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Drone Delivered Redemption

Written by Gabriel (Class of 2020 / Philippines) I glared at the dust and debris that encircled its edges while pondering how best to start ...
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How a Digital Native Does Remote Teaching

Adam Atkin has a background in mechanical engineering and mathematics and joined UWC ISAK Japan after a successful period at UWC Mostar in Bosnia and ...
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Dr. Mandy Finds a New Formula for Success

Dr. Mandy Heddle (or "Dr. Mandy," as she is affectionately referred to on campus) is an optimist. She certainly recognizes the global pandemic for what ...
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The Fab Lab: Building a Maker Culture on Campus

Before our new students arrive on campus each August and even before the return of current faculty, our school is buzzing with activity as we ...
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Our Wonderful Winter Work Program Story

Written by Gianluca (Class of 2020 / Argentina) Each December, many students at UWC ISAK Japan go back home to rest and spend time with ...
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My Internship in the Center of Tokyo Finance

Written by Hasan (Class of 2021 / Libya) I am one of the students that chose to stay in Japan over winter break. As part ...
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Finding a Way With Waste: Student Project Innovates by Upcycling

Written by Shota (Japan / Class of 2020) Each year, over 620,000 tons of food is wasted in Japan; enough to feed almost a million ...
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UWCISAK Japan Students Win Startup Weekend

Earlier this Spring, two of our intrepid students, Yuina and Yuka (both Class of 2021, Japan), decided to take part in a startup challenge organized ...
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Interfaith Festival: Silence (静けさ)

“Silence is the necessary soil for any thought to flourish” - Stephen Hough This Spring, UWC ISAK Japan’s Interfaith Dialogue Group held its annual festival. By ...
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A Project Comes to Fruition: The Story Behind Our New Forest

Written by Yutaro (Class of 2019, Japan) On 6th of March during the community assembly, we welcomed government officials from Forestry Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, ...
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Denso Leadership Program with UWC ISAK Japan

In the mid week of February, our school welcomed 16 young leaders from Denso to our campus to collaborate on Denso Leadership Program. DENSO is ...
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Transformational Leadership Comes in Many Sizes

Written by Abdullah (Class of 2019, Oman) The idea of student leadership is emphasized in UWC ISAK Japan, and so we, students, get to lead ...
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The Right Stuff

UWC ISAK Japan is blessed with the most eclectic and inspiring collection of students in the world (in our humble opinion). Recently, one of our ...
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The Importance of Perspective in Leadership

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their ...
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New leaders poised to keep SNOW rolling

Written by Denzel (Class of 2019, Zimbabwe) As outlined in a previous blog post, SNOW is UWC ISAK Japan’s reformed Student Union. It stands for Seito NO Wa and ...
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Learning Leadership Through Writing

Miori loves writing. But while writing for an audience may seem like the obvious motivation for a writer, Miori (Class of 2020, Japan) has always ...
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A Grateful Community

School assemblies are a great opportunity for us all to spend some time together as a full school community to discuss important events and initiatives, ...
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Winter Work Program

During winter break, many of our students use the time to travel or return home. This year a number of students made a different choice—stay ...
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Interfaith Trip: Footprints of Infinite in Tokyo (Part 2)

Before we jump in, note that this is a two-part story so be sure to check out Part 1 here. Previously, we looked at some ...
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Campus Opens for Model UN Conference

Written by Poum (Class of 2020, Thailand) On January the 18th, 2019, we welcomed 13 students from different schools. We, as the Model United Nations ...
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Internet Legend Speaks at UWC ISAK

In late December, our Grade 10 students welcomed a Japanese Internet legend into their classroom. Masayuki “Masa” Watanabe, who built his name as a co-founder ...
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Expanding our Professional Network

One Life Realize Your Potential Be a Catalyst for Positive Change What do you hope to do with the one life you have to live? ...
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Interfaith Trip: Footprints of Infinite in Tokyo (Part 1)

In late 2018, the Interfaith Programme embarked on a trip of discovery to Tokyo. It was the first such trip for the Programme, which was ...
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Alumni Feature: PanPan ‘17

With the beginning of the new year, in this edition of the Alumni Newsletter, we present you PanPan (Class of 2017, Thailand), interviewed by AJ ...
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Commemorating International Human Rights Day

Written by Brunella (Class of 2020, Peru) and Valentina (Class of 2020, Colombia) On Monday 10 December, UWC ISAK commemorated International Human Rights Day. Members ...
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Kiryu Excursion

Written by Lucy (Class of 2020, Canada) “I knew we were lost!” Marah, my roommate from Libya, wails worriedly. I pat her shoulder consolingly, but ...
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What We Learned About Leading by Building “The Dome”

