Japan and other parts of the world.
Date and Time:            Monday, 20 October 2008, Time TBA
Location:                 American School in Japan, (Mitaka-shi, Tōkyō)
Further Information:      Will be distributed to all students in Grades 11 and 12
Canadian University Fair: This is hosted by the Canadian Embassy and features four-year
universities and two-year and four-year colleges from across Canada.
Dates and Times:        Friday, 24 October 2008, 4:00 pm—7:00 pm
                        Saturday, 25 October 2008, 11:00 am—4:00 pm
Location:               Embassy of Canada (Minato-ku, Tōkyō)
Further Information:    Will be distributed to all students in Grades 11 and 12
In addition, Saint Maur and Yokohama International School will co-sponsor a college fair for
the nine Universities in Japan with English-medium and bilingual programs and September
admissions. These include International Christian University (ICU), Sophia University,
Waseda University, Temple University Japan (TUJ), Ritsumeikan-Asia Pacific University (APU),
Tama University (School of Global Studies), Akita International University, Lakeland College
Japan, and Tōkyō Jogakkan College. It will be held in October or November at one school or
the other and will be open to students in Grades 11-12 from the two schools.

                                  OPEN CAMPUS EVENTS

Many universities within Japan hold Open Campus events, when students and parents can
visit the campus, meet with professors and admissions staff, and experience sample college
classes. This is a great opportunity and far more worthwhile than visiting on an ordinary day.

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International Christian University (ICU), Mitaka-shi, Tōkyō, will hold an Open Campus
event on Saturday, 27 September 2008, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Temple University Japan (TUJ), Minato-ku, Tōkyō, will hold Open Campus events on
Saturdays regularly throughout the autumn and winter. The next date is Saturday, 4 October
2008, starting at 1:30 pm. Please watch this Newsletter for dates and details.

                          UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCE SUMMARY

Here is a complete list of the universities and colleges around the world which have accepted
the students of the Class of 2008. The first university listed (in bold type) is the one which each
student plans to attend. Nine students will attend college or university in the United States.
Seven will stay in Japan for their higher education. Four students will go to Canadian
universities. Two will go to university in the United Kingdom. One student plans to defer
admission until 2009. Congratulations to all of the seniors, and thanks to all of their teachers
for preparing them to take their IB/AP exams and eventually to leave Saint Maur and pursue
higher education!
Minkyung Bae:            State University of New York at Plattsburgh; Clark University
                         (Massachusetts), Elizabethtown College (Rhode Island)
Jerome Bellis:           Westmont College (California)—Early Action
Sean Fujiyoshi:          Otis College of Art & Design (California); California Institute of
                         the Arts
Dennis Gilstad:          Cooper Union, School of Art (New York)—Early Decision
Ginga Hoskins:           Hawai’i Pacific University; Arizona State University
Yasuki Hagiwara:         International Christian University (Tōkyō); Michigan State
                         University, Michigan Technical University, Western Michigan
Heisuke Iijima:          McGill University (Quebec); Syracuse University (New York),
                         University of Rochester (New York)
Mihee Kang:              University of Washington; University of Connecticut, Northeastern
                          University (Massachusetts), University of Sciences in Philadelphia
Luisa Kawahara:          Sophia University (Tōkyō); University of Hawai’i at Manoa,
                         International Christian University (Tōkyō)
Mai Kihara:              Fraser International College (British Columbia)
Yuri Kitamura:           International Christian University (Tōkyō), Sophia University
Douglas Ma:              Cooper Union, School of Engineering (New York City); University of
                         Southern California (USC); Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Yoshimi Mita:            American Inter-Continental University (London); School of the
                         Art Institute of Chicago (Illinois)
Yuka Murata:             University of Warwick (Warwickshire), University of Reading
                          (Berkshire), Keiō University (Shōnan Fujisawa campus)
Anna Novick:             Harvard University (Massachusetts); Brown University (Rhode
                          Island), Wellesley College (Massachusetts), Middlebury College
                         (Vermont), Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania), Colby College (Maine),
                         Bates College (Maine)
Shōichirō Nozawa:        International Christian University (Tōkyō)
Shōko Okamoto:           Sophia University (Tōkyō)
Yuki Sano:               Waseda University, School of International Liberal Studies (Tōkyō);
                         International Christian University (Tōkyō), Sophia University (Tōkyō),
                         University of Toronto (Ontario), University of British Columbia
Eugene Shea:             University of British Columbia; Portland State University
                         (Oregon), International Christian University (Tōkyō)
Takuya Shingai:          Sophia University (Tōkyō), Temple University Japan (Tōkyō)
Akihiro Suzaki:          University of British Columbia; Northeastern University
                          (Massachusetts), Drexel University (Pennsylvania), International
                         Christian University (Tōkyō)
Kiho Yutaka:             Berklee College of Music, Violin Program (Massachusetts); Indiana
                          University, School of Music

"Last May, all 23 seniors took various IB examinations. The maximum score for any Diploma
Candidate is 45 points. Our May 2008 Diploma Candidates were able to average 33 points, 9
points more than the minimum 24 points necessary to earn the Diploma. The highest
Diploma Candidate score this year was 41 points. Each exam is scored on a 1 to 7 point scale
and the average grade obtained by our candidates was 5.26. Of the 23 subjects that were
examined, our graduates averaged higher than the world wide average in 15 of these subject
areas. A score of 4 on the 7 point scale is considered to be a passing mark and of the 122
scores provided by the IB, over 90% were greater than 4. Well done, Class of 2008!

