Our school was started and is run by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus (formerly Saint Maur Convent), a Catholic order founded in 1666 by the Blessed Nicolas Barre, in Paris.
In 1872 five nuns from this order came to Japan. Their mission was to establish schools in Japan to give an opportunity for female students to study foreign languages such as English, French and German, western-style art, craft and manners.
The first school was founded in Tokyo, and now there are five schools throughout Japan; Tokyo Yotsuya Futaba, Den-en Choufu Futaba, Yokohama Futaba, Shizuoka Futaba, and Fukuoka Futaba. There are also schools in Singapore and Malaysia etc.
- Fukuoka Futaba High School, founded by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, was opened on the present site.
- Fukuoka Futaba Junior High School was added.
- A three-year kindergarten was opened on the same grounds.
- With the opening of the Fukuoka Futaba Elementary School, a K-12 school(Gakuen) was completed.
- This is the real reason that this Catholic school, Fukuoka Futaba Gakuen, exists. We want to instill in the students the belief that God exists and He loves His children, that each student is loved by God and her inner selves will not perish. We want the students to realize that there is a being who is stronger than humans, who treasures each one of us. From this belief all other things begin.
- The abilities you have are all gifts and blessings from God. Give thanks for the various gifts you have received and consult your parents and teachers about how to develop these abilities. Try hard to improve yourself.
- Being "a global citizen" of the twenty-first century is very important. First look at the things close to you. Think about the things you can do to improve your community, and then do them. In addition, learn about the world and help other people.
- This motto is written in French on our school emblem, which has the following images as well.
- The Cross represents the education based on the Christian spirit.
An open Bible implies the truth.
The Rosary beads indicate prayer.
A spinning wheel is a symbol of hard work.
Marguerites symbolize purity.
A shield stands for the courage that prevents evil and overcomes hardship with the Teachings.
A cordon encourages us to lead our lives by taking pride in that we have these spirits in ourselves.
Both the junior high school and the senior high have three grades each. In senior high school, we have a science course for those who seek to pursue a career in the natural sciences such as a medical career or an engineering career, and a liberal arts course for those who want to study humanities and social sciences in a higher educational institutes, such as economics, law, or literature.
We have several religious events in a year, such as the Christmas Mass and Graduation Mass. We also have a Cultural Festival and an Athletic Meet.
Towards the end of the year many students go canvassing downtown to collect donations to help people in need. They also visit retirement homes and help the elderly living there by cleaning their rooms, helping them take baths, or simply just talking with them.
During summer vacation about thirty students go abroad to attend an intensive English program.
Liturgy of the Word
Every year we accept three to five students from abroad to study at our school. They are exchange students on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, AFS(American Field Service), or other organizations. They not only learn Japanese but also enjoy Japanese culture, which is in many cases very different from their own.
Fukuoka City over the Hakata Bay
There are 19 cultural clubs involved in such activities as: japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Chinese calligraphy, drama, handbell, wind orchestra, natural science, and so on. Five sports clubs are also active: basketball, volleyball, kendo, soft tennis, and track and field. We have a Rotary Interact Club under the supervision of the Hakata Rotary Club.
Our school stands on a small wooded hill. A zoo and a botanical garden are next to us. From the top of the elementary school we can see downtown Fukuoka and the Hakata Bay. As we have good access to public transportation, students commute by bus, train, and subway.
Small Wooded Hill