On Monday 27 May, freshly out of their gowns and suits after Prom, 23 Seniors boarded the Shinkansen to the wilderness of Minakami in Gunma prefecture. Accompanied by Ms Takeda and Mr Crespy, they were to spend 3 days between land and water: white-water rafting, canyoning and building their own rafter on a neighboring lake. The trip was a major success! Everything went according to the Trip Committee’s carefully prepared schedule and the fun factor was high, thanks to Londoner instructor Chris. The water was most definitely cool, but the Class of 2019 was cooler, jumping off 20-metre cliffs, sliding down rivers and turning somersaults into the water. The Canyons team made the stay a pleasant, safe one, which finished on a high culinary note with the Canyons Special Burger (you have to taste it to get it!). Here’s to another successful Senior Trip, and we hope that everyone is now readying themselves for Graduation!
On Wednesday 22 May, Saint Maur hosted the annual European Universities Consortium (EUC) Fair, featuring eight universities from seven countries in western Europe: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.
While this fair had been held every spring in Tokyo in previous years, Yokohama was the location for the first time this year. Many Saint Maur 10th and 11th graders, as well as their parents, attended to learn more about options for university degree courses, offered in English in a cosmopolitan and multicultural atmosphere. Counsellors and students from other IB schools in Yokohama, including YIS and Hosei International High School, also attended.
Friday 17th May was a special day for 11 of our students who received First Holy Communion or were Confirmed as young adults in the Catholic faith. This is the end of a long period of preparation which started in January. Hopefully it is now the beginning of a new stage in their spiritual development and commitment.
Congratulations to Helena, Dario, Hugo, Lea, Elly, Nicolas, Sofia P, Irea, Sofia M.G. Lukas and Aidan. Thanks to Mr. Potier for the excellent photographs and to Mrs. Zamora for coordinating the reception afterwards. Father Kizitoh was our celebrant with faculties from the Bishop of Yokohama.
The overcast weather didn’t deter Saint Maur families, alumni, friends and guests to spend a leisurely and enjoyable day on campus socializing , rummaging through Thrift Shop ‘treasures’, listening to the Jazz Bands and satisfying their taste buds with a wide variety of international foods and beverages on offer. The younger generation found their way to the roof playground to try their luck at playing children’s games.
A big THANK YOU is extended to the entire Saint Maur community, and to those who supported our biggest fund-raising and social event of the year resulting in yet another successful Food Fair. Funds raised, including the Raffle prize winning numbers, etc. will be published on our website as soon as the profits and expenditures have been calculated after this year’s extended Golden Week when external vendors, etc. are back at work.
Rest assured that all profit will be channeled towards the cost of furnishing our new Cougar Café, Activity and Sport Center. We hope you all had a very enjoyable day and will join us with your family and friends next year!
Raffel Sellers Winner
Whether it was the lure of the Amazon gift card for Y20,000 for the top seller who buys/sells over 200 Raffle tickets or the Middle School Student Council’s prize of Apple airpods, elementary and middle school students went out of their way to achieve an extremely high goal this year. Please congratulate the following students who were recognized and received their prizes at the “Winners’ Presentation” on Monday, May 6.
- 1st Place (379 tickets) Reine (6G)
- 2nd Place (265 tickets) Zoe (6J)
- 3rd Place (170 tickets) Tatum (7F)
- 4th Place (110 tickets) Daphne (3NB)
- 4th Place (110 tickets) Jemima (3RB)
Blessed with good weather and cooperation from the entire Saint Maur family and wider community, our 2019 Saint Maur International Food Fair was a successful social event as well as a major fundraiser, enjoyed by all. Please view the list of raffle winners. If you are a lucky winner, claim your prize by bringing the winning ticket to the office during school hours Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Prizes must be claimed by May 24 or they will be forfeited.
The Eighth Annual O’Keeffe Irish Dance Celebration took place on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 in the Saint Maur Fine Arts Auditorium with the performance of 30 students from Elementary to High School.
