2017年04月07日

Welcome To Meishu, Sorry About The Rain

Entrance Ceremony Day in Meishu - Zooming Towards Adulthood.

From one day to the next, the weather can change at this time of year. So, whilst yesterday was bright and sunny, today started out with a distinctly wet outlook. And on this - Entrance Ceremony Day - here in Meishu.

Walking Through The Rain To The Entrance Ceremony Hall.

Being ever prepared, there was no shortage of umbrellas in use.

The weather is no dissuasion to a good ceremony, and so the event proceeded smoothly along scheduled lines to the satisfaction of all involved, with speeches, words of advice, gift giving, along with nervous and laughter.


​Principal Nakahara made a welcome speech to all in attendance.

Current Students made speeches of encouragement to the new students.

The new students made a commitment to honour the school this morning.

The Parental Representative also made a speech espousing her pride in having also been a student of Meishu and wishing the new students equal good fortunes in their times in Meishu.

The Graduates Group also made welcoming speeches.

The PTA chairman spoke briefly about the value of a good Meishu education.



Gifts were given and acepted in traditional fashion.

After all the speeches and commitments to a strong work ethic, it was time to introduce the students' new home room teachers. For some teachers it was their first time being in such positions of responsibility but it must be said that they handled themselves with aplomb and will doubtless prove to be excellent teachers in the coming year.


​First Grade Home Room Teachers.

But of course, no formal event is not without its nervous laughter so it was no surprise that some of the students found the event all rather funny such that they had difficulty in supressing their laughter. No harm there, for the world would be a terrible place without smiles and happiness.

Don't Photo Me!!!



"​Please don't laugh; please don't laugh!"


​Of course, following on from all this, it was off to the new classrooms with the new classmates and the new homeroom teachers.

Mr. Shibata introduced some of his life experiences to the students.

Mr. Izumida spoke about the value of balance in the day - Work AND Rest.

Mr. Fukuchi asked to students to do a great variety of things in their time in Meishu.

For some this was a non-event, but for others it was the most important part of the day. In this period, all the new students learned more about the rules of the school, the values expected to upheld, the reason for doing this, that, and the other thing. They also learned other things such as what their homeroom teachers are like, how to fill in school journals, as well as how to attach the school pin to their blazers.

School Rules


​Meishu Lapel Pins: not as easy to attach as they look!

It was all very educational for a first day and all under the watchful eye of nervous guardians as well.


​Students Pondering Their New Realities.


​Ms. Kobayashi impressing both students and guardians.

But of course, ultimately, today was a day of celebration for lots of the students and their families; one in which memories were made, and dreams were achieved. With a little bit of luck and a little bit of effort there is not doubt that they will achieve all their new dreams in the coming three years here in Meishu.

Good luck To All and Keep on Smiling.


​Happy Days and Celebrations Ahead.

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2017年04月06日

Bring It On - Let's Get This Study Going!

Through the power of positive thinking it's possible to say the following:  

"Finally the days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the future is looking bright."

That kind of positivity was reflected in the faces of the students as they made their way back to school this morning, a little bit older, a little bit wiser (hopefully), and a little bit excited about the years ahead.


​Happy To Smile and Happy To Learn


Thinking about all those positive things then, it is worth looking at the return to school today as a great thing;  after all, it's a chance to meet with old friends, have the experience of moving into a new classroom, getting (perhaps) a new home room teacher, and getting a first glimpse of all the new and - as yet - untested teachers.  

The Students Get To Grips With Their New Classmates and Teachers.


Students and Homeroom Teachers Went Over Their Schedules and Rules For Learning.

In that spirit of positivitity and new beginnings, Meishu celebrated the start of the academic year in good fashion this morning. As per usual, there was an opening ceremony which at turns was both enthralling and exciting, thereafter followed by Home Room periods for all the students to familiarize themselves with their new, older situations.

During the opening ceremony, speeches were given and promises made by teachers both familiar and until now, unknown. The Principal spoke about the need to value youth and the spirit of learning with an adventurous heart whilst also asking the students to never cease showing consideration to their classmates. For all the 2nd and 3rd Grade students in attendance this morning, it was powerful stuff.


Speech and New Staff Presentations were made by Principal Nakahara.

Speeches calling for good standards of discipline, education, and awareness of the responsibilities of students during their time in Meishu were also made this morning by Mr. Tsukuba and Mr. Kurihara, respectively. Both speeches had a serious message but were delivered in a friendly manner much appreciated by the students.


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Mr. K speaks about educational awareness and responsibility.

Mr. T speaks about consideration towards others and self-advancement.


Of course, no gathering is not without the need for a little bit of encouragement to listen.


​Mr. S walks the line, thus ensuring the audience remains alert.

And of course, in the end, there was the thrill of getting to meet the new teachers. For the new teachers of course, it was a thrill of a different nature - maybe less a thrill than a "baptism of fire". Baptism of Fire means going through a new and very challenging experience, but ultimately coming out of it in good shape. That's pretty much what they experienced this morning as they were all brought onto stage and individually introduced to the student body before making their greetings and moving to their new work environs.


Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce.....

Just for the record, the new teachers and the subjects they will be teaching are as follows:

Mr. Sugita - Japanese
Mr. Masaki - Japanese
Mr. Morita - Math
Mr. Takahashi - Math
Mr. Aruga - English
Ms. Arai - Science


And with that, this is the end of a rather long post.

Let's all work hard to have a wonderful year, but let's not work so hard that we neglect to rest enough.

GOOD LUCK FOR 2017-2018!!  











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2017年03月22日

A Time To Say Goodbye; A Time To Think of The Future

All good things come to an end, or so the saying goes. Another is that absence makes the heart grow fonder. With these two phrases in mind, it's worth wondering how the students feel about today, and how they might feel in a few weeks time when they return to school.

As it was the end of the academic year, there's no doubt many were thinking of holidays and a break from the books. Here's hoping that they all have a good holiday but that they come back to school a with a greater desire to study, learn, and behave a little more adult-like than in the past. After all, technically, they will all be one more year closer to being adults once the new year starts.

NEvertheless, today was a day to mark the end of the year for the students and as such, the end of year school-closing ceremoney was held. After the speeches, awards, and advice from teachers, it was time to say another set of goodbyes - this time not to friends but to staff who are moving on to different pastures having given their time and lives to Meishu for the past number of years. They got flowers, applause, and well-deserved respect for all their efforts to help the students become future members of Japanese and global society. Below are some photos of the day which provide a small insight into the ceremony and the emotions that ran through the event. There are no titles as the photos all speak for themselves this time around.

Goodbye for now and good luck for the future.


















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