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April 3, 2020
Dear HIS Niseko Seasonal School Prospective Parent,

Due to these uncertain times regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel our scheduled Seasonal School for this Summer, 2020. This was truly a difficult decision. We think it is the right one to make at this time. Things are just too unpredictable at the time of this writing. I am very sorry about this cancellation.

Let us hope for a resolution and we plan to be back for the summer of 2021.

Sincerely, Barry Mernin



Summer in Niseko 2020

 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 fun, 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.

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.

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 play while speaking and writing English.

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. Tasks will include team sports, running, and hiking.

2020 Summer Schedule:

The theme for the summer will be How Learners Learn. Each week will focus on a specific inquiry.
Week 1 July 20 (Mon) to July 25 (Fri)
Week 2 July 27 (Mon) to August 1 (Fri)
Week 3 Aug 3 (Mon) to August 8 (Fri)
Week 4 August 10 (Mon) to August 15 (Fri)

Seasonal School Teacher

Ms. Gadsden grew up competing in all-island tennis tournaments while living in Hawaii, Guam, and Japan and continued competing at Occidental College, as a member of the Women's Varsity Tennis Team and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies.  Following Occidental, she moved back to Guam where she completed her K-12 classroom teaching certification and became a third-grade homeroom teacher.  After her time on Guam, she joined the JET Program where she worked for 2 years in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido teaching English for local public elementary schools for the Japanese government.  Ms. Gadsden went on to work as a daycare caregiver at Niseko Kid's Club and is currently enrolled in the University of Maryland's Global Campus.  





Course Description: 

This summer is going to be fun as we get a little radical about learning! We will engage our curiosity and imaginations as we explore the world around us and how we can learn to be active thinkers, confident problem solvers, caring neighbors, and compassionate global citizens. 

We will discover: 

  • How we individually learn best
  • How to wonder well and use our creativity to open doors of discovery
  • Why a positive growth mindset is key to development and how to build and strengthen that mindset
  • How real and radical learning reaches beyond our brain and ourselves
  • The importance of risk-taking and how to evaluate advantageous risks
  • How outward thinking can drive us to be active citizens of our world 

Join us for FUN!

Daily Schedule

9:20 - 9:30 Registration and Attendance
9:30 - 9:45 Morning Gratitudes and Mindfulness training.
9:45   International Primary Curriculum thematic instruction 
12:00 - 12:20 Lunch
12:20 - 12:30 Clean up
12:30 - 3:15 International Primary Curriculum Thematic Instruction 
3:15 - 3:30 Self Reflection
3:30    Dismissal

HIS Niseko Spring Seasonal School Supply List

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the school fees?
59,500 YEN (tax included) 

What are the age requirements?
We are open to elementary-aged students from ages 7-12.

Students must be age 7 by July 1, 2020. 

Are there any discounts available?

Current HIS families receive a discount of 9,500 JPY/week per child.

The 2nd child of non-HIS families receives a discount of 5,500 JPY/child. 

Both of the above discounts may not be used at the same time. 

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?
25 students maximum.

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 supply lunch every day.  Due to allergies and specific dietary restrictions, we are not able to continue our optional lunch service. 


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

Contact Details:

Phone: +81 ( 136) 55-5252
Email: hisnisekoseasonal@his.ac.jp 

Hokkaido International School NISEKO
12 Aza Fujimi
Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun
JAPAN 048-1501
You can find us via Google Maps here

申込書: Seasonal School Registration Google Form  

(Applications to be posted on April 1, 2020)

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