Getting Started At USC ISAK Japan, leadership is a central concept. We endeavor to weave a thread of leadership into all of our programs, but ...
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New Faces Feature: Marie (Class of 2020, France)

Reporting live from a laundry room at UWC ISAK Japan, Marie (Class of 2020, France) and Apoorba (Class of 2018, India) had a great chat ...
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Alumni Feature: Nora (Class of 2018, Myanmar)

In this issue of the UWC ISAK Japan newsletter, Dilrabo (Class of 2017, Tajikistan) interviewed alum Nora (Class of 2018, Myanmar). Nora is now in ...
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External Mentors Guide Leadership Projects

At Grade 11, all our students embark on human-centered, collaborative, and action-based leadership projects as part of the CAS component of the IB Diploma. All ...
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House Bonding Over BBQ!

Written by Abdullah (Class of 2019, Oman) One of the main aims of the residential program here at UWC ISAK Japan is to create long ...
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Culture, Awareness, Peace and Interaction (CAPI)

Written by Ayana (Class of 2019, Japan) on behalf of CAPI CAPI is a core activity club that was initiated by a student two years ...
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Debating Perspectives At IIMUN

Written by Poum (Class of 2020, Thailand)  On Friday, November 16th, we set foot on an adventure in Tokyo! A group of 7 students from ...
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Grade 10 Project Week

Written by Izumi Tsurumi Ms. Tsurumi coordinates the Leadership program at UWC ISAK Japan. She also teaches IB Biology. Leadership is required in times of ...
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15 Thoughts about University, Magic Tricks and Finding the Best Fit

Written by Damien Pitter Mr. Pitter is a University Advisor at UWC ISAK Japan. 1. As a university advisor, one of the questions I am ...
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New Faces Feature: Brunella (Class of 2020, Peru)

Written by Alina (Class of 2018, Singapore) For our second New Faces feature, we are excited to present Brunella (Class of 2020, Peru)! Prior to attending ...
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Alumni Feature: Apoorba (Class of 2018, India)

Written by Himanshu (Class of 2017, Nepal) We recently had a chat with Apoorba (Class of 2018, India). After spending the summer post-graduation travelling around Singapore, ...
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New Student Group, SNOW, Is Starting

Written by Ayana (Class of 2019, Japan) A group of students has taken over what used to be known as Student Union, and is rebooting ...
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The Start of University Application Season

Written by Damien Pitter Mr. Pitter is a University Advisor at UWC ISAK Japan. October marks the beginning of university application season in earnest. It ...
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New Faces Feature: Lucy (Class of 2020, Canada)

Written by Selin (Class of 2017, Turkey) In our continued efforts to keep our alumni involved and engaged with our community, we have the New ...
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New Vertical Advisory System Implemented

Written by Raffaela Corrias Ms. Corrias coordinates the Advisory and Interfaith programs at UWC ISAK Japan. Every Thursday, a group of seven to eight students ...
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Alumni Interview: Alina (Class of 2018, Singapore)

Despite being a recent UWC ISAK Japan grad and set to embark on a new academic challenge at King’s College London, Alina (Class of 2018, ...
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Empowering Changemakers in English Lessons

Written by Jonathan Osorio Mr. Osorio teaches English at UWC ISAK Japan. The glossed over blank stare. As a teacher, my greatest nightmare is the ...
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Teaching Leadership Through Dominos

Written by Izumi Tsurumi Ms. Tsurumi coordinates the Leadership program at UWC ISAK Japan. “Noooooooooo!!” was a cry we heard from different areas on campus, ...
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New House Mentor System Introduced

Written by Laura Earwood Ms. Earwood is the residential programme coordinator at UWC ISAK Japan. She also teaches Theory of Knowledge. This year we implemented ...
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Obon Celebrations!

To wrap up our Orientation program, we organized an Obon celebration! Obon, or Bon Festival, is one of the major holidays in Japan and is ...
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University Advising And The Year Ahead

Written by the University Advising Department Bags are unpacked, classes have started and activities have been joined. But as UWC ISAK Japan settles into the ...
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Catching Up With Alumni: Selin (Class of 2017, Turkey)

Written by Himanshu (Class of 2017, Nepal) and Yuna (Class of 2017, Japan) We recently caught up with Selin (Class of 2017, Turkey) to see how ...
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Welcome To A New Year!

