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Lunch Time!

DATE:2016.09.12 Monday  Category:Around the School

Remember the old joke?

What's your favorite subject?  Lunch time!


Let's take a look at what the Grade 4 students are doing for lunch today.


First, the students get the room ready by putting their desks into groups, and covering them with table cloths.


Then the class leader for the day checks that everyone is ready, and leads the class in saying "itadakimasu", which means "(we are thankful for) receiving this food".


Then, it's time to eat!


Bentos can be ordered from the school for those busy days.


Of course, students are welcome to bring lunch from home.


It really does look like everyone's favorite subject!


When everyone is done eating, the day leader leads the class in saying "gochi so sama deshita", which means "(thank you for the food) it was a feast!"


DATE:2016.09.11 Sunday  Category:School Life

In science class, the Grade 3students grew rice this year. Rice is of course a very important part of the Japanese diet, so it is important to know how it is grown.


Many schools, and even kindergartens, have rice planting events for their students. Fewer schools have the students look after the rice through its whole growth cycle.


The Grade 3 students planted this rice in April. Since then, the students check on the growth, weeded the fields, and cared for the crops.


Then on Friday, it was time to harvest.  The students learned how to use a sickle.


After the harvest, the rice has to be hung to dry out.


The studeThe students will use traditional threshing equipment to separate the grain, and in November they will make and eat onigiri with the rice.

NHK and Mazda

DATE:2016.09.08 Thursday  Category:Field Trip

The Grade 5 students went out on a full day of learning today.


There were some final words before heading out.



Then everyone boarded the bus!


At NHK, they started with introductions and greetings.


Everyone got to experience a 3D presentation.


Here's an explanation as to how the news is produced:


Then some of the students got some small group tutoring.


Presentation time!


Some of the students then got to experience the blue screen.


The next adventure was at the Mazda factory.

Students learned a little about Mazda's history.


They also saw some of the fast cars!


This display shows one step in the design process.


The students also saw how cars are designed with safety in mind.



Here are some of Japan's future drivers.


It looks like you had a fun today, and also learned a lot in the process!

Grade 4 Parent Observation

DATE:2016.09.07 Wednesday  Category:-

Today was another parent observation day at the school. However, today was a chance for the Grade 4 students to show what they know to their guardians.


Let's take a closer look to see what the guardians are looking at.


The lesson I observed was the English lesson being taught by Mr. Gates and Ms. Kawaguchi.


Mr. Gates explained how he wanted the activity to go.


The students were listening carefully to everything the teachers said.


Then it was time for an activity demonstration.


Pair work time! The students had to do the conversation with five different partners!


Good work to all the Grade 4 students today! You all did a great job!

Also, I'd like to say thank you to all of the guardians who could come in to the school today to see your children in class.

Grade 3 Parent Observation

DATE:2016.09.06 Tuesday  Category:Around the School

It's always nice to have the parents come and see lessons at the school. Although the students are a bit nervous with their parents watching, (maybe the teachers a bit too!!) it's a great chance for the parents to see how their children interact in lessons, how the teachers teach, and the overall atmosphere of the school.


Today it was the Grade Three classes that were being observed. In Kaede Class, Mr. Uenaka was teaching math. 


You can see the students working in groups using collaboration to solve the problems.


The students are using Mana-bodo, which are light, portable whiteboards which are great for group work!


Next door in Tsubaki class, Mr. Fujiyama was teaching social studies. 


The students were especially engaged because they were discussing one of Hiroshima's traditional local delicacies, okonomiyaki. 

Great teaching mixes individual attention and whole class attention.


Thank you to all the guardians who came today to see their children and teachers in action. It was good to see you today.


DATE:2016.09.05 Monday  Category:School Life

Lately I've been writing a lot about the different events, camps, and trips that the school is engaged in. However, with all of that finishing for the summer and everyone getting back into regular routines, I was thinking about what to write about today.


Then, I came across this flower.  It doesn't get to bloom and be a beautiful flower all in one day. It grows little by little, overcoming obstacles and taking opportunities to grow and develop.


Likewise, our students grow day by day. These pictures are from Kogomi Class in Grade 1. They are working on their literacy skills in the classroom.


Nagisa has some great facilities, like our library. The other Grade One class, Tsukushi, was here working on their literacy skills.


Like the little flower growing up through the grate, these students are growing and learning day by day. With the literacy skills developed here, and a nurtured love of books and reading, these children will continue along their paths to be lifelong learners.

Grade 6 Class Trip - More Highlights

DATE:2016.09.03 Saturday  Category:Special Events

The Grade 6 students are back home safe and sound! They arrived back in Hiroshima Station yesterday.


On the trip home, they got to help pilot the ferry!


Every Japanese traveler, whether travelling in Japan or abroad, needs to buy souvenirs!


Barbeque time!  Look at all that great food!


Of course, no trip is complete without a visit to the beach!


It looks like they had a lot of fun!  A big thanks to all of the people who helped make the trip a big success!

After seeing the pictures, now I want to visit Nagasaki!

Grade 6 Class Trip Day 3

DATE:2016.09.02 Friday  Category:Special Events

It's now the third day of the Grade 6 students' trip to Nagasaki.


The start of the day was getting ready for and having breakfast.


It looks good!


Then, they were off.


The students split into two groups. The first group made sea candles.

First, choose the materials:


Let's see what you made!


The second group went fishing.  


It was raining, but neither the fish or the students seemed to mind.


What did they catch?

Grade 6 Class Trip

DATE:2016.09.01 Thursday  Category:Special Events

The Grade 6 students are away in Nagasaki now.


Their trip is packed with learning and adventure.


One destination is Sumiyoshi Shrine. It's one of the oldest shrines in Japan.


Another key point from the trip is when the students made ying and yang talisman pendants to ward off evil spirits.


The students also enjoyed the dolphin park.


Grade 1 Nature Camp (Day 2)

DATE:2016.08.31 Wednesday  Category:Special Events

Day 2 of the Grade 1 nature camp started the same way every school trip does... with morning exercises.


Then there was some cleanup time.



Of course, everyone looks forward to breakfast!


Everyone went out looking for bugs.


Before the bus ride home; lunch!


I hope everyone had a good time!


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