ISB Cultural Activities and Clubs for Japanese Families
Encouraging your children to maintain their native language and celebrate their cultural background is something we’re passionate about at ISB.
Beyond the learning that takes place in the classroom and in your home, we also recommend getting involved in the Japanese cultural activities and clubs occurring on and off-campus. Not only is it a great way to get involved in your community, it’s also a wonderful way to stay connected to your childrens’ studies.
Helping your child maintain their native language is easy at ISB; not only are there multiple clubs, organizations and Japanese media accessible to them, we actively welcome your child's native language in the classroom.
Join the PTA
One of the best ways to get involved is by joining ISB’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or the Booster Club.
The PTA offers adult education courses, which are not only a great way to learn a new skill or hobby, but they’re also an excellent way to meet new people in the community.
Becoming a volunteer with either group is the best way to get involved,” said Dunke Tostevin, ISB PTA President. “Don't be shy, volunteer, accept the invitation for a cup of coffee; it will help you settle in faster.”
The Japanese Parent Community also has their own sub group in the ISB PTA, who meet regularly for information sessions and social events, which are also joined by the ISB Japanese Liaison.
Attend Intercultural Day Activities
For our younger students and their parents, there’s an Intercultural Day in our Elementary school. There is a large student-led assembly on the day, with performances and cultural activities and then there are country booths set up by parents in classrooms. In the week leading up to that day, Middle School and High School students also celebrate Intercultural Week, with various assemblies and cultural activities. As a way to bring the whole school together and celebrate diversity, ISB also hosts the International Family Fair.
With a specific focus on celebrating the Japanese culture, there’s the Japanese Parents Community (JPC) En Nichi event where you and your family can:
- Participate in En Nichi activities
- Watch traditional and pop culture dance
- Experience calligraphy
- Enjoy Japanese cuisine
- Listen to the Pep Band play music
Connect through Personal Interest Clubs
There are also a number of clubs for parents for whatever your passions may be. Some club activities include:
- Book clubs
- Bird watching
Join in our Community Service Opportunities
You can also get involved in some outreach groups, some of which include:
- Nonthaburi Neighborhood Reach
- White Elephant
- Bumble Bee Library
Making connections and friends in a new area can be a challenge, especially if your family is moving from a foreign country. To help newcomers feel welcome in our community, community reps from over 20 countries are available to assist you with familiarizing yourself with your new home.
Hosting Japanese cultural activities and clubs is just one of the many ways we help with Japanese culture preservation at ISB. Learn how ISB provides additional support to Japanese families transitioning to ISB.
To see what’s going on around ISB and get involved, click here and get in touch with the Japanese Parents Community.