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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.

Spring Daisies

The children of Early Years went to one of the flower gardens of Rokko Island. Here they observed the shape and colours of daisies growing there. Back at school they formed daisies out of...

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A day of Kite-flying at the Seaside

The Early Years students went to the seaside on Rokko Island to experiment flying kites they had made themselves.      

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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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Music lesson No.5

Yellow Team made  instruments out of recycled materials and  played them in the music lesson together.   Blue Team made music too. Please enjoy their different sounds!

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Sharing the Planet: Tulips with CA

Yesterday the DESK children enjoyed a nice outing to see the tulip field on Rokko Island. It was amazing for the children to see the transformation from bulb to flower. There were so many...

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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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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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Trip to the Arboretum

The Kobe Municipal Arboretum is a children`s paradise ! It boasts huge forested areas, wide open spaces, a variety of playgrounds and many opportunities to explore. It is also known for its spectacular views...

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St.Martin

St.Martin’s Day is celebrated in Germany and in in other countries around the world on November 11th. According to legend , Martin was a Roman soldier who showed great kindness to other people and...

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Rectangle Creativity

On a beautiful, sunny autumn day the Pre-Kindergarten children discovered the deck outside the multi purpose room and a stack of multicoloured, rectangle shaped foam blocks! To their joy they were easy to carry...

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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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Preschool Kokugo 端午の節句ってな~に?What is the seasonal festival of Tango?

プレの国語はみんな元気な男の子だけのクラスです。 みんなで自分のおうちを描いて「こいのぼり」もあげました。 そして「かぶと」も作りました。 お風呂もつくり「しょうぶ」も入れました。 おうちのかたとも「端午の節句」のお話を聞いたり、 かぶと作りを楽しみました。 There are active boys in Preschool Kokugo class! They drew the picture of their houses and put Koinobori up on the roof during the lesson. They also made...

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All about Life Cycles!

Perfectly in line with the warmer weather and change in season, Preschool began to inquire about life-cycles and where better a place to start than their own life-cycles. During Show&Tell, students had the chance...

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A Symmetrical Week

Maths was a lot of fun as Preschoolers became more confident with the meaning of symmetry. They did a great deal of inquiring about what symmetry is all about and enjoyed using all sorts...

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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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G1 Kokugo お店やさんごっこ Play Shop

Grade 1 students  learned about people’s responsibility in the community during Unit time and they also had a lot of fun doing play shop in Kokugo class. They learned about clerks, customers and bankers’ roles...

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March-ing Towards Common Goals in Grade 1

Once again this month was an exciting time to be in Grade 1! The focus of our unit was on how “People’s roles and responsibilities make communities run smoothly” and we looked at this...

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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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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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Types of Performing Arts

Grade 3 & 4 have started their final unit on Theatre and Drama. Students were asked to think about the types of performing arts they already know and quite a list was compiled. Students...

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Unit 6 – Voice Activity

The grade 3 & 4 students spent a couple lessons practicing different ways to express themselves using their voice. Students reviewed a variety of different styles of expression, then attempted to use these styles with...

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Relief maps

ART with T. Herzog As part of the unit the students of grade 3 and 4 were planning to create a relief map. They chose the area around Mt. Maya and Mt. Rokko down...

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Unit – HIPPO

The students have been learning about biomes and ecosystems as well as how this fits in with living things. Research was done to determine what factors influence the decline of ecosystems and the the...

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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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Types of Performing Arts

Grade 3 & 4 have started their final unit on Theatre and Drama. Students were asked to think about the types of performing arts they already know and quite a list was compiled. Students...

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Unit 6 – Voice Activity

The grade 3 & 4 students spent a couple lessons practicing different ways to express themselves using their voice. Students reviewed a variety of different styles of expression, then attempted to use these styles with...

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Relief maps

ART with T. Herzog As part of the unit the students of grade 3 and 4 were planning to create a relief map. They chose the area around Mt. Maya and Mt. Rokko down...

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Sumiyoshi River Excursion

The students traveled to Sumiyoshi river to learn about the local ecosystem there. Students looked closely at the variety of living and non living things in the river ecosystem and took sample to make...

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Green Echo Kasagata

The grade 3~5 students visited Green Echo Kasagata for their spring trip this year. Even with rain for one day, the students enjoyed a variety of cooperative activities.

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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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Beach Clean Up May 22

At Deutsche Schule Kobe European School 5th graders have a big project that we do at the end of elementary school called Exhibition. My partner and I have chosen to research ocean litter and debris, and its...

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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

This is when we did the sugar water experiment! I was in the sugar water group and the other group tried it with salt water. We put sugar in the water until it saturated....

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Learner Profile Dances

Students of grade 5 were preparing a dance for the learner profiles balanced and open-minded. Please check out the learner profile and the dance they came up with.

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School Facts

Check this out!

​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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Open Day May 2016

Open Day. May 18th, 2016

  • Guided visit to our school, refreshments, Q&A.
  • 9:45 am – 12:00 am.
  • For Middle Years and Primary Years.
  • More info here.

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Higashinada-ku Kobe city

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