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Sunny Days!

When the school opened on Tuesday, 

the skies were bright and sunny. 

It was wonderful to see after days of

unprecedented torrential rain.

 

Just after I took these photos, I took

some more inside.

Things were getting back to normal.

 

The full shoes boxes showed that most

students were back at school.

 

A quick walk down the hallway showed

that the students wouldn't miss a beat in 

getting back into their routines.

 

If readers are wondering why such

a normal thing as students being

at school and sunny summer weather

are a cause for celebration, Hiroshima, 

along with most of southwestern Japan 

were hit with a huge amount of rain.

 

Rivers flooded, landslides swept houses 

away and damaged roads and transportation 

infrastructure.

The loss of life is difficult to think about, 

with more people still being reported as 

missing or deceased even as I write this.

 

The Japanese flag flies at half mast in the

schoolyard to pay respect to those

who have suffered or lost their lives

during this disaster.

 

The volunteer committee is getting ready 

to raise funds to help damaged areas recover.

They are the group who has raised money for

schools in the Tohoku area after the

devastating earthquake there seven years ago.

 

Here the students search newspapers

to find information and pictures that will 

help them raise money and awareness

about the disaster.

 

The students then plotted out the 

information in order to make their fund

raising plan.

 

These volunteer committee students worked

on the announcement that will be broadcast

to announce our fundraising efforts.

 

Although saddened by the destruction

and tragedy that has surrounded us,

I am relieved to report that all of the

students at Nagisa are safe. It will take

time until things are completely back to

normal as many students cannot take

their normal transportation to school or

are unable to make the commute at all.

 

As always, I am happy to see

the resilience and fortitude that 

children possess and I am grateful that 

our students all came through without injury.

 

 

 

 

 

更新日:2018.07.12 Thursday | カテゴリー:Around the School


Peace Walk

On Tuesday, June 12 the Grade 4

students went to the Hiroshima Peace

Memorial Park for the annual Peace Walk.

 

Everyone met at the school, and then

each class took the streetcar downtown

to the park.

 

Once there, one class went to the Peace

Memorial Museum for the morning, while

the other interviewed visitors to the park.

 

Here are some photos from the museum.

 

On the way to and from the museum, 

the students also looked at other important

memorials in the park, such as the Atomic

Bomb Dome, the Aogiri trees, and the statue

of Sadako.

 

The other group prepared for interviews by 

reviewing the questions and rules.

 

Then it was interview time. I was

impressed with how patient the Peace

Park visitors were with our students. Some 

visitors spoke with several student groups,

giving us their precious time.

 

I was also very pleased with the 

students, they showed confidence in

using English, and creativity in 

communication when interviewing

non-English and non-Japanese speaking

visitors.

 

During these brief interactions, 

the students had a chance to talk

with many visitors from all over the 

world.

They made friends, learned more 

about the outside world, and what

people think about peace.

 

It took a lot of people to make this day 

successful. I'd like to thank the Peace Park

visitors who gave us their time, the Peace Park

staff for hosting us, the teachers who planned 

and executed the event, and finally the students

who were confident, courteous, and curious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

更新日:2018.06.26 Tuesday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Morning Assembly

On Wednesday morning the student 

body met outside for an assembly.

 

We don't always meet outside,

sometimes the school is addressed

over the TV broadcasting system.

 

However, yesterday everyone met

outside on the field. It's officially 

barefoot on the field season, so 

everyone could enjoy the cool grass 

in the morning!

 

Two students led the assembly. They first

asked the principal to speak.

 

The principal announced how the 

school will help English become 

more widespread.

 

We already have four hours of 

English instruction a week, which is

the highest number of lessons of any

school in Hiroshima following the 

Japanese school curriculum. The new

goal is to expand English outside

of the English classroom. Other lessons

will incorporate some English, helping

to normalize it so that the students 

can experience English is even more 

areas.

 

Students from the "lifestyle committee", 

who encourage good behavior in students

took the stage next. They talked about 

how to play well indoors as the rainy season

approaches.

 

Thank you, everyone, for taking the 

time to read about Nagisa!

