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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


Museum Study Tour 2019 - Day 1

The Grade 5 students started their 

four day trip today. I am glad that

I've got the chance to travel with

this great group of students.

 

After a long bus ride up to Shimane

prefecture, our first stop was the

Sanbe-Azukihara Buried Forest Museum.

In this museum, the students could see

trees from a forest that was buried

4000 years ago when Mt. Sanbe erupted.

You can see from these photos how

deeply the trees were buried.

 

After seeing the museum, most

of the students ate their lunches on

the bus.

 

However, this group of students was

the first to brave the cold to eat outside

on the museum grounds.

 

Soon after that, we took the busses

to the "National Sanbe Youth Friendship

Center" where we will be staying for 

the next couple of days.

The students soon started setting up 

their rooms.

 

The afternoon was spent learning 

how to put on snowshoes and 

a new style of "rock, scissors, 

paper".

 

Then everyone enjoyed dinner. 

The students cleaned up and got ready

their bath time.

 

The last set of activities for the 

evening was a series of meetings.

The students reflected on the day and 

planned out how to make tomorrow run smoothly.

 

We're all looking forward to seeing more

nature like this on Day 2!

更新日:2019.01.22 Tuesday | カテゴリー:Field Trip


Museum Study Tour 2019 - Day 1

The Grade 5 students started their 

four day trip today. I am glad that

I've got the chance to travel with

this great group of students.

 

After a long bus ride up to Shimane

Prefecture, our first stop was the

Sanbe-Azukihara Buried Forest Museum.

In this museum, the students could see

trees from a forest that was buried

4000 years ago when Mt. Sanbe erupted.

You can see from these photos how

deeply the trees were buried.

 

After seeing the museum, most

of the students ate their lunches on

the bus.

 

However, this group of students was

the first to brave the cold to eat outside

on the museum grounds.

 

Soon after that, we took the busses

to the "National Sanbe Youth Friendship

Center" where we will be staying for 

the next couple of days.

The students soon started setting up 

their rooms.

 

The afternoon was spent learning 

how to put on snowshoes and 

a new style of "rock, scissors, 

paper".

 

Then everyone enjoyed dinner. 

The students cleaned up and got ready

their bath time.

 

The last set of activities for the 

evening was a series of meetings.

The students reflected on the day and 

planned out how to make tomorrow run smoothly.

 

We're all looking forward to seeing more

nature like this on Day 2!

更新日:2019.01.22 Tuesday | カテゴリー:Field Trip


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


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