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Grade 1 Nature Camp (Day 1)

DATE:2016.08.30 Tuesday  Category:Special Events

On August 25th and 26th, the Grade 1 students went to Numata, which like Nagisa, is an educational facility within Tsuru Gakuen.

 

Here is a recap of what they did on the first day.

 

Before leaving the school, there was a final preparation check.

 

Everyone then gathered for some final words before boarding the busses.

 

And they were off!

 

After the bus ride, it was time for the opening ceremony.

 

Then, time for teamwork and adventure!

 

 

Spraying water is always fun, but did you notice they are using bamboo? These sprayers were hand made by the students from Numata bamboo.

 

One of the adventures lead the students to feeding the horses. They were so big!

 

Before dinner, you have to get your beds ready. 

Look at that teamwork!

 

Dinner time!

Tomorrow I'll post some pictures from the second day!


Opening Ceremony

DATE:2016.08.29 Monday  Category:Assemblies

Although the Grade 5 and 6 students have been back for a week, and the other students have been in and out with camps and homework submission, today was the first day back with everyone in attendance. Thus, the opening ceremony was this morning.

 

First the principal inspired the student body with a speech about never giving up, just like an Olympian.

 

Next, some of our own future Olympians were awarded certificates and medals for their successes in swimming and gymnastics.

 

The gold and silver didn't just go to the athletes though, once again the school chorus were awarded for their excellence. Over the summer they won gold in the regional NHK chorus competition. That qualified them to compete in the NHK's national competition where they won silver.

 

Here the chorus representatives receive recognition from the principal.

 

The other members of the chorus can be seen here.

 

The student committee responsible for student life gave a talk on being active and playing hard, not just for sports day but for overall health and happiness.

 

Everyone, welcome back from summer break!


Opening Ceremony

DATE:2016.08.29 Monday  Category:Assemblies

Although the Grade 5 and 6 students have been back for a week, and the other students have been in and out with camps and homework submission, today was the first day back with everyone in attendance. Thus, the opening ceremony was this morning.

 

First the principal inspired the student body with a speech about never giving up, just like an Olympian.

 

Next, some of our own future Olympians were awarded certificates and medals for their successes in swimming and gymnastics.

 

The gold and silver didn't just go to the athletes though, once again the school chorus were awarded for their excellence. Over the summer they won gold in the regional NHK chorus competition. That qualified them to compete in the NHK's national competition where they won silver.

 

Here the chorus representatives receive recognition from the principal.

 

The other members of the chorus can be seen here.

 

The student committee responsible for student life gave a talk on being active and playing hard, not just for sports day but for overall health and happiness.

 

Everyone, welcome back from summer break!


Grade 2 Nature Camp

DATE:2016.08.26 Friday  Category:Special Events

The Grade 2 students returned back from Yachio yesterday. They stayed there for two days and one night.

 

At night, the students went up on the roof of the building for some stargazing and a candle sing-a-long.

 

During the day the students had a lot of fun on the adventure playground.

 

One fun activity was finding natural percussion instruments. It must have been fun experimenting with different sounds!

 

After a strong showing of rock paper scissors skills, the best janken players got to take home some beetles.

 

It looks like the students had a lot of fun! Welcome back home!

 

*Yachio is one of the educational sites in the Tsuru Gakuen organization. Nagisa Koen Elementary school is also a part of the Tsuru Gakuen organization.


Grade 3 Nature Camp - Day 2

DATE:2016.08.24 Wednesday  Category:Special Events

When I arrived at school this morning, the Grade 3 students had finished breakfast, and were receiving instructions on how to put away their tents.

 

Soon, the students were busy cleaning up and putting their tents away.

 

Then everyone moved inside for some art time.

 

Even the volunteers were being artistic!

 

Be careful with that paint!

 


Grade 3 Nature Camp

DATE:2016.08.23 Tuesday  Category:Special Events

What are all these tents?

 

The Grade 3 students came in today and set up their tents, getting ready to stay over tonight. They are all lined up under the roof so they don't get too hot during the day.

 

They'll go out in the field tonight.

 

For now, the tents are holding all of the students' gear while they have fun.

 

This shot is of the students running a race on the pool. Yes, you read that right.

 

Mrs. Withrington is keeping all the supporters cool!

 

Now, it's the teacher's turn!

 

Ok, who are these blind ninjas? What are they trying to hit?

 

This is their target... and when they hit it, everyone will get a snack!