                                                               - Tim Matsumoto/IB Co-ordinator
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is administered by the College Board to award
college credit and advanced standing in college classes to students who have taken demanding,
rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. AP exams are given world-wide, mainly
to students at the end of Grades 11 or 12. Universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and
other English-speaking countries accept AP results, often giving students the equivalent of a
semester or a full year of credit.
Saint Maur students have taken AP courses and exams for many years, and last year 29
students (including 13 seniors and 16 juniors) took a total of 46 AP exams in twelve
subjects. This accomplishment was due to ambitious students who were willing to challenge
themselves with a demanding exam and to dedicated teachers who offered to help prepare
them for these exams. In most cases, students who are taking IB courses cover much of the
curriculum that they must know for the AP exams; but they still have to learn the AP exam
format and some material which is not included in the IB curriculum. All of the students
deserve recognition for their hard work and success!
In May 2008, students in Grades 11 and 12 took AP exams in the following twelve subjects:
English Language (5 students), French Language (1), Calculus AB (7), Calculus BC (3),
Psychology (4), Macro-Economics (5), Micro-Economics (13), Biology (1), Chemistry (2),
Physics B (2), Physics C: Mechanics (1), and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism (1). Scores
range from 5 to 1, with a score of 5 equivalent to college credit for at least one semester (and
often a full year) in the subject. Of the 29 Saint Maur students who took AP exams, eleven
received scores of 5 in at least one subject, and 26 received scores of 3 or higher.
The Advanced Placement program has announced its annual AP Scholar Awards, including
eight Saint Maur students who graduated in June 2008. To be eligible for the award of AP
Scholar, a student must receive grades of 3 or higher on at least three AP exams. An AP
Scholar with Honor has received grades of 3 or higher on at least four exams, with an
average grade of at least 3.25 in all subjects. An AP Scholar with Distinction has received
grades of 3 or higher on at least five exams, with an average grade of at least 3.5 in all subjects.
AP Scholars (3 seniors):
Yasuki Hagiwara, currently attending International Christian University in Tōkyō
Shōko (Cherry) Okamoto, currently attending Sophia University in Tōkyō
Akihiro Suzaki, currently attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver
AP Scholars with Honor (2 seniors):
Dennis Gilstad, currently attending Cooper Union in New York City
Eugene Shea, currently attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver
AP Scholars with Distinction (3 seniors):
Heisuke Iijima (7 subjects), currently attending McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
Douglas Ma (7 subjects), currently attending Cooper Union in New York City
Yuka Murata (5 subjects), currently attending the University of Warwick in Britain
Congratulations to all of the students who earned AP scores, including credit in university
courses and advanced course placement in those subjects!

                                                              - Glenn Scoggins/AP Co-ordinator
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The IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations are held
in two sessions every year: October/November and May/June. Last year's tenth grade
students sat the majority of their exams in the May/June session.
The results were issued last week and the students' achievements were pleasing. In total, 170
subject exams were taken by the 30 students in the grade. In the results, 168 of the exams
were awarded passing grades (A* to G) and over 81% of the grades achieved were grades A*, A,
B or C. (These grades are generally recognized as good results). 44 of the grades were in the
highest ranking of A* or A. In addition eight students were awarded the International
Certificate of Education, with either Merit or Distinction. This requires students to obtain good
grades in at least seven subjects, which must range across six different subject
groupings--Two languages, Social Sciences/Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, and
Congratulations to all the students, who are now in eleventh grade and will be able to build on
these results as they begin their studies of International Baccalaureate and Advanced
Placement subjects.
                                                        - Susan Yamada/IGCSE Co-ordinator

A unique football coaching experience from Total Football Academy for boys and girls alike!!
Enjoy a FREE training session with trained and certified coaches from the U.K., at Saint Maur.

Date: Every Saturday from 30th August 2008

Age Groups and schedule :
U-6 session     from 09:00 to 10:00, 5 and 6 years old (Max 20 players)
U-8 session     from 10:00 to 11:00, 7 and 8 years old (Max 20 players)
U-10 session    from 11:00 to 12:00, 9 and 10 years old (Max 20 players)
U-12 session    from 12:00 to 13:00, 11 and 12 years old (Max 20 players)
* Schedule subject to change in the event of heavy rain

Location : Saint Maur International School, Peverley Place, Naka-ku, Yokohama

Fees: First session FREE!!!
Monthly fees of JPY8,000 and a one time JPY10,000 for insurance and uniform.

To register for this event please contact Total Football at:
TEL : 03-6440-0533 (Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00) or simply show up at Peverley on the
day !

