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After-school Programs

Whether you like to dance, learn about robotics or play football, there is a club for your child. Teachers and some external providers offer dozens of different options throughout the year. We also offer Study Support for students who need extra help with specific subjects. 

There are also several free clubs including Yearbook Club and our OYISTER magazine.

Clubs / Study Support / CAS

OYIS has a wide variety of after-school programmes that students can participate in to not only enrich their education, but also their social skills, personal wellbeing, and activities they are passionate about.

Many of our After School Programmes are designed to foster a positive environment outside of the classroom and contribute to our international mindset by teaching students to work together and create something they can be truly proud of.

Activities available include but are not limited to:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Gardening
  • Yearbook
  • Athletics


The robotics program at OYIS starts in the MYP and runs in two stages.

Block-based coding is a beginner’s method of programming using SCRATCH and Python from MIT. Students use this to tell their robots what tasks to perform. For example, a student could have a robot move objects from one point to another using sensors and motors. The seventh graders will design a robot to be an efficient, autonomous vehicle that would help cities perform basic problem-solving tasks like clearing traffic accidents.

As students become more proficient, students can choose to learn C++ programming language with Vex. This programming language is used by university students and gives our students an understanding of the process of text-based coding. The ninth graders design a robot to perform simple tasks, such as aiding medical workers in hospitals so that the workers will be more available to attend to patients.

MYP students have the option to participate in the FFL (First Lego League) Contest, an international Lego robotics contest held yearly. 

Students build Lego robots from scratch and write their code to control them. The robots are designed to perform specific tasks in set amounts of time. The students are free to design the robots as creatively as they’d like, within competition parameters. In addition to the build, the team must present their designs and core values.

Our students compete against other teams across Japan. In 2020, over 90 teams were competing. 


OYIS is a proud member of the Western Japan Athletics Association (WJAA)

The OYIS Athletics Program is committed to offering all G1-G12 students opportunities to participate in a variety of individual and team sports. Within the Athletics Program, we encourage individual and team development, creativity, sportsmanship, collaboration, competition, and open-mindedness. The OYIS Athletics Program aims to play a key role in the overall development of our student-athletes, promote school and community partnerships, and maintain a strong relationship with the WJAA.

We offer the following athletic programmes:

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer/Futsal
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country

Each sports team is available to a variety of grade levels and skill levels, including to PYP students. 

Saturday School & Holiday Programs

OYIS Saturday Classes have been designed to fulfill the student’s weekly need for more academic educational needs. Our fully immersive English environment with the Saturday Classes is designed to develop the children’s literacy skills (with particular focus upon their written, spoken, and reading skills) and provide ongoing engagement and learning opportunities throughout the day. Students are leveled according to their ability in order to provide them content that creates a more beneficial learning environment.


Based on the children’s Japanese grade level, the students are placed into levels within each of the age groups according to their English proficiency. Students will be tested upon their entry to the program to ascertain the level they are best suited to join within their age group.

The OYIS Intensive Program has a cross-disciplinary focused approach, throughout the course each day. Our intensive program is a stand-alone week-long program of fun, theme-based curriculum to engage the children collaboratively with their peers. This particular approach lends itself to an enjoyable atmosphere with less of an emphasis on the academic elements of learning.

The Intensive Program is offered three times a year, Spring, Summer, and Winter.

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