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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


Catching up...

There may be readers out there

who only look at this English

blog, but do not read Nagisa's Japanese 

blog.

 

I'd invite readers to take a look 

at that blog too, as it is updated

a lot more frequently than I can 

write here. Looking at that blog 

will give readers a more in-depth 

view of the school and the events 

that happen.

 

For example, recently we had an 

event where students, their families, 

and members of the local community 

flew paper airplanes on the field.

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1669

 

The Grade 5 students went out to the 

Numata Campus for "Boken Asobi" or 

"Adventure Play".

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1670

 

The Grade 2 students shared their 

knowledge of the school with the new 

Grade 1 students by taking them for a 

school tour. This is covered in two blog

posts:

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1671

and:

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1673

 

And finally, I'd like to share a post

about the natural aspects of the 

school. It often feels like we are 

in the middle of a park, as is reflected

by the "Koen" in the school's name.

http://nagisa-ele.jugem.jp/?eid=1672

 

I would encourage readers to look at these

recent posts to enjoy the photographs and 

to learn more about the school.

Google Translate will help with getting the

idea of the topics.

 

Thank you for reading about Nagisa!

 

 

 

更新日:2018.05.18 Friday | カテゴリー:Around the School


Field Trip

Today was field trip day. I was with

the Grade 4 students.

 

Everyone took time to smell the flowers! Can

you guess where we went?

 

That's right, we went to the Hiroshima

Botanical Garden. There were a lot of

beautiful flowers to observe.

 

The students could learn a lot

about different plants, even insectivore

plants!

 

Everyone moved around the park in

their groups, taking notes on what they saw.

 

Even the teachers were busy learning.

 

This is the view from the observation tower.

 

Several of the students made it up to

the tower before lunchtime.

 

After the walk and plant study, it was 

time for a well-deserved lunch!

 

After lunch, it was time for the walk home.

 

We stopped at the park to take a 

break in the shade. We also used the time

to pick up litter in the park.

 

A short while later and we were on

the home stretch. This is 

Sakura Namiki, the street between the

station and the school.  Everyone was

pretty tired by this point, but they kept

going until they reached the school!

 

The Grade 4 students did a great job today,

it was a long walk in the sun. They had a lot of

fun and kept a positive spirit the whole way!

更新日:2018.05.01 Tuesday | カテゴリー:Special Events


Welcome Assembly for the Grade 1 Students 2018

17 days of school, and the Grade 1 

students are already comfortable

and happy in their new environment.

 

Now that they've settled 

in, the rest of the school was ready

to welcome them with a bit of fun!

 

The Grade 1 students paired up

with their Grade 6 partners before 

going to the gym.

 

When they were ready, they made a 

big entrance!

 

Settled on stage, the new students 

got a short welcome speech.

 

The Grade 2 students opened the 

entertainment with some skits about 

school life.

 

These students look like they are having

fun, even while being scolded!

 

The Grade 2 students also demonstrated 

the sports day dance and Nagisa Festival

English songs!

 

The audience definitely had a great time!

 

The Grade 3 students took the stage next

and demonstrated proper school etiquette.

 

Again, the youngest students were enthralled!

 

Dressed as Carp players, the Grade 4 

students demonstrated even more

things to come!

 

Here we can see jump rope and

kendama competitions:

 

The Grade 5 students gave a quiz about

the school.

Do you know what grows in the 

school garden?

 

In which month do we start using

nuno-zori, our cloth slippers?

 

All of the students participated

enthusiastically!

 

The new Grade 1 students were ecstatic

when they got the answers correct!

 

The Grade 6 students ended the show

with quizzes and interviews.

 

To wrap up, two pupils led the 

student body in song.

 

Look at that relief at a job well done!

Thank you for conducting!

 

The principal encouraged the students

to do their best. She also praised

them for how much they've already

grown into Nagisa students!

 

The final word of welcome was from

the student council.

 

Today's assembly was a great show.

The new Grade 1 students had

a great time and the whole school

had a good laugh!

 

My last thoughts of the day go to

the MCs. They led the whole show well.

Thank you for the fantastic

job of managing everything!

更新日:2018.04.27 Friday | カテゴリー:Assemblies


Superheroes!

The Grade 4 students have been

learning to express things that people

can and cannot do. 

 

As a wrap up to the unit, I used

some of the great resources and 

ideas from mes-english.com to

have the students make their own 

superheroes.

 

We came up with a lot of different

superpower ideas.

 

We also discussed how to make a paragraph

in English. 

 

Over two lessons, the students made their characters.

 

First, they discussed their ideas with their partners.

 

Then they started putting their ideas

on paper. With a little help, their

paragraphs started to take shape.

 

The fast finishers could either become

mini teachers or work on chapter review.

Here are some mini teachers sharing ideas.

 

To finish off the project, the students

drew pictures of their superheroes.

 

Here are a couple of examples of their 

work:

 

I think the Grade 4 students did a great 

job of creating their characters, writing 

their ideas and showing the confidence to 

expand their writing with originality!

更新日:2018.04.24 Tuesday | カテゴリー:Lessons


Sandbox

At first glance, it looks like these 

Grade 2 students are simply playing.

 

However, when we take a closer look,

we can see that there is more going on 

in this lesson.

This is an art lesson. The students

built 21st Century skills by working in 

groups. 21 Century skills are: communication,

collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

 

Within their groups, the students planned

what to create.

 

Then they worked hard to build their 

creations.

 

There was some heavy lifting!

 

Students learned how to work

with their new classmates, built 

friendships, and got very muddy!

更新日:2018.04.13 Friday | カテゴリー:Around the School


Entrance Ceremony Rehearsal

While tomorrow is the official first

day of school for our newest students,

they all came to practice for the

big ceremony.

