The JS String Ensemble is open to all students in grades 1-4 who are currently taking private lessons on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass). Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Duchesne Room, and students must demonstrate an adequate level of music reading ability in order to join the group. Usually, 2 years of private lessons is required to achieve this level, though it varies from one student to another.
Weekly rehearsals involve basic technical reinforcement, unison scale and solo repertoire development, chamber music making and rehearsal of string orchestra arrangements. The JS Strings Ensemble performs at various events, including the JS Christmas Program, Family Festival and the Spring Recital.
The Junior Duchesne Choir is open to all students in grades 2, 3 and 4 who love to sing. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the AV Room. Pieces are selected from the best of the available repertoire for this age group and rehearsals are designed to improve vocal tone production, increase sight reading skills and promote healthy vocal habits. The choir performs at the Christmas Concert, JS Christmas Program, Family Festival, May Show and the Elementary Choral Festival. The size of the group varies slightly from year to year but, on average, around 80 singers make this year-long commitment to excellence.
Grades: G3 and G4 Dates: All year The K/JS Library is open everyday after school for all members of the school community. Parents are welcome to open a library account to check out books and DVDs. All Kindergarten through Grade 2 students must be accompanied by an adult or other caregiver after school in the library. Grade 3 and 4 students can stay in the library by themselves to read, do their homework or use the Mac laptops.
Grades: G3 - 4 Dates: Winter time Netball is taught to the 3rd and 4th Graders with a view to the athletes joining an organised team and competing against other schools in Tokyo. Netball is a fast passing game involving very good spatial awareness, excellent body control and advanced shooting skills.