As Tsukuba International School enters its fifth year of existance, it will both be in a new location and will have a new teacher and organization. The new teacher will be Leigh Funayama, a native of Hawaii who has been teaching for the last 5 years at the Japan International School in Tokyo. He will be moving to Tsukuba in July with his new wife Ikuko and begin setting things up for the new school year, which begins on September 2. The Funayamas will be a welcome addition to the international community of Tsukuba, and we look forward to their involvement in the community as a whole.
Tsukuba International School will also be saying goodbye to the Joyful Gakushusha Facilities that served the school well for its initial four years. As of press time, the final arrangements for the new location had not been finalized and thus cannot be officially announced. What can be made public, however, is that the city of Tsukuba has taken an active support role in seeing that an adequate facility for the school is provided within Tsukuba. Vice Mayor Toyosada Nobori and Board of Education Chairperson Atsumi Isaka have taken the lead in making sure that a good facility is provided. Whichever facility is decided on, the move will likely take place at the end of August, or at least in the Fall if there is a delay. In the event of such a delay, the school will remain at Joyful for a short time, with the move taking place at an appropriate time in the Fall.
Another change for the school will be a new school secretary (now referred to as "administrative assistant" in order to avoid confusion with the secretary of the school's Board of Advisors). Mrs. Yoko Ohno has done a very commendable job over the last year plus in serving in this most important job, but due to family responsibilities will be turning over that post as of September 1 to one of several candidates being considered. Related to this change will be the establishment of an office space outside of the home with specific office hours. The specifics of location and office hours, etc. will be announced at a later time, but presumably it will be in the same building with the school itself. Location of all of the relavent files, etc. in one convenient place will help to streamline operations and improve service.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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