Council Meeting - November 13, 2007 - 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Meeting Agenda: Its about mainly the Council.
The Japanese organizational structure is somewhat different compared to American system
Japanese is really good in creating or implementing structures.
Its about balance.
In order to create something great, it needs to have a balance.
Starting with the Council.
Purposes of this meeting:
Know the school’s mission and vision
Become familiar with AIS s current status and future needs
Learn about the AIS structure
Learn about the Trustees and Council.
Consider IF and HOW to get involving.
To create the most progressive private Christian International School in Japan for people
of all nationalities.
We need to be willing to be changed towards development.
What is the current status of AIS?
AIS is growing, progressing and changing in a very positive way.
What are we right now?
“Kakushu” Gakko-hojin K-6 (for foreigners)
Renting land from Hyogo Prefecture
Repaying loans for green building
No funding support fromo outside organizations
We need to start considering elementary expansion and beyond.
Need a strategy to generate capital
Where are we heading?
Kindergarten – when they finished K5 in June
these are the qualities that they have:
fluent in English conversation, developing reading/writing skills
developing Japanese conversation skills
possesses morals based on the bible.
Independent in taking care of self
Listens to teachers and is well-mannered
Expresses self creatively through and presentations
Physically and emotionally healty
grade 1st to 4th grade levels
20 total students
Qualities of an AIS Graduate (Elementary – Age 12):
Fluent in English and Japanese communication
Foundation of biblical knowledge apparent in behavior
Mathematically competent with the abacus
Competent in discussing issues from both sides (debate)
Knowledgeable about Western and Japanese cultures
Confident with self/cares for others
Plays a musical instrument
Active in extra-curricular activities
Adaptable, teachable and
When I decided to start elementary school
Qualities of an AIS Graduate (High school – Age 18):
Fluent communicator in English, Japanese and a third language
Exemplifies and teaches biblical principles to others, and they are examples and leaders.
Uses appropriate TPO skills depending on culture
Conscientious of the environment and community – protect our community environment
Leads with initiative and works well with others
Well-rounded, responsible individual
A good debater, presenter and speaker
Knows own strengths and areas to improve
Competent to enter English or Japanese colleges -
The big question is?
In 10 years, can you see our students being these?
If you can see that, would you like your child to be like this?
AIS Organizational Structure:
Has a principal, there are also teachers that make up the school, and administration office
and parents association.
Above AIS, there is a Legal Entity:
Headmaster, Board of Trustees, Comptroller, Council
We can send out Teachers also, as part of a new school.
Current Board of Trustees is formed of 6 or 7 people. And they are to guide direction of school’s decisions according to school vision and values.
Monitor curriculum and hiring teachers
Manage financial accountability
Expand school programs by searching for support
What is Council?
Composed of volunteers…
Strength in numbers and offers solutions
Find solutions to common issues to our school
We can build all these strengths.
We encourage and welcome not just complaints
And organize some solutions.
Council in AIS needs to be build up by :
3 or 4 Employees of the Organization
3 or 4 Graduates over 25 years old.
7 Individuals with educational experience
Duties of the Council:
1. Advise Trustees with school information
2. Serve as liaison between school and community
3. Support school to reach its goals
4. Form committees to serve school needs.
To develop leaders of influence who are multi-cultural and multi-lingual, able to function globally, and well balanced mentally, physically and spiritually, possessing love based on Christian principles.
We want them to be influential…successful leaders are what we are looking for.
To be fluent in a language, we need to learn and experience the culture first.
Those leaders should be radio active.
How do we work?
Everything is moving.
Goals for AIS:
AIS is ACSI accredited (September 2010)
Complete site plan for elementary school (September 2008)
Determine JH/HS possibilities (September 2008)
These are the three big goals that AIS has in the next three years.
How you can support AIS?
SERVE – as a council member, or serve in the parent association
SUPPORT – give toward our expansion plans
NETWORK – find organizations to support our vision
Newsletter is for outside.
PRAY – pray for God’s plan to prevail
God is in control.
Where and what we are and how we are made up!
How are we going to do High School?
The Japanese are changing their minds…they want the escalator system.
We have something different here in AIS, the school is a white canvas.
We don’t have a library but we can design it.
Everything is possible if we will make it happen
There are some uncertainties in achieving our goals.
Are there any possibilities of these goals?
It is possible.
AIS Board of TRUSTEES
Do you want to continue to be part of the council?
By January, we will be starting to have regular meetings.
If you feel that you do not have the time or the heart, let the principal know about it.
P.A. will be passing the baton by January…
Four slots that we need to replace and add to…
In the next two weeks, the principal would be looking for new members/council.
Usage of the Hall in the next two years?
Is it possible to fit 60 students in the hall?
Where is AIS 5 to 10 years from now?
Are we ready and open for quick changes?
It takes about 3 years, to plan for a Junior High School.
Board Members and Council,
Do the people need to be involved in the school in order to be part of the Board or council?
Everybody has a reason in this world.
Ended with a prayer by Pastor Vincent.