FAQ

1) What kind of children are studying at the Saturday School?

There are various students. For example, Japanese children whose parents are working in the Netherlands for few years, Japanese children who have lived in the Netherlands for long time, and children who have one Japanese parent and one Dutch parent, etc. Some children also have a parent of other nationalities. In addition some children go to Dutch schools on weekdays while others go to American Schools or British Schools on weekdays. They have different backgrounds and experiences. However, they are really good fiends and enjoy studying and playing together.

2) What kind of teachers are teaching?

We hire teachers who have a teacher -license or who have enough experiences in educational field, or both. In addition, we strictly choose those people who are earnest about education, and who can pay attention to each child and make creative and high -quality -classes. At this moment, for example, there are some teachers who have been teaching more than 10 - 30 years, teachers who have taught at schools or cram-schools in Japan, teachers who have worked at a Japanese kindergarten in the Netherlands, and Japanese language teachers at universities. These skilled teachers, who have widespread knowledge and experience, cooperate to offer the classes. Moreover, the teachers interchange information and experiences with the teachers of the (full-time) Rotterdam Japanese School and visit each other's classes. Teachers also attend for special workshops for teachers. The teachers at the Haag-Rotterdam Saturday School are always trying to offer better education for the children.

3) What is the required Japanese language level?

In principle, the children who “can understand Japanese” can enroll at our school. Some children can develop their language skills a lot after they start studying at our school. Thus if you are worrying about the language level of your children, please contact our teachers.

4) I heard that classes are speedy and that there is a lot of homework. I'm worried whether my child can keep up with it.

There are only 40 school days a year for the Saturday school. The textbooks are the same ones that are used at full-time schools in Japan. Even though there are just two subjects, Japanese and mathematics, it is hard to cover everything. Therefore it is important for the children to do homework at home. This is not only to understand the content of the classes but also for the development of Japanese language. However, you do not have to worry too much. At our Saturday school, we focus on the most important points. The children enjoy studying at the school. In addition, the teachers always discuss the content of the homework with the parents; Some children, for example, who are good at mathematics or who aim to take entrance -exams in Japan can get more difficult homework, while children who are not good at mathematics can get homework with many basic questions.

5) My child is a member of a soccer -club, so he sometimes has to play in a soccer match on Saturdays.

There are many students who have extracurricular activities, like sports or music, etc. If there is a soccer match on Saturday, parents can decide which is more important for the children. Thus it is possible to only join the classes in the afternoon on those days, or once per two weeks for example. If the children want to study at our school even though they are busy, we aim to respect the feeling as much as possible. Please discuss it with the home teacher if your child has some extra activities on Saturdays.

6) My children are really busy with homework for Dutch school. Is it still possible for them to come to the Saturday School?

It is true that older children become more and more busy at Dutch school(or other type of schools.) In that case, you can discuss it with the home teacher. We can cooperate as much as possible. Even though there is little time to do homework or study for Saturday School during weekdays, it is very meaningful for the children to study in Japanese and spend time with their friends every week. Studying at the Saturday School can also have positive effects for school achievement at their Dutch school.

7) How do you decide whether children can pass on to the next grade or not?

Teachers have a meeting in each semester. During this meeting, the home teacher discusses each child's individual progress with their parents, and then advise whether the child is ready to move on to the next grade while sharing other teachers' opinions as well. However, in principle, the parents can decide whether children pass on to the next grade in the end.

*In Japan, there is no system to make children stay in the same grade , which means children pass on to the next grade automatically.However, here, especially the Japanese language skills can differ depending on the child, so sometimes it is better for the child to remain in the same grade. That is why the teachers discuss every child's progress with their parents and come to a decision afterward.

8) My child has the age of a 4th grade of elementary school in Japan. However, he has been staying in foreign countries for a long time and he has never studied at Japanese at school.

It is possible for these children to enter lower level group (in this case, 3rd grade level ), or study only Japanese at third grade level, but mathematics at fourth grade. In addition,the home teacher can provide special homework to learn kanji characters which the child has not studied yet. You and the teachers can discuss the situation and choose the best solution for the child.

9) Can we get advice about entrance exams for (junior) high schools in Japan?

We can provide information about entrance exams in Japan and we can help to prepare for essay-exams.