SJIS is a true bilingual education, inspiring our students to be a Kakehashi, or a strong bridge connecting communities and cultures in a globalized world.
The Japanese Division curriculum is set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. We offer this curriculum from Years 1 to Year 9. The classes are taught in Japanese by the thirteen (13) teachers dispatched from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, and some locally hired teachers. The classes aim to provide solid academic foundations coupled with a strong English language program all within a multicultural context.
The Japanese curriculum has gained its reputation for its strength in Mathematics and Science. Some families transfer their children to this curriculum for that reason. At SJIS we offer a transfer policy for Japanese citizens to experience the best of both curriculum’s throughout the child’s schooling. These options can be discussed when we meet with you.
The real added benefit of the curriculum is the comprehensive daily English language program. Students learn English every day in one of three English language level classes. These smaller language classes are designed so each student is in the class appropriate to their ability so they can receive the attention and care that they need.
The Music, Arts, PE lessons, and Programming (coding) lessons are held together with the International Division. Teachers carry out the lessons using both Japanese and English, which helps the students to learn both languages. The students communicate using both Japanese and English in classes. These lessons also help students to understand both Japanese and Australian culture, whilst also having the opportunity to practice their language skills with their peers.
Many SJIS graduates go to well-known high-level schools in Japan. In addition, there are currently four schools that have strong connections with SJIS. We are planning to have connections with more schools in near future. By studying at SJIS, students can gain wide variety of choice in terms of schooling in the future.
Sydney Japanese International School provides a unique education that truly prepares a child for life in a globalized world.
We look forward to welcoming you to SJIS!
Mr Hiromasa Otsuka
Deputy Principal (Japanese Division)