The Celebration began with the youngest students from Grade 1, dancing their learned steps along the music. Then it was followed by the upper grades, all the way to the Middle and High School students, who showcased the well known Irish Dance steps. It was an event full of energy with the audience clapping alongside the rhythm. After almost an hour of various dance performances, the O’keefe Irish Dance Celebration came to an end with an ovation to all the students. Ms. Shirasawa, instructor of the Irish Dance Club congratulated the students and thanked the parents that supported all of their events. Ms. Shirasawa was presented with a beautiful flower bouquet as a token of appreciation of all the hard work during the school year.
“The Irish Dance Club had a successful 8th Annual O'Keeffe Irish Dance Celebration in the auditorium. I hope every dancer enjoyed performing on the stage. Thank you for your help and support as always, especially to the parents, staff and Tomoko-Sensei!” expressed Mrs. Kitaoka, 2019 Irish Dance Club Parent Coordinator.
This celebration is dedicated to Sister Carmel O’Keeffe who served Saint Maur for over 60 years as a teacher, principal, head of school, and chair of the board.
Ms. Tomoko Shirasawa, instructor of the Saint Maur Irish Dance Club and Head of the Ardagh School of Irish Dance, based in Tokyo, teaches the students once a week after school. Ms. Shirasawa is registered in the Irish Dance Commission in Ireland and our club members have been fortunate to receive instruction from Ms. Shirasawa. Through her involvement with the Saint Maur Irish Dance Club, Ms. Shirasawa has enabled Saint Maur to expand from a rogue Irish Dance Club to a proper performing and competitive Irish Dance Community with levels from beginner to this championship.
The community of Saint Maur International School congratulates the Irish Dance Club with their exceptional performance.
Read more about Irish Dance:
- Saint Maur Irish Dance Club at the Motomachi St. Patrick's Day Parade Posted by Gabriela Osada Wednesday, April 3, 2019
- The Eighth Annual O’Keeffe Irish Dance Celebration 2019 Posted by Gabriela Osada Thursday, March 14, 2019
- St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019 in Motomachi Posted by Christina Fürstenau Thursday, March 14, 2019
- A Successful O'Keeffe Irish Dance Celebration Posted by Gabriela Osada on Monday, April 2, 2018
- Seventh Annual O'Keeffe Irish Dance Celebration Posted by Gabriela Osada on Friday, March 2, 2018
- Rin and Lea, Japan's best positions in the 2017 Irish Dancing Championship Posted by Gabriela Osada on Friday, November 17, 2017
Saint Maur students had a successful St. Patrick's Day Parade on Motomachi Street, on Saturday, March 16, representing Saint Maur's Irish Dance Club. We thank the parents who organized, attended and supported this event.
The plum trees are getting in bloom and the spring season is approaching for sure, bringing with it the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Motomachi street. Saint Maur's Irish Dance Club will be taking part in the parade on 16th March 2019 from 14:00 to 15:30. It will be a fun day event for the whole family!
The Eighth Annual O’Keeffe Irish Dance Celebration will take place on Thursday, March 21, at 3:45 pm in the Saint Maur Fine Arts Auditorium with more than 30 students from Gr. 1 – Gr. 12 performing. Every year, this celebration is dedicated to Sister Carmel O’Keeffe who served Saint Maur for over 60 years as a teacher, principal, head of school, and chair of the board.
Ms. Tomoko Shirasawa, instructor of the Saint Maur Irish Dance Club and Head of the Ardagh School of Irish Dance, based in Tokyo for more than 10 years, teaches the students once a week after school. Ms. Shirasawa is registered in the Irish Dance Commission in Ireland and our club members have been fortunate to receive instruction from Ms. Shirasawa. Through her involvement with the Saint Maur Irish Dance Club, Ms. Shirasawa has enabled Saint Maur to expand from a rogue Irish Dance Club to a proper performing and competitive Irish Dance Community with levels from beginner to this championship.