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Graduation Ceremenony

DATE:2017.03.17 Friday  Category:Special Events

On Tuesday, March 14, the Grade 6 students graduated from Nagisa Koen Elementary School.  Congratulations!

 

The stage was set...

 

... and soon the students came up one by one to receive their certificates.

 

The ceremony proceeded with speeches from the principal, Mrs. Watanabe, and the chairman of Tsuru Gakuen's board, Mr. Tsuru.

 

The Grade 6 students then recited a speech that both reminisced about their time at the school and gave thanks to the teachers, parents, and other students. 

 

The Grade 5 students sang to the Grade 6 students to say thank you and congratulations. The Grade 6 students responded in song and passed the mantle on to the following year group.

 

The Grade 5 students played "My Way" for the graduating class as they marched out of the gym.

 

After collecting their belongings from the classroom, they walked out of the school for the last time as elementary students.


Farewell Assembly for Grade 6

DATE:2017.03.09 Thursday  Category:Assemblies

As the end of the school year approaches, the Grade 6 students practice for their graduation ceremony. They also have the chance to reminisce with each other before stepping onto the next step of their lives. With only a week left, many of the Grade 6 students are coming to terms with the fact that after graduation, they may not see some of their friends again for a very long time.

 

The rest of the school had the chance to say good-bye to the Grade 6 students in the farewell assembly on Friday, March 3rd.

 

In a role reversal from when the Grade 6 students walked in the new Grade 1 students at the beginning of the year, the Grade 1 students marched their older partners onto stage to say good bye.

 

Here everyone is paired up for some final group photos.

 

Then it was time to line up...

 

The MCs for the day were two Grade 5 students on the student council.

 

Each grade put on a performance; a dance, song or a skit.

 

I'm always amazed at the talents and confidence of our students. 

Here, the background music for a song is being played by one of our talented Grade 5 students.

 

At the same time, another student conducted for the whole school.

 

The Grade 2 students put on a dance to show their appreciation for the graduating class.

 

The Grade 4 students cheered for the Grade 6 class, sports day style!

 

The Grade 5s put some of the graduating class on the spot with their questions!

 

 

The Grade 6 students did their best to answer.

 

To wrap up the ceremony, the Grade 6 students wrote "gratitude" (kansha) in huge kanji to show their appreciation to the school, teachers and school body for their time with us.

 

With only a week to go until graduation, I hope you can enjoy your final days at Nagisa. You will have memories that last a lifetime, and friendships to go along with them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Farewell Assembly for Grade 6

DATE:2017.03.09 Thursday  Category:Assemblies

As the end of the school year approaches, the Grade 6 students practice for their graduation ceremony. They also have the chance to reminisce with each other before stepping onto the next step of their lives. With only a week left, many of the Grade 6 students are coming to terms with the fact that after graduation, they may not see some of their friends again for a very long time.

 

The rest of the school had the chance to say good-bye to the Grade 6 students in the farewell assembly on Friday, March 3rd.

 

In a role reversal from when the Grade 6 students walked in the new Grade 1 students at the beginning of the year, the Grade 1 students marched their older partners onto stage to say good bye.

 

Here everyone is paired up for some final group photos.

 

Then it was time to line up...

 

The MCs for the day were two Grade 5 students on the student council.

 

Each grade put on a performance; a dance, song or a skit.

 

I'm always amazed at the talents and confidence of our students. 

Here, the background music for a song is being played by one of our talented Grade 5 students.

 

At the same time, another student conducted for the whole school.

 

The Grade 2 students put on a dance to show their appreciation for the graduating class.

 

The Grade 4 students cheered for the Grade 6 class, sports day style!

 

The Grade 5s put some of the graduating class on the spot with their questions!

 

 

The Grade 6 students did their best to answer.

 

To wrap up the ceremony, the Grade 6 students wrote "gratitude" (kansha) in huge kanji to show their appreciation to the school, teachers and school body for their time with us.

 

With only a week to go until graduation, I hope you can enjoy your final days at Nagisa. You will have memories that last a lifetime, and friendships to go along with them. 


Farewell Assembly for Grade 6

DATE:2017.03.09 Thursday  Category:Assemblies

As the end of the school year approaches, the Grade 6 students practice for their graduation ceremony. They also have the chance to reminisce with each other before stepping onto the next step of their lives. With only a week left, many of the Grade 6 students are coming to terms with the fact that after graduation, they may not see some of their friends again for a very long time.

 

The rest of the school had the chance to say good-bye to the Grade 6 students in the farewell assembly on Friday, March 3rd.

 

In a role reversal from when the Grade 6 students walked in the new Grade 1 students at the beginning of the year, the Grade 1 students marched their older partners onto stage to say good bye.

 

Here everyone is paired up for some final group photos.

 

Then it was time to line up...

 

The MCs for the day were two Grade 5 students on the student council.

