Friday, 21 December 2018


School Office
Just to let you know the school office will now be closed until we return to school on the 7th of January.

Winter Camp
Many thanks to our families who joined the winter camp, it was a very enjoyable week. The children had a lot of fun in school and on our trip, making wonderful art and cooking their lunch for the last day party!






Friday, 14 December 2018



Have a Great Holiday!
From all of us here at DSKI, please have a super holiday and safe travels to where ever you may be going!

Winter Camp
We will be running our camp for enrolled families from 9.00am until 3.30pm every day. Just come along to the school as normal, with the students taking part in art and games fun. We will be going to the local restaurant for lunch every day, so no need to send a lunchbox.

Swimming Schedule
Every Monday

January 7th - March 18th
Early Years, Grade 1 and Grade 2

April 1st - June 17th
Early Years, Pre-school, Grade 5/6

School Calendar 2019/2020

The calendar for next school year has been confirmed:
(The Event Calendar will be published later once it has been finalized with teachers and PTA.)

August
22nd first day of school after Summer break
26st first day for preschool students


October
12th Oktoberfest
14th school closed
28th - Nov 1st Autumn break


November
22nd school closed (teacher workshop day)


December
19th - Jan 8th Winter break (school closes on the 18th at 13:00)


March
19th - 27th Spring break


May
4th - 8th Golden Week (school closed)


June
16th last day of school (school closes at 13:00)

(Click here for the Calendar)





Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Ship Visitors from Germany


We had a couple of very interesting visitors who happened to drop by, two German engineers from a container ship in port for 24 hours. They saw the school from the mono-liner. Curious to see a German school overseas, they came in to look around and also had a chat with our students about life on a big ship. Very interesting for all!


Friday, 7 December 2018




School Lunches
Deadline - 12th of December
We will continue to have a catered school lunch from Pizzeria del Rokko.
This time the lunch period will be between January 7 and March 20, 2019.
Orders can only be processed after payment has been made and confirmed.
Please be aware that in case of the absences or sickness of the child during the period the fee cannot be refunded.
The lunch will not come with chopsticks or fork. Your children need to bring them from home.

Early Years and Pre-School 
The Early Years and Pre-School children’s lunch costs Y400 each.
Register HERE

Grades 1 - 6
The G 1 ~ G 6 children’s lunch costs Y550 each.
Register HERE

If you would like to order the lunch for your child, please submit an order form and make a payment by December 12 to -
Deutsche Schule Kobe International        学校法人神戸ドイツ学院
Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Rokko Island branch 三井住友銀行六甲アイランド支店  
Account No. 3393642 (Saving Account)           普通口座 3393642
Swift Code: SMBCJPJT

Christmas Market
December 14th 10.20am - 12.00pm
We will open with performances at 10:20AM in the Multi-Purpose Room.
After that, feel free to wander through our market square and see the wonderful Christmas crafts our students have produced using natural, recycled, and various other materials. Some students will be offering activities and others selling treats to eat! The Christmas market will end at 12:00PM, when the children will gather together back inside the Multi-Purpose Room to close our celebrations.

After our whole school gathering (and a visit from Santa!), all students will return to their homeroom classes for 1PM dismissal. Children grades Pre-KG to Grade 1 must bepicked up by parents at their homerooms.

Open your hearts as well as your wallets, as proceeds from the sales of students’ work will go to charity! This year we are donating our earnings to help raise search and rescue dogs here in Kobe. Barring a natural disaster that needs their help, the dogs will be present to greet customers at a special booth during the event!


Last Day
December 14th

Just a reminder we will end school at 1.00pm on our last day of school.





Friday, 30 November 2018




Parent Cafe
The Role of Language Arts in the Age of Automation and Artificial Intelligence
5th December 9.00am Library
Machines/computers are changing the nature of work and therefore the working environment our learners will eventually enter. The response to this is often that students need more technological skills, however research shows social, emotional and creative skills are becoming much more important. The language arts (reading, talking etc) contribute a lot to the development of these social, emotional and creative skills, so we will look at how we are developing these here at DSKI.

