Academic Improvement – ‘students supporting students’

Mentor Programme

For several years now, Columbia International School has supported a student-led Mentor Programme. The following is an overview of the programme by our  Student Coordinator Runoa Hayama.
The Mentor Programme consists of students who teach other students who want additional help. We teach both junior high school and elementary students after school. The benefit of joining the Mentor Programme is students ask older mentors for help. They are also able to get some tips for success. All the mentors are nice and they teach their mentee and try to make things easily understandable. Through this activity, mentees can get help from older students while we, mentors, can develop our skill in communication with others.

For the Elementary Mentor Programme, parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s teacher or Ms. Ozawa in the office for help.

Here are what some students say about this programme:

This program is one of the greatest opportunities to get both volunteer hours and incredible experiences with new friends.”

—MinKyo, Grade 11—

I think the mentor program is a great opportunity to get volunteer hours and communicate with other grades.”

—Chihiro, Grade 11—

This is a great chance to improve our skill of using English in daily life, as well as help build a school community and responsibility towards students in the lower grades.”

— Runoa, grade 11—-

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The ASIJ Boys and Girls Soccer Jamboree October 20th

The grade 5 and 6 soccer club members travelled to the American School In Japan for a Jamboree style soccer tournament against CAJ, St Mary’s, and, of course, host ASIJ. On a beautiful Saturday on a beautiful pitch, Columbia played full 11 aside soccer for the very first time ever! With only one sub, our students played with a competitive spirit , a positive attitude, and surprisingly fluid teamwork against these bigger teams from bigger schools. We played winning football against CAJ and a never-say-die St. Mary’s while pushing ASIJ to the limit in a narrow 2-1 loss. Everyone gave their all had a blast at the same time—a perfect combination. A special thanks to JHS Naoya for being our goalkeeper. Next up: Halloween Soccer On Wednesday October 31th at CAJ.

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Columbia International School challenges students to the highest standard!

In July, 2012, Columbia International School had 15 students write the internationally recognized Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam for Word 2007. This is an exam that students must demonstrate their advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Word 2007. Very few schools around the world do this exam at the high school level. This year’s success rate was very high at 87% and 2 students received a perfect score (the first time ever for us).  We are very proud of our students!

 

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CIS helps build a better world!

MONGOLIA 2012

From July 10-22, 2012, 15 students and three staff went to Mongolia to support Habitat for Humanity in the construction of two homes.  Students had an opportunity to visit a few cultural sites plus work for 40 hours constructing the 2 houses. All students received 40 community hours for their hard work.  The trip was an amazing time for all!

Given the success of the Mongolia 2012 community service trip, CIS is in the early stages of organizing a Habitat for Humanity trip to Cambodia for the summer of 2013. All students over the age of 14 are eligible. Once again, participating students will gain leadership skills and complete the required 40 hours of community services necessary for graduation. Contact Mr. Morrison at morrison@columbia-ca.co.jp for further details.

 

 

 

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Grade 11 PPL 30 Nagano Adventure

Columbia International School’s grade 11 students along with Mr. Hall  and Mr Goldie will be spending the next 3 days in the Nagano Mountains at the North Star Lodge experiencing a variety of team building activities and outdoor adventures, such as mountain biking, wall climbing and night hiking.  To the staff and students have a safe and wonderful adventure and we are looking forward to hearing your stories when you return to school on Tuesday.

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Open House Success

Columbia would like to thank all those students, staff and teachers that came to school on Saturday for their efforts to make our Junior and Senior Division Open House a great success!!
Columbia International School held a presentation and open class session for prospective students last Saturday September 22nd.  We welcomed 50 families to our campus and had  tremendous feedback about our hospitality, the atmosphere of our school, the welcoming nature of the teachers and students in the classes and the students superior behavior and performance in their classes, work and discussion in their lessons.  Thank you again for all your effort to help put Columbia’s best foot forward.

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Columbia I.S. Graduates Getting Settled at University

Columbia International School graduates this past Spring are off to their University life with nearly 90% going overseas to Canada mostly but also to the US, Thailand, England, Australia and Switzerland.  This year’s graduates had achieved wonderful things in their high school careers including both academic and co-curricular excellence.  It is evident by the amount of scholarships they grabbed up upon University entrance from among others Temple University and the Canada-Japan Leadership Fund awarded from the Canadian Embassy how bright they are.  Now as these graduates become alumni and the youngest children enter school so the Columbia education cycle continues.  As they start their higher educational endeavors at the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, Temple University and McGill University to name a few, we wish them luck in all their challenges and in their further future goals.

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Student Diversity at Columbia International School

Over the past year, Columbia International School has seen a big increase in foreign enrollments!  We went from 18 countries represented in our student body to now 23 countries! This is due to the quality and stability of the Saitama area, our Kinder to High School Ontario, Canada education and the introduction of a new diversity scholarship program.
Columbia International School has adopted a new “Student Diversity Scholarship”. The Diversity Scholarship Program is dedicated to awarding a reduction of school fees by up to 50%. These scholarships were created to increase diversity on the Columbia campus and give ambitious students, who might otherwise find the opportunity unattainable, a quality education from Ontario, Canada. The Scholarship Program includes the “Columbia Scholarship” for applicants to Columbia and the “Honour Scholarship” for students of Columbia. Following a review of applications received, checking school records, and an interview, the Principal will select the students to be recipients of the scholarships.
These scholarships will be awarded to students for one academic year with renewal options up to graduation.
The school will respect the confidentiality of the scholarship recipients’ personal circumstances.
If interested in applying for the Student Diversity Scholarship or obtaining further information, please contact Columbia International School.

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New Kindergarten Program Start

After 25 years of International and Canadian Education in Japan Columbia International School has finally added the last piece of their 15 year program with the start of their Kindergarten division.

The Kindergarten program had a pre-start in September with 7 children.  Initially most children are coming from International preschools or are from dual ethnicity families.  The program includes K1, K2 and K3 which is for ages 3, 4 and 5 respectively.  There are 20 students per class with a head teacher and an assistant.  Columbia International School in preparation of having younger children on campus has added or changed a few features including; booster seats and port-a-potties on the bus; resourced our uniforms to include smaller sizes now being shipped from the United States; added an indoor tumble and play gym; came online with 24 computers for the 1st lower school computer lab and re-sized the school lunch.  The curriculum is as all Columbia’s programs are using the provincial curriculum of Ontario, Canada.  The official start of the program will be April 2013 and they are now accepting applications and holding interviews.

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Columbia Attending Rieikai Fair / 理英会新宿フェアー

Columbia International School will attend the Rieikai Fair on June 17th 2012, this Sunday!!  We hope to see all of you there and would like a chance to chat with you about all the exiting new developments at Columbia.  We will have lots of posters, fliers and handouts and it will also be a chance to get our Summer School 2012 information!!  A Columbia teacher will also be doing a demo lesson at the event.  If you would like information go here, http://www.1149.jp/space/shinjuku.html

6月17日(日)、新宿で実施される理英会フェアにコロンビアインターナショナルスクールが出展します!コロンビアへ入学希望の皆さん、サマースクールへ参 加希望の皆さん、コロンビアのことをより深く理解する絶好のチャンスです!会場でコロンビアのイベント情報をお配りしておりますので、是非ブースにお立ち 寄りください。個別面談も可能です。さらに!!コロンビアの先生による”デモレッスン”も行う予定ですので、お楽しみに!

詳しくは http://www.1149.jp/space/shinjuku.html

See you there!!

Discover Your Potential at Columbia International School

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