St. Michael’s International Summer School 2023

Application Form 


St. Michael’s International Summer School’s goal is to provide a safe place where children can work, learn, and grow, while maintaining a safe, caring and creative environment. It will provide an appropriate balance of academic and creative hands-on activities through which children can develop, socially, emotionally and academically.



Summer School staff will consist of qualified and experienced St. Michael’s International School Teachers, Teacher Assistants and in some instances contracted Staff. The programme will be led by John Aspinall, Deputy Head and Gabe Inter, our ELL Teacher.

For further information please contact 


Summer school will run from:

  • July 3rd – July 21st  2023 (a total of 3 weeks)   
  • Monday – Friday 09:00 – 15:00


Three Weeks………………¥120,000 (¥40,000 p/wk)

Two Weeks………………..¥85,000 (¥42,500 p/wk) 

One Week………………….¥50,000

If not a current SMIS enrolled student, you will be charged an additional fee of ¥2,000 for insurance.

Age Ranges

Our Summer School aims to cater for children in the following age ranges:

  Age in Years as of 31st August 2023 Date of Birth
Early Years* 3 1 September  2019 -31 August 2020

(all children born after 31 August 2020 will not be allowed to participate in the programme)

Early Years* 4 1 September 2018 -31 August 2019
Lower School 5 1 September 2017 -31 August 2018
Lower School 6 1 September 2016 -31 August 2017
Lower  Middle school  7 1 September 2015 -31 August 2016
Upper Middle School 8 1 September 2014 -31 Augyst 2015
Upper School 9 1 September 2013 -31 August 2014
Upper School 10 1 September 2012 -31 August 2013
Upper School 11 1 September 2011 -31 August 2012

(all children born before 1 September 2011 will not be allowed to participate in the programme)

*We require that all children entering the Early Years Class are toilet trained.

Classes are capped at a maximum of 20 children.


Lessons and Activities

The majority of the learning will be based upon topics from our International Primary Curriculum. This year’s Summer School theme is ‘Marvellous Machines’, where we will have a weekly cross-curricular focus on Robots, Inventions, and Things That Move respectively.

The learning will also involve using the following skills:

  • Reading/Creative writing/phonics
  • Language development/vocabulary
  • Applying Numeracy skills to solve problems
  • Practical Science Exploration
  • Art/design/crafts
  • Physical Education/ Water-based activities
  • Information Communication Technology


School starts at 09:00 and finishes at 15:00. If arriving late, leaving early, or absent, please make sure to call the office in advance, or on the morning between 08:45 and 09:15.

Classes will be met at the gate by a teacher and then taken inside by an assistant. 

Children will be released at the gate at 15:00 every day. Those aged 8 – 11 can travel to and from school unsupervised if written parental permission is given. All other children need to be collected by a specified adult. Please inform the teacher in the morning if you have made special arrangements for your child to be picked up by someone else at the end of the day. The school must be cleared by 15:20 each day as the school gates are locked.

Snack Time / Lunch Time

Children are expected to bring their own snack and packed ‘bento’ lunch to school. Please pack a healthy mid-morning snack, lunch and a drink. It is essential that children have plenty of water to drink so a personal water bottle is needed.

What to Wear

Children should wear casual, light summer clothes and light shoes. No indoor shoes are needed.

Nursery and Reception children should bring a blanket for quiet/nap time. They should also bring a change of clothes that can be kept at the school until needed.  Please write their name on all items of clothing.

Water-based activities: Every Monday, please send labelled swimwear, towel and beach footwear such as flip-flops, sandals or Crocs. Goggles are optional. The swimwear and towel will be dried at the school throughout the week and will be returned on Friday to be washed.

Lost and Found Items

Please make sure you write your children’s names on their personal belongings. At the end of Summer School we will display any lost and found items. Please understand that any leftover items not claimed will be disposed of.


Please use the car parks in the vicinity of the school. It is illegal to park on Tor Road. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Typhoons/ Earthquakes

In case there is typhoon activity in Kobe, St. Michael’s has the following procedures for emergencies:

Two warnings are in use:

  1. Chui Ho: School as usual. Parents must use their own discretion in deciding whether or not to keep their child at home, especially for those who travel from some distance away.
  2. Kei Ho: If this warning continues until 07:00  there will be no school and all parents will be emailed at 07:00 indicating this. If there is a Kei-Ho in your area but not in Chuo-ku Kobe, please use your judgement as you will need to be able to pick your child up after school. Please keep an eye on the Weather Warnings page which is linked under our Community Page.

If the Kei Ho is announced during school hours, students will be kept at school until collected by parents. If in doubt, please telephone the school office after 08:30.

In the event of communication/transportation problems arising from major tremors/earthquakes, students will be kept in school or at the evacuation location until collected by parents. In the unlikely event of an overnight stay being necessary, staff will remain with the students.

In the event of an emergency, our evacuation location is located at the Tor Shimin Park.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Summer school tuition:
  • We ask that you make any cancellations two weeks prior to the beginning of the St. Michael’s International Summer School so as not to incur any cancellation costs.
  • Canceling one week prior to the start of the first week of Summer School: 80% refund of tuition fees.
  • Canceling three days or less prior to the start of the first week: 50% refund of tuition fees.
  • Cancelling during a week already registered for: No refund of tuition fees for such week(s).
  1. Typhoon, earthquake, or other Natural causes:
  • No refund for any summer-school-related fees in the case of cancellation of school and/or of activities due to typhoon, earthquake, or other extreme events beyond the control of school and its staff.

 III. Rights of the school:

  • St. Michael’s International Summer School reserves the right to reject the application —even after the start of summer school— of any student who is unable to function at an age-appropriate level in the English language, and/or whose behaviour is consistently inappropriate. This includes those children entering the Early Years class who are not toilet trained. After a written warning to the family, any student who is asked to leave the summer school programme based on circumstances covered in the aforementioned will receive a full tuition refund for any week(s) he/she is enrolled in that follow the week in which he/she is asked to leave. There will be no tuition refund for the week in which he/she is asked to leave.