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学校所在地 

本校はKillarney Heights High School 校舎を借用して運営しております。  
住所: Starkey Street Killarney Heights


学校の開校時期、学期

NSW州の公立校(現地校)の4学期制に合わせた開校期間の土曜日、年間36週以上。但し、日本の学年度にあわせ、現地校の2学期を本校では1学期としています。

おおよその年間計画

授業時間割

授業は現地校の学期中の土曜日、9時05分から11時55分までの約3時間です。
9時までに学校に登校してください。

開設クラス

本校では以下のクラスを開設しております(2019年5月現在)
幼稚部  ・ひよこ組(入学準備コース) うさぎ組に入学が決定しているのお子さま対象
                     当校の4学期(2,3月)のみに開設

     ・うさぎ組(プリスクールクラス、年中組ーYP)

     ・コアラ組(キンディークラス、年長組ーYK)

小学部  ・1年生

     ・2年生

     ・3年生

     ・4年生

     ・5年生

     ・6年生        

中学部  ・7年生

備考: 生徒の生年月日と入学時の日本語レベルや成長具合を考慮して、決定します。
    学年は便宜上1-7年生としていますが、日本の学年割と同じではありません。
    生徒が集まればレベルに合わせたクラスを随時開設します。


クラスの定員

本校のクラスは、「ゆっくりでもしっかり」 学習・指導できる少人数クラスで、10-13名程度です。
クラスが定員となっている場合はウェイティングとなります。


クラス(学年)分け

生徒の生年月日と入学時の日本語レベルや成長具合を考慮して、決定します。


教室以外の授業: 学校集会など

本校では、学期に1-3回は学校集会を行います。各学期の初めと終わりには、始業式と終業式、また学期の半ばには、生徒の体験を中心とした日本文化に纏わる行事を行います。これらの学校集会では、各クラスの発表や日本語を学習する生徒なら知っていたらいいと思われる、日本の文化(歌、お話、遊び、踊り、工作、料理など)や社会一般の事柄を、子どもの目線に合わせ、楽しく紹介、体験させます。クラスでの生徒発表も行っています。運動会や地域に根差した学園祭も学校の恒例行事として行っています。


教員について

本校の教員は、NSW州教育省のCommunity Languages Schools Programの規定内で、学校役員会により募集・選考され、学校の主旨を理解の上での採用となります。採用前には代表や教務担当のもとでの研修を、採用後には当校の指導目標に沿って、教員の力が十分に発揮できるよう、代表や教務担当が随時サポートをします。また、学内では教師間で情報交換ができるよう、定期的に会議や研修・勉強会を行います。学外では、教育省主催の研修や勉強会へも参加します。学校ぐるみで教員の質の向上を目指しています。


学校の体制

本校はオーストラリア連邦政府のコミュニティー言語を促進する多文化主義のもと、NSW州教育省のCommunity Languages Schools Programの規定内で独立非営利団体として学校運営をします。同プログラムに補助金を申請しています。


学校の運営形態

本校の運営は、代表を含む保護者ボランティアにより構成される学校役員会(4-8名)を中心に学校の運営をしています。同時に、毎週土曜日には、子どもたちのための円滑な学校生活のために、保護者の皆さまに積極的にお手伝いをお願いしています。年に3回程度のお手伝い(ロスター表を作り、開校準備、授業補佐・事務補佐、片付け)と、クラス単位での学校集会や学校行事でのお手伝い(年に1回)、学園祭でのお手伝い(年に1回)の3種でお願いしています。
本校は「全員参加の学校」です。学校を生徒や教員だけに任せるのではなく、全保護者の参加を必須としています。保護者の学校への関与がなければ、学校は子どもたちの学びの場として満足な形になりえません。学校を支えるのは保護者であるという意識を持つことが大切です。これが結局は子ども達を支えることにつながります。子ども達のために積極的な学校へのご参加・協力をお願いします。


保護者の役割

保護者の皆さまが学校に関心を持たれることや子どもの日本語能力を伸ばそうという基本的な姿勢を持つことが、お子さまの日本語を伸ばすための一番大きな原動力となります。学校は学習の方向付けはしますが、ご家庭での日本語への取り組みの「補佐」に過ぎません。学校に依存するのではなく、ご家庭での日本語教育方針のために「学校を利用する」という見方が大切です。ご家庭で、学校や授業の話をしたり、保護者の皆さんが学校行事に積極的に参加したり、宿題のお手伝いをしたりと、多岐に渡ってご協力をお願いします。

Location of the School

The school is borrowing the premises of Killarney Heights High School (Starkey Street, Killarney Heights).
The school is about 10 mins by bus from Chatswood Station and then a local bus for 3 mins.
If you drive, it only takes 10-15 mins from Chatswood. The class is currently


Open Days and Terms of the School

The school is open on Saturdays, for 4 terms, according to the NSW public school calendar, but the school’s first term begins from term 2 of NSW public schools. It is around the time when the Japanese schools calendar starts. The school is open weekly, more than 36 times a year.