 

Have fun on your camp out tonight!


First Day Back!

DATE:2016.08.22 Monday  Category:Around the School

Although the first day of school is next week, Grades 3 to 6 are back at school today. Everyone has a lot of summer homework to hand in!

 

The Grade 3 students are preparing for their overnight stay tomorrow.

 

The Grade 4 students are having a talk about their summer adventure, which I wrote about on July 24th. Once this assembly is done, they'll have three lessons today.

 

Both Grade 5 and 6 officially start lessons today with "summer school".

 

The Grade 5 students are busy sorting out textbooks in this picture.

 

They'll have a five lesson day today!

 

In this picture, the Grade 6 students are preparing for their school trip.

They'll also have five lessons today once the bell rings!


Teachers Return!

DATE:2016.08.17 Wednesday  Category:Around the School

Summer vacation is over!  

 

At least for the teachers. Some are in the staff room:

 

And some are cleaning around the school.

 

 

The school looks quite empty without any students though.  Let's take a look:


Preschool and Ninja School

DATE:2016.07.30 Saturday  Category:Special Events

It was a double header today! With Preschool in the morning and the Ninja School in the afternoon, it was a full day for the kindergarten students who came to the school.

 

The preschool event was designed for students who are thinking enrolling in the school next year. Each student could attend two lessons from a choice of Japanese, English, social studies, math, science, art and music. The students could get a good idea of what the teachers, lessons and school are like.

 

The Japanese lesson had Grade One students lead the whole class. This not only showed how interesting lessons are, but also how Nagisa students acquire confidence and leadership from a young age. 

 

Just down the hall was our English lesson. The students listened with rapt attention to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and did their best in the vocabulary game.

 

While the morning showed what regular lessons are like in the school, the afternoon showed how we like to have fun at special events.

 

The Ninja school was a great chance for the students to challenge themselves. Although the ninja were a little scary, the students all did their best to complete the challenges and everyone received their official ninja certificate!

 

One of the challenges was to cross the water bridge and toss water balloons at the biggest ninja.

 

I'd like to say thank you to all the parents and students who came today to experience our lessons and to learn ninja skills from the super ninja team!


Summer Adventure (Grade 4)

DATE:2016.07.24 Sunday  Category:Special Events

I'm back from three days out with the Grade 4 students. 

 

On Friday, we started our adventure at the school. We had a final check of the itinerary at the school before setting off.

 

Then, it was time to go.

 

The first thing to do was our opening ceremony. The students exchanged greetings with the campground manager.

 

Once the formalities were done, it was time to set up camp.

 

Dinner was next. The students showed their independence by cooking the rice on their own, and then even provided for the teachers!

 

Of course, every camp is better with a campfire!

 

Every campfire is made even better with singing and skits.

 

On Saturday morning we packed up camp early.

 

Every morning of every Japanese school event has radio taiso!

 

The students were definitely ready for breakfast by this point!

 

Now for the main event!  A few words to make sure everyone is ready...

 

...and then it was time to get wet.

 

Tired, but hungry, not a bite of dinner was left at the end of the day.

 

Except, it wasn't quite the end. The students got to go on a night walk to learn about the nocturnal forest animals.

 

The students even got a lesson on night vision as an example of how well nocturnal animals can see.

 

After the tents, sleeping in a futon never felt better. In fact, the students fell asleep so quickly Saturday night that the teachers didn't have to hurry them to bed at all.

 

Sunday morning came faster than anyone could have guessed.

 

Imagine waking up to a lesson on how to fold the sheets!

 

Another morning meeting to start the day...

 

Everyone's favorite morning meal, breakfast!

 

Then we walked to out to our next adventure, finding all sorts of things on the way...

 

We had time for a Kusunoki class picture before going into the adventure playground.

 

The students climbed, crawled and swung their way through an hour of adventure.

 

Our last lunch at the campground after an amazing morning.

 

The final item on the schedule was to say goodbye to the camp manager, and thank him and the staff for feeding and housing us for three days.

 

Finally, we boarded the busses and headed for school.

 

Everyone is safe at home now, and I'm heading off now too for a well deserved nap.

 

I'd like to say thank you to all of the parents who helped at the river, the staff at Mominoki and Wanpaku no Mori, and finally the students. They worked hard, tried new things, pushed past their fears and what they thought their limits were. They had fun, learned a lot, and had great attitudes through the whole adventure.

 

Well done Grade 4!


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