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									                             OSAKA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF KWANSEI GAKUIN




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                                                                                              SCHOOL
                                                                                              UPDATE
                                                                                            November 27, 2010
HEAD’S UPDATE                                                                               CALENDAR
John Searle                                                                                 DECEMBER 1
Head of School                                                                              Registration Deadline for
It is a frequently stated axiom that the quality of a school cannot exceed the quality of   Jan. 22 SAT I & II Tests
its faculty. While intuitively this seems correct there is also much research to support
the idea that the most important factor in determining the quality of education is the      DECEMBER 4
                                                                                            SAT I & II Tests @ SOIS
teacher. An extensive report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development (OECD) published in 2007 found that teacher quality was the only            DECEMBER 7
factor which made had a significant impact on learning when compared with class             HS Holiday Concert,
size, the number of initiatives developed by educational groups, or the amount of           6:30 pm @ Maple Hall
money that was spent per student. Great teachers are vitally important to a great
school. Therefore it follows that the selection and retention of faculty is the most        DECEMBER 8
                                                                                            PTA Monthly Meeting,
important part of a head’s job. It may seem difficult to believe but we have arrived at     8:45 am
the time of year when faculty are already making plans for the next academic year           @ 3F Conference Room
and schools are searching for replacements for teachers who are moving on. The
increasing number of international schools in Asia in general and in China in
particular has increased the competition to find the best faculty. Many of these new
schools are also offering the International Baccalaureate programmes which is
creating greater demand for experienced teachers with knowledge and background in
these programmes. In response to this many schools are trying to secure replacements
for vacant positions ever earlier in the school year. As an example of this, it is not
uncommon for a school to announce the new head of school 24 months in advance of            NEW SCHOOL EMAIL
that person taking up the position. We find ourselves therefore also in this process of     ACCOUNT
asking faculty to make decisions far earlier than in previous years and looking for         Thank you to all families
teachers far earlier than before.                                                           who checked the new
Having said that demand for teachers has increased enormously, we are receiving             school soismail.jp email
dozens of resumes every week from teachers who are interested in joining us. Japan          accounts and sent a reply
                                                                                            to the welcome message.
remains an attractive proposition for many people and OIS remains an attractive place
to consider work. Many are applying just in case there is an opening in the field in        We are making more use
which they teach. Out of all of these applications however only a few will have the         of this system as part of
necessary experience and potential for excellence in the classroom to be considered.        our communications with
In addition in a school such as OIS we have to have faculty who can see the potential       parents.
in the relationship with SIS rather than an obstacle. This is a fundamental part of         If you have not checked
working at Senri for both faculties. This is a very difficult potential to judge as this    the mail yet or not been
two-school model does not exist anywhere else, so generally it is outside of people’s       able to send a
experience however many years they have been involved in education.                         confirmation reply, we
                                                                                            would appreciate you
We will actually be interviewing prospective applicants before the winter holiday           doing so as soon as your
break and hope to secure any new faculty that we need by January. I will be writing         schedule allows.
after the winter break more about this process as we confirm changes in personnel.
                                                                                            If you have any problems
In connection to hiring, Ms Stephen was appointed last year to a one-year position          logging in or have not
while we reviewed the administrative structure of the school. The purpose of                received your username
conducting a review was to determine how we can make most effective use of the              and password (they were
personnel resources we have available to us. I have submitted to the Board a                sent with the Bulletin a
                                                                                            month ago) please
recommendation to maintain the present structure of a head and two division                 contact our tech support
principals. We have already reduced the administrative team by one position when we         department at
did not replace Mr. Schell last year. His duties were taken on by Mr. Lewis and the         techsupport@senri.ed.jp
foundation staff. I want to be cautious in reducing this team further at this point until   Alternatively you can
we have been able to see how the administrations roles develop under the new                phone school on the
foundation. Ms Stephen continues to do an excellent job in that role bringing fresh         regular 072-727-5050
insights into much of what we are doing, including the potential of the relationship        number.
with SIS. However, we committed last year to a one-year position. This means that
we are advertising for a middle school and high school principal as a permanent
position at this time. We are following the same guidelines as last year in creating a
committee of administration, a foundation representative, two teachers and a parent.
The parent on the committee will be Beverley Yamamoto who has two children in the
high school and who is also a member of the Parent Advisory Committee. I look
forward to these conversations about OIS and the future.
                                   (continued on back)
(continued from page 1)         MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE
In the meantime the first       Leanne Stephen
trimester was completed last    Middle & High School Principal
week. Everyone is working       Respect for Others
extremely hard and there        Over the past few weeks I have used the Educator to write about how our Five
hardly seems time for us to
catch our breath as we
                                Respects directly relate to life here at school; and what it means to be a member of
move from AISA                  the community of students at OIS. On a Monday or Tuesday morning, the middle
competitions, to concerts, to   and high school students gather in the theatre for their weekly assembly. It is a good
student council events and      opportunity for them to be with students from different grade levels in the school so
to keep a sense of              they see themselves as connected beyond their year group. Each week, Mr Searle,
momentum with school            Mrs Killmer and I take this opportunity to share with the students some important
work. I look forward to         aspects of life from a local or global perspective; we encourage the students to look
seeing you in and around        in, look out and look beyond. Last week, our focus was Respect for Others.
school over the next few
weeks before we leave for       If you have visited the school throughout the month of November, you may have
the winter break.               been surprised to see so many of the male teachers sporting beards or moustaches.
                                This is in response to a global initiative called “Movember”. By putting down razors
                                for a month, the teachers – and some students – are on an ongoing campaign to raise
                                awareness in our community of men’s health issues. Interestingly, each day, the
                                facial hair reminds us that something positive is being done, through research or
                                funding to find solutions. The month does not focus on the negative aspects of
                                illness, but rather gives us hope of a shared commitment to bring about positive
                                change. Each day in “Movember”, we are visually reminded of those who support
                                and work towards affirmative action.
END OF TRIMESTER
REPORTS                         I asked the students to think of this campaign in relation to the Five
Caroline Rennie                 Respects. Daily, each Respect, requires us to take positive action for ourselves,
Director of Academic Affairs
                                others, our learning, our environment and our leaders. Just like the moustaches on
Middle school and high          display at the moment, our respectful actions should be clearly visible to all
school students received        members of our community as these behaviours unite us as two schools together. It
their end of trimester grade    is this unity that adds momentum to what we can achieve as individuals. Once more,
reports today.
                                I ask that we draw some inspiration from our surrounding environment. A close look
In the Middle Years             at the student lockers within SOIS reveal a wooden door decorated with rows of five
Programme reports (grades       incised lines; these lines are common to each locker in the school – the lines lead us
6-10), students are awarded     visually and physically on a path throughout the building, floor to floor, school to
a level of achievement in       school. The unique feature of each locker is the location of a small block of wood
each criterion within a         spanning a void within the five etched lines. What is not immediately apparent is
subject. These are collated     that these lines actually represent a musical staff and each of the wooden shapes
to give an overall grade from   represents a note of music. If each individual note from each locker is played in
1-7. All MYP grading is         sequence, the doors represent the score from the Japanese traditional song Sakura.
criterion-related, which
means that the descriptor       In essence, each note and each door acts as a physical reminder of Respect for
pertaining to the level         Others. We need to value the role of each individual within our community because
reflects the student’s          without the people on either side of us, or further along the corridor – there is no
achievement.                    ongoing melody, and no harmony. It is imperative that we do not just think about the
For the Diploma programme       Five Respects, but we translate these beliefs into actions that are visible to others
(grades 11 and 12), students    every day.
are awarded an overall
grade 1-7 for each subject.

