Elementary Sports Day

The Columbia School community got together on October 14th for Sports Day. The playing field was a colourful display of sun umbrellas and picnic furniture as families got together in a celebration of sports and fun. It was a tight competition throughout the day but in the end it was the Mighty Turtle team that came out on top. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and sportsmanship. Way to go Spirit Bears

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Alumni visit Columbia students

Columbia Alumni who graduated from Universities in the United States and Canada shared their experiences with present Columbia Students. The message was clear: Columbia provides an excellent educational experience preparing students to be successful at foreign overseas Universities. Attending overseas Universities offer student an excellent education and opens the doors to becoming a truly global citizen

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Alumni presentation

Alumni presentation

 

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Canada Day

Ms Yuki Noda in a  PTSA sponsored  event got our Canada celebrations off to a musical start with a fun and entertaining performance.

Ms Yuki Noda in a PTSA sponsored event got our Canada celebrations off to a musical start with a fun and entertaining performance.

One minute to win it acitivities part of the Canada  Day activities.

One minute to win it acitivities part of the Canada Day activities.

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Rock Challenge

Columbia hosted a rock challenge workshop. Columbia students along with students from Nishmachi, ASIJ and Tokyo students came together for a dance workshop and performance on the weekend. rc_all

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Cancellation of the Book Fair 2013/2013年ブックフェア開催中止について

It is our great regret to inform you all of the cancellation of the Book Fair 2013 scheduled this week although we have just sent you a reminder. The publisher and the bookseller, R.I.C. informed us on Friday evening that they would not be able to hold the event at our school due to their staffing issues. We have sought for options to avoid disappointing hundreds of members who have been looking forward to the fair however, in this short notice, we had to come to a conclusion that we should cancel the event this year.

We apologize for this happening.

The school office

 

大変残念ながら、先日リマインドのメールを発送したばかりですが、予定されていたブックフェアが開催できなくなりましたことをお知らせします。出版および販売を担当いただいていたRIC出版より金曜日の夕方、会社のスタッフィングの事情により出店できない旨の通知がありました。ブックフェアを楽しみにしていただいている何百人の子どもたちや保護者の皆様のために、実施するための他の選択肢を探りましたが、実施日までの時間がないことなどからやむなく、今年のブックフェアを中止にすることにしました。このような事態になり申し訳ありません。

学校事務局

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Award winners on the Japanese literacy test

We were very pleased with the results Columbia students achieved on the nation wide Japanese literacy test. Columbia students rank very high when compared to all other schools even those in Japanese private and public schools. Consistently we are finding that the Japanese ability of Columbia students is above those in regular Japanese curriculum schools.  Several students were presented with awards for being above their grade level. Several students achieved levels 2 grades higher on the open ended test. Way to go Columbia elementary. Way to go Columbia elementary.

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Ontario Secondary School Literary Test

26 senior students took the Ontario Literacy Test on Friday April 12th. The Ontario Secondary Literacy Test is an Ontario government test of English proficiency administered province wide on the same day. The successful completion of the English Language proficiency requirement is one of the graduation requirement for earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The completed tests have being sent back to Canada for marking. We have our fingers crossed as we wait for the results but we will have to be patience as results of this province wide test are not expected until late June.

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Entrance Ceremony & Orientation DECISION / 入学式とオリエンテーションについて(決定)

Please check the news page of our website for more details. 詳細は学校ウェブサイトのニュースページを確認ください。

The school will hold the entrance ceremony and orientation tomorrow on April 7th Sunday as planned. In extreme conditions you cannot make it tomorrow, the office will arrange an alternate orientation session. Unfortunately, the entrance ceremony will not be rescheduled. Please check the website for the alternative orientation session schedule.

NOTE:Everyone please keep checking the “NEWS” page for any possible updates before you leave for school on April 7th Sunday.

入学式とオリエンテーションは予定通り4月7日(日)に行います。悪天候の影響でどうしても参加ができない方は、オフィスは代わりのオリエンテーションを調整します。その方々向けの入学式の再調整はありません。オリエンテーションの調整結果についてはウェブサイトで通知します。

注意:皆さん今後更なる更新情報が出るかもしれませんので、出かける前に「ニュース」ページを確認するようにしてください。

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Entrance Ceremony & Orientation Status / 入学式とオリエンテーションについて

Please check the news page of our website for more details. 詳細は学校ウェブサイトのニュースページを確認ください。

Due to expected extreme weather conditions, the ceremony and orientation may be canceled. The decision will be made by 15:00pm tomorrow on April 6th. Please keep yourself updated for the coming Sunday ceremony and orientation status. The office will post updates on the news page of our website.

入学式とオリエンテーションは予想される悪天候および交通の乱れのため、キャンセルになる場合があります。決定はあす4月6日の午後3時までに行います。日曜日の式とオリエンテーションの予定について更新情報を随時確認ください。学校ウェブサイトのニュースページに、事務局から通知を掲示します。

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Outdoor Adventure Club – Ski Trip – Minakami

tenjin-lodgeOn February 22-24, 2013 twelve members of the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) traveled to Minakami for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding, staying at Tenjin Lodge.  http://www.tenjinlodge.com

Gr 8 Girls Ski

 

The overriding theme of the weekend was the snow conditions.  There were metres of fresh powder snow awaiting us as we began the day on Saturday, February 23rd at the Hodaigi Ski Resort.  http://hodaigi.jp/

We had planned a snowshoeing tour on Sunday, February 24th but had to cancel because of the incredibly poor weather.  Sunday brought full blizzard conditions.  So, led by Keiren McNamara owner-operator of Tenjin Lodge, we traveled back to Hodaigi for a half day of skiing-snowboarding.

 

Tokuragawa Onsen

[Japan’s largest outdoor hotspring!]

 

After skiing-snowboarding we enjoyed dipping in onsen water at two different onsens.  On Saturday, Takaragawa Onsen, featuring Japan’s largest outdoor bath (rotemburo)!  It was a beautiful, traditional Japanese sight watching the snow gently fall all around.   http://www.takaragawa.com/ 

 

  


Suzumorinoyu Onsen

 

On Sunday, Suzumorinoyu Onsen; a more modern onsen on perfectly located near Jomokogen station where we boarded the shinkansen to return home.  http://ameblo.jp/suzumori-noyu/

 

 

 

Tenjin Dining

 

The students enjoyed a big pasta dinner on Friday evening, delicious and warm nabe prepared by Keiren’s wife, Bo McNamara as well as scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast both mornings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Outdoor Adventure Club is looking forward to warmer for a camping trip!  If you’re interested, check the OAC bulletin board or Mr. Goldie’s homepage on the CIS Intranet for more information.

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[Sunday, blizzard conditions!]

Gr 8 Girls Room

[Gr. 8 Girls enjoying “girls talk” in their room]

Doai Station Minakami

[Evening Activity: Doai Station – 486 steps to platform!]

Minakami 2013 Group Doai

[Evening Activity: Doai Station – 486 steps to platform!]