The shared mission of both schools is to develop informed, caring, creative individuals contributing to a global community. At SOIS this objective drives our approach to teaching, our extra-curricular activities, and our pastoral care programmes.
Beliefs which inform our vision
The Vision for our schools is best revealed by statements of belief. Each statement is intended for all of our schools’ divisions, from elementary through grade 12.
I. Two Schools Together
- We believe that it is important for the two schools to continually explore ways to come together because this brings great benefit to our students.
- We believe that the closeness of the schools is so important that it is the central part of our vision.
II. Exchange of Ideas
- We believe that our schools should be a place where ideas, particularly educational ideas, are freely exchanged among faculty, parents, and students.
- We believe the diversity of experiences of our faculty, parents, and students should be celebrated and the free exchange of ideas will enhance this celebration.
III. Understanding of Cultures
- We believe that our schools should be deeply involved in the culture of our host country in study, appreciation, and understanding.
- We believe that our schools should also be involved with the relationship between the culture of Japan and the surrounding cultures of Asia and the rest of the world.
- We believe that since our community is composed of so many cultures, our schools should be a place where intercultural understanding is modeled, studied, and celebrated.
- We believe that the special nature of our schools should encourage students to be well-rounded, creative individuals, responsible thinkers and doers, and this is why we believe our programs should be full of choices, special programs, and innovative structures.
- We believe that one of the key responsibilities of our schools is to encourage students to learn how to learn and to carry this kind of learning into adulthood.
V. Common Ground
- We believe that our schools should represent a common ground between Japanese and non-Japanese ideas, practices, beliefs, and traditions.
- We believe that our two schools should exist as a model for others.
- We believe that one of our goals is to demonstrate new ideas, practices, techniques, and systems to other schools around Japan and the world.
Shared 'Five Respects'
The Senri International School Foundation believes in the ability of its students to make appropriate decisions regarding their behavior and interaction with others. In keeping with the school philosophy of respect for others and student responsibility, the following guidelines for behavior are offered:
- Respect for Self
- Respect for Others
- Respect for Learning
- Respect for the Environment
- Respect for Leadership / Authority
Within these guidelines, teachers and students make decisions and weigh their actions. In doing so, it is helpful to have some concrete examples.
Students who show:
Respect for Self are expected to…
- use appropriate personal hygiene
- eat well, sleep well, and exercise for fitness
- remain free of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- present their best efforts at all times
Respect for Others are expected to…
- listen when others are speaking
- offer positive support and comments to fellow students
- help others when they perceive help is needed
- welcome newcomers and include them in school events
- respect students from other schools
- show caring to people of all nationalities
- request others to cease disrespectful behavior
Respect for Learning are expected to…
- arrive at class on time with necessary materials
- complete assignments and projects on time
- avoid disruptions of the learning process
- respect the library as a study and resource center
- socialize in lounges and cafeteria areas, not near occupied classrooms
Respect for the Environment are expected to…
- place litter in waste baskets
- keep lockers and personal areas neat and safe
- leave each room as clean as it was found
- use resources wisely
- use recycling containers for appropriate items
- keep areas on the way to school free of litter
Respect for Leadership / Authority are expected to…
- be a cooperative group member
- take leadership roles in group activities
- follow the direction of teachers and administrators
- support fellow students who take on leadership roles
- participate in activities for the well-being of others
Teachers and administrators also develop additional expectations appropriate to their respective areas. For instance, some actions showing “respect for learning” will differ for the library and gymnasium.