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Workshop for parents about Art for Children

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Help your children express themselves through art production. Discover their feeling and help them express those in an art form.

Saturday 21st April 2018 from 16:00 to 18:00 at the YC&AC.

The workshop is intended for adults, so that you can work with your child(ren). Amanda Cox is a bilingual English and Spanish psychotherapist. She received a Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in San Diego, California. Please indicate the ages of your children upon registration, so that she can prepare appropriate examples and exercises tailored to your situation. To see her full profile, click HERE!

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Visual Arts Exhibitions in the month of February

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This month the Visual Arts department is participating in two different exhibitions: the Youth Gallery Exhibition within walking distance from school and Artscape 2018 in Azabu. The Youth Gallery Exhibition is a collaboration between the old Western-style houses in Yamate and the different schools in the area. Artscape is an annual exhibition featuring work from the different schools in the Kanto Plain Association of Schools. Both exhibitions will feature work from Middle and High School students.

Youth Gallery Exhibition 

Artscape 2018

  • February 14 - 27 from 9.30 am - 20.00 pm (Artscape is closed on public holidays)
  • Venue: Minato-ku Azabu Kids-to-Teens Hall
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Ash Wednesday Mass

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Friday, February 2, 2018

On Ash Wednesday, 14th February, we will have Mass in the school chapel at 7.30 am with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. All are welcome to mark the beginning of Lent 2018.

First-Aid & CPR-AED Course

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Friday, February 16, 2018

(8 hours + of instruction in 1 day in April)

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  • Learn to identify an emergency
  • Learn and practice the Rautek maneuver
  • Learn to use an AED
  • Learn and practice CPR
  • Learn and practice the recovery position
  • Learn and practice the compression points
  • And much more !

Courses take place on Saturday 14th April 2018 from 09:00 to 18:00 at the YC&AC.

Fee: 3,000 yen per participant. Includes coffee breaks and lunch.

Thank you to THE BLUFF CLINIC for its generosity in sponsoring this life-saving training course!

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Christmas Bazaar - THANK YOU!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dear parents, teachers, students and staff,

We hope everyone had a good rest after a very successful Christmas Bazaar! Thank you very much for all of your hard work, support and participation. We didn’t know what to expect with the new layout but because of our wonderful Saint Maur community, it exceeded our expectations. We will be sharing the results once everything has been properly accounted for so stay tuned! In the meantime, we thank you again and again!

Renata and Jeannie


Please enjoy some pictures taken on the day!



All pictures by Yilin Qi from the Saint Maur Photography Club

Rin and Lea, Japan's best positions in the 2017 Irish Dancing Championship

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Last November 4th, 2017, our Grade 6 students, Rin and Lea competed in the Mainland European and Asian Irish Dancing Championships 2017 in Gdynia, Poland.  This event hosted the best dancers from Europe and Asia and we are proud that two of our students represented Japan.  Rin placed 4th in the Under 11 Girls group and Lea, 8th in the Under 12 Girls group.  

But what is Irish dancing?  This dance, originated in Ireland, is known to be a distinctive and very artistic form of dance, requiring athleticism and flexibility.  Dancing under the recognizable steps being it a jig, a reel or a hornpipe, Rin and Lea achieved Japan's best positions in these groups.  

Lea started dancing when she was in Montessori and since then continues participating in the Irish Dance Club, taking additional classes 2 - 3 times a week.  Before the competition, she trained 1 hour everyday.  Lea said, ”Dancing makes me happy, it gets my stress out and although competitions are stressful and you may not get the result you want, I am always relieved and happy as long as I try my best.  I have been in 6 competitions all over the world.  You never know how good you can dance, you depend on yourself and have rough times but I have learned to never give up on yourself, learn from your mistakes, and do the best you can.

Rin started dancing when she was in 1st grade.  She is also a member of the Irish Dance Club and takes additional classes during the week.  She likes Irish dancing because it is fun and feels she can dance all day long.  Last summer, she chose to go to the competition and trained very hard for months.  Rin said, “I learned during this competition that there are better dancers than me.  Felt nervous competing with 8 other girls but did my best and I am very happy I got 4th place.  I want to thank Saint Maur because it introduced me to Irish dancing.”   Rin will be competing in the 48th World Irish Dancing Championships 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.  

Sara and Rebecca Zack, former students from Saint Maur also competed.  Rebecca placed 2nd in the Under 15 group and Sara, 1st in the Under 17 group, both representing Russia.  Sara and Rebecca´s mother, Mrs. Deanna Zack, initiated the Irish Dance Club in 2007 under the support of Sr. Carmel, Ms. Thomas, Mrs. Endo, Mrs. Engstrom, and Ms. Kwan.  Mrs. Zack once mentioned that, “...the Irish Dance, is not only about dancing but about the community and relationship: a place everyone is welcomed, a place children work to the best of their ability in a supportive team environment, yet growing as individuals.  The Irish Dance Club has worked very hard so no child feels excluded, to share time with all Clubs and activities, and support the teachers and Saint Maur community and alumni.

This article cannot end without mentioning Ms. Tomoko Shirasawa, instructor of the Saint Maur Irish Dance Club and Head of the Ardagh School of Irish Dance, based in Tokyo for almost 10 years.  Registered in the Irish Dance Commission in Ireland, 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.  “There were dancers from Europe, Middle East, and Asia. It was a tough competition however Rin and Lea danced beautifully!!!  Moreover it was the first time for Japan to be placed in this age category.” said Ms. Shirasawa.

We are confident that Rin and Lea will continue to succeed in Irish Dancing and wish them the best.  Congratulations!