School Lunches
We will continue to have a catered school lunch from Pizzeria del Rokko.
This time the lunch period will be between January 7 and March 20, 2019.
Orders can only be processed after payment has been made and confirmed.
Please be aware that in case of the absences or sickness of the child during the period the fee cannot be refunded.
The lunch will not come with chopsticks or fork. Your children need to bring them from home.

Early Years and Pre-School 
The Early Years and Pre-School children’s lunch costs Y400 each.
Register HERE

Grades 1 - 6
The G 1 ~ G 6 children’s lunch costs Y550 each.
Register HERE

If you would like to order the lunch for your child, please submit an order form and make a payment by December 12 to -
Deutsche Schule Kobe International        学校法人神戸ドイツ学院
Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Rokko Island branch 三井住友銀行六甲アイランド支店  
Account No. 3393642 (Saving Account)           普通口座 3393642
Swift Code: SMBCJPJT


Lunch period January 7 – March 20, 2019

Dates
lunch days
Price
Early Years/
Grade 1-6
January
7,8,9,10,11,14,15,16,17,18,21,22,23,24,25,28,29,30,31
19
Y7,600/
Y10,450
February
1,4,5,6,7,8,11,12,13,14,15,18,19,20,21,22,25,26,27,28
20
Y8,000/
Y11,000
March
1,4,5,6,7,8,11,12,13,14,15,18,19,20
14
Y5,600/
Y7,700
Total

53
Y21,200/
Y29,150


School Christmas Market
We are busy here making final plans for our Christmas market, which will be on the 14th of December. Please mark it in your diary - more information to follow in next weeks blog.

Winter Camp
17th - 21st of December
9.00am - 3.00pm
Ages 5 - 11
We are please to announce that registration for our Winter Camp is now open. We will have a sports and art theme with activities for all to enjoy!
- Team Games
- Creative Painting
- Obstacle Courses
- Model Craft
- End of camp Disco
Cost will be 50, 000 Yen per child for the full week or 12, 000 Yen for each day

To Register Click here

Thursday, 22 November 2018




Scholastic Orders Are Open!
The next scholastic order is open until Tuesday, November 28th! 
We apologise for the deadline being rather soon, but we want to ensure that the books get here before Christmas break. Please check the backpack of your child for the flyer or look at it online: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QzC5TxUoR1PXwh7w8TQRC_7qCGmKct-P77fewSBxpBU/edit?usp=sharing


Parent Cafe
The Role of Language Arts in the Age of Automation and Artificial Intelligence
5th December 9.00am Library
Machines/computers are changing the nature of work and therefore the working environment our learners will eventually enter. The response to this is often that students need more technological skills, however research shows social, emotional and creative skills are becoming much more important. The language arts (reading, talking etc) contribute a lot to the development of these social, emotional and creative skills, so we will look at how we are developing these here at DSKI.

School Christmas Tree Lighting Up Ceremony
30th of November
3.00pm
We will have a whole school ceremony to switch on our Christmas tree lights. The students will sing some songs and then we will have a couple of our students chosen randomly to switch the lights on and start our Christmas season. They have also been busy making decorations for the tree. Parents are very welcome to come and join us!

Winter Camp
17th - 21st of December
9.00am - 3.00pm
Ages 5 - 11
We are please to announce that registration for our Winter Camp is now open. We will have a sports and art theme with activities for all to enjoy!
- Team Games
- Creative Painting
- Obstacle Courses
- Model Craft
- End of camp Disco
Cost will be 50, 000 Yen per child for the full week or 12, 000 Yen for each day

To Register Click here


Staff Training Days
We are busy here at school looking into how we can develop our inquiry style of teaching further!



Friday, 16 November 2018

Old School Photos


Here are some amazing pictures of our school from more than 100 years ago - a time before blogs and internet we thought you may like to see. 

DSKI is one of the oldest international schools in Japan, with a very proud tradition of being part of the local community. 


Please enjoy the photos, and look out for them in our school display area.













Parent Information Meeting
Wednesday 21st November
9.00am, Library
Following the announcement that Mr Pitzner will be away on personal leave from the 25th, we would like to offer a second parent meeting for information plus any questions about the cover situation for parents who were not able to attend the meeting last week.

Open Day
Thursday 22nd November
We will have our first Open Day on the 22nd of November. It will be a normal school day for all our students, but we will be open for visitors who are interested in joining us to come and see the school in action.


