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Deutsche Schule Kobe/ European School (DESK) offers an attractive and challenging education from Pre-Kindergarten to Middle Years.

Being committed to providing an exceptional education, we foster international mindedness, critical thinking, inclusion and respect for diversity, and the willingness to act with integrity and compassion.

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Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School has two branches: the German branch and the European branch. In the European branch the language of instruction is English, but children

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  • Languages
  • Saturday School

All teachers at DESK are responsible for facilitating language development.

Language is an expression and a product of culture. By learning a language children are more able to understand and participate in cultural activities. Children are therefore encouraged to cherish and develop their mother tongue. Learning more than one language, children are given the means to become open minded citizens of the world.

In DESK, German and English are used as languages of instruction. For children who speak Japanese as a first or second language, the school provides Japanese language classes based on the curriculum used in Japanese public schools. Japanese, English and German are also taught as foreign languages.

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The Saturday school of Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School is a Saturday morning school open to children with an English, German or French-speaking background.

This course is designed to meet the demand from parents for an English, German or French program structured to the specific needs of children who desire to master the language or to enhance their skills.

We offer classes to children from pre-school to Grade 9. The school year consists of 30 weeks with 2 terms. Lessons are conducted by our native teachers based on the curriculum designed according to the students’ year level and competency. In addition to our educational program, we hope to provide an opportunity not only to the children but also to the parents to become a part of the foreign community by joining our Saturday School.

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Academics

  • Pre-K
  • Early Years
  • Pre-School
  • PYP
  • Middle Years
  • Others

Pre-Kindergarten class is for children from 2 to 3 years old, irrespective of the language spoken at home, and it prepares the children for Kindergarten. Children can attend the class, which is conducted in English, 3, 4, or 5 days a week (parents can choose the days) and enrollment is possible any time of the year.

The Pre-Kindergarten school year is divided into three trimesters.

1) Colors and Shapes
2) Animals and Food
3) Body and Family

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PreK

The children in the Early Years are from 3-5 years of age, and come from all over the world. The curriculum followed is the IBO PYP programme, which the children spend two years studying before they graduate to Pre-school. Over the course of two years, students will study 8 PYP units that provide a platform of inquiry into the main trans disciplinary themes of the PYP.

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Deustche Schule Kobe, European School is aligned with the German curricula and therefore children aged 5-6 years are enrolled in Preschool (children aged 6-7 belong to Grade 1).
Primary School guarantee a smooth transition  from kindergarten to school.

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 PreSchool

The curriculum of the school is driven by the Units of Inquiry found in the PYP Programme of Inquiry. Every year we carefully reflect and consider whether we should change the UOI based on the reflection. The curriculum offers a holistic and encompassing approach to the learning of academic, social, emotional and physical opportunities and challenges of learning. The students learn in a integrated, collaborative, hands-on, purposeful and service/action orientated learning environment.  Learning is led by inquiry through 6 conceptual , transdisciplinary themes.

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The decision to embark on the path to Middle School came about after years of planning and preparation. It will start small but will grow and become as enriching as the school’s PYP program. In general, we have small classes throughout the school and, in the Middle School, the anticipated ratio will be no more than 10 students to one teacher. Grade 6 and 7 will be available in 2015/2016. Grade 8 in 2016/2017, Grade 9 in 2017/2018 and Grade 10 in 2018/2019.

A new building will be constructed, annexing the current one and is to be completed in April 2016. The building will be a flexible learning environment, adaptable to different learning experiences and group sizes. Our learning spaces reflect an optimal use of technology as a tool for learning and living.

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MYP

Check other academic offers from DESK such as Saturday School, Specialist Classes, Summer School or Extracurricular activities.
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Others

School Blogs

Latests posts for each class. You can access all blog contents from the navigation bar.

Swimming with Blue Team

All students of Blue team did a great job during their swimming. Unfortunately Rafael and Emyna did not attend the video taping class.  

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Early Years Music Lesson No.8

  We began to show you the story “Peter and the Wolf” last blog post. Enjoy Yellow and Blue Team acting out the rest of the story . Remember– this acting was done on...

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Early Years Music Lesson No.7

Blue Team tried to act out the story “Peter and the Wolf” for the first time. As their music teacher I think they did a good job. What do you think? 1. Simran is Peter....

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Early Years Music Lesson No.6

Yellow Team acted out the story of ” Peter and the Wolf” with music. This lesson was related to our unit on stories. Children learned how to use the music for acting out the...

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SLC – Survey

https://docs.google.com/a/dskobe.org/forms/d/1dR1jymzkxLCsIyOEQ8w8Z4aggDQ84ulrww30-xTh2bc/viewform

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Balancing

As part of their gymnastics unit Early Years students started focusing on balancing. They were trying to balance on different materials and surfaces with different parts of their body.

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Primary Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Monday came very quickly. Lucky for Preschool to Grade 2; who went looking for Easter eggs in different classrooms. The children looked high and low; under things, inside things to find all the...

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Project Week – Attitudes showcased in Pre-Kindergarten

The Project Week is a chance for the whole school community to come together and celebrate the children’s learning that is happening within each class in their Unit of Inquiry. It is an opportunity...

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Sharing our Learning!

This week was a huge success for Preschool. A real opportunity for them to celebrate their learning and their many achievements together with you during the Student Led Conferences! They did such a wonderful...

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Cars, Trains, Buses, Airplanes and More

These past two weeks have been a whirl of getting more familiar with the new Unit about transportation. Finishing off their summatives on Life-Cycles, Preschool impressed with their patience when it came to using...

