Sydney Japanese School (SJS) was established in 1969 and is situated
on a 5.6-hectare tranquil bushland setting adjacent to Ku-ring-gai National
Park in Terrey Hills. The school’s teaching focuses on a co-educational,
bilingual, co-cultural model, which aims to assist children to become confident
learners in a dual-language, nurturing environment. SJS is equally for children
of Australian or other nationality permanently resident in Sydney and for
Japanese-born children temporarily living in Sydney. The school is structured
in two academic divisions — Japanese and International — that by policy and
practice interact by design throughout the school year.
Children enrolled in the Japanese division are educated in Japanese
in accordance with the Japanese curriculum, and by teachers sent on contract
direct from Japan. Children enrolled in the International division are educated
in English in accordance with the NSW curriculum, by teachers appointed from within Australia. All students have daily lessons in both
English and Japanese, the goal being to encourage bilingual skills and
confidence by the time they enter high school. The Japanese division enrols at
any point from Grades 1 to 9, the international division at any point from kindergarten
to Year 6. Strict uniform regulations are followed by all students.
Facilities: Ample new modern air-conditioned classrooms, extensive
computer access, large modern library, gymnasium, professional-standard
athletics sports field equipped with expansive play areas under shade-cloth,
Japanese garden, government bus stop in school grounds.
Curriculum: The school’s curriculum has been developed around the
Japanese national model, and the NSW Board pf Studies Kindergarten to Year 6
model. Physical Education, Visual Arts and Music are joint classes of the
Japanese and International divisions, influenced by the Japanese curriculum and
managed by team-teaching between Japanese- and Australian-trained teachers.
Intensive instruction is provided in both Japanese and English as mutual
elements of bilingual study, fluency being the goal for all children.
Instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese is provided daily for children of the
international division, and in English for children of the Japanese division.
The cultures of Japanese and English origin are taught throughout.
Sport: Athletics, basketball, Japanese athletic arts, soccer,
swimming (lessons provided), table tennis, T-ball, tennis, uni-cycle.
Extracurricular activities: Annual camps, cooking, horticulture,
music, pottery/art, tea ceremony.
Enrolment: 190 students.
Welfare and personal development: At the heart of the SJS education
model are self-respect, social respect, mutual acceptance of cultural
differences, self-discipline, discipline, working as part of a community, the
welfare of the group, and also individual educational growth for opportunity in
life. In the Japanese division at Years 7 to 9 levels, 30 hours are devoted to
careers guidance. There is a strong emphasis on self-discipline and mutual
acceptance of cultural differences and welfare of the group. Strict uniform
regulations are followed.
Special features: Now in its fourth decade, SJS seeks to guide and
provide for children in their academic education, make bilingual confidence
possible, and encourage harmony between cultures through harmony of the
individual within the group. It also teaches children to strive toward a future
of international peace and goodwill. Classes are smaller than is typical in
NSW, with each class being taught by a class teacher, supported by specialist,
often “native-speaker”, colleagues.
|Religion||Non - denominational|
|Years||Kindergarten - Year 9|
4k - 8k |
02 9450******* 02 9450 1833
02 9450******* 02 9450 1192
|Address||112 Booralie Road, Terrey Hills 2084|