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North Shore Japanese School

運動会での一コマ A scene at the Sports Day
A scene at the Sports Day


School information

1. Locations of the schools
   Killarney Heights High School     
   AddressStarkey Street Killarney Heights.
The School is about 10 mins by bus from Chatswood Station and then bus for 3mins or walk for 10 minsIf you drive, it only takes 10-15 mins from Chatswood.
2. Classes
We are currently opening the following classes(as of September 2016.):
・Kindy Preparatory Class (Open only Feb.-April, before NSJS's school term starts.)
・Preparatory Class: open only in term 4 (Feb and Mar) for those who enroled     for the Preschool Class from the following school year.
Preschool Class
・Kindy Class
・Primary School Classes Y1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
We endeavour children gain and improve their Japanese so that they are confident to take the HSC Heritage japanese Course. Our motto is "to make the children's Heritage Japanese learning experience meaningful in theri life".
We'd like to open J Class, aiming at teaching basic Japanese.
-  We are ready to set up other classes depending on the demand from the interested students and parents. So , please
    contact us.
-  We are willing to accept studetns who gave up Japanese, who lost confidence in Japanese or who didin't go well in  
    other Saturday schools. We will find their strenght and weakness and make their Japanese  improve in a happy  
    learning environment.
3. Enrolment Eligibility
There is a brief interview for admission. The classes are conducted in Japanese, so students must understand Japanese and be able to communicate well with the teachers.

4. Enrolment Procedure

On enrolment we have a brief interview. For more details, please contact with the school via email:
5. Student Quota
The standard quota for a class, in principle, is about 13 students per class. Where the number of applicants exceeds the quota, excess applicants will be put on the waiting list until there is a vacancy.
6. Teaching Materials
For YP and YK children the teachers teach basic topics to cover their age and their level of development, in a fun and educational way.
In principle, the primary school division uses Japanese textbooks produced by the Department of Education in Japan, as well as other materials that cover the NSW Japanese Syllabus. Based on this, the school may use the teaching materials appropriate for children living in Australia.
Especially from Year 3, in addition to the use of the Japanese textbook, the school may use materials (originally developed) that deal with Japanese culture and society. This may include basic but broad perspectives on Japanese culture and society such as Japanese annual events, Australia-Japan cross cultural experiences, Japanese Society, Japanese Geography, Japanese History, Japanese Politics and Economy and so on.
7. Class Allocation
The classes are called YP, YK, Year 1, 2 ... However, the classes and content children learn are not always the same as in those in Japan.
From Year 3 upwards, we call them Year 3, 4 ... , but they are levels, not the same as the grading in Japan. The speed of or coverage of using Japanese textbook from Year 3 upwards is slower than in Japan. We are deliverately doing this as the school promotes the students achieve a steady learning in order to build up a solid base of Japanese, which, we believe, is the most important for their future and further study. 
Due to the reality that students living outside Japan may have difficulties in Japanese maintenance and improvement, the class allocation of students depends on both the students’ date of birth and their level of Japanese on admission. The school aims to enable students to maintain and improve their language proficiency and understand Japan in general in an enjoyable classroom environment. 
8. School Curriculum and Features of Teaching
Kindergarten(YP and YK) is a preparatory level for Year 1. The school has 2 years before the beginning of primary school so that the children will have good level of Japanese communication level by the primary school learning starts.
Primary school levels focus on mastering basic Japanese, including Japanese script. The learning speed and work quanatity increase. The school expects the learning of Y1 and 2 would be made steadily as this would be a base for later years' learning.

From Year 3 upwards, in addition to the students use of the Japanese textbook, we include lessons in Japanese culture and society to cover what we call “common knowledge of Japan”. These classes enable students to learn, deepen and widen their knowledge of Japan in an enjoyable classroom environment. Topics include Japanese annual events, Australia-Japan cross cultural experiences, Japanese Society, Japanese Geography, Japanese History, Japanese Politics and Economy and so on.

Also, Japanese scripts continually reviewed to ensure that students have a solid base in Japanese script, as this is a key to continuation of study of Japanese.
We review and confirm what children have learned in this way and move steadily so that children build a confidence in their Japanese.
9. Teaching Program other than in the Classroom: School Assembly and other School Events
The school has at least 3 school assemblies in each term: at the first day of a term we have a commencement assembly, at the end of term we have a term-ending assembly and at the middle of the term we have an assembly focused on some fun activities (songs, stories, dance, craft, games) based on the Japanese culture and society. The students can learn and experience something Japanese and Australian in a relaxed and fun way. Students show us what they have learned in class, too in the assembly.
The school may have a Sports Day or Fun Day (Class Presentation by students and school bazaar) as well.
10. Teachers
Teachers are recruited and appointed under the guidelines of the Community Languages Schools Program (CLSP) of the NSW Department of Education and  Training (DET).
11. School Structure
The school is run as a non-profit, independent organization under the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) Community Languages Schools Program (CLSP). We will seek grants from DET to support school management.
12. School Management
The school is run by the school management committee, which consists of parent and teacher volunteers.
13. School Fees
Enrolment Booking Fee: $50/enrolment (once only)
Tuition Fee per term: $150/term
Annual Teaching Material Fee: $30‐40/per year
The enrolment booking fee is collected when the enrolment interview has been completed. The tuition fee is collected each term while the teaching materials fee is collected in term 1, once a year. 
The tuition fee has a Sibliing Discount if you have more than 3 children. $150 for the first child, $130 for the second child, $100 for the third child, $70 for the fourth child... Please talk to the School if this applies.
Cancellelation fee is $25 per child.
The school fee must be paid by the predetermined date. The fee once paid is not refunded. 
NB: The late notice of cancellation of enrolment or leaving School incurs the $50. The notification needs to be reached at School at least 2 weeks in advance of the prearranged commencement of schooling for the new student or the next term/wishing leaving date for the existing student.
14. Parent Roles
The school aims positive participation by students, teachers and parents.

We expect parent assistance in school management both in school administration and classroom teaching. The job itself is not difficult. We request parents to fill in the parent helper chart on the first day of each term.

At the same time we expect parents to be involved in the school events and activities as often as possible, and help their child do homework and have a chance to talk about the school eg. things about the school such as works, events and so on. The school thinks that the parents’ interests and involvement in child’s learning is important. The parents’ attitude is likely to reflect the child’s learning.

15. How to Enrol
If you are intersted in your child enrolling to the school, please contact on the school email on  nsjpschool@gmail.com. We will contact you asap. 
 16.School Hours and Terms
The school operates from 9:05 am to 11:55 on Saturday mornings during NSW school terms. 
The school consists of 4 terms in a year. The term 1 starts after Easter holiday.
The timetable is:


 Homeroom  9:05
 1st session  9:10 - 9:55
 Recess  9:55 - 10:05  Break
 2nd session  10:05 - 10:50
 Recess  10:50-11:10  Morning tea
 3rd session  11:10- 11:55
  Class homeroom, Cleaning and Tidy-up
 School Closed  12:00
17. School Contacts
School website : 
School contact :  nsjpschool@gmail.com