ISSH Summer School

Summer School 2017 Promotional Video

General Information

International School of the Sacred Heart Summer School is a two-week program open to boys and girls from the international school community from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8. Current Sacred Heart students make up the majority of applicants, but we warmly welcome visitors from other schools in the Tokyo area and beyond. Classes are held on the school's picturesque campus, a short walk from Hiroo train station. Although the primary language of instruction is English, we invite students of all linguistic backgrounds and abilities to join us.

School FrontCourses run from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and students may attend for either one or two weeks. A nurse will be on site during regular program hours and extended childcare is available if needed. This year’s program dates are:

Week 1: June 12th to 16th
Week 2: June 19th to 23rd

Pre-K to Grade 2 Program

Our well-balanced program is designed to stimulate your child’s mind and body. As well as participating in classroom-based activities, students attend daily specialist classes in the areas of art, music and sports. Additionally, they enjoy ample playtime in a less structured environment, and are encouraged to join the daily water play session in our outdoor splash pool. The two-week program is organized around a unifying theme that serves as a scaffold for imaginative play and experiential learning. This year’s themes are:

Week One: Superheroes

Cultivate your powers of observation, explore your creative potential and develop powerful tools for problem solving. Most of all, celebrate the unique qualities that define the superhero in all of us. You'll find you possess more than you think! As author Cece Bell reminds us, “Our differences are our superpowers”. During week one, we will gear up and discover our own brand of superpower. Students will explore the theme of superheroes through stories, games, experiments, songs, problem solving and much more.

Week Two: Transportation (Things That Go!)

Transportation makes the world go round and connects us all to each other. What forms of transportation do you use? Which are the fastest? The most efficient? The safest? The most environmentally friendly? Learn about the great inventions of the past and imagine those that might exist in the future. Explore the beauty of moving things, and perhaps even design your own mode of transportation that no-one else has thought of. Science experiments, craft projects, stories and songs about travel will keep students engaged and informed during week two.

Grades 3 to 8 Program

Students in grades 3 to 8 choose from a wide range of courses in the areas of Math, English, Science, Art/Crafts, Technology and Sports. Each day consists of 4 sessions, and students are asked to make first and second choices for each session. In the unlikely event that your first choice is full or cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be assigned your second choice. We encourage you to choose different courses for the second week.

Session 1 (8:30 - 9:45)

Crochet Creations - Ms Belitz (Grades 3-8)

The art of crocheting ranges from simple handcraft to exquisite lace and even high fashion on shows like Project Runway. Join us to make fun and beautiful projects with hook and yarn. Every level is welcome from complete beginner to expert. We can make hats, gloves, slippers, bags, animals, blankets and much more. What will you make?

Drama - MS. MIZUNO (GRADES 3-8, week 2 only)

The advantages of gaining the techniques and tools of the actor are well documented. Drama builds confidence, helps concentration, develops language and communication skills, encourages students to cooperate, helps them understand the world around them and develops emotional intelligence. It is certainly not all about acting and dancing, though of course these elements form the basics of a drama class. Come and see what all the excitement is about!

Lego Robotics - Mr Baker (Grades 5-8)

Build and program Lego Robots to meet challenges by combining different sensors, motors and codes. You will be building with the Mindstorms EV3, Lego’s newest set. This course is designed as an introduction for students who are new to Lego Mindstorms or coding.

Math Mania - Ms Maeda (Grades 3-4)

Expand your mathematical horizons and improve your performance at the same time. We will explore, question, reason and discuss a range of key concepts, including related numbers and numeration, arithmetic operations, number theory, informal geometry, probability and statistics. An engaging mix of collaborative activities will spark your child’s imagination and turn problem solving and skill building into inspired learning and a love of mathematics.

Math Olympics - Ms Spentzos (Grades 5-6)

Come build your math muscles, strengthen fundamental multiplication and division skills, practice fractions, decimals, percentages and more in an intensive course aimed at increasing speed and accuracy. Achieve your potential by fine tuning your weak areas and building on your strengths. Various levels will be accommodated through differentiated instruction. Let's Go for Gold!

Math PSAT - Ms Mayhew (Grades 7-8)

By learning about PSAT-style questions, students will acquire many of the skills that they should master by the time they take the PSAT/SAT tests in a few years’ time. The focus is on basic algebra and geometry as well as data and graphical analysis, on which most SAT-style math questions are based. Students will also be introduced to a variety of online tools that they will be able to utilize during their future preparation.

Short Film Making - Mr Delacharlery (Grades 3-8, week 1 only)

Let’s face it - anyone can make a short movie these days. However, making a good one takes a little time, preparation, and some guidance. Learn how to write effective scripts, decide on casting, draw storyboards and organise sequencing. Then, rehearse, shoot and finally edit your movie. Bring your ideas and talent!

Session 2 (10:00 - 11:15)

English Adventure - Ms Maeda (Grades 3-4)

Let's enjoy one or two weeks of intensive English language learning together! Students will develop their communicative and cognitive ability by engaging in interactive reading and writing activities, grammar puzzles and vocabulary games. Various levels will be accommodated through differentiated instruction.

