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Rugby School
in Japan 
Summer School 2022

North Peak 
Hidaka, Hokkaido

A Whole Person Whole Point Summer Programme with a special focus on

Music (25-30 July) and

Art & Drama (1-6 August) (FULL!)

for children aged 9-15!


A few spaces remaining!

About RSJ SS

From Tony Darby, Founding Principal

During my life as a British boarding school teacher and senior leader, I have witnessed the profound impact that boarding can have on young people. Our specially-curated week-long Rugby School Japan Summer Programmes are designed to provide participants with an exciting sneak preview into boarding school life and a taster of the academic and extra-curricular specialisms to be offered at Rugby School Japan.


The Programmes will be led by specialist teachers from Rugby School UK and hosted at CEA's beautiful North Peak enrichment campus in Hidaka, Hokkaido. With a choice between Music (Week 1) or Art & Drama (Week 2), Programme participants will be invited to broaden their skills in an immersive learning environment, enjoying country life in Hokkaido. Alongside these main themes participants will also take part in fun, competitive and team-focused sports, such. as rugby, horse-riding and other outdoor activities.


I do hope you will join us for this next step in the Rugby School Japan journey.

The Programmes

Week 1

25-30 July


Ian Foster

Head of Music Partnerships at Rugby School & Director of Rugby School Concert Band 


Music Programme

We are very much looking forward to inviting young Woodwind, Brass & Percussion players to come together and celebrate the wonderful sound of a traditional Concert Band at North Peak in Hokkaido. 

We will rehearse a wide variety of repertoire, including arrangements of exciting music from the stage and screen, alongside original works, directed by Ian Foster (Head of Music Partnerships at Rugby School and professional tuba player at the Royal Shakespeare Company and English Symphony Orchestra).

As well as working on valuable ensemble and teamwork skills, there will be opportunities to play solos and break out into smaller groups to explore composition and develop improvisation skills.


This experience echoes work that takes place at Rugby School on a weekly basis and will end with a showcase performance, with music selected from the following list:



Suite from Jurassic Park by John Williams

West Side Story by Stephen Sondheim

‘May it Be’ from Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore

Rocky on Broadway by Bill Conti

Stevie Wonder in Concert

‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar


Original Works by:

Vaughan Williams

Philip Sparke

Gustav Holst


Instrumentation: Suggested Grade 4+



Flutes (including piccolo)

Clarinets (Bb, Alto, Bass) 

Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, Bari)






French Horns






Violin, Other Strings / Double Bass/ Electric Bass


Tuned, Hand, Timpani, Kit

Week 2
Art & Drama

1-6 August (FULL)

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Alice Janulewicz

Head of Design & Deputy Housemistress at Rugby School


Chris Browning

Head of Performing Arts at Rugby School

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Art Programme

We will use the power of going back to basics and learn how to draw starting with simple pencil on paper playing with scale, proportion, and different mediums. Continuously experimenting to find a personal artistic style before steadily moving on to the art of design. Linking to the drama programme, we will explore masks, theatre, and the creative arts which will inspire and lead us into making individual art pieces that will come together at the end to exhibit a versatile art collection, be it on, or off, stage at the end of the course. 

Drama Programme

Commedia dell’Arte is one of the cornerstones of our drama which is present in Shakespeare and inspires some of the most successful television series on the planet.  It is of course great fun to explore and can be played by everyone. Children will be taught some of the style’s elements: stock characters; lazzi; and everyone’s favourite, slapstick. The larger than life characters and the elements of exaggeration will ensure the children will have lots of opportunities to play and delight in the mishaps and mayhem of Commedia!


  • To have fun and develop confidence;  

  • To develop knowledge and skill of playing Commedia; physical comedy; 

  • To learn some of the stock characters of Commedia: their status, motivations, behaviours 



sports (rugby, football, athletics)


horse riding


beach visit

and more!

The Logistics

Key Information


Age range

Programmes are open to participants aged 9-15 (by the start of the programme).

Required English level 

The RSJ Summer School programmes are designed for native English speakers and international school students, and will be instructed in English only. Therefore, students will require a  high proficiency in English in order to fully benefit from the programmes. However, we will have EAL (English as an additional language) support for those whose English is not their first language.

