bnr-life2017

Student Life Overview

Energetic environment with international flavor

Aichi International School provides students with an environment to grow as global citizens. AIS holds many special events with international flavors throughout the school year, including a school sleepover, sports day, Tanabata party, talent show, Halloween party, Christmas concert, Thanksgiving Day lunch, cherry blossom family picnic and speech contest. To give you an idea of what goes on at Aichi International School throughout the year please check out the following slideshow presentation; A year in the life of Aichi International School

AIS is not only an international school, but it is also a bilingual school based in Japan. Therefore, it is important for the school to not only teach Japanese students about the international environment, but it is also an aim of the school to allow both Japanese and international students the opportunities to learn about Nagoya and Japan as well. Besides learning in the Japanese language, AIS also has events such as a Tanabata festival, in July, and Setsubun celebrations, in February, so that students can further their understanding of Japanese culture and values.

Tanabata party
Tanabata party
Tanabata party

Tanabata party

AIS also holds events for students to learn about cultures from outside of Japan. Among these, the AIS Halloween party is perhaps the largest Halloween party for younger students in all of Japan! Many pumpkins are cut and carved to make jack-o-lanterns, and hundreds of prizes, candies and Halloween goodies are purchased for this event.

Halloween party
Halloween party
Halloween party

Halloween party

The Christmas concert is another special evening, with the performance held at a theater away from the AIS building. The entire musical is written and composed by the AIS staff. The performance usually includes singing, acting and dancing, with the 2 hour show conducted exclusively in English. At the end of the night Santa visits the students with very special presents for them to take home.

Christmas concert
Christmas concert
Christmas concert

Christmas concert

AIS has an annual Sports Day in June, which sees all of the AIS students competing against one another for their team houses: Red (Cardiff), Blue (Edinburgh), Green (Blarney) and Yellow (Leeds). The morning of the Sports Day is when the kindergarten students compete for their prizes, with the elementary school students racing after lunch.

Sports Day
Sports Day
Sports Day

Sports Day

Elementary students have bi-weekly (Grades One and Two) and weekly (Grades Three to Six) violin lesson as part of their music curriculum. Also, for students who have a further interest in the instrument, they can have extra violin lessons with a professional violin teacher after school. In 2008 AIS was invited to join a performance with the city orchestra in Toyohashi, Aichi. Students perform in the AIS hall at the end of terms one and three for parents and the local community, plus their are usually opportunities throughout the year to perform around Nagoya city, as in December 2013 when around 30 elementary school students put on a Christmas concert at Hoshigaoka Terrace (shopping area close to the school).

Violin concerty
Violin concert
Violin concert

Violin concert

In addition to the many special events, AIS students also go on several field trips. Both the kindergarten and the elementary school students go on a field trip once a term. Some of the places that the students have visited include the zoo, the aquarium, the science museum, theme parks and factories.

Aichi Farm

Aichi Farm

Toba

Toba

Parque Espana

Parque Espana

The elementary school students have been to attend professional sport games, including baseball, basketball, futsal and rugby, in Nagoya, and have met the players of the local professional teams. We also encourage members of the local Japanese community to work with our students as well. The police, sumo wrestlers, African drummers and dancers, and a bug bus have all been through the gates of AIS to widen the students’ understanding about a whole range of topics.

Meeting with players

Meeting with players

Sumo Day

Sumo Day

Crime prevention lecture

Crime prevention lecture

 In March 2014 a range of students from the elementary school attended an eight day homestay program in Ipswich, near Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia. Over the course of the week the AIS students attended regular lessons and made lots of new friends at West Moreton Anglican College. In their free time they enjoyed going to parks, the beach and farm life with their homestay families. One day was an organised visit to the world famous Lone Pine Sanctuary, where students could hold a koala.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Science Lesson

Giving a presentation