The Japanese school year starts in April and ends the following March. Throughout the year there are various school events and activities. Here we will introduce a few of them.
Main School Events
《School Entrance Ceremony・Graduation Ceremony》
All students and their parents and guardians attend the school entrance and graduation ceremonies, usually dressed in formal wear.
《Opening Ceremony・Closing Ceremony》
At the beginning of each school term there is an opening ceremony, and at the end of the term there is a closing ceremony. At the closing ceremony report cards are handed out.
《Periodic Health Checks and Body Measurements》
Your child’s height and weight will be measured to keep track of their development. Your child’s physical condition will be examined by a doctor.
In order to see how a child acts in their home environment, teachers from the school will visit each child’s home.
《Individual Informal Talks》
We ask all parents and guardians to visit the school to talk with the teacher about their child’s school and home life.
《Lesson Observations・Class Talks》
Parents and guardians can observe lessons in the classroom. They can also discuss their child’s learning and progress with the teacher.
《Sports Day・Athletics Meets》
An event with short distance running, relays and dance as well as other activities. Children can enjoy sport and cheer on their classmates. At some schools there are also events which parents can take part in.
《Art, Science and Culture Festivals》
These events display works or reports that the children have written or created themselves, and can also include musical performances and theatrical recitals.
Children also go on trips outside the classroom to learn about nature, history and culture.
《End of School Trip》
During their last year at the school, the students in the highest grade do on an overnight trip. They visit many places and have a wide range of experiences during the trip.
The names and details of, and when these events take place vary from school to school. For more details please talk to the teacher of your child’s school.
＊This video uses information based on the Mie Prefecture Board of Education Guide 『An introduction to schools in Japan: School Guidance for Foreign Residents』.