Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore

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Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore
早稲田大学系属早稲田渋谷シンガポール校
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Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore is located in Singapore
Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore
Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore
57 West Coast Road

Singapore
127366

Singapore
Coordinates1°17′46.7″N 103°45′58.6″E / 1.296306°N 103.766278°E / 1.296306; 103.766278Coordinates: 1°17′46.7″N 103°45′58.6″E / 1.296306°N 103.766278°E / 1.296306; 103.766278
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TypeInternational School
EstablishedApril 1991; 28 years ago (1991-04)
PrincipalHikota Koguchi [1]
AffiliationWaseda University, Japan
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Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore (Japanese: 早稲田大学系属早稲田渋谷シンガポール校, Hepburn: Waseda Shibuya Shingapōru Kō) is a Japanese international boarding school in West Coast, Singapore. It is affiliated with Waseda University, making it an overseas branch of a Japanese private school, and is located on the island's west coast.[2][3] The school is operated by Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore Pte. Ltd.[4]

History[edit]

Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore was founded in April 1991 as the Shibuya Makuhari Singapore School (渋谷幕張シンガポール校, Shibuya Makuhari Shingapōru Kō).[5] The opening 10th grade class included 50 Japanese students whose families lived in Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, and Thailand.[6] At the time the school was affiliated with the Shibuya Kyouiku Gakuen (渋谷教育学園, Shibuya Kyōiku Gakuen), the agency operating Makuhari Junior and Senior High School in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture.[5] As of 1991 it was the only Japanese overseas boarding senior high school outside of the United States and Europe.[7] Tetsuo Tamura [ja] (田村 哲夫 Tamura Tetsuo), who had served as the head of the Shibuya Kyouiku Gakuen, stated that he wished to establish an overseas Japanese school in Asia after learning about the sense of alienation from society many Japanese felt after returning from overseas. Tamura established a branch in Asia because he believed other Japanese international schools were too oriented to Europe and the United States.[6]

The school first opened in a temporary facility for a local Japanese kindergarten. The Singaporean government leased 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft) of land to the school on terms described by Toshio Iwasaki of the Journal of Japanese Trade & Industry as "very favorable".[6] In the northern hemisphere summer of 1991 the construction of the school buildings, athletic facilities, and dormitory facilities finished. In September 1991, the students moved into the permanent campus for the second semester of the school year.[6]

In April 2002 the school became affiliated with Waseda University. The school was renamed as "Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore" to reflect the change.[5]

Admissions and Academic Information[edit]

As the only overseas Japanese senior high school in Asia, the school accepts graduates of Japanese junior high schools across the region.[8]

About 60% of this school's graduates move on to Waseda University. Other universities that have accepted students from Waseda Shibuya include Doshisha University, Hosei University, Kwansei University, Rikkyo University, and Ritsumeikan University.[9]

The annual school festival is usually held in September, the 28th edition will be in 2018.

Facilities[edit]

The school maintains dormitories, allowing students whose parents are transferred overseas to complete their high school education. The boarding school has 187 single occupancy rooms, with 116 for boys and 71 for girls. Currently, about 50% of the students reside in dormitories, while the remaining students reside with their families in Singapore. [8][9]

The school has an astronomical observatory. As of 1991, as part of a proposed Singapore-Japan educational exchange, the school planned to open the observatory to students attending local Singaporean secondary schools.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Brochure" (Archive). Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore. p. 06. Retrieved on 8 January 2014.
  2. ^ "私立在外教育施設一覧" (Archive). Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Mission and School Philosophy." (Archive) Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore. Retrieved on 8 January 2014.
  4. ^ "認定した在外教育施設の一覧" (Archive). MEXT. Retrieved on April 6, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "School History." (Archive) Shibuya Kyouiku Gakuen. Retrieved on 8 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e Iwasaki, Toshio. "Japanese Schools Take Root Overseas." Journal of Japanese Trade & Industry. Japan Economic Foundation (JEF, Kokusai Keizai Kōryū Zaidan), No. 5, 1991. Contributed to Google Books by the JEF. p. 25. "He practiced what he preached by establishing Makuhari Senior High School about 10 years ago to accept and educate children of Japanese nationals returning from abroad who were having trouble getting adjusted to the education system and environment at home."
  7. ^ Iwasaki, Toshio. "Japanese Schools Take Root Overseas." Journal of Japanese Trade & Industry. Japan Economic Foundation (JEF, Kokusai Keizai Kōryū Zaidan), No. 5, 1991. Contributed to Google Books by the JEF. p. 24. "The sole exception is Shibuya Makuhari Senior High School, which is located in Singapore."
  8. ^ a b "2013 Brochure." (Archive) Waseda Shibuya Senior High School in Singapore. p. 23. Retrieved on 8 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b "海外で通用する人材育成 早稲田渋谷シンガポール校 アジアでただ一つの系属校 (2014年11月28日)" (Archive). The Daily Jakarta Shimbun. Retrieved on February 23, 2015. "同校は1991年、渋谷幕張シンガポール校として開校し、2002年に早稲田大学系属校になった。319人(10月現在)の生徒が在籍し、うち半数が寮生だ。寮生はタイ、マレーシア、インドネシア、ドバイなど各地から集まっている。" and "早稲田大学の系属校としてはアジアでただ一つ。生徒の約6割は同大へ進学し、指定校推薦では明治、中央、立教、法政、関西学院、同志社、立命館などへ進学する。東京大学や一橋、防衛医大などの合格実績も誇っている。"

Further reading[edit]

(in Japanese)

  • 桑原 汎 and 松本 卓. "シンガポールに生きる(38)現地高校に国際人養成の夢を託して--早稲田渋谷シンガポール校事務局長 桑原汎さん." シンガポール 2003(1), 20-24, 2003-03. 日本シンガポール協会. See profile at CiNii.

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