Day School (Monday -Friday)
1. School Outline
2. School Management Policy and Educational Aims
3. Characteristic Educational Activities
4. Management Rules
5. School Fees
6. Entrance and Transference
7. Short Term School Trial
Part time School (Wednesday or Saturday)
2. Management Rules and School Payment procedures
3. School Rules
4. Entrance, Transferring and Leaving
1. School Outline
The origional name of this school was "the Japanese Language School in Zurich" which was founded on October 20, 1975 (Showa 50). The number of pupils totalled fifteen and the teachers were also the principals. The establishment as an educational foundation was permitted by the Zurich State in 1986 (Showa 61), and the status as a private school in Switzerland was therefore gained. The following year, 1987, (Showa, 62) a teacher was assigned from the government in Japan to serve as the vice principal for the part time course. The resolution for approving the rental of the school building was made by the Uster City Assembly, and the preparation for opening the school was completed in November of the same year.
Four teachers from Japan in addition to the first principal and one secretary (employed in Switzerland) took up their posts, and the opening ceremony of the school was held on April 23, 1988 (Showa 63). The Japanese School in Zurich started with fifty elementary school students and seven junior high school students, fifty-seven students in total.
This school is located in the center of Uster City near Zurich. Uster is the third largest city in the Zurich area and is situated in a rich natural environment. The school stands at the foot of Uster castle which is more than one thousand years old. We use the second and third floors of an old five-story building which was a textile factory in the past. Besides normal classrooms there are special rooms such as a home economics room, a fine-arts and industrial art room, a science room, a music room and library (in which there are twelve computors installed). There is also a large gym and a sports ground outside. We strongly believe that this environment is highly satisfactory in the education of our students.
We are striving to create the best education possible not only through the use of the school's excellent facilities but by also making use of the local Uster enviroment and the greater Swiss enviroment. For example, we have had outdoor field studies during the summer camp, (held at 'Stoos' in central Switzerland) and exchange studies, (with local Uster school children). Also, guided visits by some pupils to local institutions such as the 'Migros' supermarket in Uster.
In addition to these, German and English classes are also taught from the first grade. We therefore strongly believe that considering the above factors our school is providing an exceptional educational experience.
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2. School Management Policy
1. Key Idea
(1) School Philosophy
We aim to cultivate the personality and ability of each pupil and strive to create the educational enviroment necessary for developing the individuals highest capability which will be useful now and in the future, in Switzerland and Japan and in the wider international community.
(2) Educational Aims
Our educational aim is to provide an environment in which the children will understand the pleasure of learning and independantly develope a high motivation towards learning. To cultivate love and respect for themselves and others and to educate children to have a creative mind with the ability to be robustly active in the international society.
(3) Pupils's profile
* A child who spontaneously studies hard. (Intellectual Education)
* A child who understands other's feeling and gets along with others. (Moral Education)
* A child who trains strongly (Physical Education)
* A child who learns alongside others in a foreign country, (International-Understanding Education)
(4) Significant Points of Management
We strive ...
1. For effective School Management of and with the firm cooperation and understanding from all staff in realizing the educational and philisophical aims of the school.
2. To execute the characteristic curriculum while meeting the needs of
the actual school, for increasing the stability of the fundamental academic
ability and for deploying the educational activities which develop the
personality of each pupil to their maximum extent, based on the Government
Teaching Guidelines "a new scholarstic ability view."
3. For advancing the international understanding education which cultivates the foundation of a feritile international sense systematicaly and continuously while attaining enhancement of the local education.
4. To provide and maintain the school facilities so as to sustain an excellent educational environment.
5. To promote planned, systematic, and creative training activities for all staff, aimed at realizing the educational and philosophical aims.
6. For cooperation between parents, local community members and other organizations and groups that are connected with maintaining the Japanese school.
2. School Aims for the near future
(1) Improvement of Educational Activities
a) Rational and effective promotion of the educational activities by systematic and planned management.
b) Clarification of the school-affairs department of responsibilities, and carrying them out on all the personnel's community system.
(2) Organization and Enforcement of Curriculum
a) To deliberatly design the teaching plan and the method of teaching and to keep the number of lessons and school-days.
b) To consider well the educational foundation, to select carefully the study instructions and the study contents and to emphasize them.
c) When teaching each and every subject the teacher must regard the mental health care of each pupil. Teachers must also improve and make an annual insruction plan of each subject, regarding the morel education of the pupil.