Yearly Plan

The school is open on Saturdays, during NSW public schools’ terms, for around 3 hours, from 9:05 am to 11:55 am.

Timetable

Current Classes of the School

The class is currently opening the following classes (as of May 2019.):
Preschool Preparatory Class: open only in term 4 (Feb and Mar) for those who have enrolled for the Preschool Class from the following school year.
・Preschool Class

・Kindy Class

・Primary School Classes: Y1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

・Junior High School Classes Y7


Notes:

・Child's classroom allocation is based on the Japanese proficiency, age and the level of maturity of
your child observed in the admission interview.
・We are ready to set up other classes depending on the demand from the interested students and

parents. Please feel free to contact us.

・We are willing to accept students who have given up, lost confidence in Japanese or who haven't

gone well in other Saturday schools. We will find their strengths and weaknesses and help foster

an improvement in their Japanese ability in a happy learning environment.

・The classes are called YP, YK, Year 1, 2 ... However, the classes and content children learn are not

always the same as those in Japan.


Student Quota per Class

The maximum quota per class, in principle, is 10 to 13 students per class. This is the number we believe our school’s intention “Slowly but surely” is achieved. However, it may vary depending on the years/grades, members of students in class or the atmosphere they create. The final decision will ultimately depend on the class teacher.
Where the number of applicants exceeds the maximum quota, they will be put on the waiting list until there is a vacancy.


Class Allocation/Grade Decision

After the admission interview, your child will be allocated in a class we think s/he can perform best. This is based on the child’s proficiency and the level of maturity observed in the interview. However, it is finalised after discussing with parents. This is because we think it is best that parents and the school work together for a child. We know it is a hard work to maintain and improve Japanese outside of Japan. The cooperation between parents and the school is a must to succeed in children’s learning, we believe.


Learning Experience Outside of Classroom: School Assemblies and School Events

The school has at least 3 school assemblies/events in each term: a commencement assembly at the first day of a term, a term-ending assembly at the end of term and at the middle of the term we have a school event focused on seasonal fun activities based on the Japanese culture and society (eg. Sports Day or School Festival). The students can learn and experience something both Japanese and Australian in a relaxed and fun way. In the term-ending assembly, students make a class presentation based on what they have learned in class.


Teaching Staff

The school’s teachers are recruited and appointed under the guidelines of the Community Languages Schools Program (CLSP) of the NSW Department of Education. They are qualified, experienced and dedicated teachers who understand the school’s goal and teaching curriculum. They are registered within the CLSP and have various opportunities to improve their teaching skill in the in-services conducted by the Department and its associates.
In our school, our teachers have a meeting at least once a term and in-service at least once a year under the management of the school committee and the school director.
For the newly appointed teachers, the school offers in-services to understand and learn the school’s teaching strategies. Our teachers are conscientious, cooperative and hard workers to maintaining the quality and standard teaching of this school.


School Structure

The school is run as a non-profit, independent organisation under the Community Languages Schools Program (CLSP) of the NSW Department of Education. We will seek grants from the Department to support school management.


School Management

The school is run by the school management committee, which consists of 4-8 parent and teacher volunteers. They are the same parent as you (a parent), who kindly offer their time and goodwill to help out the school. Without their assistance and dedication, the school is not able to provide a safe and happy school environment for students.
Under the management of the committee, all the parents are requested to help out the school.
There are 3 kinds of assistance as below:

1. Regular assistance on roster (3 times a year). Duties include: setting up, classroom assistance,

administration assistance, packing up).

2. Event assistance according to their child’s classroom (once a year).

3. School Festival assistance.

The school is eventful, so the committee welcomes any parent who offers their assistance when necessary.

The school needs positive participation and involvement from parents as we aim our school’s motto “A school made up of the participation by all – students, teachers and parents.” We believe this will make the school a united and successful learning place for children. We expect every parent to share this motto as the school, same as other Saturday schools, is made of every PARENT’S wishes for children. To make the school a good place or not is all up to the parents. We sincerely request every parent to have this mindset.


Parent Roles

The school expects every parent’s assistance in any areas of school management. Any job itself is not difficult. We request parents to fill in the parent helper roster on the first day of each term.
The learning motivation of every child at the school depends on parents’ interest/involvement in school activities. Their involvement will improve children’s proficiency and/or interest in learning. The school will initiate the direction of successful learning for your child, but we are only assistants for it. We recommend each family to discuss and set up goals for children’s learning first and then utilise the school to reach these goals. Without this kind of parents’ attitude, these goals cannot be achieved. We request each parent to show your interest/involvement in the school and child’s learning. This includes showing interest in asking/listening to children what has happened at school, participating in school events and activities, helping out with their homework and so on. We request your involvement in these many ways.