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CGK Student's Families

Interactions with students, their families and CGK teachers and staff at CGK International School

Children spend the majority of their day either at school or at home. It is very important that schools cooperate with parents while flexibly coming up with policies for working with each individual student. We understand that a major life event such as entering CGK can be a source of great anxiety both for parents and students.
We offer support to parents as well as students, so that the school and parents can work together to monitor the students' progress, while parents themselves can become settled in the CGK community as quickly as possible, and enjoy their time there as much as possible.

Park Day

Park Day

Park Day

School Event Where Everyone can Participate and Connect

This event is held for the preschool and the elementary school in April/May, shortly after the start of the new school year. It's held in a large park so that students, parents and school teachers can have a chance to get to know each other better.

Each class has activities that allow the children and parents play and talk with their classmates, other parents and teachers. And after the event, everyone can bring their own lunch, eat together and socialize. The students enjoy running around and playing in the large park and having a wonderful day out together!

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Park Day

Park Day

Parents' Social

Interaction with Other Parents and Teachers

After asking parents ahead of time what topics they wished to discuss, we made time at this event to talk about specific topics as well as having time for everyone to mingle and talk freely on various subjects. The discussions proved to be very meaningful. Many parents wanted to talk about what paths their children could take after graduating from the CGK Preschool, the CGK Elementary School, the IB, the CGK Afterschool, and so on. This event is a joint preschool, elementary and afterschool event, so parents were able to hear real experiences from all kinds of parents.

Classroom tours were also provided, along with exhibitions of students' work, allowing parents an opportunity to find out more about the students' everyday activities.


Parents' Social

Parents' Social

Social Night

Social Night

Social Night

Casual Gathering with Drinks for Parents and Teachers

Held just for preschool parents and CGK faculty and staff, this event has no restrictions on the topics that can be discussed, and to make the gathering more relaxed, alcoholic drinks are allowed.

Drinks and snacks are provided by the school and parents are also invited to bring their own drinks and snacks on a voluntary basis, making this a very lively, fun and informal event for getting to know each other!

Social Night

Social Night

CGK Outdoors Club

Organizing Regular Outdoor Events like Hiking

Our outdoors club offers a variety of nature-related activities such as going to parks or hiking.

We help the children to grow both physically and mentally through adventure and exploring nature, while providing opportunities for valuable family interaction.

In the future, we plan to make these activities even more available, inviting those besides CGK student’s families to participate and actively engage in a variety of interactions.

Outdoors Club

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Special Lessons from Parents, Field Trips to Companies and Shops Where Parents Work

CGK parents have a variety of jobs and special skills. They include company executives, doctors, artists, professional athletes, singers, designers, dieticians, teachers, chefs, etc. They kindly give special lessons to our students. In the future, we will also organize social studies visits to companies and shops where they work.


Artist - Grade 1 Elementary

In their ‘How we express ourselves’ UOI, the grade 1 students have been exploring the central idea of ‘Imagination is a powerful tool for expanding our ability to think, create and express ourselves.’ Through this unit, the students have been developing their artistic skills.

The grade 1 class is very lucky to have a parent who is an expert artist. The students did two lessons with this parent; one was a watercolor painting lesson and the second was a sketching lesson. The students not only had a wonderful time learning new skills but also demonstrated a growing understanding of how they can use their imaginations to express thoughts, feelings and ideas through the power of art.


Breast Doctor - Age 4 Preschool

In their ‘Where we are in place and time’ UOI, the 4-year-old class has been exploring the central idea of ‘Our families and the people in communities are all connected.’ Through this unit, the students have been learning about community helpers such as firefighters, police officers, pilots, etc.

The students are very lucky to have a parent who is a doctor that specializes in breast conditions. The students listened attentively to an explanation about how doctors work, what they wear and how they work together with nurses, technicians and many other people to cure patients' illnesses and injuries. The students also reviewed what they had learned in previous lessons and provided enthusiastic answers to a quiz given to them by the parent (the breast specialist).