(3) Improving teaching skills.
a) Based on the annual instruction plan, to make each class and each student`s time in that class as efficiently used as possible
b) Creation of study activities which the pupil will find enjoyable as well as respecting the desire to develope independent study.
c) To deliberatly design and improve the teaching methods while making use of the small classes and thus allowing the childs personality to extend as a result.
d) Creation of a synthetic study, (an overall project study) to develope better teaching strategies.
e) To have a class potentialy use the community and the Japanese association for education.
f) Promotion of the education "not at any place but in Switzerland" utilizing a supplementary reader "Our Country Switzerland" and so on.
(4) To make Student Guidance Satisfactory
a) Establishment of a fundamental lifestyle suitable for the actual condition of the place, (i.e. Switzerland).
b) Contrivance of the guidance corresponding to each child based on sympathy and understanding.
c) Establishment of desirable human relations between a teacher and a pupil and between each other.
(5) To make the Extracurricular Activities Satisfactory
a) To carry out an event, (e.g. the annual marathon) making the best use
of a special feature of the area, (i.e. the surrounding walking and running
tracks) and a pupil's actual condition and ability. To provide extracurricular
activities that allow for the maximum expansion of the pupil's autonomy
according to their developmental stage.
(6) Health and Safety Education
a) To be thorough in the implimentation based on the crisis management manual
b) Contrivance and implimentation of a hygiene plan
c) Establishment of a lifestyle required for a safe and healthy life
(7) To make International-Understanding Education Satisfactory
a) To have a continuous exchange program with a local school and positive participation in a community event
b) To carry out the local-understanding study using a supplementary reader and so on, and to contrive teaching-materials-including the use of local material.
c) To carry out the local study according to a pupil's developmental stage.
(8) To make the academic and career guidance-counseling satisfactory
a) Practice of the guidance-counseling according to each pupil's personality.
b) Collection of information on the guidance-counseling and practical use of a personal computer network.
c) To make the planned and continuous guidance-counseling satisfactory
(9) Practical use of facilities and equipments
a) Practical use and effective management of facilities and equipment
b) To make teaching-materials and teaching-tools satisfactory, and to use and manage them practicaly and effectively.
(10) To make the staff's training program satisfactory
a) Promotion of the school-grounds training which clarifies the training aim and consists of a plan, practice, evaluation, and reflection.
b) The fulfillment of joint research based on a theme and the independent and individual training of every staff member.
c) The fulfillment of a class for research and training in cooperation with the part time (Wed. and Sat.) school.
a) Introduction of a school volunteer system and the effective management of it.
b) Implementation of entrance experience.
c) Implementation of round guidance.
d) Planned enforcement of an `open door` (class visiting day) and a class meeting.
e) The periodical issue of School News
f) Close cooperation with a guardian meeting and a School Management Committee etc.
(2) Management and Control System
We aim for effective management through the cooperation betwen the School Management Committee and other related organizations concerned with promoting the educational activities and aims of the school. These may also reflect the parents/guardian's wishes and their requests.
(3) Reexamination of the number of pupils
Striving to keep the numbers of pupils working for the fulfillment of the substantial consistent education from an elementary department to a junior secondary department to reduce the number of transfers at the time of graduation, while keeping close cooperation with an educational institution for early-childhood.
(4) The improvement of the financial condition
Striving to ensure a source-of-revenue for the school including the income from school fees etc. Also, to keep the finance expenditure under control.
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3. Characteristic Educational Activities
We are striving to develope various, characteristic, educational activities as the School Educational Target, "allowing the children to gain the experience of the pleasure of learning by their own free will; to cultivate a sense and respect for themselves and others and to develope a rich, creative mind with a keen ability to participate actively in the international society".
Throughout the Year
* To make a linguistic class satisfactory corresponding to the international setting.
German and English are compulsory from the 1st grade in the elementary school. The number of classes per week is as follows.
From the 1st to the 4th graders in the elementary school:
2 German and 1 English class
The 5th & the 6th grades in the elementary school:
2 German and 2 English classes
Students in the junior high-secondary school:
2 German and 5 English classes.
* German and English (in the junior high school department) are instructed by a locally employed teacher.
