After School Activities
Nishimachi offers our students a wide variety of extracurricular activities as opportunities for enrichment. These activities include early-morning, after-school, or weekend sports and activities and programs conducted by outside organizations as authorized by the school with or without fees. The following activities outline samples of activities enjoyed by students.
In addition to after school activities organized by the school community, a variety of courses and lessons are offered by the outside services. These courses include Hawaiian hula dance, tennis, aikido, ikebana, and other programs well suited for students.
All elementary students are invited to participate in the Saturday sports program. Students in kindergarten and grade 1 play soccer; grades 2 and 3 play soccer and basketball; grades 4 and 5 play volleyball and basketball. Parents are invited to watch practice and games or help out.
Students use plastic fencing swords and learn how to fence. They are able to experiencie duelling with electric plastic swords when they master the basic moves. The club provides all equipment. Classes are open for grades 1 to 5.
The class is taught in Japanese. The Computer Club promotes 21st century learning skills, the appropriate use of computers. Students work with a variety of software and computer technology. Students also use iPads to create project work.
Girl Scout Daisy is the initial level of the Girl Scouts of the USA, a global organization dedicated solely to the enrichment and development of girls. Girls Scouting provides a fun, nurturing and inclusive environment for girls to build friendships, self-esteem and character as they support one another and serve their communities. Activities are based on four programs goals: (1) develop self-potential, (2) relate to others, (3) develop values, and (4) contribute to society.
This is the class to learn the art of math-calculating using beads. The abacus or sorobanis a mechanical aid used for counting and has been used for generations in Japan.
The Tea ceremony class is taught for students in K through grade 9. Language of instruction is primary in Japanese. During this one-hour class, students learn to perform the art of serving tea, traditional culture of Japan. This class uses Japanese room in the historical Matsukata House.
Shuji is the one of the Japanese traditional arts by using a brush and black ink. Students practice Kanji and Kana, and make some original pieces, Makimono, Uchiwa, Shikishi, and so on. Students also make post cards and write poems with pictures.