A new school year has officially begun! We are so excited to welcome new students from all over the world to form a student body ...
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Summer School Update: Design Thinking

Our Students are getting more and more immersed in the Summer School program after the first few days of fun and excitement! In this post, ...
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Summer School Update: Mindful Leadership by Design

It has been a few days since Summer School 2018 kicked off with the arrival of bright and enthusiastic students from all over the world! ...
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Interview with Class of 2018: Vichearith (Vichy)

During Graduation Day on May 27th, Vichy (Class of 2018, Cambodia), took the time to sit down with Nikkei Business Online—one of Japan’s most influential ...
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Learning All About African Culture!

To round out the year and the last of our Cultural Days for the season, we celebrated African Cultural Day! The event was held as ...
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Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony!

Over the weekend, our entire UWC ISAK Japan community, from staff, students and faculty to students' families and board members, were on campus to celebrate ...
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Teaching Refugees in Malaysia

Written by Abdullah (Class of 2019, Oman) At the beginning of May, my CAS group, Project Karuiku, travelled all the way to Malaysia to host ...
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Gamestorming and Visualizing the Curriculum

Written by Gary Goodwin Mr. Goodwin teaches Global Politics and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) at UWC ISAK Japan. As students study various subjects here at ...
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Solving Conflicts With Purpose

Written by Izumi Tsurumi Ms. Tsurumi coordinates the Leadership program at UWC ISAK Japan. 日本語訳は、英文ブログ後にあります。 When you don’t meet eye to eye with someone, when ...
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Adventuring into the Spring!

Written by Angeles (Class of 2018, Venezuela) The warmer weather has undeniably been a blessing for our intrepid explorers in the Outdoor Education program! We ...
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New Residential Assistant Program A Success!

Written by Brendan McGibbon Mr. McGibbon teaches G10 Design Innovation and IB Music. He is also the Activities Director at UWC ISAK Japan. This year ...
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Merch Club Entrepreneurs!

If you walk around campus, you are sure to come across someone proudly wearing a UWC ISAK Japan hoodie. These hoodies were designed and sold ...
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Learning European Culture Through A Murder Mystery!

Cultural Days are back! After a short interlude, we came together to celebrate European Cultural Day on April 13th. Our European students decided to change ...
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Authentic Assessment and Backward Design – G10 Japanese Homestay Project

Written by Daisuke Masui Mr. Masui teaches G10 Japanese at UWC ISAK Japan. He is also the Grade Level Coordinator. “Why do I want my ...
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Chinese Class Cooking Party!

Written by Emily (Class of 2018, Japan/USA) Some of the Grade 12 Chinese class students alongside Ms. Chien enjoyed cooking a variety of 中国菜 (Chinese ...
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Connecting the Body and the Heart in the Interfaith Festival

On April 7th and April 8th, we held the Interfaith Festival! Centered around the theme "Shin-gi-tai (心技体) - Body and Space: Feeling the Infinite", the ...
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G10s Embark on Personal Exploration Journeys

Written by Izumi Tsurumi Ms. Tsurumi coordinates the Leadership program at UWC ISAK Japan. "A creative life is any life when you consistently, habitually, routinely ...
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Spreading Diversity Through Food!

Just before the Spring Break, CAS group Makanai invited members of the local Karuizawa community to campus for a very special dinner! Makanai, which aims ...
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Help Project E-Right Fund A Summer School Student!

Education is the key to creating passionate, resilient and persevering leaders. Project E-Right, a student-led initiative at UWC ISAK Japan, aims to nurture these values ...
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Outdoor Education March Shenanigans!

Written by Angeles (Class of 2018, Venezuela) This term has been an exciting and snowy one for the Outdoor Education department, with beautiful scenery and ...
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Understanding Human Rights Through Global Politics

Written by James Earwood Mr. Earwood teaches G10 Humanities and IB Global Politics at UWC ISAK Japan. Global Politics is a course offered at UWC ...
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New Faculty AY2018-2019

We are incredibly excited to introduce our new faculty hires for the upcoming academic year! They bring with them a wealth of experience from schools ...
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Taking The Leap With A Gap Year – An Update from B, Class of 2017

We are back with another alumni update! This month, we caught up with Ho Thi Quynh Trang (Class of 2017, Vietnam), colloquially known as B, who ...
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Celebrating Middle Eastern and Mid Asian Culture!

Our Cultural Days continue to delight the community! Last week, we celebrated the diverse cultures of the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia (or, ...
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Learning From Fellow Youth Changemakers!

"If I were to summarize my experience in one word, it would definitely be 'life-changing'. It was great to have met young people with such ...
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IB Course Fair

Written by Ms. Yaling Chien Ms. Chien is IBDP coordinator at UWC ISAK Japan. She also teaches Chinese. The G10 students have been asked to ...
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Japanese Cultural Day!

We recently celebrated the third of our Culture Days, with this iteration bringing to the forefront the very best (and strange) of Japanese culture! With ...
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