For more information on all events please visit
                               FROM THE PE DEPARTMENT
* PRACTICES are held on Mondays and Thursdays (3:30pm-5:30pm).
   The MS Girls Volleyball team practices in the gymnasium and the MS
   Boys Soccer team goes to Kominato field on the school bus.
* GAMES are generally on Saturdays starting at 9am (except weekday games
   with YIS). The team travels to and from the games together, with the two
   coaches, either on the school bus, rented bus or on the train (if it is feasible).
* PRACTICES are held on Tuesdays (4:30pm-6:00pm), Wednesdays and Fridays
* GAMES are on weekdays, if the school is close by, and/or on Saturdays. Parents may grant
  permission for their child to travel to and from games on their own if they so choose. Please
  refer to the permission forms for each sport.
- Saturday, September 6; HS Girls Volleyball @ ASIJ 10am and Cross Country @ Tama Hills
- Tuesday, September 9; HS Girls Volleyball @ St Maur vs Zama 5:30pm.
- Saturday, September 13; HS Girls Volleyball @ St Maur vs CAJ 10am, MS Boys Soccer @
  CAJ 10am, and Cross Country @ Negishi Park 9am.
- Tuesday, September 16; HS Girls Volleyball @ ISSH 5:30pm.
- Friday, September 19; HS Girls Volleyball @ Seisen 5:30pm.
- Saturday, September 20; MS Girls Volleyball @ NIS 9am and Cross Country @ Zama 9am.
- Wednesday, September 24; HS Girls Volleyball @ St Maur vs Kinnick 5pm.
- Saturday, September 27; HS Girls Volleyball @ Yokota 1pm, MS Girls Volleyball @ St Maur
  vs AOBA 9am, MS Boys Soccer @ ASIJ vs ASIJ 10:30am and vs NIS 12pm, and Cross
  Country @ Tama Hills 9am.
- Saturday, October 4; MS Girls Volleyball @ St Maur vs CAJ 9am and vs ISSH 12pm.
- Tuesday, October 7; HS Girls Volleyball @ St Maur vs YIS 5pm.
- Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11; JV Girls Volleyball Tournament hosted by St
  Maur and YIS (details to follow).
- Saturday, October 11; MS Girls Volleyball vs Seisen (TBC) and Cross Country @ Tama Hills
- Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18; Kansai Varsity Girls Volleyball Tournament
  (details to follow).
- Saturday, October 18; Cross Country Finals @ Tama Hills 9am.
- Saturday, November 1; MS Girls Volleyball @ ASIJ 9am and MS Boys Soccer @ CAJ
- Monday, November 3; MS Girls Volleyball @ St Maur vs YIS 4pm.
- Saturday, November 8; MS Girls Volleyball and MS Boys Soccer Tournaments @ ASIJ 9am.
     ** Please note that this schedule is subject to change as we depend on other schools and
        their scheduling issues.
     *   We are also hosting a Basketball Clinic on Tuesday, September 2 from
         4:30pm. Two players from the Tokyo Apache Basketball Team (“Basketball Japan”
         professional league) will be teaching 40 of our HS girls and boys that will be trying out
         for a basketball team in the winter season. These players will cover a variety of skills,
         techniques, and strategies to help improve each player’s level of play.
         Students that do not participate in the clinic are welcome to stay and watch. The
         Tokyo Apache will stay and practice afterwards and people will be allowed to stay and
         watch until 5:30pm (MS students) and 8:00pm (HS students).
         The ADMIN has graciously decided to sponsor this program and cover the costs of all
         students that will participate in the clinic – that means it is FREE!!!!
Come out and support our COUGARS!!!!

Mauricio Araya
Athletic Director/PE Department Head
  Take Advantage of It!
                      Secondary School
                          From September 1, 2008

                                   SECONDARY SCHOOL
 Day of the
   Week                 Teacher                   Location                     Subjects
                  Mr. Marsh                   Computer Lab 2          Chemistry/Maths
                  Mrs. Scoggins                      N-4              Japanese

                  Mr. Owen               Computer Lab 2               Supervision/Computer
TUESDAY           Ms. Fitzgerald                  N-4                 MS/HS English
                  Ms. Milliams            EAL (Lang. Skills Room)     EAL (Language Skills)

                 Ms. Seddon                   Computer Lab 2          MS/HS English/ History
                 Mr. Gregoriades                     N-4              English/Drama/TOK
                  Ms. Seddon                  Computer Lab 2          MS/HS English/ History
                  Ms. Yamada                         N-3              Economics
                  Ms. Milliams            EAL (Lang. Skills Room)     EAL (Language Skills)
                  Ms. Matsuda                   (4:00 – 4:30)         Japanese
FRIDAY            Mrs. Engstrom               Computer Lab 2          Gr. 7 Math/Spanish

                 The next Newsletter goes out on Friday, September 12, 2008.
              Please bring the articles to the office or send them in by e-mail/fax
                                by noon Tuesday, September 9
                                      Fax: 045-641-6688

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