* Delivering the lecture meeting "The study of various people's way of life"
This lecture is carryied out from the last fiscal year for the children
and their parents/guardian inviting many people from various professions
in Switzerland to speak. This is planned for about four times a year.
* A synthetic study (an overall project study)
A synthetic study is grappled with, taking advantage of the special features of Switzerland, under various themes, for example, (International Understanding, the Natural Environment and so on).
* Substantial teaching-materials and teaching-tools
To see that audio-visual aids, science teaching-tools, drawing-and-manual-arts, fine-arts teaching-tools, the books for pupils and guardians, and so on are satisfactory maintained. Books may be borrowed by the student and the parent/guardian. A plant, and/or a small animal, etc. are displayed in a classroom or corridor, to keep the mind calm and to provide a charming educational environment.
* Positive promotion of computer education
The computers in the library are also connected to the Internet so that as well as general learning the students can make use of e-mail exchange.
* An emergency drill
Although the public order in this area is stable at the present, supposing that an unexpected situation, (such as, the school is invaded by an unknown group with hostages taken and so on) were to occur, some standard training of the teachers to be preparred in such an event is carried out. The number one aim is securing the safety of the child's life. In addition to this, periodical awarness training for an impending crisis in everyday life is also carried out.
* Extracurricular club activities
Extracurricular club activities are offered to all the students twice a week after school. They are divided into two groups, elementary and secondary. This was decided after the students voiced their wishes and opnions.
* Participation in the local Zurich event "Sechselauten"by the whole school.
This is one of the biggest and most looked forward to events in Zurich which tells us of the impending arrival of Spring. All students participate in the Kinder parade, (alongside many other Swiss and foreign children). They march slowly along the closed city streets behind a horse and wagon wherein children from grades five through the third grade of the junior high school beat a traditional Japanese drum!
* The 'Open Door' (held three times a year).
On such a day, the classrooms are open to not only the parents and guardians of the students at the school, but to any other interested persons as well. For example, the teachers of the local schools and some members of the Board of Education may visit and observe. Occasionally, the teacher of a local school may come to do some teacher training for one or two weeks, while a student from Zurich University may also visit classes to study Japanese Education.
* The new students welcome party!
Each year, a welcome party committee organises this event for the newcomers. It consists of an approximatly two kilometer hike by the students to the lakeside of Greifensee, a welcome meeting and barbecue, with specialities such as a 'bull-strike' (a special sasusage) and corn. The tast is exceptionally good.!!!
* Traffic safety class (every other year)
This class is carried out in cooperation with the local police. Students are grouped according to their developemental level and a lecture day and a practical skill day, (e. g. how to cross the road and how to ride a bicycle) are set up.
* A sports meeting
This meeting is held with the children from the part time school, (Wednesdays
and Saturdays) and with the support of the Japanese commerce-and-industry
meeting in Zurich. The type of sport activities and other cultural activities
or performances, (such as Japanese dance) which both the children and the
adults can enjoy are newly devised every year. Furthermore, the design
of the winning badge as a prize for all of the children for participating
is competed for amongst the children. Every year, this sports event is
carried out in the Uster athletic stadium. The participation by the local
people is also welcomed.
* Summer camp
This camp is for students from the third and fourth grades, (one night, two days) and for students from the fifth grade through to the third year students at the junior high level, ( two nights, three days). Mountain climbing, hiking and nature observance and are enjoyed.
* Marathon competition
The marathon course is run through the grounds of Uster Castle and over Hill Park located near the school. In the months leading up to the race, the children train hard in an effort to break their previous time record, while also trying to outrun their competitors! Incidentally, in the last fiscal year, three new records were established!
* The exchange study
The children come to understand each other's culture and to make friends in an exchange class and meeting with students from a local school. It is here they are also able to use the German that they have learnt in their German language classes.
* The annual students performance.
This event is a chance for the students to present to the audience plays, speeches and musical performances. It is held on a Saturday and is keenly attended by parents, friends and dignitories.
* Christmas meeting
The student council plans and manages this meeting. Ideas for games, contests
as well as Santa Clauses` presents are all considered.
* Winter sport class
These special sport holidays and camp consists of two days of ice skating for the first and second graders and of two nights and three days of skiing for all of the rest of the students. (Third grade upwards). They can especially enjoy the natural environment of the local area, the pleasure of exercise outdoors, and the ebb and flow of group life not to mention the improvement of their skill at that specific sport; (i.e. ice skating and skiing).