Bashamichi Breast Clinic (馬車道ブレストクリニック)


Fashion Expert - Grade 1 Elementary

In their ‘Sharing the Planet’ UOI, the grade ones have been exploring the central idea of ‘We have responsibilities to protect our limited resources as we share the planet with other living things.’ One of the lines of inquiry in this unit is on recycling and reusing resources.

The grade ones are very lucky to have a parent who works for a fashion company whose goal is to recycle material to make new clothes. The students had an enjoyable lesson learning about the manufacturing and design process of clothes before using some donated material to decorate a kaleidoscope. The student both had a great time but also learned the power of reusing and recycling materials to help the Earth.

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Parent Special Lesson

Watching Professional Basketball Games

Yokohama Excellence, a CGK Partner Company

A professional basketball team based at the Yokohama Budokan.

In 2001, Yokohama Excellence was founded as an amateur men's basketball team. After winning the Tokyo Championship and finishing third in the All-Japan Club Basketball Championships the team turned professional and became Tokyo Excellence in 2012 to continue their growth and success.

On July 1, 2021, the club relocated to Yokohama and was renamed "Yokohama Excellence" to reflect its new home. In the 2022/23 season, the club finished third in the B3 League. With the 2023/24 B3 League season starting in October, Yokohama Excellence will continue to strive for its goal to win the B3 championship and advance to B2, and CGK staff, students and parents will be cheering them on!

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横浜エクセレンス

IB Information Sessions

A conversation with CGK family members

Several times a year we have IB information sessions. These sessions cover a range of topics and are designed to help inform parents about the IB at CGK. Prior to a session, we ask the parents for input about what they would like to discuss and check their understanding about aspects of the program. As much as possible, we try to address the areas that the greatest number of parents are curious or unsure about.

Previous sessions have covered topics such as conceptual learning, what transdisciplinary learning is, how we teach subject specific content, what our subject standards are, and how we assess learning. Frequently these subjects are addressed over multiple sessions as there is a lot of information to go through. While we do not expect parents to have the same level of understanding about our educational approach and the professional knowledge we have trained for, we want to be as transparent as possible, so we often share aspects of our curriculum that can be hard to understand and that other schools do not share. While this means the sessions often run long and parents are sometimes given more information than absolutely necessary, we believe this is important and that parents deserve to understand what is happening at their children’s school.

Prior to a session we prepare a presentation to try to make our educational approach clear. We do include a lot of the language and information that we share within our teaching community, but we try to make it accessible to parents who are not trained educators and therefore not as familiar with some of our professional language. We also translate all slides into Japanese and one of our Japanese staff assists with translation on that day. As we grow as a school, we have been including more examples from our classes and program of inquiry. We also address areas of the MYP and DP/CP, as appropriate.

One thing that is different at these sessions from other informative sessions that adults are used to, is the amount of parent involvement and participation that we hope for and encourage. As an IB educator and former IB student (Elementary Principal & IB PYP Coordinator, Ms. Darby), I love questions. And when it comes to informing our school community, questions direct from our community are incredibly important for addressing the appropriate content. This will allow us to answer questions about areas of the program and our school that we might not even realize parents have questions about.

Trusting an educational approach that can be so different from what we experienced as students ourselves requires a certain level of trust and open-mindedness. We appreciate all our families who are on this journey with us, and hope to find the best educational approaches and practices so that we fulfill our mission of “maximizing happiness” for our students and families. As teachers, we are dedicated to lifelong learning and are constantly striving to improve the teaching and learning in our classes. But we understand that the changes we have made can seem sudden or strange to families who can only remember and imagine a traditional teaching approach. As a school we want to honor the culture and expectations of our parents while still offering the best education possible to our students. This is why these conversations with our parents are so important. The IB information sessions are not only about sharing our educational practices and explaining the IB; they are also about hearing our parents regarding their concerns, their goals, and their needs.
We hope you can also join us for our IB information sessions! We look forward to hearing from and working with you!

Topic Examples

  • Conceptual learning
  • What transdisciplinary learning is
  • How we teach subject specific content
  • What our subject standards are
  • How we assess learning
  • General question and answer
  • The Learner Profile
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Revisiting previous content for new families

In addition, current student families are welcome to attend Public Events and the Yokohama International Family.


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