 

After arriving at the school, the new

Grade 1 students went to their classrooms.

They met their Grade 6 partners who helped

guide and reassure them.

 

When it was time to go, the Grade 1 and 6 pairs

prepared for their big entrance.

 

The older students lead the new students

into the gym. Having an older student by 

their sides gave them confidence. 

 

Each new student was led up

onto the stage where they could

answer the roll call.

 

After each new student was introduced,

the Grade 6 partner lead them to their seat.

I was impressed with how well the Grade 6 

students looked after their new charges.

 

Still waiting to become official Nagisa students,

the new Grade 1 students listened with great 

concentration.

 

Grade 6 students practiced their

welcome speeches, hoping to be perfect

tomorrow.

 

When the speeches were finished,

the students walked out with their new

classmates.

更新日:2018.04.06 Friday | カテゴリー:Assemblies


Closing Ceremony

Today, the school is quiet. 

The classrooms are being tidied,

but there are very few students around.

There are some students in for the chorus

club and others staying with AST while

their parents work. 

 

Two days ago on Tuesday, the

students met for the last time 

in those classes, with those teachers.

 

Gathered in the gym, the principal

spoke to the students about moving

forward and times changing like the

seasons.

She also talked about new beginnings

and what it will be like for the youngest 

students who will be joining us soon.

 

Representatives from Grade 5 spoke

about their year. They also pledged

to become good leaders of the school

as they become Grade 6.

 

Then students were recognized for their 

achievements since the winter break.

Some were for amazing jump rope records, 

and others for amazingly fast times at the 

school's running competition.

 

The volunteer committee was recognized by

the city of Kumamoto for raising money

to help restore it after suffered damage in 2016

earthquakes.

 

The students were pleased to recognized!

 

The students were reminded of safety 

and manners before heading out for spring

break.

 

Here a Grade 1 student shares her ideas

on staying injury free while walking.

 

Finally, we heard from the staff 

who are taking their next steps 

into the future.

 

Student representatives presented 

bouquets to the staff in order to express

their gratitude for all of their work.

 

The students stand and sang to 

thank the staff for everything that

they've done for the school and

student body.

 

While the students sang, the staff 

walked out of the gym for the 

last time to the applause of the student

body and the staff.

 

To wrap up, I'd also like to 

express my appreciation for the 

work that these staff members 

have contributed to the school.

Whether it was through math lessons,

being a homeroom teacher, looking 

after injuries and illness or attending

to the administrative needs of the staff 

and students, your contributions have

made Nagisa the school it is.

You will be missed! We wish you the

best of luck with your next adventures!

更新日:2018.03.22 Thursday | カテゴリー:Assemblies


Graduation Ceremony

Yesterday marked the last day of

school for the Grade 6 students.

 

The graduates lined up outside,

both nervous and excited.

 

Then they walked into the gym one

by one. They were tall, proud and confident.

I think they deserved to proud; 

they studied hard, played and

worked well together.

 

The graduates walked onto the stage,

ready to be individually recognized

for completing their years at Nagisa

successfully.

 

After the students had been recognized, 

the principal talked about students

following their hearts.

She used Walt Disney as an example. He 

loved drawing, and developed his love

of art and skills all through his schooling.

Like him, she encouraged our students

to chase their dreams.

 

 

Mamoru Tsuru, the chairman of

Tsuru Gakuen (our educational

organization), spoke to the students

about being global citizens. He talked

about Japan's past development, and 

the need to continue developing into

the future.

 

The graduating students then recounted 

the big events that happened over the 

six years they were here at Nagisa. Their 

choral recitation stirred the listeners, both 

guardians and teachers.

 

The graduating students sang a final

farewell, accompanied by the teachers

and Grade 5 students.

 

The Grade 5 students then played

"My Way" while the graduates left

the gym.

 

The students gathered in the

classrooms on last time. It was 

a chance for goodbyes as the 

students leave the elementary

school.

 

The last official event of the day

was the walk out of the school.

The path was lined with blossoming

flowers.

 

They lined up for the final time 

with their classmates, getting ready

to depart from one of the centers 

of their young lives.

 

Once organized, they officially

left the school.

 

I wish all of the graduates the best in 

their future paths. The students are all

bright, compassionate and motivated.

While I will miss teaching them, I am 

confident that they will all make their 

way in the world with grace, honor, and 

enthusiasm.

Bon Voyage!

更新日:2018.03.15 Thursday | カテゴリー:Special Events


JICA

Yesterday, two volunteers from JICA 

came to the school to talk with 

the Grade 6 students about their

experiences.

 

The Japan International Cooperation

Agency sends Japanese volunteers 

around the world to help people

in developing countries. They aim to

work with local communities to build

skills and knowledge in both the volunteers

and the communities.

 

Yesterday's volunteers both spent two 

years abroad.

 

The first speaker went to Morocco.

She is a nurse in Japan. She used her skills

in a hospital to help deliver babies and 

teach mothers about health.

 

The second speaker went to East Timor to build

infrastructure with the local community. For example,

one project was to dig a well for a clean supply of fresh 

water.

 

Both speakers gave the students a good

idea about what it was like to live and work

in other countries.

 

Look at the students. You can see their

keen interest in learning about other 

places and ways of living. 

 

When the presentations were done, 

the students were eager to ask questions

about the work, living conditions, and 

cultures of the host countries.

 

Finally, our students expressed their

gratitude to the speakers. 

 

I'd also like to add my thanks and 

appreciation to the speakers for coming

to speak with us. They helped open our 

eyes to the bigger world, what it's like,

some of the problems, some ways of helping,

and a motivation for us to help too.

Thank you for your time, and for sharing

your hope and vision for improving the 

future!

更新日:2018.02.28 Wednesday | カテゴリー:Special Events


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