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Rainy Day Activites

DATE:2017.11.14 Tuesday  Category:Around the School

 

As I was walking down the hallway

today, I noticed a class outside.

Everyone was in their gym strip

but they weren't having a PE class.

 

Because of the rain, it was

the perfect time for a  michi kusa

lesson. In these lessons, the students

learn a variety of traditional games

and ways of playing.

So what are the students working on?

 

Here's a bucket of acorns...

 

The students are hollowing out

their acorns, but why?

 

This one has just been started.

 

They are making  donguri bue .

Acorn whistles!

 

The acorns shown here still have some

left to be done on them. They'll be good

whistles soon! 

 

What a great way to use

natural materials and enjoy a

rainy day!

 

 


Hiroshima City Harmony Orchestra

DATE:2017.11.07 Tuesday  Category:Special Events

On Saturday, November 4th, the

Hiroshima City Harmony Orchestra

came to Nagsia.

They not only played fantastic music,

but also introduced many of the 

instruments.

In between songs, the students were

quizzed on some of the instruments.

 

Special guests played with the 

orchestra as well.

Here's Ms. Nakatani playing the

bassoon. It was a surprise to

many people that she is a musician!

 

Ms. Oshita accompanied the

orchestra with her amazing

piano skills.

 

Near the end of the performance,

some of the students lead the 

student body in clapping, stomping

and slapping out rhythms.

 

The rhythms were then played

to accompany the orchestra.

 

Finally, it was time for the encore.

A guest conductor helped lead

the Carp theme song.

However, the guest conductor

needed a little help from

the professional...

 

With experts on the drums,

the performance was perfect!

 

It was a wonderful experience

to hear the professional

musicians play.

I also appreciated learning 

about the instruments and 

how music is put together!

 

Thank you, Hiroshima City

Harmony Orchestra!


Sports Day - continued

DATE:2017.11.01 Wednesday  Category:Special Events

The last time I wrote on this blog, it

was about the first events in the 

sports day. Even though the sports

day itself was postponed until October 25,

many guardians and family members

came to support the students.

 

Continuing on from where I left off

last week, the next event was the 

big ball race. The Grade 1 students

rolled, pushed and lifted giant balls

around teachers and over hoops 

to compete in this event.

 

In the next event, the Grade 2 students

chased their tales. The two sides split

into three student dragons and took

the tails from the other dragons.

 

Following the Dragon's Tail, the

Grade 4 students had a tug-o-war.

However, there were many ropes to pull.

The students needed speed to get to 

ropes first, and the strength to pull 

the ropes to their team's side!

 

Then the field broke into smaller

competitions as each group pulled

their hardest.

 

After the tug-o-war, all of the Grade 5

students participated in a relay race. Practice

and teamwork made this race fast and smooth.

 

Next came individual dashes by the

Grade 6 students. Without teammates

to rely on, every runner was on their own!

 

Nagisa Flag is a dance presented by 

Grades 1, 2 and 3. The students 

put on a great show, with exact timing

and graceful moves showing off their

colorful flags.

 

The students then went back to their

classrooms to have lunch with 

their friends.

 

After the lunch break, the cheer

squad lead the school in a cheer

battle between the red and white

teams.

 

The Eye of the Typhoon was next, 

with the Grade 3 students running in 

circles around the field.

It was dizzying just to watch!

 

The next event was kibasen.

Three students make a "horse"

and the rider on top is a "knight".

When the knights face each other,

they try to steal each other's hats.

 

 

The Grade 4 students followed up

with individual dashes. 

 

The Grade 2 students then competed

in the event called "Over the 

Mountain and Through the Valley".

 

The students started this obstacle 

course by crawling under a net and

grabbing a tire.

 

They then took that tire up over the mountain.

 

Then their balance was put to

the test as they crossed the balance

beams.

 

More obstacles awaited. The students

jumped over the vaulting horses.

 

The final challenge was to walk

on stilts to the finish line!

 

The Grade 1 students were up again. They ran

individual dashes. Fast and cute, they were all

winners!

 

The Grade 3 and 4 students showed

perseverance and teamwork in the 

"One Heart" event. Here the students

huddle and prepare.

 

The race was like a three-legged

race, except that there was

half a class on each team.

 

The students charged forward in unison, 

being careful to stay in step. Then they

crashed into the goal at top speed.

 

Kumi Taiso was the next event. This

translates as Group Gymnastics.

The students moved in unison to the

beat of the drum.

 

First, they danced and posed

as individuals.

 

They made groups as the presentation

continued.

 

The groups and the complexity of 

the poses grew.

 

The final athletic event was

relay made up of selected members.

The race started with the Grade 1 students

and the baton was passed up through 

the grades.

 

 

 

The closing ceremony ended the day.

The students first cooled down.

 

In the closing ceremony, one of the

Grade 2 classes was awarded for

energetic marching, while a Grade 6

class was awarded for marching in

step.

 

Then as the results were announced,

the red team cheered and the white

team applauded them.

