Friday, 25 October 2019



Bike Safety
6th and 8th November
8.15am - 8.45am
Many thanks for the group who have signed up. Please meet at the main gate with your bike and helmets.

St Martin
November 12th
4.00pm - 5.30pm
Just like the years before we would like to celebrate Saint Martin with the students and parents of our school. There will be a stage play about the legend of Saint Martin and students, parents and teachers will go on a procession on Rokko Island with self-made lanterns.
To have the evening come to a nice end, there will be children’s punch and “Martinswecken” (a traditional pastry) at the school after the procession. According to the tradition of Saint Martin, the children will share their “Martinswecken” with each other.
The schedule will be as follows:
● school children: 3.30 to 3.45 pm: small snack in the classroom
● Early Years children: 3.30 to 4.00 pm: small snack in Early Years


Please don’t forget to give an additional snack to your children in the morning. Parents of children in
Early Years, who are in afternoon care, can pick up their children after the snack at around 4.00 pm.


● 3.45 to 4.15 pm: break time on the playground
● 4.15 pm: stage play by the German Grades
● around 4:45 pm: lantern procession on Rokko Island (around 30 minutes)
● around 5:15 pm: getting together with drinks and “Weckmann”
● 6.00 pm: end of event


Basketball club will happen between 3.40 pm and 4.15 pm. We would like to ask the parents to be at the playground at 4.15 pm to watch the stage play together with the students. If you have a child in Early Years that leaves at 1.00 pm, please return to school together by 4.15 pm. For our lanterns we will use last year’s battery-operated candles and lantern sticks. The candles and lantern sticks will be collected at the end of the event to be used again next year. To ensure that this event will be a successful one, we are asking parents to take responsibility for their children, especially during the lantern walk.

Osaka Christmas Market
15th November 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Grade 1 - 6
We will once again be performing at the Osaka Christmas switching on the tree lights ceremony at the Sky Building in Umeda.
Its a huge event and we are very happy to be on stage, it is also the venue of the German Christmas market, so please come along and enjoy!

Open Day
21st November
9.30am - 12.30pm
- School Tour
- Meet the teachers
- Parent Cafe
All nationalities welcome

(Business as usual for all our students)

Winter Camp
Tentative 19 - 25th December
9.00am - 3.30pm
12, 000 yen per child / per day
50, 000 yen for all 5 days
We are looking at the winter camp dates and due to the holidays we do not have a full week before Christmas. We would like to see what the interest is for dates 19th - 25th with the 25th being a half day, based around preparing and eating a Christmas lunch.

Student Withdrawl
If you will be leaving the school at the end of semester one, please note the deadline for withdrawl notice form to the office will be 31st October.

Oktoberfest
Many thanks to all our parents for your support at the Oktoberfest! It was a great day and a lot of fun by all. We are still working with the accounts but it is looking like we raised more money for school resources and materials than last year, which is really great!!

Many thanks to our team leaders for putting it all together!

Food - Ingrid B
Drinks - Maiko G
Cakes - Heeja O
Set up - Justin P
Tombola - Daniela R
Kids Room - Anita M

A message from the cake team
We would like to thank all parents for a lot of cake donations and support!
We had more than 100 cakes !! and they are fantastic. We saw that our customers had good impressions and people enjoyed your  cakes.
※Please remember to pick your cake plate up at the table in front of the kitchen.













Friday, 18 October 2019


Letter from the Chair of the School Board
Dear parents,

I am happy to inform you that Mr Alex Inman has been formally appointed as the new school principal.

As you may know he has been acting as principal for some time now and we believe that due to his knowledge of the school and his professional experience it is a good choice for us. Mr Inman has been an international school principal in Germany so has experience of the German education system and he also holds a principals license as well as extensive leadership experience in IB schools.

We wish Mr Inman success and are happy to support and work together with him as the new leadership team of DSKI.

Yours sincerely,

Petra Steiners
Chair of the School Board

School Holiday
22nd October
Just a reminder, we have an additional holiday for the coronation of the new Japanese emperor.

PYP  Assembly
23rd October, 3.00pm
Please come along and enjoy our Grade 2 assembly!
Fairy tale characters using different strategies to solve conflicts

Halloween Party
25th October
This year the PTA will be hosting a DSKI Halloween Party on the 25th of October (Friday) from 1:50-3:30 in the afternoon. Please come in your best costume. It will be a fun-filled afternoon with goodies, candies and prizes!

