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JAXA Astronaut: Naoko Yamazaki visited us for our Space Themed Spring School
Held during the Spring, Summer, and Winter holidays, seasonal school is a highly anticipated event at YES International. Our teachers work together to plan these events ahead of time so that attending students can experience both enjoyable and educational lessons based around seasonal themes.
In addition to this, YES provides the unique chance for students to meet individuals such as authors, scientists, astronauts, celebrities, musicians, and many more. These influential and inspiring people appear as special guests during our seasonal schools and provide engaging and interactive lessons/lectures for attendants.
The 2023 Spring and Summer schools have been a huge success with places being booked out very quickly, and we are expecting to the same for our Winter Seasonal School at the end of this year.
2023 Spring School: Starship Academy
This spring, our seasonal school was based around the theme of Space exploration. Students received trilingual lessons in English, Japanese, and Programming based around this theme. Our teachers prepared Science, Programming, Social Studies, and Art classes so that they could understand the theme content from a variety of perspectives.
At the end of seasonal school, we had the great fortune of having the JAXA Engineer and Astronaut: Naoko Yamazaki as our special Guest speaker.
Ms Yamazaki gave a lecture with both factual information, and her own personal accounts of being an astronaut to the excited and amazed children!
Dr Yoshitsugu Kobayashi
Ms Nao Minamisawa
Ms Kanako Tomioka
Dr Ken Takai
2023 Summer School
Our summer school this year lasted for a total of four weeks with a different theme each week.
Week 1 was themed Dino Discovery and saw the students exploring the field of paleontology. We had the honor of hosting the renowned palaontologist,
Dr Yoshitsugu Kobayashi as our special guest for this week.
Week 2 continued was labelled Lights, Camera, Action and involved a study of Performing Arts such as puppet shows, theatre, and television. We had the HUGE pleasure of welcoming the well-known actress and TV presenter Nao Minamisawa as our special speaker.
Week 3 saw students take a deep-dive in music studies with the theme No Music, No Life. Our talented teachers enchanted the students with live performaces on the ukulele, guitar, and piano. We also had steelpan music specialist, Ms Kanako Tomioka pay us a visit. Students were enchanted by the Caribbean sounds of the steelpan and had a chance to play it themselves.
Our final week saw us return to a more scientific theme with the study of Marine Biology. This week was titled Under the Sea and was provided students to learn about marine life in detail. We were privileged to have the dynamic Dr Ken Takai as our special guest this week. The students could not contain their excitement at his interactive and engaging lecture.
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