The New Year's card game "Hyaku-nin Issyu Karuta-tori".
Through this traditional card game the children become familiar with Japanese traditional culture
while the lower grade children enjoy the handmade Zurich cards. A calligraphy exhibition is also held at this time.
* Speech event
All of the students from the first graders to those of the third year of the junior high school level write their own speeches. This event aims to improve the children's growth through improving their ability to express themselves clearly and confidently. It is held on a Saturday.
* "Tongari-Boushi"- Essay writing.
This practice has been continued since the opening of the Japanese school. At the last stage of study, the recollections and the new aspirations, etc. are written by the children which are then issued as one collection of compositions. (This is in collaboration with the part time students).
* Please note that the contents and the scheduled date of the educational activities mentioned above may be changed at any time.
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4. Management Rules of the Japanese School in Zurich
The 1st article (Name)
This school is called the Japanese School in Zurich ("school" from now on).
The 2nd article (Purpose)
The main purpose of this school is to perform the elementary and middle general education based on the Fundamental Law of Education, the School Education Law, and the Government Teaching Guidelines which the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology established in Japan for the applicants of Japanese children who live in Zurich and on its outskirts. The related statute of Switzerland and the conditions of the Swiss authorities on the establishment of the school must also be observed.
The 3rd article (Established Grade and Curriculum)
1) There are six grades at the elementary level and three grades at the junior-secondary level.
2) The curriculum is established by the principal's adherance to the Government Teaching Guidelines.
The 4th article (Management)
The management of the school is conducted by the group the,'Japanese School Management Committee of Zurich'; ("Management Committee" from now on).
The 5th article (Staff)
1) The school staff comprises of a principal and vice principal, teachers, a clerical employee and others.
2) A Cabinet minister from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology appoints the new teachers from Japan, while the Management Committee carries out the appointment and dismissal of the local staff based on a report from the principal.
3) The principal manages school affairs, supervises the staff and engages in the education of the students as the need arises.
4) The vice principal assists the principal, adjusts school affairs, and engages in the education of the students as the need arises.
5) The vice principal will step in as the principal at any time when an accident has occurred to the principal or when the principal is absent.
6) The teacher engages in the act of educating the students.
7)The principal can make the staffs allot school affairs.
8) The office regulations are provided separately.
The 6th article (Grade, Term, and School Days)
1) The new school year starts on the first of April and finishes on the thirty first of March of the following year.
2) Each school year is divided into the following three terms.
1st term; 1st April - 31st July
2nd terms; 1st August - 31st December
3rd terms; 1st January - 31st March
3) The number of school days is set from 195 to 200.
The 7th article (Holidays)
1. A holiday is defined as the following
1) Saturday and Sunday
2) Holidays for the substitution of the Fiscal year (about three weeks from late March to early April)
Summer holidays (five weeks from late July to late August)
Autumn holidays (one week in October)
Winter Holidays (about ten days from late December to early January)
Sport vacation (one week in February)
3) Local public holidays
New Years Day (1st January), May Day (1st May), National Foundation Day (1st August), Christmas Day (25th December) and the Saint Stephan Memorial Day (26th December). The dates of the following differ every year...Saint Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, Pentecost, Pentecost Monday, and Uster Markt.
4) Japanese public holidays
The Tenno's (Emperor's) Birthday (23rd December)
2. When necessary, irrespective of any of the regulations of the preceding clauses, the principal can carry out a class or an event during the holiday and can specifically set a holiday, after the approval of the School Management Committee.
The 8th article (Procedure of admissions, transference and leaving etc.)
1. Those students who wish to enter, transfer or leave have to apply to the principal in the expected manner.
1) A principal will consider the applications of those who went through the prescribed formalities and manner. While those who wish to transfer to the corresponding grade from another school must submit "an application for Entrance/Transference"form with an attatched certificate of the students status from the former school.
2) When entrance and transference papers have been submitted, a guardian has to pay the entrance and school fees, noted as School Payment to the School Management Committee.
