Sacred Heart teachers provide after school activities to expose students to new skills and activities. These activities are free of charge unless marked with **
- Digital Creativity Club**
- Irish Dance**
- Japanese Calligraphy**
- JS Strings Ensemble
- Junior Duchesne Choir
Dear K3 to Grade 5 Parents,
I will be offering Irish dancing classes again at Sacred Heart in the first semester, starting on September 12 2018.
I have been teaching Irish dancing for 25 years and have taught in Belfast N.Ireland, my hometown, Rome, Tokyo and Hong Kong. I previously taught dancing at the British School in Tokyo and have been dancing for over 40 years. I am an All-Ireland and World medalist in both teams and solo events. My sisters teach at the successful Mulvenna Academy based in Belfast and my niece holds every major championship title from All Ireland to World championship level.
People are attracted to Irish Dancing for many different reasons. The benefits of Irish Dancing are well documented. It provides physical benefits such as increased stamina, core strength, and general overall fitness. It will also improve balance, posture and coordination, as well as promote flexibility and increased muscle strength.
Mental benefits include learning to listen, following directions, memory building and following musical rhythm. Irish Dancing also promotes self-confidence and self-esteem, while instilling a sense of good sportsmanship. In addition, it provides the opportunity to learn teamwork and develop team spirit, as well as the importance of dedication, perseverance and good, healthy habits as well as being a lot of fun!
The children will learn both team and solo dances starting with the first basic Irish dancing movements.
Where? Duchesne Room
When? Every Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm
- September 12, 19, 26,
- October 3, 10, 17, 31
- November 7, 14, 21, 28,
- December 5,
Children from K3 to G5 are eligible to attend. If you are interested in booking your child a space please let me know via email and include your child's name and grade. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please ensure you book early as there is limited space for this club. Please wait for your booking to be confirmed by me via email before making payment.
Please let me know if you need me to drop your child off in EDP after the Irish Dancing Club.
The cost of 12 sessions is 30,000 yen per child for new students.
However, if you are a returning student there is a discount. 12 sessions will cost 27,500 yen. There is also a family discount.
Please submit exact payment to Ms Inji in the K/JS Office in a named envelope as soon as possible (the final deadline for payment will be Friday 7th September).
Please note that spaces are limited and it will be first-come-first-served based on payment.
Meeting & Dismissal
I will meet all those attending the club each week outside the K/JS Office at 3:55 pm.
Children will be dismissed from the Breezeway and those attending EDP will be dropped off with the EDP staff.
To minimize congestion within the school, as there will be other activities going on in this area, please could I ask that parents wait for their child in the Breezeway area at 5:15 pm.
For security reasons, I will need to know if your child is being picked up by someone other than a parent. Please let me know at least 24 hours in advance. If there are any last-minute changes to your pick-up arrangement, please call the Lodge (03-3400-3951) and notify them.
What to wear
Children should wear their indoor shoes for the club and comfortable clothing.
Dancing shoes, T-shirts and skirts can be ordered at a later date if the children are interested to continue.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
Do you want
- to learn how to write Chinese characters, Hiragana and Katakana with a Fude (＝a special calligraphy brush ) in Bokuju (＝a special ink for calligraphy) on Hanshi (＝a special thin paper)?
- to create a piece of calligraphy work signed by her own name on various sizes of special paper?
- to enjoy learning the beautiful aspects of Kanji originated from Chinese character and Hiragana/Katakana originated from or/and based on Kanji?
- to express herself by way of making a character/s or a letter/s or a word/s on special paper?
This is a beginner/introductory course for students who want to start learning calligraphy!
The activity will be offered mainly in Japanese although some shodo terminology will be explained in English too, in particular for beginners, who have had no previous experience in calligraphy.
When: Tuesday afternoons (Sept. 11 - Nov. 20 ) 3:00 - 4:00 p.m OR 4:00 - 5:00 p.m (TBA)
Where: K/JS Art room
For New Students (Total Cost, which includes her own calligraphy set and shared materials: ￥27,000)
For Returning Students (, who have participated in previous school years.) (Total Cost, which includes shared materials: ￥22,000)
If you are interested in signing up your child or want more information, please e-mail Ms. Chie at email@example.com
The JS Strings 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.
Ensemble members are exposed to a variety of activities, including basic technical reinforcement, unison scale and solo repertoire development, chamber music making and string orchestra arrangements. The JS Strings Ensemble performs at various events, including 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 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 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.