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Shadow Play

On Saturday, a professional theatre

group called "Kageboshi" (silhouette) came

to the school to perform "Big Tree" for us.

 

Their play used shadow and light

on the big screen.

 

 

They also acted in front

of the screen where we

could see their expressions.

 

After the presentation, 

the actors taught the 

students how to make their 

own shadow characters.

 

The students practiced their 

shadow characters on the floor.

 

Student volunteers were selected

to make some images on the 

big screen.

 

Here, groups of three students

make apples.

 

When the presentations 

and workshops finished,

all of the students had a chance

to walk behind the screen and 

project their shadows.

 

I'd like to thank Kageboshi

for coming to Nagisa.

The students loved your

play and the lessons you

taught on how to make shadow 

characters.

We really enjoyed the show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

更新日:2019.05.15 Wednesday | カテゴリー:Assemblies


Grade 1 Welcome

Yesterday was a party!

 

Most of the students were lined

up and waiting in the gym.

 

The Grade 1 guardians were sitting

and waiting too.

 

The new Grade 1 students were outside

finding their Grade 6 walking partners.

 

When everyone was paired up,

the MCs started the show.

 

The Grade 6 students walked their

smaller partners into the gym.

 

The show started with a speech to

welcome everyone!

 

The Grade 2 students put on

skits to show proper school behavior.

 

How to behave at the station:

 

They even showed a flag

dance similar to one that the

new students will do at sports day.

 

The Grade 3 students were

next.

They showed bad and good

examples of how to approach

school life.

Proper cleaning means not

playing on the brooms!

 

The Grade 1 students loved the

funny examples.

 

The Grade 3 students also

showed that umbrellas

should not be used for

swordplay.

 

Again, the young ones

enjoyed the examples.

 

With fake wigs, the Grade 4

students explained more

school rules.

 

While learning about the school,

the Grade 1 students laughed

a lot.

 

The Grade 5 students were next.

In a similar vein, the Grade 5 students

put on a good show.

Here they show the 'nuno zori', our

summer slippers.

 

They also showed how to

avoid slivers, and what to do

if a student gets a sliver.

 

The 'T' dance made everyone laugh!

 

How to start lunch time

was also a great hit!

 

The Grade 6 students chose

to entertain with a quiz about

the school.

These students are introducing

 the school garden.

 

As an introduction to the

approaching teachers, this

student made a great impression.

 

Do you know which

teacher he is supposed

to look like?

 

When the Grade 6 students finished,

the Grade 1 students sang and danced

'Paprika' (meaning the flowering bell

pepper) to the rest of the school to

thank them for the great show.

 

Then, to show that we are

all one student body, we

all sang together.

 

The principal thanked everyone

for participating in the show.

 

The last speach summarized

the theme of the day.

Please enjoy your time at Nagisa.

Also, if you ever have trouble or

questions, you can ask any of the

older students.

 

The assembly ended with the

Grade 1 students leaving the gym.

This time though, they were not with

their Grade 6 partners. They were

walking on their own as independent

students.

 

Grades 2-6, you all did a

great job of presenting.

The Grade 1 students loved the show.

You've made them feel welcome,

happy and comfortable.

 

To the Grade 1 students,

please remember you can ask

anyone questions or for help.

The older students, and of course

the teachers, are here for you.

 

Have a great time at Nagisa. I'm

looking forward to having a lot of

fun with you over the next six years!

更新日:2019.04.26 Friday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Sand Friends

What's going on here? 

If you let kids play in the mud...

they will!

 

This was an art lesson called

"Sand Friends." The students 

built friendships with their 

new classmates and became better

acquainted with the sandbox at

the same time!

 

 

The rules were simple. Make something.

The students had to work with

their team members to build

something. Anything was an acceptable

project as long as it used teamwork. 

Using buckets, bottles, sticks, bamboo and 

water was optional.

 

They had to share the tools, and they

made sure everyone got a chance

to do the work.

 

Some of the projects turned

into mountains.

 

The bamboo was used to make

bridges and aqueducts.

 

The students worked hard to

bring enough water to fill their

creations.

 

By the end of the lesson, the

sandbox had turned into a pool!

 

The students definitely had

fun, and got to know everyone

a little better while doing it.

Learning is always best when 

it is fun!

更新日:2019.04.19 Friday | カテゴリー:Around the School


Entrance Ceremony 2019

 

The sakura cherry trees were

blooming and the weather was

perfect for our 2019 entrance 

ceremony.

 

The new students lined up 

with their Grade 6 partners

who checked that they were

ready.

 

When everyone was set, they

 walked into the gym where

all of the parents, teachers, Grade 4

and 5 students were waiting.

 

As the homeroom teachers read

their names, each new student

walked up onto the stage and

raised his or her hand.

 

The student body sang several 

songs to welcome the new

students to the school.

 

To finish the ceremony, the 

Grade 1 and 6 students paired

up again to leave the gym.

 

These pairs will meet again. In

most cases, the Grade 1 students

will be paired with the same Grade

6 students for the school excursions.