Love You to Death: A Year of Domestic Violence

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

November is both Child Abuse Prevention and Domestic Violence Awareness month. With the support from TELL (Tokyo English Life Line), we will be showing a documentary movie (60 minutes) on Friday 8th December 2017 from 17:30 to 18:30 at the Saint Maur International School Auditorium.

You can read a synopsis on the BBC and a review of the film HERE.

Please join us on Friday 8th December 2017 from 17:30 !

If possible, please RSVP to

A short Q&A session will follow from 18:30 to 19:00 if interested.

2017 Brain Bowl Competition

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Apprehensions were almost as unusually high as the 29-degree temperatures of the sparkling October day on the Saint Maur team, as the day of the annual Brain Bowl competition dawned.

It was quite an unusual Brain Bowl overall, in many other aspects: It was at CAJ, this year, not Yokota (as had been last year), and last year’s 300-point whirlwind captain (Yuki Kawamura) had graduated last June, leaving us with considerable uncertainty in this year’s competition. Of course there was Eugene, the famous TV-quiz show star, but the rest of the team was left to quell upon what they could do to contribute to what we hoped would lead to a third consecutive win.

After long train rides of varying lengths, we all managed to meet up at Higashi-Kurume Station at 8:30 and take a short stroll through the small city over to the CAJ campus. In some ways, the new location might have given us an advantage; a mellow 6:30 AM start and one-change train trip was quite preferable to the... thrills of the 5:00 AM bus ride. As we walked into the CAJ auditorium, our battlefield for the day, we immediately scoped out the other schools there. There was Seisen as always - the only ones in uniform, CAJ with their own formidable captain, Emily, St. Mary’s in their token shirts and ties, Base schools Kinnick and Zama, and ASIJ, the unexpected 2nd place in last year’s competition. Similar to last year, there was also a bucket of snacks with Kirkland cereal bars and sembei awaiting us (which disappeared so quickly I can’t recall what else there was). Seven teams in all, “one of the smallest competitions in the history of brain bowl,” as the CAJ coach commented in his welcome speech.

And thus started the 2017 Brain Bowl. We played first against Kinnick, not a very difficult match, but a good introduction and warm up for our newer members. Our second match was quite challenging against St. Mary’s - they showed their strength as old rivals. They seemed to have put all their strength into the first round against Eugene, fully anticipating his strength, which led to a close but 45-40 loss for us. However, this actually made it easier for the second team, giving St. Maur’s second team a whopping 75-10 revenge. The rest of the matches were highly successful, St. Maur gaining the lead by lunchtime. Mos Burger was the prime choice of lunch for almost everyone on the St. Maur team; members who had left at different times unexpectedly reunited in the now-crowded burger chain. Perhaps the biggest puzzle of the day was found here - the (questionable) necessity of neatly wrapping soft drinks in a sandwich bag, but also putting it in a separate takeout bag as the rest of the food (our eventual consensus was shrugs and “It’s Japan”).

We only had two matches during the afternoon, and it gave the players a well-deserved break. As always, it was fun, if not extremely agonizing, listening to the other questions given to other teams during our breaks. Shared head-shaking and perplexion with other team members (who also knew the answer) at the loss of what we perceived as easy points helped pass the time. After an easy 90-30 overall win over Seisen right after lunch, all we had left to do was pray the other teams held out against ASIJ, CAJ, and St. Mary’s so that we could go into our last match with ASIJ with a solid lead. It looked quite hopeful as each of those teams faced one another, taking pretty equal amount of points in, making their playing-field more level but harder to reach our lead. The base schools also did quite well against those teams, which was another advantage for us as we entered the final match against ASIJ.

ASIJ’s performance hadn’t been as daunting as last year’s, for some odd reason. Even though we had lost Yuki and were quite worried about this year, we went in quite confidently to the last round. The first round had Eugene, Jasang, PK, and Miriam against ASIJ’s all-star of the day, Everett. However, we came out of that quite well, Eugene scoring 40 points solo versus 25 by ASIJ. The second round went equally as well, the St. Maur team of myself, Maverick, Jin, and John finishing off with a 50-35 win. Although we did not know the totals by then, we felt wholly confident as the judges went in to calculate the final results for announcement.

The All-Stars were called up first: Eugene rose up to take Yuki’s spot at first place, with an amazing 280 individual points. Maverick, our new History and Geography wiz, took a formidable 120 points in his first competition to become an All-Star. Another one of our new members, PK, resident Math, Science, and Computer Science specialist, also made an impressive 70 points to also make an All-Star. I myself made it in as well, with 100 points. The rest of the members also made vital contributions to our win, promising looking ahead to next year.

The St. Maur team was grinning from ear to ear as the team totals were announced. CAJ took third place with 400 points. We found ASIJ hadn’t even made it into the top three as second place, St. Mary’s with 435 points, was announced. And lastly, with an amazing 230-point lead, St. Maur was called as the winner of the 45th KPASSP Brain Bowl competition. Our already-wide grins turned into delighted laughter as the team took the stage to accept the trophy (sans-pumpkin this year,) for the third time in a row. Once again, the prowess of St. Maur’s sheer brainpower was proven, leaving not only high spirits within the members, but high hopes for the years to come.

Brain Bowl Team Members

  • Eugene Oharu (12)
  • Lynn Stevenson Hatayama (12)
  • John Curtis (12)
  • Jin Manabe (12)
  • Stephanie Oji (12)
  • Pieter Kalb (12)
  • Pyokyeong (PK) Son (11)
  • Ellen Uchida (11)
  • Maverick Cheong (10)
  • Miriam Curtis (10)
  • Yuki Kashiwagi (10)
  • Jasang Yoo (10)


  • Shizuku Sunagawa (12)
  • Haruhito Suzuki (11)


  • Ms. Suzanne Seddon
  • Mrs. Saeko Shinohara