3) Regarding the transfer of a student from a school which is not part of the Japanese educational system, (such as a local school or an international school) the principal will base each application individually and will admit (among other considerations) only on the condition that it is before the 2nd term opening ceremony for the junior-secondary department
2. When there is a serious change in the parent/guardians or in a student and when a student is absent for the reason of illness or others, a parent/guardian has to send in a notice to the principal.
3. When a student leaves the school, the parents/guardians have to sumit a formal notice to the principal within seven days.
4. A principal can halt the attendance of or expel a student when he or she is recognized as grossly interfering with another's education or health.
5. If a student cannot attend for more than three months for the reason of illness or of an unavoidable reason, the parents/guardians of this child are to send in an "application for the temporary absence" form to the principal, with the attatched documents which prove the reasons, such as a doctor's medical certificate.
(1) A principal can agree to issue a temporary absence from school, when it is recognized that the reason of the preceding clause is reasonable and truthful.
(2) An temporary absence from school may be set for no more than 3 months within one year.
(3) Those who were given temporary absence can return from the next day of the expiration of the temporary absence term. However, also considering the parents/guardians wishes, the principal reserves the right to determin the level of the return grade. Moreover, the temporary absence from the school will be canceled as soon as the reason for it becomes no longer apparent.
(4) The regular school fee amount shall be paid during the period of temporary absence.
The 9th article (Evaluation and Rating)
The staff of the school will evaluate and rate the results of the students with agreement from the principal.
The 10th article (Completion and Graduation of the Course)
1. The completion of a grade is based on the meeting of the attendance conditions and on the results of the years work.
2. Those who have completed the full course of the last grade will be authorized as having passed and the certificate of the completion of the school course will be confered to them.
3. Relating to the authorization of graduation, those students who are
registered at this school and who attended the third term and who completed
the educational curriculums of thirty or more weeks per year, (including
those at a former school) will be confered the certificate of the completion
of the school course. By that time, the school fee for March must have
The 11th article (Entrance Fee and School Fee)
1. The parents/guardians or those who have replaced them have to pay the school entrance fee, the school fee and other school payments to the School Management Committee. In addition, the management of the Japanese school is maintained from the school fees, the entrance fees and the fund supported by the Japanese commerce-and-industry group in Zurich.
2. In the case of the parents/guardians who have two children who are registered as full-time at the school, when another child of theirs newly enters or transfers into the full-time school, the entrance fee is free and the school fee is half of the regular amount. However, this measure means that they have to pay the regular amount of the school fee set by the School Management Committee wherein one of the registered children at the school graduates, leaves or transfers.
3. When a student leaves the school after a term has started, only in the case that the number of days by leaving is less than half of the number of the class days at the term, half of the paid school fee will be repaid. However, this is not applicable to a new student who has entered during the term.
The 12th article (Rewards and Penalties)
1. The principal can commend a student to be recognized as a role model for other students.
2. The principal can discipline a student wherein it is deemed contrary to the aims of the schools education.
The 13th article (Part- time school, Wednesdays and Saturdays)
The part-time school, (Wednesdays and Saturdays) is managed independently.
The 14th article (Revision)
These school rules can be amended after the resolution of the School Management Committee.
(Part Revision on 23rd May 1991)
(Part Revision on 5th March 1993)
(Part Revision on 2nd November 1993)
(Part Revision on 18th March 2002)
(Part Revision on 14th March 2003)
(Part Revision on 11th June 2003)
(Part Revision on 26th November 2003)
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5. School Payment for the Japanese School in Zurich
The Japanese School Management Committee in Zurich on 26th November 2003
Based on the 11th article of Management Rules of the Japanese School in Zurich, an entrance fee and a school fee are set as following from the 2004 fiscal year.
1. Entrance Fee
(1) An entrance fee is one payment paid once for the entrance into the school (including the case of a transference). Payment is also required in the case of a student's moving from the part time school, (Wednesday and Saturday) to the full-time school.
(2) After obtaining an admission form, please pay before the first day of school. A refund after the payment is not permitted.
(3) Amount of money
The full-time school : 1,000 Swiss francs for one child.
The part-time school : 400 Swiss francs for one child.
(4) The amount of money will be reduced to half of the sum above mentioned for the member of a corporation Japanese school.
(5) When two children are already on the register and three or more children are registered, the above mentioned entrace fee is exempted.
2. School Fee
(1) Please pay the School Fee in each term within ten days after the first day of class.
