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Posted 05/24/2018 15:47
This Friday, our grades 3 and 4 will be performing in our Main Auditorium from 6 p.m.  Luke Gillespie, our Artist in Residence (thank you, PTA!), will be joining our musicians.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted 05/16/2018 16:12

While many families choose to bring their children to school by automobile and others use public transportation, Canadian Academy offers bus services to its families as well. The current CA service, in operation for many years, includes two routes with one heading to Ashiya (Ashiya route) and the other to Sannomiya (Rokko route). These routes supplement private bus services offered by Maeda and Shioya.

The school is introducing a few changes in its offering for 2018-19 including:

  • A slight price reduction for round-trip commitments versus one-way
  • A more significant price reduction (appx 25%) for 2nd and 3rd children in the same family
  • An additional pickup point at JR Ashiya
  • Online payments by credit card (bank transfer remains an option)
  • Online purchase of single-ride tickets and discounted books of 10

The school is replacing the current large 64-passenter larger bus with a new, smaller vehicle which will go into service in August. This smaller bus will allow the driver to navigate some of the narrow streets in Kobe – a feat that is difficult with the current vehicle – which may increase our flexibility when revising routes as our families move around.

We reviewed last year's bus survey carefully in making these changes. We also evaluated the potential for an after-school activities service but lack the necessary staffing to make it feasible this year. Finally, we reviewed our routes against a map of family addresses but did not find any improvements for next year.

That said, we plan to conduct a more thorough evaluation of where CA families live as well as road sizes and congestion in an investigation of alternate routes. We also welcome your feedback (

 We hope you are finding these columns helpful in understanding the school's finance and operations.  If you've comments, questions, or suggestions for future subjects please send them to  We look forward to hearing from you.


Posted 05/15/2018 08:00
End of Year Exams for Grades 9-11
The end of year exam schedule has been shared with students.  Grades 9 and 10 will have sessions in school to help them understand how to prepare for an exam and on how to use the study leave time effectively.  
Please note that students' schedules will be irregular for these days and they may not be required to be in school for the entire day.  The schedule outlines the details and expectations for your child during the end of year exam period.
This article is helpful if you are looking for ways to support your child during this intense period.
Posted 05/21/2018 15:14

The annual International Kids Day festival will be held this Saturday, May 26th, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kobe Fashion Mart.  This festival will offer games and activities as well as international food and a stage program.  Hosted by several international schools including Canadian Academy, this annual event is always popular with the elementary school aged crowd!


Posted 05/21/2018 08:29
Tech Tip:  Fortnite Review
If you are wondering whether you should allow your child to participate in the popular game Fortnite, this review from Common Sense Media is helpful.  You can scroll down for a narrative review, or click on the image where "Game Review" is written, to view a concise video that describes the game and details its suitability for your child.  Common Sense Media rates this game as appropriate for children aged 13 and over.
Posted 05/15/2018 11:15

On Tuesday, June 12th from 9:00 - 10:15, Grade 6 students will be opening JAPAN EXPO  to our community.  The students have been working this past month in Design, Japanese, Humanities and Spanish classes to create an engaging, interactive exhibit based on their topics for Japanese culture.
We welcome you to visit this museum anytime between 9:00 - 10:15 in the P&G Black Box Theater and the upstairs hallway of ELAC to learn more about what they have been learning this semester.
Ms. Varona, Ms. Nishizawa, Ms. Sugiyama, Ms. Sato, Mr. Rosell, Mr. Mayhew and Mr. Taylor.


Posted 05/07/2018 15:25

Important Dates for Seniors

As Wednesday 25 April was the last day of classes for grade 12, they are only expected to be on campus for their exams, and then for graduation rehearsal and graduation itself.  Here are some important dates for seniors and their families to be aware of.  These are also listed on the school calendar.

  • Last day of classes: Wednesday 25 April
  • IB Examinations:  Monday 30 April - Thursday 17 May
  • Graduation Rehearsal:  Thursday 31 May - students should be at school from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm
  • Graduation March:  Thursday 31 May from 3pm approximately, times to be confirmed.
  • Graduation Day:  Sunday 3 June.  Event starts at 3pm, but all students need to be at school by 1:15pm for the class photo.

Two other dates that might be of interest are:

  • Saturday 26 May - Junior Senior Prom at Hotel Kitano Club
  • Friday 1 June - HS Awards Ceremony.  Seniors are encouraged to attend.


Posted 11/10/2016 09:16
As part of the centennial celebration interviews were conducted with alumni and faculty. We have begun posting these interviews here.
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