Thursday, 15 December 2016

JAL and Japanese B newsletter

We have a test every Monday this year, too.(Kanji or words, / depending on students’ levels )
We have two different levels in the class and below is what we did with each group.
With one group …We practiced changing Te form to normal form.
                   We learnt to sentences of make a request, permission and
a strong prohibition statement.
                  This sentences uses Te form also.
With the other group…We learnt to expression of determinations, describes an action performed in preparation for something, qualifies the noun.
                                We often use this 3 expressions for conversation.
Have a good winter holiday and よいお年を(Yoi otoshio)
We have a Kanji test every Monday.
We read to discuss from view of world and Japan global issues from November.
We read to think about Wangari Muta Maathai. She likes Japanese words ‘Mottainai’.
The meaning of these words are very deep.
We were able to get many though from these words and her.
And we had a discussion about energy saving for summary.
Next term, we learn to media.

Have a good winter holiday and よいお年を(Yoi otoshio)

G12 Chemistry December Newsletter

This month we continue the optional topic Energy with G12 students. Besides this G12 students start preparing their internal assessment for chemistry and start conducting experiment in the lab 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

G12 Japanese A newsletter

Dear G12 Parents,
Japanese A news letter of December
By Mr. Higa

The Japanese A students studied the topics below until the end of Autumn term.

"Eiketsu no Asa"
They did individual oral commentary. The activity is one of IB assessment. They made it great because they practiced hard.
Also, they created own story according to the topics. Then they presented their story.

In this term, all parts of Japanese A (SL) had been done.
So we will start to practice for the biggest IB exam.
During winter break, they have a homework which is to write "Book review".
They can write it about any Japanese books but not comic one.
I am looking forward to getting together with their great memories of break.

I appreciate you for the big cooperation and we could make this term great.
If you have any concerns or question, please feel free to ask me.

Friday, 2 December 2016

LA December Newsletter

Dear parents and students,

This month in LA we will be completing the following:
- reading and analyzing Animal Farm
- Term test

Please see my website for further details on any course information or feel free to email me at

Mr. Chris

Monday, 28 November 2016

JAL newsletter in November


We have a test every Monday this year, too.(Kanji or words, / depending on students’ levels )
We have two different levels in the class and below is what we did with each group.

With one group …We finished our textbook “Genki Unit 5”. We had unit 5 test.
                         We started Unit 6. In this unit,we learned verbs of Te form.  
                            This form is important in making sentences and talking.
                                We practiced changing Te form to normal form.
With the other group…We finished on Genki 2 unit 14. We had a unit 14 test.
                                   We started unit 15.
                                  We learnt to the direction of the transaction in unit 14.
                                  This expression has 3 verbs by a view of person.
                                  We practiced conversation and writing much times.
                                  I hope then they came to that situation, they can use smoothly it.


We have a Kanji test every Monday.

In this term, topic is global issues.
We worked on global warming, natural disaster in Japan.
Specifically in the earthquake, we learnt about East Japan great earthquake disaster.
And we read to discuss from view of world and Japan global issues.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Physics and Homeroom Updates

Dear parents of Grade 12,

In physics class we have just completed all the SL and HL topics. It was a long run since the beginning of the last year. They all worked really hard so far.
We have some prescribed experiments and Option topic to complete.
We decided to go with Astrophysics (Option D) as the option topic. This will take about a month to cover. We will also work on some of the prescribed experiments. Our aim is to complete the astrophysics topic by the end of this term.
We hopefully start the revision next term.

Another important work for the physics class is to complete the IA lab reports. Students are taught what is it and what they have to do. This is an independent lab report they have to complete by December 12. All the students are expected to complete and submit their reports by the due date. Please note that this lab reports will be submitted to the IB  center and will effect %20 of the final mark.

Counseling and Homeroom

We had a very successful application boot camp last week. I believe it was fruitful for all the students.

It is a critical time for the students who are applying the US universities. Some of the universities early applications will due withing this month. They require lots of documentation.
I suggest all the students to be proactive and complete their documents as early as they can.
They should ask the teachers for the recommendation letter at lease 2 weeks in advance.

This Wednesday we will be visiting Yokohama college fair as I informed you earlier. You are also welcome to visit and ask questions to the university representatives.

There will be another session at our school on Friday. A representative from York university, Canada will be visiting our school. Students will have chance to ask questions in person.

The last but not the least is the key to success is to be well organized. Time management is an important factor during this year. Please help your students to make a good time table and write all the deadlines.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, 4 November 2016

November English Newsletter

Dear students and parents,

     This month in English class, we will be finishing up our study of A Merchant of Venice. We will then transition into our second novel study of the term, A Passage to India. Just as with A Merchant of Venice, we will discuss the historical and cultural context of our author (E.M. Forster) and our setting (Imperial India). We will be reading this novel for the entire month, with quizzes and activities here and there to reflect on the novels content.

Mr. Chris