 

The team leaders came to the front. Red

accepted the winner's flag and white

accepted the second place trophy.

 

Representatives from both teams 

gave a speech expressing their

for the great day.

 

The teams thanked each other for

being good sports and spending the

day in competition.

 

Finally, the flag came down to mark the

end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sports Day

DATE:2017.10.27 Friday  Category:Special Events

After the rain postponed our sports day

until Wednesday, the students were 

ready to give it their best!

 

In Japan, sports days take a lot of

preparation. They are very big

events.

 

In the opening ceremony, student

representatives carried the flag onto the

field.

 

Then, the rest of the school marched on 

in their classes. They split into red and

white teams for the day.

 

Here, the students are split into their teams.

They encourage each other to do their best 

as sing their own team's cheer.

 

The first event was the tama-ire where the

Grade 1 and 2 students throw bean bags

into baskets.

 

The next event was an exciting one. 

One team holds a pole up, while

the other team tries to take the flag from

the top. They can either pull the pole down 

or climb up over the other team.

 

The Grade 3 students then had 

running races.

 

The next event was called "Wanted". 

The Grade 5 students picked random cards

which told them who to look for.

It could have been "Find someone

who was born in the year of the tiger"

or "Find the character called "Hunter".

 

They also looked for Kumamon and Kiki

from Kiki's Delivery Service.

 

The Grade 4 students did a dance 

from Hokkaido called Soran .

 

There are still a lot of events to

write about!

I'll continue blogging when we are back

after the weekend.

 

I hope all of the students get a good

rest this weekend, they deserve it after 

all of their hard work on Wednesday!

 

 

 

 


Tidal Flats

DATE:2017.10.20 Friday  Category:Field Trip

On Monday, the Grade 2 students went

to the nearby tidal flats to search for

the wildlife that lives there. 

 

It was a short walk from the school.

 

Soon they were at the beach, ready 

to get the last minute instructions.

 

The students heard from the teachers

about the animals that live in 

the tidal flatlands.

 

 

Then, the students started searching

for the animals that live in the tidal area.

 

The students found shellfish, hermit crabs

and crabs.

 

Of course, the students loved showing

what they had found. Please take a look!

 

 

 

 

Everyone loved looking for crabs and

were happy to get muddy at the same time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Taiwan Trip

DATE:2017.10.11 Wednesday  Category:Special Events

Nagisa's approach to learning and teaching

is based on several pillars. One of which is

building global citizens.

 

On of the best ways for students to learn

about the world is for them to go out 

and see it.

 

Over the fall break, several of our students

went on a three day trip to Taiwan. On the 

first day the group arrived, settled in,

and students visited

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

 

That evening, they played tourist

at Longshang Temple.


On the second day, they visited Wego 

Elementary School. The Grade 1 and 2 students

welcomed the Nagisa visitors with a lion dance.

Some of the students from Wego school have

visited Nagisa before. Our students always

make the best of these chances to learn

more about the world that surrounds them.

 

At the school, the students joined an 

English class. They had to think about how

to fairly share an irregular amount of cake. 

Problem-solving coupled with communication 

chances make for great education!

 

Later, the students headed to Beitou

Thermal Valley with the GVS  leader.

The smell of sulphur and the power of the 

steam were impressive! GVS (Global

Village for Students) made the program

for the trip.

 

On the third day of the trip, the students 

travelled with GVS to Jiu-fen, an old gold

mining mountain. Here the students are 

getting ready for the tour.

 

They also had time to walk through the town.

 

Children used to promote movies 

while walking through the town like this.

 

During the day, the Nagisa students interviewed

many people. Some were from Taiwan, and

others were visitors like them. This woman in

the theatre is from Taiwan.

This visitor is from France.

Whereas these tourists were from the

Netherlands.

 

The students then went to a coal mining

town that operated under Japanese rule.

Everyone loaded onto the train and

went into the mine. Originally, the 

track was used by hand powered 

rail trucks.

 

The students also learned how to

dig for coal and drive the hand truck.

The students learned that children close to their

own age used to work in the mines. Knowing

that children worked under harsh conditions

gave the students a chance to reflect on their

own situations.

 

On a lighter note, the students stopped

at Hou-tong. Many cats are kept there

and help keep the town clean of mice!

 

Later in the day, in Shi-fen the

students wrote wishes on paper

lanterns. The lanterns took

their wishes up to the heavens.

People choose colors according

to their wishes. For example, 

people use red lanterns when

they wish for health.

The students chose four colors

to carry their various hopes 

to the skies!

 

There was a chance to do another interview!

The lantern staff answered many questions

about the tradition.

 

In the evening, once everyone had returned

to the hotel, Alex started "sharing time" by

talking about the differences between France

and Taiwan.

 

The students then had the chance to share their

own experiences and thoughts of the tour.

They made mind maps to show what they

learned.

 

On the last day, there was another chance to 

go into the city.

The students visited the Palace Museum.

