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Tsukuba International School Update: November 1996

Author: Author unknown, Issue: November 1996, Topic: Education

The impending move of TIS to a new location within Tsukuba has been delayed somewhat by circumstances beyond its control. As the Joyful Gakushusha building now being used will not be available (due to rebuilding) from next February, the school has been looking for new facilities. The city of Tsukuba has been looking into several possibilities to serve as intermediary facilities until a permanent school can be built. Already, the possibilites of including an international school as part of future city facilities is being discussed, but that is at least 3 or 4 years off. In the meantime, appropriate facilities are being sought that will allow the school to further develop and add more staff to accomodate more elementary students in addition to a kindergarten level in the near future. The process of negotiating for new facilities has also been complicated by the need to hold new elections due to the arrest and resignation of the former mayor. With the elections now out of the way, it is hoped that things will move along quickly to a satisfactory resolution.

New Teaching Assistant Sought

This year, teacher Lee Funayama has been ablely helped by Manisha Dhakal, who has concentrated on helping the first graders. Beginning in January, however, she will have a full-time job as mother of a newborn and will not be available. Thus, TIS is looking for someone to replace her on at least a part-time basis (mornings only). If possible, the school would like to expand this position to an all school-day basis. If you are interested in considering this position, please send a resume to the school or talk with school representatives at 56-2167, 51-3395 or 55-1907. For this position, a teaching certificate is not an absolute requirement, but the person obviously needs to be a native English speaker or to have at least been educated in an English environment.

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