In May 1969, the Japanese Society of Sydney realised the need for a Japanese Primary education for those children of Japanese expatriates. This was the start of the Sydney Japanese School, which was located on a church site in Lindfield and consisted of just one classroom of 33 students. It was the first overseas Japanese school in a developed country.

In 1971, the school relocated to its current site in Terrey Hills to accommodate the rapidly growing number of enrolments.

Up until 1975, SJIS offered one stream of education for students in Year 1 to Year 9, which was the Japanese Government Curriculum, predominately catering for Japanese families. In 1975, the school recognised a growing need for a culturally-based private primary school in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a result, SJIS established a second stream of education, the International Division, which followed the Australian curriculum for students in Kindergarten through to Year 6.

In 1984, the school purchased its neighbouring 5 acres of land for further expansion. Since then, further developments have continued to take place. A 200 metre running track was completed in 1993. Three years later, a new double storey building complex was built for administration and additional classrooms. The school continues to grow and prosper to this day as it accepts more enrolments from families looking for a world-class, bilingual education for their children.

Celebrating 50 years of nurturing excellence!

We are celebrating 50 years of providing world-class bilingual education to all nationalities. Our education is not limited to academic excellence, but includes an enriched education alive with the Japanese arts and culture. Children immerse themselves in a global classroom and playground, giving them the opportunity to embrace a global mind-set, equipped to thrive in an ever-changing and inter-connected world. We pride ourselves on nurturing the traditional cultural roots of the Japanese tradition, combined with a desire to lead the way in quality, innovative education.

Mrs Pamela Acott leading graduates (1986)

SJIS History Timeline

May 1969Opened as the first full-time overseas Japanese school (Nihonjin Gakko) in a developed country. This first Sydney Japanese School was in a church site in Lindfield with only 33 students.
December 1969Purchased 8 acres of land in Terrey Hills as school land.
April 1970Opened the Junior High School (9 students).
October 1971The new school building was completed and moved to Terrey Hills.
May 1973Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko visited the school (they are the current Emperor and Empress).
January 1975Established an International Division (10 children).
November 1979Held 10th anniversary ceremony.
October 1984Purchased extra 5 acres of adjacent land.
May 1989Held 20th anniversary ceremony.
January 1990International Division (NSW Curriculum) expanded and began offering one class per school grade
March 1992Busway completed in school ground.
September 1992Construction commenced on the 200m track in the oval.
December 1992The school became a “Japanese school” officially certified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
March 1993200m track completed in the second oval.
May 1994Held 25th anniversary assembly.
February 1996New school building completion ceremony.
January 1997Kindergarten was opened in the International Division with 22 students.
May 1999The 30th anniversary ceremony. Tea Room was built.
September 1999The first School Homepage was launched.
May 2003SJS revival plan implemented.
January 2004International Division Deputy Principal was appointed.
June 2005Library refurbishment was completed.
June 2007Assembly Hall renovation has completed.
July 2008Implemented the first IT improvement (infrastructure maintenance: server, cable).
January 2009Implemented the second phase of the IT improvement (44 PCs, 56 monitors introduced).
February 2009Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Seiko Hashimoto visited.
January 2011Assembly Hall, Library, and AV room renovation completed, and new shed constructed.
October 2011School renamed to ‘Sydney Japanese International School’.
January 2015School captains greeted the Japan national football team participating in the AFC Asian Cup Games.
February 2016Premier of NSW, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, visits the school.
April 2016Sun shades installed on school playground.
October 2016World famous Pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii, visits the school.
February 2017Astronaut, Mr Soichi Noguchi, visits the school.
January 2019Japanese School name changed to シドニー日本人国際学校
May 2019The School celebrates its 50th year Anniversary
August 2019Held The 50th celebration “Family Fun Day”


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