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A-JIS Winter Fest 2017

A message from Mr Sell, our Head of School:

Every year our performances get better and better and this year is no exception. It is clear to me that all children young and older are growing in confidence and skill. The teamwork required by adults and children alike, to produce such an event, is so important in building attributes required to lead a positive change in the world.  

In recent times, MYP has been working on learning in teams. This is because we know that in doing so their academic abilities improve (in comparison to working alone), their capacity to build collective empathy is increased (an essential part of belonging) and the power of sharing responsibility for the outcome is better understood (something that truly builds social capital in a community).

This event clearly demonstrated our social capital. Everyone played a part and thus everyone can share in the celebrations. It shows that child and teacher can innovate, take risks, solve problems and communicate effectively together for the benefit of others.

With all of this in mind, I sincerely thank you all. Well done we should be proud of our efforts. – Ken Sell

Everyone played a part and thus everyone can share in the celebrations.


AJIS Winter Fest 2017 

 The FC Community office opened the annual international market bringing a cozy Christmas atmosphere to the School and joy to our learners and families!


Winter Concert

 This year’s concert was a whole school production based on the story of The Nutcracker. The entire student body has been working with our school’s Performing Arts teachers to create outstanding performances that left us all amazed and speechless!





Meet Mr. Simon, our school’s Art Assistant and Design/Mkt Staff


The importance of being ernest, Superbad, A fistfull of dollars, Wagons East!, La Notte & Jumanji. That would be his life using film titles.


Where are you from?
I was born in Canada and grew up/nationalised in Australia.


What did you study, why, and what did you like the most?
Visual Arts, I discovered a love for the arts when I was 17 and never stopped since, my art teacher suggested I go to Art School so I applied for a scholarship and got in with her help. I loved the sculpture courses on offer.


What are your roles here at A-JIS?
I’m half art assistant and half graphic design/marketing for BBT.


What do you enjoy the most working at A-JIS?
The friendly community


What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
He really needs to be home more.


What do you do for fun?
Making art/objects/things, Cycling, watching old movies, going on dates and exploring.


What would your autobiography be called?
Spontaneous Dance: A Guide.


A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
Hello i’m a talking penguin, I might be in your head right now, but that doesn’t matter please go feed yourself some Mexican food, don’t worry about work.


Meet Mrs. Ros Sell, our G5 Homeroom Teacher

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela


Where are you from and how long have you been living in Japan?

I am originally from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. I have taught in Australia, Norway, China and now here.I have been living in Japan since August of 2014.


What did you study, why, and what did you like the most?

I completed a Bachelor of Education so I could work as a PYP teacher. Since my formal study, I have continued to use research to improve my practice because I believe it helps me be a better teacher. It is important that I not only learn from others’ research but make a contribution to the professional body of knowledge that informs education. This is why I believe our school’s Teachers as Researchers program is so important. I also take every opportunity to attend PD to gain new knowledge and learn from others.


How long have you been teaching or working in Education?

I have been teaching for over 35 years. I have taught all grades from 1 to 7.


What are the achievements you are most proud of?

Seeing the students take responsibility for their own learning. The PYP Exhibition is a wonderful example of this.


What do you like most about teaching or working in Education?

Teaching is often underrated but it is the most important job of all. It is such an honor to have been a part of so many children’s lives. In IB schools, the aim is to make a better and more peaceful world. What a great system to be involved in.

No two days are ever the same. Life is always interesting as a teacher. But the best thing is watching students grow and discover things for themselves. It is so lovely to meet previous students and hear about their lives. I am constantly amazed at what I learn from the students’ different ways of seeing.


What are your roles here at A-JIS?

I teach grade 5. I am also a member of the maths committee.


What do you do for fun?

I enjoy travelling. I love exploring Japan. Last Summer I spent time travelling around Hokkaido in a camper van. I also like yoga, swimming and best of all, being lost in a good book.


Do you have any special sayings or expressions?

“Thinking takes effort but it is worth the reward.” That’s why we must give students time to think and to work with them to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to be discerning and thoughtful thinkers.

“Be kind.” Such a simple thing but so important.


Is there something interesting about yourself you would like to share?

I am learning Japanese and I have discovered I am a really bad student.

I have been in a Bollywood movie.

I have two gorgeous sons who still like to travel with me.

Safety and Security Workshop

The Nerima ward police officers visited us today for conducting a safety and security workshop to our MYP students.



The workshop brought learners to a better understanding of what police officers can do for the community and taught them how to contact the police as well as some public safety issues.

Thank to the Nerima ward police officers for the interesting and useful workshop and to Zenta, AJIS IBDP student for the professional Japanese-English interpretation.

A visit to Ritsumeikan APU

Mr. Thorn, AJIS Manager of Operations and Services and Mr. Ozawa, AJIS IB Japansese Teacher / Blended Learning Specialist, visited Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University(APU) to talk about a future educational collaboration on November, 23rd.


APU students has kindly conducted a campus tour for the visitors and shared their college life in APU.




On August 10, 2016, AACSB International announced that Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University has been awarded AACSB International accreditation for the College of International Management (APM) and Graduate School of Management (GSM).


AACSB accreditation is widely regarded as the highest level of accreditation for business schools. Being an AACSB-accredited business school means being part of a network of 775 institutions spanning 52 countries and territories* across the globe who have successfully met the standards set forth by the association, and who have committed to maintaining these standards. Less than 5% of the 16,000 business school programs worldwide have earned this accreditation.