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Learn and Communicate in English

Learn amidst the natural beauty of NISEKO!

Created by members of our experienced Hokkaido International School staff, participants receive the best possible instruction from highly qualified teachers, supported by a dedicated summer staff that place students first.

Taught in English, this program provides students from around Asia with the opportunity to experience independent and creative thinking skills alongside outdoor physical education activities.

This school is aimed for children of Western and Asian education systems who wish to come to Niseko to enjoy the beautiful setting, study in English. A native English speaking teacher will present a fun and active learning environment for you – a perfect chance to have fun, think and learn at the same time.

Hokkaido International School Niseko has created this program for short term summer learners.  This educational experience is usually only available to full-time students at international schools. Thus, we are pleased to provide this course for learners who have a keen interest in English whether they have learnt just a little or if they have lived abroad.

Students at Seasonal School will become efficient and productive in independent study through development of executive functions. Students will analyze their learning spaces, create an organized study plan that minimizes distractions, and converse ways to set and reach realistic learning goals. …..

The HIS Seasonal School runs over 4 weeks and each week is an independent learning module. The students will have an immersion experience and learn English communication through speaking and writing English.

Niseko is a world class ski haven. HIS Niseko promotes skiing throughout the winter months. During the summer months, skiers focus on “dry land” training to enhance their skiing techniques. Dry land training is essentially body awareness. Efficiency is what we promote on a physical level, but also as a training program.

Exercise improves learning in three ways:

  • Exercise increases oxygen flow into the brain,
  • Exercise increases neurons’ creation and survival.
  • Exercise decreases damage from stress.

One goal is to identify body alignment and postural deficiencies with an open and clear mind. Acceptance as to where we are is a key to smart training. Giving the kids tools to identify areas that might need improvement in their own time. We want the kids to be able to create personal training programs.

We next move into exercises that promote a whole-body approach. We will educate the kids as to how and why people exercise. Our program intends to educate as much as it does to get kids moving. We focus exercising correctly.

Next we are devoted to play. Students can know that the work they have done up to this point will carry over into how they move in any task for the rest of the session without thinking about it. Training properly is essentially fun. Tasks will include team sports, running, hiking, and biking.

Seasonal School Teachers.

I have been teaching English to children for 4 years now. I graduated from Sussex University with a degree in English Literature, not knowing how I would apply my education. During my those university years I visited a school in rural Tanzania, was amazed at the dedication of the teachers and set up fundraisers for them on my return to the UK. I knew that I had a passion for travel; different cultures and lifestyles really fascinated me. I spent a few winter seasons snowboarding in Chamonix (France) taking care of guests on their vacation and looking after their children. When i returned to the UK I studied for my certificate from Cambridge University, to teach English as a Second Language. I first taught 16-25 year olds at a summer school in Brighton on the south coast of England. Here I met many people from different linguistic backgrounds. Since then I have lived in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) for a year. In Vietnam I completed a course to specialise in younger ages, and attended daily yoga classes, which helped me to relax when living in a hectic city. I have now been in Japan for 2 years, and have most recently been teaching kindergarten children here in Sapporo. The speed at which children learn always amazes me, and giving them opportunities to be creative and active are my biggest priorities. Most importantly, childhood should be about having fun, having freedom and being inspired.

I started skiing in West Virginia, learning initially from my Dad, before moving on to Snowshoe Mountain's race program. The coaching I received at a young age helped make for a smooth transition into then coaching and instructing others. I first instructed for Keystone, Colorado's River Run Kids Program, spending my entire first season with 3-5 year olds. I followed friends down to Wanaka, New Zealand to train for certification levels at Treble Cone with New Zealand Ski Instructors Association Demonstration team member Garrett Shore and his team of trainers. I was first introduced to and trained with Steve Smart and JF Beaulieu of the Canadian Ski Instructors Association Demonstration team this first summer of 2007. I returned to Colorado the following two Northern hemisphere winters to work for Vail's Golden Peak Adult Ski School out of Mid Vail teaching adult group and private lessons of intermediate level and above. During this season I became fully certified as a Professional Ski Instructors of America Level 3 in the Rocky Mountain Division. I was also involved with the Vail Devo program for area kids to come train with the same instructor for most weekends during the season in the discipline of their choice. My kids trained in big mountain freesking and moguls. I returned to New Zealand in between both of these winters to train exclusively with Steve Smart and JF Beaulieu on a path towards the CSIA Level 4. I would achieve the Level 4 Ski portion two years later having also become qualified as a Canadian Ski Coach Federation Level 2 as a prerequisite. I felt the need for a change after my pursuit for qualifications, and was hired by Niseko Village Snowsports School to train their instructors and teach guests. I spent 3 seasons there before finally deciding to give it a go at running my own ski school with a fellow trainer from NVSS, Norris Scott. I'm thankful for the opportunity to operate a private ski school in the world's best powder destination. I’ll do whatever I can to pass on the training I've received to ensure the best possible experience on snow.

2016 Summer Schedule:

The theme for the summer will be How Learners Learn. Each week will focus on a specific inquiry.

Week 1 July 25 (Mon) to July 29 (Fri)
Week 2 Aug 1 (Mon) to August 5 (Fri))
Week 3 Aug 8 (Mon) to August 12
Week 4 August 15 (Mon) to August 19 (Fri)
Theme of individual week is

  • Week 1: About different methods of teaching and how we like to learn
  • Week 2: How information gets into the brain
  • Week 3: How relaxation can help prepare us for learning
  • Week 4: How positive thinking can help us to succeed

Summer Courses 2016 (applications start on April 1)

Daily Schedule

9:20-9:30 Registration and Attendance
9:30- 9:45 Morning Gratitudes and Mindfulness training.
9:45- 10:00 English Word Study with Words Their Way
10:00- 10:45 Math Skills Training with Greg Tang Math
10:45- 11:00 Snack
11:00-11:50 English Literacy Development with Reader’s and Writer’s       Workshop
12:00- 12:20 Lunch
12:20-12:30 Clean up
12:30- 3:15 Off-season Dry Land Ski Skills Training with Hokkaido Core
3:15- 3:30 Self Reflection
3:30 Dismissal

HIS Niseko Seasonal School Supply List

  • Indoor Shoes
  • Lunch
  • Healthy snack
  • Drink bottle (please label for safe keeping)
  • hand towel
  • hat, sunblock
  • pencil case, pencils and eraser
  • change of clothes

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the school fees?
32,400 YEN (tax included) per student per week.

What are the age requirements?
We are open for elementary age students (ages 6-12)

Are there any discounts available?
Yes. local discount is 5,000 yen off, sibling discount from 2 nd child is 10% off from the school fee.

Can I send my child for 1 day only?
Yes. Bookings need to be made in advance.

Is there an English level requirement?
No. We cater to every level from beginner to native.

What is the class size?  
20 students per teacher

Is there a waiting list?
As of this writing, we currently have no waiting list.

Please do not bring any valuable items, electronic games or mobile phones to school.

Note* Please put names on all of your items.

Lesson Times:  
9:30 am to 3:30 pm (Monday to Friday)

Please bring lunch everyday. We do offer a paid lunch service for those that cannot provide lunch each day. Please enquire for details.

Please send healthy snacks with your students each day. (No cookies, chocolate nor candy)

Please send application by Fax 0136-55-5259, or by email with attachment. We can send application details if needed.

Contact Details:
Phone: +81 ( 136) 55-5252

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Hokkaido International School NISEKO

12 Aza Fujimi
Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun

JAPAN 048-1501

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