Application date

Applications will open on 20th May, 2022. 

Summer School Fees

JPY 300,000 (excluding taxes) per week.

This fee includes transportation between New Chitose Airport and North Peak Campus, five nights of accommodation in shared rooms at the North Peak campus boarding facilities, 3 meals a day including snacks, insurances, materials and all activities.

Transportation and Duration 

The week-long Programmes are residential, running from Monday lunchtime to Saturday morning.


Parents will be required to arrange their children's own travel to New Chitose Airport on Monday (25th July for Music, 1st August for Art & Drama), and land in time for a 12.30pm transfer from New Chitose Airport by school bus to North Peak Campus.


On Saturday morning (final day of each week-long programme), students will be transferred by school bus to New Chitose Airport, in time for their return flight (arranged by parents/guardians).

North Peak Campus location: 

39 Midori-cho, Hidaka-cho, Saru-gun, Hokkaido 059-2122

(see map)

Activities & Campus

Activities will be planned and led by a team comprising the Rugby School teaching staff and North Peak teacher team specialists.


The two programmes will focus on rehearsing or creating in preparation for an end of week performance or exhibition. Some preparation before arrival may be necessary for participants e.g. reading scripts/musical scores, drama journal, art sketchbook.


During their time at North Peak the RSJ Summer School Programmes offers students the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors with plenty of outdoor activities. The local community boasts a range of artisan specialisms with which we will endeavour to engage; such as large scale natural sculpture, jam making, cheese and miso preparation. 


The outdoor spaces at North Peak offer large open, green play spaces for plenty of sport and physical activity.

North Peak Academic Facilities

The North Peak academic building boasts large classrooms with views over the green space and a lecture theatre. These flexible learning spaces ensure the students can learn both inside and outside and allows for good quality back up plans if the weather changes.


Accommodation, Catering, Comfort and Health & Safety



Participants and staff will be staying at North Peak House in large shared rooms, where there is storage space for clothes and suitcases. Staff accommodation will be in the same building, separate but near to the students in case of emergencies. Staff rooms will be identified to the students so they know where to get help if they need it during the night. 

Prior to travel, please download and read the recommended

Packing List here.

North Peak boarding houses have shared bath and shower facilities as well as a full kitchen and dining hall. 

The building is secure and completely self contained within the North Peak campus.



Food will be professionally prepared onsite in the North Peak kitchen by Cezars Kitchen. Menus will change each day.Breakfast will be enjoyed in the dining hall every day, dinner will be eaten either at outdoor cookouts or in the dining room. Lunch will be eaten outside whenever possible.


Emergency Procedures

Students and staff will complete an emergency drill on arrival at North Peak. If there is a fire, we will evacuate the facilities immediately and assemble at an identified evacuation point.

If there is an earthquake, we will duck, cover and evacuate only if the integrity of the building is compromised. North Peak will accommodate us for as long as necessary in the event we are unable to return to Tokyo due to earthquake related flight delays. We will keep in touch by phone with parents to communicate revised return schedules. 

Parents are welcome to pick their students up directly from North Peak in the event of an earthquake emergency, but this must be agreed and confirmed beforehand on the phone or by email. We will be responsible for the care of the students until parents are able to pick them up at Haneda or North Peak, whichever the situation demands, and however long that takes.

Medical Emergencies
We will gather medical information for all students and staff prior to the trip. If a child has a medical emergency while at North Peak the Programme Master will contact parents directly by telephone and act in loco parentis.

We have travel insurance for the duration of his trip. We will require a copy of each pupil and staff member’s health insurance card – Japanese National Health or Private medical insurance, emailed to us prior to the start of the Programmes.



Recruitment and programme arrangements will be prepared and communicated by CEA. 


Specialist Programme Tutors will be travelling to North Peak from Rugby School UK. The Programme Master (PM) will lead the programme in situ in Hokkaido, reporting to CEA, a senior team member from which may or may not be onsite. Programme Tutors and Volunteers report to and are managed by the Programme Master.


All staff are appointed and trained by Rugby School and CEA.

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