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 17th to 21st
Week 2: June 24th to 28th

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: Family

Family is the most important thing in our lives. It is a community in which we grow and thrive, and each member has a role that helps the family function as a whole. In this unit, students will learn that families can be similar and different to their own, and that every family is unique and important. Students will read books, learn poems, create craft projects and sing songs that illustrate this central theme. They will draw their family tree, create a family crest, write about their favourite family adventure, and learn about families in different parts of the world. Related numeracy and literacy activities will be incorporated to reinforce basic concepts at each grade level.


Week Two: Once Upon a Time

Come travel with us to far away places full of magical creatures, brave heroes and evil villains. Fairy tales are some of the oldest and most beloved stories of our time. Students will enjoy a variety of favourites such as Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. They will identify character and setting, discuss problems and resolutions, recognize elements of fantasy, and learn to order events sequentially. They will also be encouraged to predict endings, compare and contrast, read with "voice", and suggest alternative endings. Students will have a chance to recreate their favourite tales in a puppet show, diorama or role play activity. Your children will remember this experience happily ever after!

Grade 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 – 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.


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.


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.


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.

Japanese Painting & Calligraphy

Embark on a fun adventure of creative exploration and discover new ways of seeing and thinking. Experiment with Japanese brushes, strokes, light and dark balance and ink, learn how to express yourself and communicate through visual design, and develop skills in paper art, calligraphy and ink painting. Join us, have fun, and bring out your inner artist!


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 organize sequencing. Then, rehearse, shoot and finally edit your movie. Bring your ideas and talent!


Session 2 (10:00 - 11:15)


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.

Garageband - Mr Nicholson (GRADES 5-8)

Unleash your musical creativity, no matter whether you're a beginner or a seasoned performer. Create a new project, then add loops, record your voice or instrument, arrange and mix the project, and share the finished product with the world. Suggested projects include pop songs, movie soundtracks, iPhone ringtone and more. GarageBand will also get you started on playing the piano or guitar with guided lessons.


Have you always wanted your own press pass and byline? Why not intern as a student journalist? Learn how to investigate a newsworthy story, conduct interviews, and write headlines and ledes. At the end of each week, your published articles and photos will be promoted to the International's growing online audience.


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.


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.


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!


Session 3 (12:15 - 13:30)


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.


Love to be creative and make new things? Join us for the SuperHeroes Club! Students will make an animated video of themselves as a superhero by following specific steps each class like drawing their face, creating an original piece of music in GarageBand, writing a script (or borrowing a sample), animating their characters, recording (short) narrations and, finally, combining them in iMovie to be shared on YouTube. 


Join us for a fun and energetic session full of drama games, skits, improv comedy and team building activities. The class climate is supportive and dynamic, encouraging you to develop a sense of confidence in front of classmates and an audience. Have a brilliant time getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks and awakening the joy of performing and creativity!


Do you want to amaze your family and friends with appetizing homemade desserts? Then Just Desserts is the class for you! You will acquire many useful skills such as organization, time management, communication and leadership, while stimulating your creativity and productivity.  You will enjoy making and tasting various cool and hot desserts. Lots of fruit, whole grain and low-fat dairy products will be used in the recipes in order to support your good health.


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!


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


Session 4 (13:45 - 15:00)


We all know that playing board games is great fun! But did you know they can also be helpful in building social skills and self-esteem, as well as teaching kids about rules, competition, fair play and values? Join this course to discover or rediscover a range of exciting board games, both classic and new. Some will require strategy and skill, others will demand speed and dexterity. Let’s roll!


So, what is crochet? It is the art of creating fabric from yarn using a crochet hook. Crochet is easy once you learn the different stitches, but what should a beginner learn first? Which hooks and yarns should you use? When there are so many options, how do you know where to start? Let's explore the possibilities and create beautiful items such as hats, scarves, slippers, bags, animals, blankets and much more! What will you make?


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!


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.


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


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, May 31st, 2019 ¥3,000

Application Deadline: Friday, May 24th, 2019

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 2019 Extended Childcare

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the online application

The deadline for all applications is Friday, May 24th. 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 2019. Pre-Kindergarten students must be 3 years of age by September 1st, 2019 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 31st. 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.


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 Inquiries Takako Tajiri 03-3400-3951, ext. 237
Program Coordinators George Nicholson/Patricia Spentzos
School Nurses Joanna Trickitt and Sigrun Baldursdottir
Headmistress Yvonne Hayes


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