Funding

These are just some of the events and activities supported by the funds raised through the various SMA activities throughout the year.

Class trips

The SMA provides travel subsidies for:

  • Class Trips
  • End of the year trips
  • Field Trips

These trips are for all grade levels. Each student is entitled to a ¥3,000 subsidy each year for class trips.

For the 2018-2019 school year:

  • High School grade level trips in September
  • MS Grade 7 and 8 trips in October
  • MS Grade 6 trip to Hiroshima in November
  • ES Grade 2 Social Studies and Yearend Field Trip in February
  • Grade 1 trip to Kodomonokuni in October

Athletics

SMA subsidizes travel expenses (both domestic and foreign) for boys from school sports teams including:

  • MS/HS Track and Field
  • Varsity Tennis
  • HS Baseball
  • Varsity Soccer
  • Varsity Basketball
  • HS Wrestling
  • Swimming

Each student is entitled to a subsidy that refunds part of his travel costs when they travel with their team or club (¥15,000 for domestic and ¥25,000 for international trips).

Titans logo

The money is either deducted from the cost of the trip or returned to parents after the trip - depending on travel arrangements. If the school is purchasing the tickets, you will be informed by the coach what is the total cost of travel and what part of it is subsidized by the SMA. In case of trips when parents arrange the travel, the subsidy is repaid after the trip. In this instance, you will be informed by the coach how and when you can collect the subsidy.

Please contact us at sma@smis.ac.jp if you have questions or need assistance.

For school year 2018-2019:

  • Cross Country team travel for Guam Meet in October
  • Swim team trip to Taipei, Taiwan, in November
  • Varsity Tennis travel for the Far East Tournament (Okinawa) in November
  • Varsity Basketball travel to HKIS Holiday Basketball Tournament (Hong Kong) in November
  • HS Wrestling travel to participate in a Wrestling Tournament in February
  • Varsity Soccer travel to their Tour of Queensland in February

Clubs

SMA provides travel subsidies (both foreign and domestic) and can purchase equipment for school Fine Arts clubs including:

  • MS Choir
  • HS Choir
  • HS Jazz Band
  • Model United Nations

Each student is entitled to a subsidy that refunds part of his travel costs when they travel with their team or club (¥15,000 for domestic and ¥25,000 for international trips).

The money is either deducted from the cost of the trip or returned to parents after the trip - depending on travel arrangements. If the school is purchasing the tickets, you will be informed by the coach what is the total cost of travel and what part of it is subsidized by the SMA. In case of trips when parents arrange the travel, the subsidy is repaid after the trip. In this instance, you will be informed by the coach how and when you can collect the subsidy.

Please contact us at sma@smis.ac.jp if you have questions or need assistance.

For the 2018-2019 school year:

  • The purchase of a remote control aerial camera for the Film Club
  • Travel of two members of the High School Jazz Band to Frankfurt, Germany, in September to participate in the Association for Music in International Schools festival
  • Purchase of costumes for the speech performance
  • Varsity Ensemble’s trip to Verona, Italy, to participate in the 30th Corso Internazionale Dicanto Corale Competition

Special donations

SMA makes special donations to the school that are used for the benefit of the school in accordance with proposals presented by the school’s headmaster and with the agreement of the SMA Executive Committee.

In the recent years, a special donation from the SMA was used to co-fund the finishing and equipment of the Multi-Purpose Hall.

In 2019, SMA provided funds for the purchase of an exercise bike to be used in Elementary and Middle School classrooms. See more information here.

ES stationary bike

Literary activities

The Sakura Medal is a library reading program that has been designed to encourage students to read and enjoy books of good literary quality. It was launched in the 2005-2006 school year for students in participating international schools throughout Japan. Both the Elementary Library and Middle School/High School Learning Commons participate in the Sakura Medal program.

SMA helps provide funding for author visits and talks with the student body.

For the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Purchase of Sakura medal books, e-books, and audiobooks in English and Japanese