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Bresee’s blog

Safety First!

Winter vacation is over! I'd like

to welcome all of our students

back, and hope that all of you

readers had a good vacation.

 

School started again this week. We

are focusing on several areas of safety

this week as the students get used to 

their school routines again.

 

On our first day back, the principal

welcomed the students back in the

opening ceremony.

 

At the end of the day, the students

met in their "go home groups". These

groups are used in cases where there

is bad weather or other instances where

it is safer for the students to go home

in groups than individually.

 

Then yesterday, the students met in 

their go home groups again, but this 

time went home without teacher supervision.

The group leaders were in charge of watching

the younger students and making sure

everyone got to their individual stations or 

drop off points safely. 

 

Today, we looked at a different aspect of safety,

what to do if a stranger gets into the building.

 

Don't worry, it's only practice! You can see our

"stranger" talking about his role with another 

member of staff.

 

Then, the drill started. Teachers sprang

into action to lock down the school, protect

the students and isolate the intruder.

 

After the drill, the students met in 

the gym to discuss what had happened.

 

Then the principal discussed other types

of "stranger danger" helping the students

define who a "stranger" is and what to do 

if they meet someone suspicious outside

of school.

 

With this knowledge, the students went back

to class to finish the day and the rest of the 

school year with their newly learned safety 

skills.

 

Thank you to all of the teachers who planned

the drill and practiced protecting the students!

 

 

更新日:2019.01.10 Thursday | カテゴリー:Special Events


English Week

 

This year, English Week ran from

November 12th to 17th. We kept

most of the same events as last

year, and added a few more.

 

The biggest change was the addition

of the signature rally. It was a

communication challenge where

the students had to ask questions

in English to as many staff members

as possible. The students could then

get a signature from the staff member.

The older students chose their own

questions to ask the staff members.

 

Storytime for the younger grades continued

again this year. The stories were active and

repetitive, so the students could follow along

physically and chorally.

 

Many students gathered at

the front gate to greet the

other pupils as they came to 

school. Of course, all of the 

greetings were done in English!

 

Although our daily broadcasts

throughout the year use English, the 

broadcasts during English Week are all

English. On top of that, all of the grades

do the broadcasts, so all ages have a

chance to entertain the school using

the English they know.

*You can see the upper-grade broadcast

committee members supporting the

younger students in their broadcast here.

This was a great example of teamwork 

across the grades!

 

 

Using English in the broadcasts started

in English Week, and has now become

a daily standard. Likewise, starting and

finishing all lessons with an English

greeting started as an English Week

tradition and has now spread to an

everyday practice. As we have English

Week every year, I look forward to

seeing how it influences the whole school!

 

 

 

更新日:2018.11.23 Friday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Recitation Contest 2018

Every year the Grade 5 and 6 students have

the chance to show off their storytelling

abilities. 

 

Over the summer, all of the students

in Grade 5 and 6 practice reading their

stories. When the students return to

school at the end of summer, they present

to their classes. The recitation contest

contestants are chosen during these

presentations.

 

Then over the next month, the contestants

perfect their memorization and work on

gestures.

 

This year, the contest was on October 2nd.

The contestants showed us their polished

presentations. They were amazing!

 

For each of the stories, the MCs read the

stories to the audience in Japanese.

Then, two or three contestants

presented each story.

 

The Grade 5 contestants went first. They

did a fantastic job! Please take a look at

their presentations!

 

The Monkey Judge

(The sound level is very low until 3:15)

 

The Magic Pot

 

The Ugly Duckling

 

The Grade 6 students presented next.

They also did a great job! Please enjoy

their presentations.

 

The Monkey and the Juggler

 

Little Red Riding Hood

 

Tikki Tikki Tembo

 

As always, I am proud of how well

the students did. Even when there

was a problem, or they forgot a line,

they continued on. Everyone finished,

everyone told their stories well and

everyone should be proud of their

work.

 

I'd like to thank everyone for

their roles. The MCs ensured

the day ran smoothly. The judges

gave meaningful and direct feedback

to the presenters. All of the

of the contestants did their best.

Thank you, everyone, for the parts 

you played on that morning and all 

the work that led up to it!

更新日:2018.10.25 Thursday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Singapore Polytechnic

Students from Singapore Polytechnic

are visiting Japan, and more specifically,

Hiroshima Institute of Technology.

HIT is connected to Nagisa Koen
School, and so we were privileged
to have the Singaporeans visit us
at the elementary school again this
year. They came on Monday, October 1st.
During the opening ceremony, 
we exchanged greetings and speeches.
Then, the Singaporeans danced for us.
The polytechnic students soon
joined Grade 6 student groups
in the classroom. Here, the Grade 
6 students introduced themselves 
and taught the Singaporeans how 
to make some origami crafts.
When we broke for lunch, 
everyone could continue
with their conversations and 
building the bonds between 
the countries.
Even when there isn't much free
time to play, there were a lot of smiles.
In such a short time, people of
different ages and different countries
soon became friends.
 
When it was time to go, the Singaporeans
stopped for one last photo to remember 
their time at the school.

更新日:2018.10.06 Saturday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Summer Adventure (Grade 4)

It's not quite true that this was a

summer adventure. Originally scheduled

for July, the camping event was cancelled

several times due to rain. 

 

Our last chance was to go in early

September. Even though

it was forecast to rain again, we

went.

 

All the Grade 4 students

gathered at the school on 

Friday, September 7th.

 

Soon after we arrived, the

students set off to the 

adventure playground.

 

Once there, the students worked 

together to complete the 

designated teamwork challenges.

 

Back at the park's center, we knew the

rain wasn't going to stop. We put up our

tents in the gymnasium.

 

Once the tents were set up, 

it was time for dinner.

The students cooked their own

rice on camp stoves.

 

It was curry for dinner!

 

Then, everyone helped in the cleanup.

 

Can you guess what this is?

 

It was our campfire.

The students sang songs, 

performed skits and told jokes

in the gym. They had a lot of

fun, just like they would have

outside.

 

Because of the previous 

day's rain, we couldn't

go in the river as planned.

Instead, the students went to

a series of lessons.

 

There was a PE class in the gym.

 

In their math class, the students

had a competition to see which

group could get closest to 100g

of things picked up in the forest.

The students tried a second round

to collect 200g.

 

In Japanese class, the students wrote poetry.

 

In science class, the students

learned how to light matches.

Then they experimented with

how to safely and effectively burn

paper.

 

By the time we got back on Saturday,

everyone was tired but happy.

Although our plans changed a lot, all 

of the students enjoyed their time

camping out in the park.

 

 

 

更新日:2018.09.29 Saturday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Summer Camps

Summer break is coming to a 

close. The Grade 5 and 6 students

are hard a work; classes started on 

Monday for them.

 

The Grade 3 students stayed over

night at the school Tuesday. Let's take 

a look at some of the things they did.

 

One of the first things the Grade 3

students did was set up their tents.

 

Then, the students made a dragon. All

of the students helped make the parts.

 

All of that dragon making was hard

work! The students deserved their

lunch break!

 

With the heat wave, it was 

definitely a good time to 

go swimming!

 

In the evening, everyone went to 

the Home Economics Room to make

strawberry jam.

 

The next morning was early, but

the students were ready to start

their day. 

 

Almost as soon as it had begun,

the day was over and it was

time to finish the camp.

The closing ceremony was in the

gym under the dragon they made.

 

Then it was time to say goodbye 

to the volunteers who helped

make the camp so much fun.

Thank you for sharing your

time with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

更新日:2018.08.22 Wednesday | カテゴリー:Special Events


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


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