Even though the Grade 1 students

are small and are in a completely

new environment, each student

has a big friend who will be available 

to help them through the year.

 

The new Grade 1 students 

were fantastic, brave and confident

as they walked across the stage.

I feel that they will have a fantastic

year at Nagisa as they start their new

six-year adventure.

 

Congratulations!

 

更新日:2019.04.11 Thursday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Graduation - from the one building to the next

Just as I wrote about the Grade

6 students graduating from the

school, there was another graduation

lately.

The Grade 2 students graduated.

They're moving from the "Umi-to",

the sea building, to the "yama-to",

the mountain building. It's a big step

for them, joining the big-kids building.

 

Just like the Grade 6 graduation,

there was a ceremony to celebrate

this milestone in their lives. It focused

on saying thank you to their

guardians and their teachers.

It also looked to the future,

motivating the students to work

hard as they enjoy the upcoming

years.

 

The students gathered on stage

with the guardians watching.

 

The students sang, and the

principal gave out a reprasentative

certificate.

 

Then the ceremony became a bit

more lively.

 

The students thanked their

teachers in a special way.

 

They put on skits remembering the last two years.

 

Then, with the seriousness

befitting the ceremony, the

students marched out of the

gym.

 

Some students managed to let a smile

show through. Congratulations! You

deserve to have a happy day!

 

Back in the classrooms, each student

recieved their own certificate

individually.

 

Grade 2, well done! You'll be

continuing on your educational

journey with all of the older students

over in the mountain building starting

next week.

 

I'm proud of the steps you've taken to

make it this far. Next, we'll take even

bigger leaps and bounds as you find

your futures!

 

 

 

 

 

更新日:2019.03.26 Tuesday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Graduation Ceremony

The most emotional day of the year

has passed. Students lined up for the last

time, saw their classes for the final

homeroom and said goodbye.

 

It's a day in which everyone remembers

the last year, and the last six. While there 

is a touch of sadness at leaving familiar

friends, teachers, and surroundings;

there is also anticipation for the future,

new friends and new beginnings. To

me, this day represents a bridge

between all the things that have

happened and all the things that are 

about to start.

 

The students walked into the gym

single file, faces serious.

 

Each student received his or her

graduation certificate from the principal.

 

After individually recognizing each

student, the principal gave a speech

wishing them well.

 

The chairman of the board of

governors then praised the students

on their hard work over the last six 

years and encouraged them to 

do their best in the future.

 

The Grade 6 students then lined

up on stage for a choral recitation 

remembering their years at Nagisa.

 

Of course, being Nagisa, they also 

sang to express their thanks to

their parents and the school.

Several Grade 6 students took turns

playing the piano and leading the songs.

 

To end the ceremony, the Grade 5

students played an accompaniment

as the senior students left the gym 

for the last time as Nagisa students.

 

After a short homeroom class, 

the Grade 6 students lined up

on the wood deck for their last 

time together as a class.

The homeroom teachers led

them through the grounds, through

the gates, and into the wider world.

更新日:2019.03.22 Friday | カテゴリー:Special Events


N.E.T.

I have written about a lot

of the big events that the 

students take part in. I haven't

written much about the smaller

activities that the students do

in groups.

 

These groups have students from 

Grade 1 to Grade 6, with the Grade

6 students taking the lead roles.

 

Sometimes they come together

for morning meetings or games

before class time. Sometimes they

meet for special cleaning sessions

around the school.

 

Today, they met for N.E.T.

This stands for Nagisa Enjoy Time.

Each group played a game.

 

Here you can see students

playing dodgeball.

 

 

These pictures show different

groups playing tag.

 

My group taught me how to

play "drop the handkerchief."

 

When the games were done, 

each group talked about how

well they did at playing, with 

the aim of improving their

sportsmanship in future games.

 

The event leaders told everyone

they had done a good job, and 

to head back to the classrooms!

 

I appreciate how the older

students look after and

mentor the younger ones at

the school. It helps with school 

spirit and fosters a true sense of

community.

 

 

 

 

更新日:2019.02.22 Friday | カテゴリー:Around the School


Museum Study Tour 2019 - Day 4

So, we've made it to Day 4.

The day started with

the same pattern as the other 

mornings, with one of the

students leading the ceremony

to raise the flags and start the

day.

 

There was one difference today,

since another group was staying

in the center as well as us, a representative

from their group also gave a speech 

alongside our student speaker.

 

Breakfast was in the cafeteria, 

any many students commented

on how much they enjoyed eating

there. The number of students who

went back for seconds was another

good indicator that they were happy

with the cooking!

 

Cleanup, packing and room checks 

took up the first half of the morning.

Cleanup was done by mid-morning, 

and that is when we had the closing 

ceremony for the trip. Students led

ceremony and also thanked the 

facility staff for their hospitality.

 

With the official program finished, 

the students reflected on what they

had learned over the last four days.

To start things off, they watched a

video to remind themselves of

everything they'd accomplished.

 

Then, each class reflected on 

those accomplishments.

 

Even though the students 

were tired from everything

they'd done, they still focused

intently when the teachers or 

other students were sharing 

ideas and opinions.