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A Week to Remember

What a week! It is hard to believe that it was only five short days with so much going on. Preschool’s achievements this week and the new experiences they made are definitely there to...

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Japanese as a Foreign Language (JFL): Obento Bus

The students will act out the story of ‘Obento Bus’.  They are making paper puppets of the characters now.  

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Round and Round the Garden

This week started with a lot of rain but as the sun came out, the transition from a relaxing break back to the busy Preschool classroom became much easier. he focus this week was...

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Grade 1 is Out of this World

Our 5th unit of inquiry was by far the most popular unit for the first graders as they were all so interested in learning about space! We began the inquiry with many questions about...

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Sleepover

On April 21, we held our annual Sleepover for the Grade 1, 2 and Pre-School classes. When the students returned to school at 6pm they came up to class to set up...

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Japanese as a Foreign Language Grade 1/2 Making posters

The JFL students are making posters in Japanese. Grade 1 students are writing about what they learned in JFL lessons. Grade2 students are writing quiz about Japan.          

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Ostern in der deutschen Klasse 1/2

Pünktlich zu Ostern bastelten die Schüler der Klasse 1/2 Ostereier aus Filz und sammelten dadurch erste Erfahrungen im Nähen. Mit verschiedenen Stichen verziert entstanden ein paar tolle Ostereier! Inspiration dafür gab es auf unserem Büchertisch zum...

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Grade 1 Cardboard Arcade

To demonstrate their understanding of how different roles and responsibilities are important when cooperating to meet a common goal, the Grade 1 students decided to create their own Cardboard Arcade after being inspired by...

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New Blog Post: Group Project on Space and the Solar System

Here’s a sneak peak from our newest post entitled “Group Project on Space and the Solar System” from the grade 2 webpage. Follow the link below! Crayons, Glitter, and Smelly Markers

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New Blog Post: We are Astronomers!

Here’s a sneak peak from our newest post entitled “We are astronomers!” from the grade 2 webpage. Follow the link below! Crayons, Glitter, and Smelly Markers

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Japanese as a Foreign Language Grade 1/2 Making posters

The JFL students are making posters in Japanese. Grade 1 students are writing about what they learned in JFL lessons. Grade2 students are writing quiz about Japan.          

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Ostern in der deutschen Klasse 1/2

Pünktlich zu Ostern bastelten die Schüler der Klasse 1/2 Ostereier aus Filz und sammelten dadurch erste Erfahrungen im Nähen. Mit verschiedenen Stichen verziert entstanden ein paar tolle Ostereier! Inspiration dafür gab es auf unserem Büchertisch zum...

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How we express ourselves in Japanese: JFL class

The JFL students made a drama named ‘Finding Friends’ in Japanese. They made the script by themselves with Japanese language that they have learned this year.  The JFL teacher helped them by giving hints to...

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Dorothy Back in Oz

The grade 3 & 4 students are preparing Dorothy Back in Oz, a continuation of the original Wizard of Oz, but with a twist. Join us on July 1st at the end of year party...

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endangered animals

ART with T. Herzog Students of grade 3 and 4 were working on the habitats of endangered animals of this Earth. First they drew and coloured them and after cutting them out they glued...

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3D shapes

Grade 3 drew 3D shapes they remembered as a pre-assessment and went on to write the names of these. They also got to enjoy building 3D shape and looked at the nets of 3D...

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How we express ourselves in Japanese: JFL class

The JFL students made a drama named ‘Finding Friends’ in Japanese. They made the script by themselves with Japanese language that they have learned this year.  The JFL teacher helped them by giving hints to...

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Dorothy Back in Oz

The grade 3 & 4 students are preparing Dorothy Back in Oz, a continuation of the original Wizard of Oz, but with a twist. Join us on July 1st at the end of year party...

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SLC

Parents joined the students for Student Led Conferences last week. The students shared their digital portfolio, as well as some unit, language and math they have been working on this past year.

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endangered animals

ART with T. Herzog Students of grade 3 and 4 were working on the habitats of endangered animals of this Earth. First they drew and coloured them and after cutting them out they glued...

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Swimming Meet

Monday June 20th was the final competition for all students of grade 5-7 to show their improvement over the last seven weeks. Everybody prepared themselves with individual training routines for the certain races. All...

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Year-end Reflections from Grade 5

During this year I had a great time with my friends and the teachers. I learned many things this year and improved many skills. I have also built my social skills, collaborating with my...

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PYP Exhibition

Grade 5 just finished the most important project of their primary years – The Exhibition! They spent over two months inquiring into an issue of their choice, interviewing people in the community, and taking...

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Music Gr.5 Composition

Lu I composed a happy music because I wanted to express everybody a world with no litter. So we used the major scale and the tempo 4/4 to make it happy. We used everybody’s...

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Donation Drive for Ronald McDonald House Osaka

Hello this is Mia from 5th grade and I am now working on PYPX (Exhibition). My topic for PYPX is helping kids with cancer feel elated. I chose this topic because I have a friend who has childhood...

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School Facts

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​70

​Number of students (excl. Pre-K and Early Years)

​50%

​Rate of Students with foreign parent(s)

​6 to 1

​Children/Teacher ratio in Pre-K/Early Years

​10

​Average students per class

​1909

​Foundation Year in Kobe

​​1.29

​​Million JPY. Cost of our Competitive PYP Tuition Fee

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End of Year Party. 1st July 2016 ( 9:40 – 12:50)

– 1st July 2016 – 9:40 – 12:50

The school year 2015/2016 at DESK is nearing its end and we would like to invite all families to join us for…

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