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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2017年03月16日

Lesson in Decision Making

Lesson in Decision Making & Fun at the Ballot Box.



​The Privilege of The Vote.


It's been quite a week so far for the second year students here in Meishu. As they move closer to becoming the third grade students, and elder statesmen and women of the student population, they were given lessons in civic duties that will be expected of them in years to come as well as the opportunity to learn about all of the options that will be available to them once the graduate from secondary education here.

Yes, that was a long sentence. In simple terms, the students learned about a) Voting and b) Third-Level education options.

On Tuesday, the students gathered for the third and fourth periods to learn about their citizens right to vote in elections once they are 18. First, a number of the younger teachers gave mini-lectures on the value of the vote before civil servants from the local government gave a detailed seminar on voting values, patterns, and purposes.

Mr. Takei in an inspirational "Ibaraki Rocks" Speech.

Mr. Chiraarashi gave an impressive and fun-filled presentation.
It is to be hoped that the students grasped the importance and privilege which there is in having a vote.

In the second major event of the week, the students all took a trip this morning to the local civic centre where there were free to attend mini seminars about what different universities, specialist schools and companies have to offer them if they choose to attend those institutions after finishing school.

Crossing The Bridge To a More Informed Future.



​Crossing The Road To Enlightenment.


For many, it was a chance to enjoy a stroll with friends in the bright spring sun but for all it was a chance to think seriously about what role they want to play in Japanese society in the future; and all under the roof of the ever impressive Hitachi Civic Centre.


​Second Grade Students Prepare to Be Inspired in The Civic Centre.
 

A second hope is that the students learned something at this event about themselves, and that it helps them to focus their attentions in the coming academic year so that they can achieve their dreams. The micro-seminars were designed to give students maximum opportunity to learn more about things they may want to do in the future.

In our university, you can learn about.....

If this interests you....

A popular course is.....
Up until now, most students have held - at least partially - the view that the only work to be done in school is by teachers. Maybe after today, they will all appreciate that school is a place of work and achievement for all the people in it - both teachers and students.


Learning About The Work Environment.





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2017年03月01日

The 327 : A Day of Celebration - Graduation 2017

The 327 : A Day of Celebration

Miss Tozawa and Mr. Kusano, "formerly" of class 3-7, celebrate their recent graduation from Meishu High School.

On this March, 1st, of the year 2017, 327 "students" of Meishu Gakuen High School joined over 22,000 others in becoming graduates of this school. For their three years of effort in all aspects of school life, congratulations are deserved.

The graduation itself started with a lot of empty chairs being ceremoniously filled one class at a time by the students.

Filling the blanks - students make their easiest contribution of the day.

Class after class arrived until eventually all the seats were taken.


​A near full house such that the ceremony could begin in earnest.

Once all the students were in place and each name had been called by the homeroom teachers, it was time to receive awards.


​An example of the awards presented at this morning's ceremony.


All awards were presented by the Principal, Mr. Nakahara and received on behalf of cohorts of students by selected representatives.

Pro-leaguer Mr. Hosokawa receives rewards for his cohort of rewardees.

Awards were made by the Principal and Vice-Principal with all suitable earnestness.

After the awards came the speeches which were restricted not only to teaching staff and guests, but also included those made by members of the class of 2017.

Ladies and Gentlemen.......

.....it is an honour to stand here before you today.....


And once all the ceremony was complete, it was time for the new graduates to make one final return to their home rooms, have one last home room with their teachers before joining their friends for future celebrations in restaurants and karaoke clubs in the area.


3-8 I'm a Graduate!!

3-6 - We're Graduates!

3-6 My bag's almost packed and I'm ready to go!!

3-10 Congralutions Sir!

3-5 Ooooooh Shigamura, ever the entertainer!


Congratulations Class of 2017 on your Graduation.

Do Meishu, yourselves, and your families proud.



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