Winter Fiesta

 

On a beautiful December 18th Columbia International School held its annual Winter Fiesta. We would to thank all of you that took part in this fun filled event. I think you will all agree that it was a very successful Winter Fiesta. We would like to recognize Mrs Isomura and the many volunteer members of the PTSA for their tireless efforts planning, organizing and making the day such a success. Your efforts provided great role models for the students and through this event gave them an opportunity to learn and develop leadership, cooperation and teamwork. There was a great turn out again this year and I could see that students were very proud of their school and were happy to showcase it to the community. I was proud of our students and thought they showed great school spirit. We look forward to working with all of you as we continue to make Columbia into a wonderful center for learning and a great place for your children.

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Thank you,

 

Barrie McCliggott

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Outdoor Adventure Club – Mountain Biking

On Sunday, December 2nd, 4 senior members of the Outdoor Adventure Club woke up at 5am and traveled to Nagatoro in Satiama-ken to participate in a mountain biking tour. 

It was a cold day but the 4 determined students (Hinako, Reio, Runoa, Kotaro) arrived at the Montbell Outdoor Challenge (MOC) centre right on time via the scenic Chichibu Tetsudo Railway.

The tour begain at 9:30am with a brief overview of how to ride the specialized mountain bike, then students were off for the day!  The tour included a morning ride around the town of Nogami to get used to riding the bike, lunch and then students were taken out into the forest for the afternoon.  The trail was wide open in some places, narrow and more difficult to ride in other sections.  Students also climbed 497m to the summit of Mt. Hodo in nearby town Nagatoro.  Students reported this was a tough climb but a rewarding downhill ride.

The tour ended at 5pm back at the MOC centre.  The students were cold and tired but felt it was a very rewarding and fun experience that they would like to try again, in slightly warmer weather 🙂

 

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PPL 40 (Grade 12 PE) – Fitness Class at Synergy Center, Ebisu

On Friday, November 16, 2012 Mr. Goldie’s grade 12 PE traveled to Ebisu to attend a fitness class and lecture at the Synergy Center.

Fitness for life the main theme of PE courses at Columbia but is a topic of particular emphasis in the grade 12 PE course (PPL 4O), as students approach the end of their guided high school PE career. Throughout this course, Mr. Goldie has been offering students practical advice and teaching key exercise techniques to prepare the grade 12 students to participate in fitness endeavours on their own.

In keeping with this theme, the grade 12’s traveled to a cutting edge training center in Ebisu called the Synergy Center, owned and operated by Travis Johnson Ph.D and his wife Kaori Tani. The Synergy Center is not a typical fitness center. It is focused differentiated, functional exercises that can be done at all experience levels and ages. To quote their website, the mission is as follows:

“… to provide our customers with the results they need so that they can live the life they love, with real solutions for chronic pain, injury prevention & rehabilitation, athletic performance and elite fitness.”

Students participated in an intense fitness circuit consisting of mostly body weight exercises using many different types of equipment such as the TRX Suspension Trainer, the TRX Rip Trainer, the Giant Dual Fit Exercise bike, sand bags, and rubber balls filled with water! Because each exercise was modifiable to each students’ strength level, students reported the workout was difficult but not too hard, therefore very rewarding.

 

Travis Johnson and Mr. Goldie then lectured on the benefits of functional training over machine based training; women and weight training (Travis shared a recent photo of one of his feamle clients’ body transformation via heavy weight training; students were amazed to see how she wasn’t big and muscular but lean and fit looking);
and the link between being physically strong and self-confidence.

It was an eye-opening experience for the students who have only seen the inside of commercial gyms, full of fixed-pathway machines and cardio equipment. The space at Synergy, although small, reassured students that very smart training can be done in small spaces, at low cost, for life.

 

Check out the Synergy Center here: http://synergycenter.jp/

Check out the TRX Suspension Trainer: http://www.trxtraining.com/

 

 

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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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