School Handbook

Student Handbook

Contents

  1. Toronto Japanese Language School
  2. Practical Guide to the School
    1. School Year
    2. Classes
    3. Break
    4. Office
    5. Textbook
    6. Annual General Meeting
  3. Special Activities
    1. Bake Sales & Other Fund Raising
    2. Cultural Events
    3. Okamatsu Speech Contest
    4. Graduation

Toronto Japanese Language School

Welcome! Are you interested in speaking, understanding, and reading the Japanese language? Perhaps you want to learn about Japan and its unique culture. Perhaps you want to understand more about Japan’s vibrant modern technical civilization. Or maybe you want to understand manga without translation! The Toronto Japanese Language School can help you do any of these.

The Toronto Japanese Language School is one of the many surviving monuments to the courage, accomplishments and pride of the Japanese Canadian Community. The school was established in 1949 during the difficult period of resettlement from the war time internment camps, by members of the Toronto Japanese Canadian community.

The founding members wanted to provide family oriented Japanese language instruction as a means of retaining and fostering an awareness and pride, particularly in the younger generation, in the unique and rich heritage of Japanese culture and language. From its origins as a school serving Japanese Canadian families with grandparents, parents and children who spoke some Japanese at home the school has and continues to evolve.

The school now provides instruction to anyone, from preschool to senior who is interested in learning about Japanese language and culture, whether for individual development or business reasons. Our classes represent a wide spectrum of Canadian society eager to learn more about Japan and its culture by studying and understanding the Japanese language.

Practical Guide to the School

School Year

The School year runs from September to June. We take the normal breaks at Thanksgiving, Christmas, March break, and Victoria Day. Exact dates vary from year to year.

Classes

Classes are held from 9:30 AM to 11:50 AM on Saturday mornings. There’s always a lot to learn. Arrive on time!

Break

There is a break from 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM. Coffee and cookies are available in the hallway on the second floor. This is a good time to meet other members of the school, or go to the office to talk to the staff.

Office

The School Office is the staff room at the end of the hallway on the second floor. This is where you can pay fees, order a textbook, or ask for advice on school matters.

Textbook

Textbook information will be given by your class teacher, who will also tell you how to obtain one.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is held in October. Please come and learn how the school is operated, what our problems and successes are, and how you can help. For more information, please see the Board of Directors page.

Special Activities

The School believes that learning involves more than classes. We provide opportunities for our students to practice Japanese and broaden their social contacts in order to understand interaction with Japanese and to develop an appreciation of different aspects of Japanese culture. We encourage all students to take part in the Special Activities, which include:

Bake Sales & Other Fund Raising

The school must raise funds beyond those received from tuition, especially now that rent must be paid to the Toronto District School Board. Bake Sales are an important part of this effort.

Cultural Events

Several events are provided to introduce Japanese traditional culture for students beyond general class lessons. All students will have opportunities to participate in several school activities throughout the school year.

Okamatsu Speech Contest

Thanks to Mr. Okamatsu’s generous donation, the annual Okamatsu Speech Contest in May provides an excellent forum for students to practice their Japanese speaking skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

Graduation

Our last class of the year, in June, is dedicated to the Graduation Ceremony. This allows both students and staff to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, and to plan for the coming year.