We strive to mould the students to be responsible future citizens, while sharpening their skills and competence to reach greater heights, with ability to solve problems being free thinking, problem solvers and decision makers and to be active participants in the affairs of the society and yet, at the same time to be tolerant and honest in all spheres of activity they embark upon.
Yoshida Shokanji International School is located in a picturesque landscaped area in Sapugaskanda, Makola. Most Venerable Banagala Upatissa Nayake Thero, Chief Sangha Nayake of Japan and the Chairman of Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka, commenced operations of Yoshida Shokanji International School in the year 2000. The school now has more than 1200 pupils from Nursery to Advanced Level, teaching both National Curriculum as well as Cambridge Curriculum.
YSIS is a unique educational establishment fostering Buddhist ethos and tradition whilst encouraging a multi-religious, multi-ethnic environment. It also conducts annual field trips, social activities and religious programmes.
Moving ahead in the educational sphere, in keeping with its objectives, the school has already progressed action for the introduction of the Cambridge curriculum by commencing extensive training for teachers under the tutelage of a panel of instructors affiliated to University of Cambridge International Examinations Board.
Plans are afoot to establish a vocational training center which should provide training courses in media and journalism, teacher training, Information Communication Technology, English, speech and drama, personality development amongst other subjects.
We are dedicated to the individual development of attitudes, skills, knowledge and responsibility essential for successful achievement in school and society. Our aim is to provide a holistic learning environment that empowers children to reach their educational, spiritual and personal potential while nurturing their self- confidence and self-esteem.
It gives me immense satisfaction in writing this introductory message.
The purpose of establishing Yoshida Shokanji International School was to provide an opportunity for children to receive an education in the English Medium in a conductive atmosphere that is consistent with the most modern trends in education at the Primary and Secondary School Levels.
It was also my intention to provide this facility in the context of preserving the traditional values in Sri Lanka cultural and religious heritage.
The school also provides facilities for extracurricular activities including sports required to ensure the physical well being of the child. Hence the school has provision for indoor and outdoor sports including swimming.
An education in the English Medium will provide the child with not only a glimpse into the world at large but will also make them robust citizens of the global village. However it is equally necessary that this process does not alienate the child from our traditional roots.
I can confidently state that the school provides a healthy synthesis of the new frontiers of education and our ingrained national ethos
18 years ago, on the 5th of January 2000, our Chairman, Most Venerable Banagala Upathissa Nayaka Thero established Yoshida Shokanji International School, with the vision of providing a sound English education to the students of Sapugaskanda area.
Today, as the Principal of the school I proudly say that Nayaka Thero’s vision is fulfilled; the growth and development of the school has been incredible – with increasing numbers of enrolments each year and the achievements of our students in both education and co-curricular activities have been recognized at National and International levels. From humble beginnings with few students and a handful of teachers, we now have a 85 strong, well-qualified Tutorial Staff educating more than 1200 students from Nursery to Grade 13 in both National and Cambridge curriculums.
Our students are benefitted by all physical and human resources facilities required to enrich their education and co- curricular activities. Today, Yoshida Shokanji International School stands proud as a unique educational establishment, fostering Buddhist ethos and traditions whilst encouraging a multi-religious, multi ethnic environment.
Our school has gone from strength to strength with each year, and we are at an esteem position today, with increasing demand for enrolment and greater academic performance.
Secondary education in our school includes Grade 6 to Advanced Level classes in both National curriculum and Cambridge curriculum for all the grades. It is conducted under the supervision of The Principal, Mrs. Lalani Widanapathirana.
We, Yoshida Shokanji International School feel proud about the academic excellence at both National and Cambridge Curriculum Examinations.
The Primary section is headed under the supervision of the Vice Principal Ms. Jinani Pothupitiya. The children now have option of either studying the Local curriculum or the Cambridge curriculum from Grade 1.
At present we conduct classes for children improving English Language education through Effective speaking in addition to English Language.
Y.S.I.S Nursery School conducts its activities in English medium successfully preparing children from age group 2 ½ to 4 years old for formal education through a special curriculum, with the play group activities, field trips, exhibitions, concerts, meant for Montessori students.
Our Nursery school is well recognized by the local community due to the high quality of education and other extra-curricular activities. The Nursery section’s curriculum has been designed to identify each child’s abilities and individual learning styles which comprise of seven areas of learning & development, personal, social & emotional development, communication & language, physical development, literacy, Mathematics, knowledge & understanding of the world & creative development. This is a very unique child centered curriculum which encourages children at a very early stage to develop decision making & social competencies.