English Express - Ms Mangat (Grades 5-6)

It is time to win! Learn vocabulary and de-bug your grammar through exciting play. Improve your writing skills and reading comprehension while having fun with your friends as you work through brain-based games to build cognition. Various levels will be accommodated through differentiated activities. Whether you love or hate English, you will certainly enjoy the fast-paced fun-focused nature of this course.

Fantastic Flight - Mr. Baker (Grades 3-6, week 2 only)

Flight is something of a miracle for many people. In fact, though, it’s not rocket science. It has everything to do with aerodynamics and propulsion. So how does an aircraft fly? Build and test creations that fly, fling, or float through the air. Make desktop catapults, paper boomerangs, superhero parachutes and more. Design your own upgrades and test them out using simple materials. Along the way we will explore why flight works.

General Knowledge Dojo - Ms Spentzos (Grades 3-6)

Become a master of fast facts and fun trivia. Impress your friends and family with your knowledge of geography, astronomy, science trivia, and current events. Solve logic puzzles, word problems and everyday mysteries about the world around you, and assert yourself as a citizen of planet earth. Show off your new knowledge in our quiz show competition on the last day of the course. Great prizes to be won!

Global Kitchen - Ms Belitz (Grades 3-8)

Come take an edible adventure with us and discover the wonders of the world through cooking. Each day we will travel to a different region, preparing delicious and healthy meals without ever leaving Tokyo. Impress your friends and family at the next dinner party with these easy and fun recipes.

Photoshop Basics and Beyond - Mr Delacharlery (Grades 5-8, week 1 only)

Before any type of print media (magazines and newspapers) is published, it is likely that Photoshop has been used to enhance the images. Learn the basic functions and uses of Photoshop (effects, layers, masking). Apply some effective and easy effects to make your photos more stunning. Learn tricks like changing eyes and hair color too. It’s easy to make an average picture look amazing. Photoshop is part of the Adobe suite and a great way to become familiar with Adobe Illustrator as well.

Sports Medley - Mr Cervantes (Grades 6-8)

Why stick to just one sport when there are so many great ones out there? This action-packed course will include soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball and dodgeball. Based on student preference, the amount of time allotted to each sport may vary. Improve your general fitness, hand-eye coordination and team strategy while having a ball.

Session 3 (12:15 - 13:30)

Aikido - Mr Neuman (Grades 3-8)

Classes will be taught by Pacific Aikido instructors who teach the weekly classes on Thursdays and have over 25 years of teaching experience. Aikido is a Japanese martial art with no competitions; students do not rely on defeating others but rather focus on working together with their partner (not opponent) so that both can improve. This makes Aikido especially beneficial for children, teaching discipline, cooperation, and respect for others.

Creative Computing - Mr Delacharlery (Grades 6-8, week 1 only)

Let's learn to think creatively, work collectively, and reason logically. This project-based course combines many of the 21st century learning skills that will be critical to success in the future. A combination of computer games and software applications including Minecraft, Octogon, 2048, Run 3, Animal Jump, Scratch, and will be evaluated for their effectiveness and enjoyment. This course has no prerequisite knowledge and is suitable for any experience level.

Global Kitchen - Ms Belitz (Grades 3-8)

Come take an edible adventure with us and discover the wonders of the world through cooking. Each day we will travel to a different region, preparing delicious and healthy meals without ever leaving Tokyo. Impress your friends and family at the next dinner party with these easy and fun recipes.

Handbell Choir - Mr. Nicholson (Grades 3-6, week 2 only)

Handbell choirs are not only a lot of fun, but they're also a great way for musicians to master skills of ear-training, rhythmic accuracy and ensemble awareness. Students develop confidence, leadership skills and friendships as they rehearse and perform together. Make beautiful music with nothing more than your own two hands.

Japanese Handicrafts - Ms Hosoi (Grades 3-6)

Come and develop your creativity, fine motor skills and perseverance while practising traditional Japanese art forms. Students will enjoy tearing and pasting hand-dyed Japanese paper to create beautiful images (Chigiri-e); using newspaper, wrapping paper, wool and cloth to construct unusual collages; and manipulating vegetables, bottle tops, cardboard and bubble wrap to produce authentic stamp art.

Science PSAT - Ms Mayhew (Grades 7-8)

Want a head start preparing for the PSAT science questions? They can be tricky because of unfamiliar language and problem presentation but if you are prepared, you can shine! We'll check out the kinds of questions that are often asked, the skills you'll need to answer them, and strategies to get your best scores. But summer school wouldn't be complete without some hands-on science magic, and maybe a little mess!

Volleyball - Mr Cervantes (Grades 6-8)

The key to success is focusing on the fundamentals – the best teams are always the most highly skilled teams. Improve your ability to serve, pass, set, attack, block and dig, and incorporate these skills into game situations. Players of all abilities and experience are welcome to attend this intensive course.

Session 4 (13:45 - 15:00)

Creative Writing - Ms Shull (Grades 6-8)

Creative writing is like dancing with words! In this course, a variety of word games, free writing exercises, poetry, and micro-fiction writing activities will stretch each student's vocabulary, word confidence, creative expression, and imagination. Discover the thrill of bringing your inner world to life and creating something truly original.

