Sacred Heart Summer School

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 (age 2) 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.

Courses 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 18th to 22nd
Week 2: June 25th to 29th

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: At the Circus

The Circus is coming! Step right up and join the fun. Read books, learn poems, create crafty projects and sing songs that go along with this action-based theme. Discover the biggest, fastest and strongest animals, make clown face masks and puppets, enjoy puzzles and word searches, Circus Bingo, and more. Older children will explore the Circus through activities such as logic puzzles, vocabulary building games, word problems, popcorn math and more. Come one, come all to the greatest class on Earth!

Week Two: Up, Up and Away

Join us on an upward journey into the sky. This unit gives younger children a chance to learn about things that float and fly through the air. Make your own kites, play with bubbles, design parachutes, explore kite festivals in different countries, listen to stories and learn new words about floating and flying. This unit will teach older children facts about aviation that are just "plane" fun! They will enjoy reading about the pioneers and principles of flight as well as the first astronauts in space. Students will compete in a paper airplane design competition, make their own balsa wood plane and maybe even launch their own model rocket. Ready, set, take off!

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)

Algebra - Ms Mayhew (Grades 7-8)

Algebra – It’s all about balance! Once you master the rules of the game, you can manipulate variables and equations with ease, simplify expressions, identify unknown quantities and solve problems with confidence. Take a little time this summer to polish your polynomials and get a head start on next year, gaining confidence and deepening your understanding along the way.

English Adventure - Ms Spentzos (GRADES 3-4)

Let's enjoy a week 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.

Global Kitchen - Ms Beardsley (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.

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 Olympics - Mr Thompson (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!

Short Film Making - Mr Delacharlery (Grades 3-8)

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)

Aikido - Mr Neuman (Grades 5-8)

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.

Curious You - Ms Maeda (Grades 3-8)

Curious? Inventive? Do you like to make things or tinker? Want to try your hand at making Morse code key chains, greeting cards with LED lights, bath items, sundials, dollhouse furniture from recycled materials and more? We will make useful and decorative items from a variety of cultures using materials such as wood, paper, metal, glass, ceramics, plastic, textiles and others. You will gain experience with teacher-prepared projects, then engineer fun projects of your own.

English Express - Ms Beardsley (Grades 5-6)

First stop, creativity. All of the stations on our journey through English will develop communicative and cognitive ability through interactive reading and writing activities, grammar puzzles and vocabulary games. Various levels will be accommodated through differentiated instruction - climb aboard this fast train to fun.

Fantastic Flight - Mr. Baker (Grades 3-6)

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.

Math Mania - Mr Thompson (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.

Photoshop Basics and Beyond - Mr Delacharlery (Grades 5-8)

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.

Session 3 (12:15 - 13:30)

CSI - Ms Mayhew (Grades 6-8)

A crime has been committed, and it's up to the students to figure out who the culprit is. This course will introduce students to crime scene investigations and forensics through an interactive criminal mystery. Students will learn how to search for and collect physical evidence like fingerprints, footprints, and fibers, photograph and document a crime scene, interview suspects and pull it all together to solve the crime.

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.

Global Kitchen - Ms Beardsley (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.

Manga Drawing - Mr Delacharlery (Grades 3-8)

If you like to draw Manga, or would like to discover if you have a hidden talent in this area, this is the course for you. With the help of samples and models, you will improve many aspects of your Manga drawing skills: face, hair, emotions, cloth, background, tone, composition, dynamic effect and more. This is a fun and creative course that will allow you to discover and/or share your interest in Manga.

Team Sports - Mr Thompson (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.

Session 4 (13:45 - 15:00)

Creative Writing - Ms Shull (Grades 7-8)

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!

Japanese Stitching (Kogin-Zashi) - Ms Hosoi (Grades 3-6)

The Kogin-zashi technique is a traditional form of decorative stitching used by farmers from Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan. Kogin literally means 'small cloth' and zashi means 'stitches.' Students will learn the basics of this fascinating handicraft using beautiful colour combinations and patterns to create eye-catching accessories.

Smoothie Wars - Ms Maeda (Grades 5-8)

Collaborate with your team to create a recipe, brand image and advertising campaign for a line of drink blends. Find out whether your products are ‘hits’ or ‘misses’. This class starts with creating a marketing research survey and ends with counting the money you make at an after-school drink stand. Proceeds will benefit the war on hunger.

Please plan to stay late on Fridays for the sale and clean up afterward.

Sports Medley - Mr Gray (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.

Weird 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!


Registration fee¥10,000
Course fee for two weeks¥72,000
Course fee for one week¥42,000
Late fee for payment received after Friday, June 1st, 2018¥3,000

Application Deadline: Friday, May 25th, 2018

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

Please click on the link below to register for Extended Childcare. Completing this form before the start of Summer School will allow us to plan ahead and ensure adequate staffing. You may alter or cancel your choices at a later date if necessary.

Summer School 2018 Extended Childcare

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the online application

The deadline for all applications is Friday, May 25th. 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 2018. Pre-Kindergarten students must be 3 years of age by September 1st, 2018 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, June 1st. Payments made after this date will incur a late fee of ¥3,000.

For your convenience, you may 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 8¥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
Sandey Stayanoff

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