更新日:2018.05.31 Thursday | カテゴリー:Around the School


Pasadena Intermediate School

Every year, students from Pasadena 

Intermediate School in New Zealand 

attend Nagisa Junior High for about 

two weeks. 

One of their scheduled events is 

a visit to the elementary

school.

 

Here is the welcome ceremony. The 

MCs lead the student body in welcoming

the New Zealand students.

 

The Nagisa students welcomed the 

Pasadena students with a song.

 

Later, the Pasadena students got a

hero's welcome when they came to 

meet the Grade 5 students.

 

There was another welcome session 

as the Grade 5s started their time with 

the New Zealand students.

 

The students introduced themselves

in English and Japanese. We were

impressed with how much Japanese

they know!

 

The Grade 5 students told the visitors 

about the school, our students, and 

some of our major events.

 

Some of our students showed of kendama

a local traditional toy. It's harder

than it looks!

 

At the end of the ceremony

each Pasadena student was

led to the classroom by a student

partner.

 

In the classrooms, the students 

got to know each other a little 

more.

 

Everyone made some crafts together,

making straps that glow in the sun.

 

The next activity was fruit basket, 

a game that gets everyone out of 

seats!

First, the rules were explained in 

English.

Then, it was game time.

 

Everyone took their bead straps outside to 

check out how they reacted to the sun.

While we were outside, the Pasadena 

students learned how to play Japanese

style dodgeball!

 

Finally, it was time to finish the visit.

It was only a morning, but some

international friendships were built!

Here, a Nagisa student says a formal farewell.

 

The Pasadena students gave a farewell 

presentation starting with a song.

 

They followed the song with a Poi dance

and Haka  from New Zealand.

 

Finally, they Pasadena students invited

us to join them in a song!

 

Pasadena, thank you for spending

your morning with us.

We had a lot of fun and will remember

you and the time we spent together.

更新日:2018.05.18 Friday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Catching up...

There may be readers out there

who only look at this English

blog, but do not read Nagisa's Japanese 

blog.

 

I'd invite readers to take a look 

at that blog too, as it is updated

a lot more frequently than I can 

write here. Looking at that blog 

will give readers a more in-depth 

view of the school and the events 

that happen.

 

For example, recently we had an 

event where students, their families, 

and members of the local community 

flew paper airplanes on the field.

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1669

 

The Grade 5 students went out to the 

Numata Campus for "Boken Asobi" or 

"Adventure Play".

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1670

 

The Grade 2 students shared their 

knowledge of the school with the new 

Grade 1 students by taking them for a 

school tour. This is covered in two blog

posts:

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1671

and:

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1673

 

And finally, I'd like to share a post

about the natural aspects of the 

school. It often feels like we are 

in the middle of a park, as is reflected

by the "Koen" in the school's name.

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1672

 

I would encourage readers to look at these

recent posts to enjoy the photographs and 

to learn more about the school.

Google Translate will help with getting the

idea of the topics.

 

Thank you for reading about Nagisa!

 

 

 

更新日:2018.05.18 Friday | カテゴリー:Around the School


Field Trip

Today was field trip day. I was with

the Grade 4 students.

 

Everyone took time to smell the flowers! Can

you guess where we went?

 

That's right, we went to the Hiroshima

Botanical Garden. There were a lot of

beautiful flowers to observe.

 

The students could learn a lot

about different plants, even insectivore

plants!

 

Everyone moved around the park in

their groups, taking notes on what they saw.

 

Even the teachers were busy learning.

 

This is the view from the observation tower.

 

Several of the students made it up to

the tower before lunchtime.

 

After the walk and plant study, it was 

time for a well-deserved lunch!

 

After lunch, it was time for the walk home.

 

We stopped at the park to take a 

break in the shade. We also used the time

to pick up litter in the park.

 

A short while later and we were on

the home stretch. This is 

Sakura Namiki, the street between the

station and the school.  Everyone was

pretty tired by this point, but they kept

going until they reached the school!

 

The Grade 4 students did a great job today,

it was a long walk in the sun. They had a lot of

fun and kept a positive spirit the whole way!

更新日:2018.05.01 Tuesday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Welcome Assembly for the Grade 1 Students 2018

17 days of school, and the Grade 1 

students are already comfortable

and happy in their new environment.

