Welcome to London Bridge International School

Welcome to a New School Year

We’re back again for another exciting year at London Bridge. April means warm weather, new beginnings and fresh starts. Different kids in different rooms, old teachers in new classrooms and a new teacher in an old classroom and of course, quite a bit of crying.

The New Year at London Bridge

Just a quick update about what’s happening this term. We have quite a few class performances coming up as some had to be cancelled for the earthquake in the first term. Report writing is getting underway as we check on the students progress over the year. Will they be ready to move up to their next class? Parent-teacher meetings will follow this. We also have quite a few school trips this term: Venus has a cooking day, all classes have end-of-year picnics and we will have our big graduate re-union event during the spring holiday. We have a few other changes planned for next year, so we’ll keep you posted… at irregular intervals!

Dates for School Visits

Just a short message for parents who are thinking of enrolling their children at London Bridge in the future. The calendar of school visit dates from October to December is up on the Japanese part of the site. Generally speaking most days fall on a Tuesday during term time, although there are a few Thursdays available. If the given dates are no good for you, it may still be possible to arrange another date for a visit if you contact the school. Thank you

New Student Applications for 2017

This mail is just to let English speaking parents know that ‘Enrollment Day’ (the day for the receiving of kindergarten applications for the academic year starting April 2017) will be on Saturday September 3rd, in the London Bridge hall. The gate will open from 8:20 AM and close at 9:00 AM. If there are more applicants than available places, parents will draw lots to decide who can enter and who can join the waiting list. More information is available in Japanese on the ‘London Bridge Japanese Welcome Page'(click ‘Japanese’ at the top of the page). Non-Japanese parents should be aware that there are priority ‘scholarship’ places available for children of foreign nationals, but applications for these places must be made early before September. After Enrollment Day there are unlikely to be any available spaces for the following academic year. Thank you.

End of Summer School

LB Summer School finished today and we have one more week to get the school (and the teachers) ready for the autumn term starting soon. It was great to see all the kids who made it to Summer School and we hope they enjoyed themselves. Water play was certainly popular with all classes. Thank you to parents for getting the swimsuits clean and ready every day. We’re now looking forward to seeing all of our children returning the week after next. So stay safe, and we’ll see you then.

Schedule Changes due to the Earthquake

More detailed information will be sent to parents  and included in the newsletter, but here are a few important announcements to be aware of: Parents of new students who are interested in enrolling at London Bridge can come and visit the school again after the postponement of such visits last month.  The first visiting day will be on Thursday June 2nd this week. The upper school performances (Venus and Jupiter classes) will now take place in the third term. The Venus summer camp has been rescheduled to July 8th/9th, taking place at the school. Summer holidays will start a little later in July.  The last day of school will be on July 22nd, a regular full day (not AM only on the 20th).  We will start the second term on August 30th (another regular full day). We are still seeking a venue for the rescheduling of Sports Day and the Family Show. For further information, please check the newsletter, e-mails and the school noticeboard. All the best to everyone.  Let’s hope for an end to the aftershocks and a return to normal soon.

A New School Year and …an Earthquake!

We hope everybody is surviving alright after the two big earthquakes last week. Although the aftershocks are set to continue for a while we are opening the kindergarten for morning classes this week starting tomorrow (Wednesday April 20th). If your child is able to make it to the school, we hope you can come. The kindergarten classes will be open from 8:30 am until 12 pm, please pick up your child by 12:30 pm. If you are delayed for any reason and can’t pick up your child in time, please contact the school. We will also have English Club classes on Wednesday and Thursday (20th and 21st). 5 pm classes will start at the earlier time of 2 pm, 6 pm classes will start at 3 pm. All classes will finish by 4 pm to allow everyone to get home before dark. Tuesday students are welcome to attend Wednesday and Thursday classes of the same level without having to arrange for a make-up lesson. More detailed information is available on the Japanese language pages. A mail has also been sent to all our registered parents. Best wishes to everybody over this difficult time.

Stomach Flu

There have been quite a few cases of the stomach flu recently so please try to keep warm and get lots of sleep.