(2) A new student who has entered during the term needs to pay an amount of the payment based on a daily rate which in turn is based on the annual school fee. The entrance fee must also be paid. Incidentally, the amount of the daily school fee is based on the calculation that the total of the annual school fee is divided by the number of the predetermined annual maximum class days (200 days for the full-time school, 39 days for the part-time school) rounding off under one Swiss franc.
(3) When a student leaves the school after a term has started, but when the number of days left is less than half of the number of the remaining class days, half of the paid school fee is repaid. However, this is not applicable to a new student who has entered during the term.
(4) The school fee, based on the school regulation for one child, in the case that there are three registered child, will be reduced to a half for the third registered child. However, the rate of this reduction becomes inapplicable when at least one of those children has graduated, left or transfered.
(6) The unit currency for payment is the Swiss frank.
3. How to Pay
Please pay to the following institution using the appointed sheet for transfer.
Bank: CREDIT SUISSE in Uster
Transfer Name: Japanische Schule in Zürich
Account number: *******-**-* (please ask school directly)
<Notice> The "fee" based on the 6th article of a corporation Japanese School in Zurich and "a class and an entrance fee" mentioned here are not the same.
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Entrance and Transference
1. Procedure (Documents for submission to the School etc.)
(1) After filling it out please send to the school by facsmile or post the Application for Entrance and Transference (102KB, PDF) form.
(2) Please hand in the students certificate of status form from the former school on the day of entering or transfering to this school. However, this is not necessary when entering the elementary department.
(3) Please transfer the School Payment, i.e. (the entrance fee and the school fee) after entrance and transference.
* In addition, please confirm the management Rules, "School Payment" and so on, by opening the applicable items on this page from the upper contents.
2. Necessary Items
In the case of transference from a school in Japan, please come to the school after receiving your textbooks_
1) Please receive the certification of the textbook grants from the previous school register.
2) To collect the textbooks, please bring the grant to an incorporated foundation Japan Overseas Educational Services.
*1 As the text books used by students in both the full time and part time courses, in all Japanese schools abroad are the same, when transferring from such a school, please bring the text books you are currently using.
*2 When being promoted to a higher grade, the necessary textbooks will be distributed at the school.
Since the standard Japanese made note books cannot be purchased here, a chart has been set up as a guide for suitable writing book alternatives. Please use it as a reference when purchasing your own notebooks. Alternatively, you may purchase from the schools own supply, (3 Franks for one). Please inform the school directly.
(3) School supplies
1st to 6th grade in the elementary school.
Pencils. (about two dozen 2B and HB for the 3rd and higher grades). Crayons, (up to about twelve colors, by the 2nd grade). Colored Pencils, (about twelve colours), plastic note pad, eraser, ruler, scissors, glue and scotch tape. A large box, (in which the above-mentioned stationeries should be kept in).
Shoes for the gymnasium, suitable sports clothes, swimming suit and cap (in summer), a short skipping rope.
A keyboard harmonica
From the 2nd grade and higher in the elementary school.
A set square.
From the 3rd grade and higher in the elementary school.
Penmanship tool, a Japanese dictionary, a soprano recorder, and a paint set.
From the 4th grade and higher in the elementary school.
A Kanji-Japanese Dictionary, a compass, a protractor
From the 5th and higher grades in the elementary school.
A needlework set.
From the 1st and higher grades in the junior secondary secondary school.
An English-Japanese and Japanese-English Dictionary, a German-Japanese and Japanese-German Dictionary, an Alto Recorder
* The following required items are not specified nor issued by the school. I.e. the school uniform, the sports clothes and shoes. Simply, please have your child/children wear and bring suitable attire.
Lunch Box. School lunches are not supplied by the school therefore, please have your child/children bring their own lunch and a water bottle.
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7. The `short term trial` of the Japanese school.
For those who may wish to transfere in the future and would like to try the entrance system, or for those who are interested in the Japanese education system, a short `trial` period can be arranged at this school.
1. Procedure (Documents for submission etc.)
(1) Please fill out and send an attached Application for short term trial (9KB of PDF form) by facsmile or post by at least a week before the 1st day of the short term trial`s first day.
(2) Please pay the fee for a short term trial period by transfer or directly at the school.
*1 Please refer to the following number, "3; Implementation Guide of the short term trial, for all of the necessary information.