 

Now that they've settled 

in, the rest of the school was ready

to welcome them with a bit of fun!

 

The Grade 1 students paired up

with their Grade 6 partners before 

going to the gym.

 

When they were ready, they made a 

big entrance!

 

Settled on stage, the new students 

got a short welcome speech.

 

The Grade 2 students opened the 

entertainment with some skits about 

school life.

 

These students look like they are having

fun, even while being scolded!

 

The Grade 2 students also demonstrated 

the sports day dance and Nagisa Festival

English songs!

 

The audience definitely had a great time!

 

The Grade 3 students took the stage next

and demonstrated proper school etiquette.

 

Again, the youngest students were enthralled!

 

Dressed as Carp players, the Grade 4 

students demonstrated even more

things to come!

 

Here we can see jump rope and

kendama competitions:

 

The Grade 5 students gave a quiz about

the school.

Do you know what grows in the 

school garden?

 

In which month do we start using

nuno-zori, our cloth slippers?

 

All of the students participated

enthusiastically!

 

The new Grade 1 students were ecstatic

when they got the answers correct!

 

The Grade 6 students ended the show

with quizzes and interviews.

 

To wrap up, two pupils led the 

student body in song.

 

Look at that relief at a job well done!

Thank you for conducting!

 

The principal encouraged the students

to do their best. She also praised

them for how much they've already

grown into Nagisa students!

 

The final word of welcome was from

the student council.

 

Today's assembly was a great show.

The new Grade 1 students had

a great time and the whole school

had a good laugh!

 

My last thoughts of the day go to

the MCs. They led the whole show well.

Thank you for the fantastic

job of managing everything!

更新日:2018.04.27 Friday | カテゴリー:Assemblies


Superheroes!

The Grade 4 students have been

learning to express things that people

can and cannot do. 

 

As a wrap up to the unit, I used

some of the great resources and 

ideas from mes-english.com to

have the students make their own 

superheroes.

 

We came up with a lot of different

superpower ideas.

 

We also discussed how to make a paragraph

in English. 

 

Over two lessons, the students made their characters.

 

First, they discussed their ideas with their partners.

 

Then they started putting their ideas

on paper. With a little help, their

paragraphs started to take shape.

 

The fast finishers could either become

mini teachers or work on chapter review.

Here are some mini teachers sharing ideas.

 

To finish off the project, the students

drew pictures of their superheroes.

 

Here are a couple of examples of their 

work:

 

I think the Grade 4 students did a great 

job of creating their characters, writing 

their ideas and showing the confidence to 

expand their writing with originality!

更新日:2018.04.24 Tuesday | カテゴリー:Lessons


Sandbox

At first glance, it looks like these 

Grade 2 students are simply playing.

 

However, when we take a closer look,

we can see that there is more going on 

in this lesson.

This is an art lesson. The students

built 21st Century skills by working in 

groups. 21 Century skills are: communication,

collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

 

Within their groups, the students planned

what to create.

 

Then they worked hard to build their 

creations.

 

There was some heavy lifting!

 

Students learned how to work

with their new classmates, built 

friendships, and got very muddy!

更新日:2018.04.13 Friday | カテゴリー:Around the School


Entrance Ceremony Rehearsal

While tomorrow is the official first

day of school for our newest students,

they all came to practice for the

big ceremony.

 

After arriving at the school, the new

Grade 1 students went to their classrooms.

They met their Grade 6 partners who helped

guide and reassure them.

 

When it was time to go, the Grade 1 and 6 pairs

prepared for their big entrance.

 

The older students lead the new students

into the gym. Having an older student by 

their sides gave them confidence. 

 

Each new student was led up

onto the stage where they could

answer the roll call.

 

After each new student was introduced,

the Grade 6 partner lead them to their seat.

I was impressed with how well the Grade 6 

students looked after their new charges.

 

Still waiting to become official Nagisa students,

the new Grade 1 students listened with great 

concentration.

 

Grade 6 students practiced their

welcome speeches, hoping to be perfect

tomorrow.

 

When the speeches were finished,

the students walked out with their new

classmates.

更新日:2018.04.06 Friday | カテゴリー:Assemblies


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