 

Each grade put on a performance; a dance, song or a skit.

 

I'm always amazed at the talents and confidence of our students. 

Here, the background music for a song is being played by one of our talented Grade 5 students.

 

At the same time, another student conducted for the whole school.

 

The Grade 2 students put on a dance to show their appreciation for the graduating class.

 

The Grade 4 students cheered for the Grade 6 class, sports day style!

 

The Grade 5s put some of the graduating class on the spot with their questions!

 

 

The Grade 6 students did their best to answer.

 

To wrap up the ceremony, the Grade 6 students wrote "gratitude" (kansha) in huge kanji to show their appreciation to the school, teachers and school body for their time with us.

 

With only a week to go until graduation, I hope you can enjoy your final days at Nagisa. You will have memories that last a lifetime, and friendships to go along with them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Spring?

DATE:2017.02.18 Saturday  Category:Around the School

The days are starting to warm up, a fact that I greatly appreciate!

 

Along with the warming weather come the blossoming trees. The first to bloom every year are the plum trees. So it's not a surprise to see one starting to bud and bloom.


Cleaning Groups

DATE:2017.02.15 Wednesday  Category:School Life

If you have read my blog before or know about Japanese schools, you will know that the students have cleaning time every day.

 

Normally, I have a group of Grade 3 students come to help me clean the stairs.  However, this week, we have cleaning groups. A couple of students from each grade are assigned to each area to clean it thoroughly.

 

Younger students learn good cleaning techniques from the older students.

 

No one can resist posing for the camera!

 

A student makes sure that the rails are clean...

 

...while some of the students volunteered to help clean the walls which don't get done every day.

 

I even had students volunteer to clean out the dust with chopsticks!

 

By the end of the week, these stairs and the whole school will sparkle with the students' efforts. Not only did the younger students learn cleaning skills, but the older students practiced leadership and everyone worked together to develop teamwork, pride in their school and a sense of comradery across the grades.


Museum Study Trip!

DATE:2017.02.03 Friday  Category:Field Trip

The Grade 5 Museum Study Trip is a program that takes the students out of the school and up to the mountains in central Hiroshima.

 

They visited two museums to learn about trees and birds.

Here you can see the size of the trees that used to grow in the mountains.

 

While in the mountains, it's always a good idea to play in the snow!

 

Of course, since it is a serious study trip, there has to be some study time too!

 

Learning isn't all done in the classroom. Here the students experience snowshoeing.

 

And how to properly take a snow-angel break!

 

On the trip, the students built personal responsibility as they had to look after the cleaning in the rooms and the shared spaces.

 

By the end of the trip, the students were tired from having so much fun!


Snow!

DATE:2017.01.16 Monday  Category:Seasons

Hiroshima had its biggest snowfall in 33 years this weekend. Of course, the students couldn't wait to get out and play in it.

 

By morning recess though, the snow had started to disappear.

 

That didn't deter the students from playing in what was left.

 

Throwing snowballs was the most popular game of the day.

 

Any teacher that was brave enough to step outside was an immediate target.

 

Not even the photographer was safe!!!

 

 


Opening Ceremony

DATE:2017.01.07 Saturday  Category:Assemblies

Welcome to 2017! 

 

The year has started, and the students are back for their first day! We began the morning with the opening ceremony.

 

To start things off, we had the opening ceremony. The principal welcomed the new year by showing the zodiac kanji.

 

Next, the principal introduced the two newest members of the Nagisa Family. They introduced themselves with confidence and poise, even though they were standing in front of the whole student body for the first time.

 

Well done!

 

To finish things off, the Gassho Bu, the school choir, stood up to be recognized. Over the holidays, they went to Osaka and won first prize in the MBS Kodomo Ongaku Konkuru, the MBS Children's Music Competition.

 

Great job! It's wonderful listening to you practice and perform, and your efforts and talent have paid off!

 

 

 


Global Studies

DATE:2016.12.15 Thursday  Category:Lessons

One of the goals in Nagisa's educational philosophy is building global citizens.

 

Today, I had the pleasure of observing the members of the English Department in action talking about different countries.

 

In Grade 3, Mr. Lamb and Mr. Kuwabara were teaching the students about America. 

 

The students took some guesses as to how many people lived there.

 

Then, it came down to some serious language/math explanations to get the size of the USA's population in perspective.

 

Yes, it really is big!

 

The students located the country on the map, and took notes about the important points.

 

Of course, some fun facts came up along the way!

 

In Grade 4, students were also learning about a country. They started by finding out where it was compared to Japan.

 

The students quickly figured out that they were talking about New Zealand.

 


Ms. Szabo talks about how long it takes to fly there.

 

That's a tough flag to draw!

 

Of course, everyone knew New Zealand's favorite sport is Rugby!

 

To end things off, a show of hands revealed those with an urge to travel!


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