Please read these together
with your child so that you
can set goals for next
trimester.

Further information can be
found on our website
(http://www.senri.ed.jp/ois/
community/index.htm)
The user name is
oiscommunity@senri.ed.jp
and the password:
balancedglobals.

If you have any questions
regarding the reporting
process, please feel free to
contact me.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UPDATE                                                        K-Gr. 2 SET LUNCH MENU
Cecilia Rawlins                                                                  – CAFETERIA
Elementary School Principal                                                     MONDAY, November 29
What does it mean to be a part of a community? What does it mean to be a        croquette sandwich
part of a group? Are the two words synonymous? What distinguishes the           TUESDAY, November 30
two? I usually distinguish between the two by looking at the purpose            rice omelet with
and/or choice involved. In my opinion, a person belongs to a group quite        demiglace sauce
often through no choice; yet, has made a conscious choice to be a part of
various communities. For example, I am a member of the African                  WEDNESDAY, December 1
                                                                                pan-fried noodles
American group because of my birth and I have chosen to become a
member of the Senri and Osaka International Schools community.                  THURSDAY, December 2
                                                                                locomoco / rice with egg & hamburger
Since the distinctions I have shared here may be over simplifications, I        topping
have turned to the dictionary for further clarification regarding the
                                                                                FRIDAY, December 3
differences between the two. Groups are defined as “any collection or           pizza
assemblage of persons or things”. Communities are defined as “a social,
religious, occupational or other group sharing common characteristics or        MONDAY, December 6
interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from   fried chicken
the larger society within which it exists.” It is apparent that one can be a    TUESDAY, December 7
member of a group without having developed a community.                         curry rice

