ANNUAL SCHOOL EVENTS (Primary & Secondary)
Students finishing 6 years of primary education and 3 years of secondary education participate in the Graduation Ceremony, both held in March. They receive their Certificate of Graduation from the principal in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador, the president of the Japanese Association, a member of the School Management Committee, guests and parents.
The school year begins in April, as it does in Japan. New students and their parents attend an Entrance Ceremony, where they are addressed by the principal and teachers about what they may expect of the school. Students are always excited at the prospect of embarking on the adventure of school life.
The School was founded on September 3rd, 1966. Each year, the anniversary is celebrated by a special assembly of staff and students, during which the principal or a guest speaker talks about the history of the Japanese School and expresses a wish for the continuation of the existing good relations between Singapore and Japan.
School Exchange Programmes
Primary School pupils of both Clementi and Changi campuses enjoy the mingling and interaction with local primary school children several times a year. They spend half a day playing traditional games, creating crafts and making friends with each other. Upper level students of the Primary School conduct an overnight stay at each other’s house and spend two full days at their partner’s school.
Secondary School students voluntarily take part in the Local Immersion Programme at the schools connected to the Ministry of Education Language Centre. They spend a week at local schools, staying with local families. Their experiences will surely enhance their understanding of Singapore and her people. The Japanese School reciprocates by receiving Singaporean students in September, where they are immersed in the Japanese culture.
Teacher Exchange Programme
Teachers from both the Changi campus and the local primary schools have recently begun meeting and learning from each other. This teacher exchange enables the Japanese teachers to sit in, observe and teach in the local schools and for the local school teachers to do the same at the Japanese School. This is usually followed by some discussion later.
One of the main events of the year is the Sports Day, which is held on the grounds of each Japanese School respectively and the public stadium.
International Swimming Gala
The Primary school organises a yearly swimming competition among most of the international schools and the local schools in Singapore. Participants from all over the world share the happy memory of this gathering.
Morning assembly is held twice or three times a month once a term English Immersion Assembly is carried out in English for the students to reinforce their communicative English ability. The morning assembly is organized by the teachers. Students are addressed by the principal and teachers and, on certain occasions, are presented with prize certificates. The assembly plays an important role in encouraging students to embody the high ideals and fellowship of the Japanese School.
A Students’ Assembly is held once a month. It is organized by the students themselves. During the students’ assembly, announcements are made and occasionally, students will give a short performance.
Cultural Festival (Secondary School)
The event called “BUNKA-SAI” is translated as Cultural Festival. This is basically to present their artistic and academic skills. The students invite their friends and parents and spend two full days introducing their various works in exhibitions. There are also performances such as the singing contest among the students of different classes.
Japanese Cemetery Visit
The Japanese Cemetery is cleaned by the students of the Japanese School. While there, they pray to the ancestors, and remember the hardships faced by them. They offer joss sticks, flowers to console the spirits and give thanks for the community’s comforts here in Singapore.
The highlight of the year for primary six students is their two day School Graduation Excursion to Malaysia. As for the secondary two students, their highlight is a four day School Graduation Excursion to Thailand. Not only do they gain valuable experience by visiting traditional places and seeing the customs of the people, they also gain an insight into the enjoyment and responsibilities of communal living.