School Closed
Friday 23rd November
Friendly reminder: The school will be closed on Friday, 23rd (and Saturday 24th) due to a two-day teacher training. The whole staff will be together looking at how we can further develop our inquiry style of teaching.

School Christmas Tree
Lighting Up Ceremony
30th of November
3.00pm
We will have a whole school ceremony to switch on our Christmas tree lights. The students will sing some songs and then we will have a couple of our students chosen randomly to switch the lights on and start our Christmas season. They have also been busy making decorations for the tree. Parents are very welcome to come and join us!

Winter Camp
17th - 21st of December
9.00am - 3.00pm
Ages 5 - 11
We are please to announce that registration for our Winter Camp is now open. We will have a sports and art theme with activities for all to enjoy!
- Team Games
- Creative Painting
- Obstacle Courses
- Model Craft
- End of camp Disco
Cost will be 50, 000 Yen per child for the full week or 12, 000 Yen for each day


To Register Click here


School Photos
Early Bird discount for school photos ends today!


TELL Kansai
We would like to support TELL Kansai, a counseling and support service for mental health in the Kansai area we work with. They will be having a fundraising event on the 1st of February in Mikage.
You are able to buy raffle tickets here in the school office, with a good selection of prizes.




Friday, 9 November 2018





Osaka Christmas Market
Please RSVP here by Friday 9th November, please contact Mari Sukegawa for additional information.

The Grade 1 - 6 students are invited this year again to open the annual German Christmas Market in Osaka.

Date and Time:         Friday 16th November, 2018 from 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue:                      Umeda Sky Building in Osaka
Schedule:
2:40 pm Students have their afternoon snack in the classroom
3:15 pm Students and teachers depart school by charter bus
4:00 pm Students and teachers arrive in Osaka
4:15 pm The opening ceremony begins
4:40 pm (Estimated) DSKI students sing
5:00 pm The Christmas tree is lit

After singing the students will meet St. Nicholas and get a present.
The teachers will return the students to the entrance hall of the Umeda Sky Building.
Teachers will give a coupon for food/drink and the merry-go-round to each child as they are handed over to their parents.
Parents must collect their child after the performance at the entrance hall of the Umeda Sky Building, East Tower.
Parents are responsible for their children after this time (after 5:00 pm approx.).
Please ensure that:

1) Your child has an afternoon snack packed on Friday 16th November.
2) Your child has the school polo shirt. Please allow the child to wear white sweatshirts with long sleeves underneath.
He/she needs to wear dark colored trousers/skirt & tights.

Open Day
We will have our first Open Day on the 22nd of November. It will be a normal school day for all our students, but we will be open for visitors who are interested in joining us to come and see the school in action.

Secondary School Visit
Ascot International School are planning to open a secondary school section in which will cater to native English and also native Japanese speakers. They have very kindly offered to host an information meeting at their new site on the 14th of November at 9.00am.

You will be able to meet the principal Mr Donnellan, hear about their secondary school concept and see the new campus.

We will meet here at the school and transportation will be provided to their campus and back.


Winter Camp
17th - 21st of December
9.00am - 3.00pm
Ages 5 - 11
We are please to announce that registration for our Winter Camp is now open. We will have a sports and art theme with activities for all to enjoy!
- Team Games
- Creative Painting
- Obstacle Courses
- Model Craft
- End of camp Disco
Cost will be 50, 000 Yen per child for the full week or 12, 000 Yen for each day
To Register Click here

School Photos
On Wednesday and Thursday all families received log in details from our new photographer. Please check the photos, we really like them a lot!
They are great memories but on top might be a nice seasonal present for grandparents, aunts and uncles....
If you like to order them you might want to use the "early bird" discount.
For those of you who have looked before: From tonight the photos with all students from your grade will be available too!

Principal Absent
Frank Pitzner joins the Principal´s conference of the Association of the German Schools Abroad. The conference is hosted by the German International School Seoul. It lasts from Wednesday, Nov 14th to Sunday, Nov 18th.

Parent Cafe
Many thanks to all who came along to our first two Parent Cafes, great to see you there and we hope you find our meetings useful. If you would like any themes added to the schedule, just let us know.