*2 Please prearrange well in advance as a schedule must sometimes be adjusted to allow for the regular school events to be held, (for example, the sports day).
This corrosponds with number 2. `Things expected to Prepare" from
the above number 1. `Guidance of Entrance and Transference."However,
since the requirements are different depending on the short term trial`s
length, we will inform you at that time.
3. Implementation Guide for the short term trial Entrance System in the Japanese School of Zurich (Full-Time School).
1.The purpose of the short term trial period.
The purpose can be explained in the following manner.
(1) Any pupil who is considering to enter this school can experience practically the educational activities therefore influencing their decision to enter or not from a realistic basis.
(2) A pupil who goes to any international schools, or to a local school can experience first hand the Japanese style of education.
(3) A pupil who is intending to return to Japan in the near future can experience the Japanese style of education in order to become familiar with it before returning.
Those who wish to enter for the short term trial have to submit a short Term Trial Entrance form, (9KB, PDF ) in the designated manner, and the principal must have received it by at least one week before the starting date.
3. Execution Period and Grade
The execution period is set during ten months from the 1st May until the last day of February. And the execution grade is taken in all the grades that a pupil is enrolled in.
4 The length of the short term experience
The number of days for the short term experience is made a up of a unit for one day. However, when there is an outside school event during that time, he or she is not allowed to participate.
5 Experience Fee
A short term trial period`s entrance fee is considered separately depending on the school`s fee per day at that particular time.
6. The educational objectives of the short term trial .
(1) To belong to the class of an appropriate grade and to take lessons with the other children of the school.
(2) No special consideration for the learning progress.
(3) To bring the textbooks and the basicl school supplies in person.
(4) To distribute the sub-teaching materials by the copy.
(1) The child`s travel to and from the school is the responsibility of the parents/guardians.
(2) To follow the rules of the full-time school during the short term trial period.
(Additional rule) A short term trial period`s entrance fee is 45 francs a day.
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1. Aims of the Part -Time School
* Our school is ...
the school, where the children who come from Japan, alongside the children who grew up in Switzerland, with the children who have grown up in other varied environments and countries in the world, come together to learn the Japanese language.
1. The part time Japanese School in Uster, Switzerland.
The main purpose is to provide instruction in the Japanese language to all pupils, of any nationality from the kindergarten level to the junior secondary level, who do not go to the full time Japanese school. A kindergarten department, an elementary department, a junior-secondary department and an international department have been established according to each developmental stage.
2. The Child's Image.
This school aims for;
* A child who is healthy and safe.
* A child who plays with others willingly and in a friendly manner.
* A child who studies diligently with strong aims.
* A child who is cooperative with and thoughtful of others.
3. The Important Teaching Targets of each department
(1) From the 1st to the 6th grades in the elementary school and from the 1st to the 3rd years in the junior secondary department
We aim to improve the pupil`s understanding of the Japanese language, to be able to accurately express it, to foster an interest and respect for it while cultivating a deep and rich sense of it`s beauty. The children learn all of the necessary syllabus of each grade at each class for two hours a week every Saturday or Wednesday afternoon.
(2) Kindergarten Department
This department is aimed at four year olds and older children from the 1st of April. Through play, which the environment of life provides, we strive to bring up the children to have as a very part of their nature, a strong foundation of manners from which they can use to interact with in all situations of life. Drawing, handicraft, picture-story shows, cooking, and sports etc. are all part of the basis of the curriculum. Furthermore, in preparation for the elementary school entrance, `hiragana`, (one of the first learned Japanese alphabets) is also taught. The class is held for two hours every Saturday.
(3) The International Department (Saturdays and Wednesdays).
This department is aimed at those students between six and fifteen year olds. We aim to ensure that the pupils Japanese language comprehension and ability are extended. The classes progress in accordance with each child's ability. These classes are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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2. Management Rules and School Payment for the part time course.
The 1st article (Purpose)
1. A Japanese language, part time course, (P/T course, from now on) is set in the Japanese school in Uster, Zurich.
2. The purpose of the P/T course is to provide supplementary classes in the Japanese language for children who live in Zurich or on its outskirts, but who do not attend the full timeJapanese school. All nationalities as well as Japanese are welcome.
The 2nd article (The various Departments)
1. There is a kindergarten department, an elementary department, a Junior secondary department and an international department. Each class is decided by the School Management Committee after considering the number of applicants.