 

 

With the official program done

and a little time left in the morning,

we had some time left for lighter

activities. The students chose which

activities they wanted to join based

on how much energy they had left 

and on their interests.

 

This group of students faced a

a couple of challenges.

The first was straight forward.

Using teamwork the groups had

to get the sitting students to

catch as many balls as possible.

 

The second activity also required

teamwork and communication.

How could they maneuver the 

hula hoop without ever

removing their fingers?

 

Meanwhile, my group of

students headed outside for

a scavenger hunt. Each small 

team had to find as many

things on the list as possible.

 

Look at the fungus they found!

 

One more meal in the cafeteria

ended the trip. After lunch, everyone

headed to the busses. 

 

I'd like to thank the students

for being fantastic on this trip!

Even though there was no snow

for the activities we had planned, 

everyone stayed cheerful and

positive over the four days.

You all did a great job!

 

The staff at the National Sanbe

Youth Friendship Center were

always accommodating and

professional. They kept us fed, 

and safe. They also helped us

plan activities and schedules.

Thank you for everything you 

did to make our stay a success!

更新日:2019.01.25 Friday | カテゴリー:Field Trip


Museum Study Tour 2019 - Day 3

Day three of our trip started

much the same way as yesterday.

The students warmed up with 

"Radio Taiso".

 

Then we were off for cleaning

and breakfast. The cafeteria has

been providing us with great food,

which is impressive when they are

preparing for so many people!

 

We were then off to the Nature Museum

of Mt. Sanbe. Again, the activities were

split by class. The class that I was with 

spent a short time in the museum before 

the main morning event.

 

The big event of the morning 

was to see two planetarium shows.

The first was about the stars and

constellations. The second was

about how the moon and how it

affects the Earth.

 

By the time the shows finished,

we were all getting pretty hungry! 

Nearby is Sanbe Burger, a place we

were all eagerly waiting to visit!

 

Very satisfied with that great lunch,

we were ready to head back outside 

to learn more about the forests and

fields around the mountain.

We met with some of the museum 

staff and volunteers who led us 

through the afternoon.

 

We headed out in small groups.

Here's my group hearing about the area:

 

We learned about the moles digging

tunnels and could easily see

where the tunnels met the surface.

 

The walk was beautiful.

 

Along the way, the guides showed

us how to find hibernating insects

that hide under leaves. Can you see

them sleeping?

 

The students found a lot of other 

interesting things along the way

too!

 

They even found a dead Japanese shrew

mole, which the guide picked up to

show us.

 

It wasn't all serious study though,

the students managed to find some fun!

 

Of course, at the end of the 

session, the students thanked

our guides for their time.

 

Back in from the cold, the

students had more time to explore the

museum. They searched for answers to the questions

in their study booklets.

 

By now, the students are used

to the center's routines. One student

gave a speech reflecting on the day

and thinking ahead to tomorrow.

 

The staff followed up the speech

with some games. This one tests

students' reaction time.

 

As I type this, the students are all

asleep. They are excited about

their last day tomorrow.

 

*Please note that I put these

pictures together by activity 

type. Not everyone did the 

activities at the same time, 

as is suggested by my layout.

 

 

 

更新日:2019.01.24 Thursday | カテゴリー:Field Trip


Museum Study Tour 2019 - Day 2

As with all overnight trips, today 

started with some "Radio Taiso".

It's a set of exercises that

everyone in Japan knows!

 

After the morning warm-up, 

the students learned more about

the morning's activities.

 

The first of those activities was

cleaning, as per the center's rules.

All of the students helped tidy the 

building and its facilities.

 

Everyone fuelled up for the morning

on fish, eggs, natto, soup and rice!

 

The rules for "Nature Tower" were set out.

 

The first round of "Nature Towers"

started soon after. 

Each group had to try to make

the tallest tower possible. In the

first round, students were allowed

to use string.

 

In the second round, they could

use only natural materials. Also,

no single piece of their building

material could be longer than 1.5m. 

 

Ready for lunch after their

creative engineering, the students

enjoyed curry, fish, potato wedges

and coleslaw.

 

Then it was back to adventure time!

One class headed to the gym for a 

snowball fight. Yes, you read that right, 

a snowball fight in the gym. The center

is prepared for days like today where

there isn't enough snow outside!

It was a little like dodgeball because 

if a player got hit with a snowball the

player was out! Also, it was a little like

capture the flag because to win, one

team had to steal the other team's 

flag.

 

The other class went on an orienteering

session, trying to find as many trail markers

as they could in the allotted time.

They did a great job of finding the trails, 

reading maps, using leadership and 

cooperation.

 

The classes switched activities 

half-way through the afternoon.

 

As I type this, the students are

getting ready for dinner. They'll have

another set of meetings tonight

and some free time. I expect that

after the energy they used up today,

everyone will be asleep as soon as

their heads hit their pillows.

 

I'm looking forward to 

Day 3 tomorrow, and I should get 

more pictures up then!

 

更新日:2019.01.23 Wednesday | カテゴリー:Field Trip


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