As I see it, everyone at OIS is a member of our school community because        WEDNESDAY, December 8
all families, faculty and staff are here by choice. We are united by the        Chinese noodle soup
school’s mission statement: “We are informed, caring, creative                  THURSDAY, December 9
individual(s) contributing to a global community.” We are further               cream stew with chicken and carrot
connected and guided by a variety of documents related to our beliefs.
They include:                                                                   FRIDAY, December 10
                                                                                pork fillet cutlet
      The Five Respects
      Statements of Beliefs
      The Essential Agreements
      School Philosophy                                                        IMPORTANT NUMBERS
                                                                                John Searle, Head
There are a myriad of ways our SOIS community is connected. While               072-727-5080
space does not permit a full printing of each document, I encourage you to      jsearle@senri.ed.jp
read each in the Student Handbook in order to enhance your knowledge of
                                                                                Leanne Stephen, MS/HS Principal
each. These documents help to guide our decision-making in a variety of         072-727-5050
areas, including behavioral and instructional.                                  lstephen@senri.ed.jp
Our school community is connected to the greater International                  Cecilia Rawlins, ES Principal
Baccalaureate Organization by the mission statement of that organization.       072-727-5050
The IBO mission statement is:                                                   crawlins@senri.ed.jp
        The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring,              Karen Killmer, Counselor
        knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a              072-727-5061
        better and more peaceful world through intercultural                    kkillmer@senri.ed.jp
        understanding and respect.
                                                                                Mike McGill, Admissions Director
         To this end the organization works with schools, governments and       072-727-5070
         international organizations to develop challenging programmes of       mmcgill@senri.ed.jp
         international education and rigorous assessment.                       Steve Lewis, Business Manager
         These programmes encourage students across the world to                072-727-5090
         become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who                 slewis@senri.ed.jp
         understand that other people, with their differences, can also be
         right.                                                                 Peter Heimer, IBDP Coordinator
                                                                                072-727-5290
Earlier in the school year at the Back to School Night meeting, I shared        pheimer@senri.ed.jp
with parents The Five Respects and encouraged parents to familiarize            Caroline Rennie, MYP Coordinator
yourselves with them for the purpose of using the same language as the          072-727-5050
school uses when talking with (not “to”) your children. This further aids in    crennie@senri.ed.jp
the development of the sense of community by sharing common beliefs and
allowing those beliefs to fully guide our actions.                              Yvonne Barrett, PYP Coordinator
                                                                                072-727-5050
In subsequent articles in The Educator, I will discuss in more detail some      ybarrett@senri.ed.jp
of our guiding documents for the purpose of aiding in our understanding of      Natsuko Hasegawa, School Nurse
our guiding philosophies and thus enhancing the utilization and                 072-727-5050
connectedness of each. I encourage you to share with me your thoughts           nhasegawa@senri.ed.jp
regarding these guiding principles. This will help us to begin a dialogue
that will further aid in our understanding.                                     Student Attendance
                                                                                072-727-2305
ACTIVITIES UPDATE
Simon Parker
Activities Director
Important Upcoming Dates:
November 26th/27th
Saber Invitational MS Girls Soccer Tournament@ Osaka
December 10th/11th
WJAA HS Boys Basketball Tournament @ CA
WJAA HS Girls Basketball Tournament @ Osaka
WJAA MS Boys Basketball Tournament@ Marist
December 11th
WJAA MS Girls Soccer Tournament@ CA
January 27th-30th, 2011
AISA HS Boys Basketball Tournament @ KIS, Korea
AISA HS Girls Basketball Tournament @ SIS, Korea
AISA Student Council Conference @ KIS, Korea
The first actual AISA Fine Arts weekend was a roaring success last week. The band in Yokohama, the choir
in Seoul and of course the orchestra here in Osaka were all top quality events with some top notch
performances to round off the weekend in the respective concerts. We were treated to 45 minutes of
amazing strings performances here in the gym at school. Many thanks go out to Mr. Villapando who
worked the 55 students to the limit in 2 days of rehearsals and produced a final concert of the highest
quality, with our own Manaka Matsumoto (OIS 12) leading the orchestra from her concertmaster position.
Thanks also go out to all those in the school community who work together to ensure that these events run
so smoothly. The home stay families, the SIS PA, the parents of participating musicians - thanks to you all,
it really was a great way to kick start the AISA Fine Arts programme and has really set the standard for
future years groups to match up to.
Even though Xmas is in sight there is still a lot going on before we break for the holiday. Next week we
host the Saber Invitational MS Girls Soccer here at school starting at midday on Friday. Two weeks later we
then play host to the WJAA HS Girls Basketball tournament for 2010, here in the gym at school. As always
we would welcome your support at any of these events and would really like to pack out the gym for the
basketball and roar on Mr. Adams' girls as they bid to continue their excellent form this season so far and
make it to the finals. For a full check on all the action in the coming weeks as well as for round ups of the
major events so far this school year just click on the school website at www.senri.ed.jp and follow the link
to Sports.
On the elementary front all clubs seem to be running well. Mr. Coleman is indeed a popular person and has
over 30 students in there for Science Club. Yesterday after school they were off to the park to shoot off
rockets!! Parents please keep your eyes peeled for the Block 3 information which will appear immediately
after the holiday and starts on January 24th.
If you have any questions relating to the sports and activity programme here at school please do not hesitate
to contact me at school by phone or by email to sparker@senri.ed.jp




CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR - A Season for Giving
Lyn Melville-Rea
Community Service Coordinator
Please donate warm blankets, new underwear or sleeping bags
for those people living on the streets of Osaka.
There are two wire baskets in the genkan. We will collect until Dec.17.
Christmas Night
December 25, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Children from Sannoh Children’s Center in Kamagasaki will offer onigiri, our donated goods and a kind
word to those who have no home, stable or manger in which to sleep.
If you would like to join this ‘yomawari’, please contact Mami or Haru at Ph. 06 6633 8415.
http://www5c.biglobe.ne.jp/~sannoh/

								
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