2. The aim of the kindergarten department, the elementary department and the junior secondary department is to educate the pupil to speak Japanese as a native speaker. To enter the kndergarten, the pupil must be at least four years old by the 1st of April. (Incidentily, a graduate from a junior secondary school would not be prevented from taking classes).
3. The aim of the international department is to educate children, (in Japanese) whose mother tongue is not Japanese, and who are between six and fifteen years old. (-by the 1st of April).
The 3rd article (Class times and dates).
Classes are held each Saturday for two hours. The grade and the term are almost the same as the full-time school, as are the school and public holidays, in principle. (There may be an extra class in addition to Saturday)
The 4th article (Application)
Except for the above three articles, the part time school follows the regulations of the Japanese School in Zurich.
The 5th article (Revision)
This rule is revisable with the resolution of the School Management Committee.
Additional rule: This rule was enforced from the 1st of April 1988, (Showa 63).
* In addition, please confirm the "Management Rules of the Japanese school in Zurich" opening the applicable items on this page from the upper contents.
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3. The School Rules and life.
School Rules and general aims
Although the main purpose of this school is to teach supplementary Japanese language classes, the other educational purposes are to cultivate each pupil`s individuality, character and self reliance. To bring up the right knowledge, skills and attitudes about health and safety to ensure that a desirable life is had by all. In order to produce the enviroment which makes learning safe, pleasant and orderly, please keep in mind the following rules.
1. The children can eat their snack for ten minutes only during the break time. They must sit down and eat in a classroom. It is prohibited to eat or drink in the library and gymnasium. Taking dental hygine into consideration, do not bring `junk food `such as potato chips, candy, chocolate, or chewing gum.
2. Please be sure to throw rubbish away into a wastebasket.
3. Please walk in the corridors calmly, using a quiet tone and please do not scribble on any school property.
4. When you borrow a book from the library, please fill out a book-card and return it to the place where the book was origionally at the time of borrowing. Please treat all books carefully, keeping it in mind that they are extra precious in a foreign country! Please return all books! Please also note, that it is prohibited to enter the library with shoes on.
5. Any videoes in the library are for the teaching staff`s use only. As yet, the lending service has not been extended to them.
6. It is prohibited to enter the gymnasium with shoes on. Please take your shoes off or change to indoor shoes.
7. The balls, the skipping ropes and the badminton sets, which may be used by the students , are in a box in the tool room. Please return them to the box after use. For safety, please do not use any other equipment such as the gardening tools, the mattress, the trampoline, and the flying rings.
8. Before you enter the school building, please wipe your shoes well, especially on a rainy or snowy day! Also, please do not use shoes with black soles as they may leave black marks on the floor.
Note to all guardians
1. When your child/children are absent, please be sure to inform the class teacher. It does not matter even if this message is sent through a friend. If you contact the school on Saturday, please telephone between 11:00 and 13:50.
2. In the case of transfering, leaving or temporary absence, notification is necessary.
3. Please pay the class fee by the appointed day.
4. School newsletters from both the full time school and the part time schools will be delivered to the oldest child on the school register. As the contents may include such information as a changed time table, please be sure to confirm whether there are any letters from the school when you return home.
5. Information from the school is also displayed on the bulletin board -for the part time course. Please read!
6. The front door of the school is locked automatically except during a certain period of time. Please ask your class teacher for details.
7. Please remember that except for during school hours, the childrens safety, (for example, after school play time) is the responsibility of the guardians/parents.
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4. Entrance, Transference and Leaving
1. Procedure of Entrance, Transference and Leaving.
(1) Please apply to the principal in the formal manner, (.e. using the `Application for Entrance and Transference`: 102KB of PDF) form.
(2) We request that the parents and child come to the school to have an interview together.
* We can help you choose the appropriate course and class for your child.
(3) We will send a `Notice of Entrance or Transference` to you.
(4) Please pay the entrance fee and the school fee.
* Please refer to number 2, "Management Rules and School Payment Procedures for the Japanese Part time School" about the entrance and school fee, opening the applicable items on this page from the upper contents.
(2) In the case of temporary absence and leaving
Please submit the required notice to the principal.
When transferring from a school in Japan, please come to the school after receiving your textbooks at an incorporated foundation Japan Overseas Educational Services.
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