 

Then, they visited Taipei 101. The tower is 

Taipei's first skyscraper! 

This is the view from the top

of the tower!

 

After lunch, the students bid farewell to Alex.

Thank you, Alex, for taking care of and leading

our students!

 

Finally, it was time to head back to the airport, 

where there was one more good-bye.

Yaya, the program's coordinator said 

farewell to the students. The students 

all wrote her a letter of gratitude

for her support and the wonderful 

time they had on the trip.

 

I'm glad everyone had such a great time. 

The trip was busy, but filled with 

learning about other countries, cultures,

and people.

Thank you Alex and Yaya for everything!

 

 

 


Recitation Contest - Videos

DATE:2017.10.10 Tuesday  Category:Special Events

Once again, I'd like to say how

impressed I am with all of the

work and skill our recitation

contest presenters showed this year.

 

You can see some of the contest below. 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the 

Grade 5 and 6 students on stage!


Recitation Contest

DATE:2017.10.05 Thursday  Category:Special Events

There have been so many things

going on this month! I apologize

for not writing about them all.

 

One of the big events for the

English Department was the Recitation

Contest. 

 

Over the summer holidays, all the

Grade 5 and Grade 6 students practiced

reading one of the assigned stories.

Those who wanted to compete memorized

their story.

 

The competitors stayed after school to

work on their pronunciation, expression,

and stagecraft.

 

Finally, the contest was held October 3rd.

 

The MCs introduced the stories and storytellers.

 

Then the storytellers took the stage one at a

time. First, the Grade 5 students took to

the stage.

 

The judges, teachers, and principals

from the elementary and high schools,

took the opportunity to give feedback directly

to the students.

 

New MCs took over for the second half of the

contest. Again, they introduced the stories.

 

Then the Grade 6 students showed their

talent. 

 

The judges tallied their results and the 

students in the audience prepared their 

comments to the presenters.

 

The presenters all gathered on the stage 

to receive their rewards.

For each grade, there was a first place 

prize, three seconds, and awards highlighting

the strong points of the individual presentations.

 

I was impressed after the summer break 

with how well all of the students could read

their stories, not just those who 

wanted to compete. 

Since then, my respect for the competitors 

grew with every practice as their skills

and confidence flourished.

 

Excellent work everyone!


Recitation Contest

DATE:2017.10.03 Tuesday  Category:Special Events

There have been so many things

going on this month! I apologize

for not writing about them all.

 

One of the big events for the

English Department was the Recitation

Contest. 

 

Over the summer holidays, all the

Grade 5 and Grade 6 students practiced

reading one of the assigned stories.

Those who wanted to compete memorized

their story.

 

The competitors stayed after school to

work on their pronunciation, expression,

and stagecraft.

 

Finally, the contest was held October 3rd.

 

The MCs introduced the stories and storytellers.

 

Then the storytellers took the stage one at a time.

First, the Grade 5 students took to the stage.

 

The judges, teachers, and principals

from the elementary and high schools,

took the opportunity to give feedback directly

to the students.

 

New MCs took over for the second half of the

contest. Again, they introduced the stories.

 

Then the Grade 6 students showed their

talent. 

 

The judges tallied their results and the 

students in the audience prepared their 

comments to the presenters.

 

The presenters all gathered on the stage 

to receive their rewards.

For each grade, there was a first place 

prize, three seconds, and awards highlighting

the strong points of the individual presentations.

 

I was impressed after the summer break 

with how well all of the students could read

their stories, not just those who 

wanted to compete. 

Since then, my respect for the competitors 

grew with every practice as their skills

and confidence flourished.

 

Excellent work everyone!


NHK and Mazda

DATE:2017.09.07 Thursday  Category:Field Trip

The Grade 5 students went on their annual

field trip to the city's biggest employer,

Mazda as well as the nation's broadcaster, NHK.

 

At Mazda, the students learned about

Mazda's history, and how it is such

an important part of Hiroshima.

 

They also learned about Mazda's

achievements, which include the 

development of the Wankle  Rotary Engine.

 

The students saw both vehicles developed

by Mazda over the years...

 

...as well as some of their modern lineup.

 

Learning about cars also involves

learning about safety.

Here's a demonstration

of some of the technonogy.

 

Some of Hiroshima's future drivers

started choosing which cars they want.

 

The students also went for a factory

tour, which is very exciting to see!

However, cameras are not allowed

in the factory, so you'll have to

visit and see the factory floor for

yourselves!

 

 

The other destination of the day was

NHK, the national broadcaster.

 

Once inside, the students were soon

impressed with the size of NHK Hall.

 

Then it was time to learn about

broadcasting and how television is made.

 

Finally, was time to make the news.

 

Smile, you're on camera!

 

They also saw how green screens can

be used to create special effects.

 

Talking about special effects, how

about 3D?

 

The day was full of fun and new

experiences. Thank you NHK and

Mazda for hosting our students

and teaching them about your industries.


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