Osaka Christmas Market
15th November 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Grade 1 - 6
We will once again be performing at the Osaka Christmas switching on the tree lights ceremony at the Sky Building in Umeda.
Its a huge event and we are very happy to be on stage, it is also the venue of the German Christmas market, so please come along and enjoy!
Please RSVP here if you would like your child to take part.

Bicycle Safety
If we have enough interest we will run a bicycle safety course. Just to show students how they can use hand signals, cross junctions safely and just generally be more aware when cycling. We would run it before school, from 8.15am - 8.45am, to avoid any clash with lessons or clubs. 
All ages welcome, free of charge, bike needed.

Friday, 11 October 2019



Oktoberfest
19th October
Many thanks for all your support for the decision to move to a new date, please have a safe long weekend and see you on the 19th. 


For your shift sign up, we understand parents may have plans. If you need to change your shift, so please just goto the shift plan here and adjust as needed.

12, 13, 14 October - School closed
18th October - Set up and school trips
19th October - Oktoberfest!
20th October - School closed
21st October - school day as normal
22nd October - School closed

Disaster Management in Kobe
Parent Cafe with Kobe City Planning Officials
16th October
9.30am, Library
We will have the Kobe city officials responsible for emergency and disaster management agree to come in and present the plans for earthquake and tsunami in our area.

You will be able to hear from them about Kobe city plans and also have a chance to ask any questions you may have.

We are very lucky to get them, and to help them, please could you RSVP here if you would like to join the cafe.

PYP  Assembly
23rd October, 3.00pm
Please come along and enjoy our Grade 2 assembly!
Fairy tale characters using different strategies to solve conflicts

Bicycle Safety
If we have enough interest we will run a bicycle safety course. Just to show students how they can use hand signals, cross junctions safely and just generally be more aware when cycling. We would run it before school, from 8.15am - 8.45am, to avoid any clash with lessons or clubs. 
All ages welcome, free of charge, bike needed.

Japanese and English Lessons for Parents
Our English lessons for parents have got off to a good start, it is still possible to join, just email our teacher directly.
Japanese, apologies for the delay, our original teacher has pulled out, but we have just hired a new lady who will be in touch with you shortly.





Tuesday, 8 October 2019


New Date for Oktoberfest,

as many of you have seen we have a very big, category 5 typhoon heading for us, due to hit on the 12th of October.

Unfortunately because of this we have made the decision to move Oktoberfest to the19th of October, so one week later. 

It is true that the typhoon can change course, but we have made the decision which makes most sense given the information we have today. If we leave it later to cancel, it will be much more difficult to change the plan and let the community know plus much more expensive for the school. We did discuss moving to the 13th or the 14th, but we felt the best and easiest thing to do is push Oktoberfest really clear of any possible conflict.

For your shift sign up, we understand parents may have plans. If you need to change your shift, so please just goto the shift plan here and adjust as needed.


So dates will be as follows
12, 13, 14 October - School closed
18th October - Oktoberfest set up and school trips for students
19th October - Oktoberfest!
20th October - School closed
21st October - School day as normal
22nd October - School closed for new emperor coronation

My sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused, more information to follow regarding cake baking and food preparation dates but we are really looking forward to seeing you all on a bright and sunny 19th of October!!

Friday, 4 October 2019



School Trip and Oktoberfest Preparation
11th October
Next Friday, so we can prepare for Oktoberfest, all classes will be going on a day trip. More information will be sent from your homeroom teachers shortly.

Food Stall
Good with BBQ? We still need seven more people to help in the afternoon. Join here!

Please share our Facebook post here!

Disaster Management in Kobe
Parent Cafe with Kobe City Planning Officials
16th October
9.30am, Library
We will have the Kobe city officials responsible for emergency and disaster management agree to come in and present the plans for earthquake and tsunami in our area.

You will be able to hear from them about Kobe city plans and also have a chance to ask any questions you may have.

We are very lucky to get them, and to help them, please could you RSVP here if you would like to join the cafe.

School Closed for the Coronation
22nd of October
We are happy here at DSKI to celebrate the coronation of the new Japanese Emperor Naruhito. It will be a public holiday, and so we will be respecting the day and the school will be closed.

Our teachers will be talking to our students about the coronation, so both Japanese and overseas children can understand and enjoy the event.