Dance - Ms Mizuno (Grades 3-8)

Let's get physical! Come and join us in this active and energetic class. Learn how to use your body to express yourself artistically and create beauty in motion. Have fun learning choreography and devising movement together using selected hip hop, jazz and contemporary dance techniques. Not a dancer? No worries - it's all about having fun!

Fun With Felt - Ms Maeda (Grades 3-8)

Create lively 3-D felt figures to decorate your bedroom, backpack or Christmas tree. Felt is a great fabric for beginners and crafting enthusiasts alike, and the colors are awesome. Students will use basic embroidery stitches and felt appliqué techniques to turn everyday objects into interesting and beautiful pieces.

Simply Science - Ms Mayhew (Grades 3-5)

Enjoy mixing up everyday materials in a series of fun hands-on science activities. Using common household ingredients, learn to make your own paints and play-dough; create homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and bath bombs; even discover the density of different liquids to make your own rainbow!

Team Sports - Mr Cervantes (Grades 3-5)

Learn to play sports in a fun way through a variety of lead-up games designed to help create a well-rounded young athlete. Students will participate in a wide range of physical activities with the primary focus on building confidence, fundamental skills, and teamwork through play. Students can help choose the weekly activities according to their skills and preferences.


Registration fee¥10,000
Course fee for two weeks¥72,000
Course fee for one week¥42,000
Late fee for payment received after May 26th, 2017¥3,000

Application Deadline: Friday, May 19th, 2017

Extended Childcare (optional)

There will be optional childcare available after regular Summer School hours until 6:00 p.m. Please understand that a nurse will not be on duty during these times. Payment is requested in cash daily at the time of pick-up.

Cost per day
  • 1 hour - ¥1,000
  • 2 hours - ¥1,500
  • 3 hours - ¥2,000

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the online application

The deadline for all applications is Friday, May 19th. The application must be completed online:
K-G2 Application Form
G3-8 Application Form
Students must enrol in the grade level that they completed as of June 2017. Pre-Kindergarten students must be 3 years of age by September 1st, 2017 and toilet trained.

Step 2: Pay the ¥10,000 registration fee

As soon as you complete the online application form, you will receive an invoice for the registration fee with your child’s Summer School ID#. Applications will not be processed before receiving payment of the registration fee. Payment must be made by bank transfer or Internet banking (see payment instructions below). Please note that the business office will not be able to accept registration fees paid at the school in cash.

Step 3: Pay the course fees

Once you receive your course fee invoice, course fees may be paid through either bank transfer or Internet banking. Payment in full must be made by Friday, May 26th. Payments made after this date will incur a late fee of ¥3,000.

*New in 2017

For your convenience, you may now pay the registration fee and the course fees at the same time. If you choose this option, please calculate 52,000 JPY for one week's enrollment and 82,000 JPY for both weeks.

Payment Instructions

Account Name: ISSH Summer School
Bank/Branch: Mizuho Bank Ltd., Roppongi Branch
Account Type: Ordinary Account
Account Number: 053-4360487
Swift Code: MHCBJPJT
Bank Address: 15-7, Roppongi 7-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032 Japan
Phone: +81-3-3405-6611

Be sure to include your child’s name and Summer School ID# on your bank transfer at the time of payment in order to avoid delaying the application process. A separate payment must be made for each child. Please note that the Sacred Heart Summer School account is different from the regular Sacred Heart student account. Company billing is not available.


お振込みは、生徒名で下記の銀行口座までお振込み下さい。お振込み手数料等は各自ご負 担いただきますようお願い申し上げます。

口座名: 聖心インターナショナルスクール ISSH Summer School
カタカナ: セイシンインターナショナルスクール アイエスエスエイチサマースクール
銀行名: みずほ銀行 六本木支店
預金種目:  普通預金
口座番号:  4360487
銀行住所:  〒106-0032 東京都港区六本木 7-15-7
電話:  81-3-3405-6611
銀行/支店コード: 0001-053


Option #1: Students may bring their own lunch.
Option #2: Pre-order lunch from Cezars Kitchen through the application form at additional cost.*
*Please note that lunch cannot be purchased on the day.

Kindergarten¥500 per day
Grades 1 to 4¥650 per day
Grades 5 to 11¥700 per day

For further questions or concerns, please contact Cezars Kitchen directly or 03-6427-7902.

Contact Information

General InquiriesTakako Tajiri03-3400-3951, ext. 237
Program CoordinatorsGeorge Nicholson/Patricia
School Nurse
Zahia Aratani

Directions to Sacred Heart

4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0012 Japan
Telephone: 81-3-3400-3951
Fax: 81-3-3400-3496

By subway

  • Take the Hibiya Line to Hiroo Station and take Exit #3
  • Once you exit the station you will be facing Gaien Nishi Dori
  • Cross the street at the signal that is just left of the subway exit
  • Go straight and take the first left, which is a small angled street
  • The entrance to the school is through a parking lot, which is across the angled street from the flower shop
  • Enter the parking lot and follow the driveway up the hill to the main entrance of the school