Monday, 13 November 2017

ITGS Newsletter

Grade 12 students continued to document their internal assessment projects. These years projects include promotional video, baseball team database, interactive games, school presentation and magazine, websites for school departments and sushi shop. Students have completed project analysis where they justified how their projects are the optimum solutions to specific scenarios. They have also listed the performance criteria to be checked and evaluated at the end of the project.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Japanese B Newsletter in October



We are learning about Global Issues in this term.
We did a presentation of 3 minutes speech”Recycling system in your country” and “ Energy policy in your country”
Students displayed good performances.
We practice reading deeper various kinds of environmental issues.
We thought about “Mottainai Spirit”. And we discussed ”Does your language have like Mottainai words?”  
We were able to think through various viewpoints and come up with new opinions.

Next we’re going to learn about Natural disaster and Globalization.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Physics Newsletter

Dear parents and students,

Greetings from Physics class. We have started the year very well.
IB class has completed most of the topics required. After the break we will study the option topic and spend some time for the Internal Assessment. The first draft should be submitted by December 14th.
The final will be in February.
Once we finish the option topic we will focus on revision and past paper practice.
Non IB students studied radioactivity so far. Working on posters and having a debate on using radioactive resources help them stay on task and engage with the topic.
We will have some assessments before the break to wrap it up.

Best regards

Monday, 16 October 2017

Japanese A Newsletter in October


Dear G12 Parents,

I hope you have been well in the nice season and ready for red leaves.

In October, there are the topics which students learned below.
-Persuasive words
They analyze how words effect to people through CM, Poster and Songs. They created own interesting song by their selves. So please ask them to sing that song. They have been preparing FOA and then they will present it after mid term break.

In November, they will learn some a topic from Part2 below
- Language and Mass Communication: Textual bias, Media institutions.

All students try very hard everyday. 
Also they help us for making a poster of Japanese Culture Day.
I really appreciate you for your support everyday.
If you have any questions/suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Higa

Friday, 13 October 2017

Yokohama Triennale

This week grade 12 art students took a field trip to the Yokohama Triennale, an international art exhibition that takes place every three years.
They had the opportunity to see art on the themes of isolation and connection by Japanese artists such as Mr. (a member of the Superflat art movement) in addition to internationally known contemporary artists, most notably Ai Weiwei, who makes powerful statements about subjects of global importance through his works.  The facade of the Yokohama Museum of Art is currently part of one of these pieces, which uses rafts and lifejackets washed up on the island of Lesbos, Greece to open a dialogue about the plight of refugees.
Students were encouraged to apply what they were seeing to their own work as well as subjects we have discussed in class, including the way that intellectual property rights apply to the art world.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

ITGS Newsletter

Grade 12 IB students have started their internal assessment which focuses on providing an original IT solution for a client. The internal assessment component, as well as being interesting, practical and productive, forms an important part of the assessment of the ITGS course.
Students did interviews with their clients and collected data to analyze the current IT system and its inadequacies. The initial consultation and investigation documents are completed.
Grade 12 non-IB students have worked on producing a commercial video. Students are expected to demonstrate their filming and video editing skills; as well as teamwork.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Grade 12 September and October Newsletter

Dear Grade 12 parents and students,

This month in English, we have focused on the following skills:
- reviewing our definitions of language and culture
- note taking in structured lectures for university preparation
- creating, presenting, and reflecting on our own media creations
- understanding terms and concepts related to mass media and communication (media literacy, convergence, media convergence, remediation, linguistic attributes, genre, sub-genre)

Moving on through September and into October, we will be focusing on our unit on Media Bias. During this unit, students will focus on understanding the following questions through analysis and discussion of various forms of media.

1) What is bias? What does biased media look like?
2) How can we learn to identify biased language/media?
3) How does the context of a text help us understand its biased use of language/media?
4) What are the effects of bias?
5) Is it even possible to avoid bias?

Thanks for your time and attention. All homework, resources, and course information is on our shared Google Classroom website which we have been using since the start of September.

As always, if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please feel free to email me at chepburn@horizon.ac.jp

Regards,

Mr. Chris