February 15, 2018

JET teacher Teresa's 2018 Monthly Blog Post!

Hi, everyone. I’m greeting you right now as one of the new Private JETs Prefectural Advisor in Tokyo!

It’s an exciting new chapter for me as I’ve actually wanted to become a Prefectural Advisor for a while. Since I came to Japan, I have been very active in trying to find ways to help other JETs, for example with cheaper phone contracts. Helping make even this one aspect better allows JETs to save a little more for paying back university loans or other utilities. Additionally, I advise new and current JETs who find that they are unhappy with their current homes and use my experience to help them move to better places.

Now that I have been officially named the PA, I have more responsibilities. Besides helping JETs one-on-one with their relocation needs, I am also in charge of organizing JET conferences, workshops, and other such things. According to the previous PA, the arrival of new JETS will be the busiest times, but I expect this because I have volunteered to help in each orientation since I arrived. I hope to use my knowledge from my previous work to the coming one.

It has only been two months since I stepped into this position, but I will try to make as big of a difference as possible.
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P.S. Here’s a picture of me in Hokkaido last week. I’m signing how big of a difference I want!

February 15, 2018

JET Teacher Laurence's monthly Post!

Hello everyone,


JET Teacher Laurence here.


It is no secret that speaking is becoming a bigger part of English education in Japan. Here at Seiritsu Gakuen, we think it is important for students to learn how to speak in front of a group. As such, we have speech presentations classes often.


For Japanese students, it can be very scary to give a speech in front of the class, especially in English.


Today I want to write about the tips we give students to make things easier. Please feel free to use them!



Learning the speech


1. After you finish writing your speech…write it again! Copying your speech several times will help you remember it.

2. Record your speech using a mobile device. Then, listen to your voice. You can use this method to practice saying difficult words and memorize your speech.

3. Practice with a friend or a family member. With them, you can get used to speaking in front of someone . They can also give you hints if you forget some words.

4. Practice often. Trying to learn your speech the day before the class can be very difficult. If you practice for a few minutes every day, it becomes much easier!



Presenting the speech


1. Don’t touch your clothes or your hair. You look great!

2. Don’t 'dance' (moving often from left to right)

3. Try to look at one point at the back of the room (like the air con or lockers) or move your eyes around the class.

4. Make sure you don’t speak too quietly. People sitting at the back need to hear you too!

5. Breathe. Breathe well before your speech and use the punctuation marks (periods, commas) to take a breath during your speech.

6. No “むり”, no “できない”. Give it your best shot! You can do it!


When it comes to making a speech, practice is the most important! The more you practice, the better you will be!


ファイト!

February 1, 2018

Good luck today!

Well, it is a beautiful day today! The sun is shining and the air is fresh.

Our junior high students made a message board for the test takers.

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They have other signs in other areas, too. They are also helping out today in a number of ways. We all want the candidates to feel welcome. We want them to become part of the Seiritsu family.

If you have kids who are getting close to that age, please come on out later this year to our open houses. Come check out Seiritsu. We would love to see you!

Good luck to all the kids taking tests! We can't wait for you to join us!


January 31, 2018

Junior high entrance exams

Hello everyone!

Tomorrow is the day for the junior high entrance exams. We hope everyone is ready and we wish you all the best of luck!

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In particular, we hope that the snow is able to hold off until later in the day. They are calling for snow again tomorrow and, if it comes early, it means we could have problems with students getting to school.

If it does snow, please make sure you leave early so that you can get here on time. And please travel carefully.

See you tomorrow!


January 29, 2018

Korean student visit

We had a wonderful visit with some students from Korea on Friday. The students were here in Japan on a short homestay experience made possible by the Korean Japanese Association (KOJA) and their educational branch, Haewei Education Development (HED).

They only had the morning available as it was the last day of their stay in Japan. So we tried to pack in as much fun as we could in the short time we had available.

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After greetings and a tour of the school we had them spend an hour with our junior high school third-year students. In this class we played with a bunch of different traditional Japanese activities, such as: kendama, ayatori, karuta, koma, and den-den daiko.

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And then in the next one hour session we had them with our first year high school students who will be going on the Homestay trip in March. In this session, we played more physical activities including a gesture game.

At the end of the morning, students spent a lot of time exchanging contact details and taking pictures together. They really enjoyed themselves.

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It was really good to see the students connecting despite language and cultural barriers. In fact, despite all of the challenges that occur at the government level, many times on a personal level we can overcome most of these challenges and make wonderful friendships. That is a big part of our mission here at the international department. We want to foster those friendships and those wonderful experiences to help promote international communication and cooperation.

We would like to thank the people at KOJA and HED for contacting us and enquiring about a visit. We hope to see you again!


January 25, 2018

It’s been 4 years...

Tokyo had a lot of snow come down Monday and Tuesday. We had about 23cm of snow. It was a record amount. We have not had so much snow since 2014. And the metropolis is not so good at handling such heavy amounts of snow.

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This means we had a day off from school. For most teachers, this means our families were at home too. So it was a nice day off with our families.

However... Not everyone was off. Some people had to come in for the entrance exams. And they had to shovel the sidewalks and the other areas to make sure that students could arrive on the next day.

Students don’t often see what happens behind the scenes. It’s very important to make sure that everything runs smoothly and this means making sure that they don’t see anything happening behind the scenes. But then again we also make them help us clean the field when they do come to school. This is for them for their clubs. This helps them feel appreciation for just how smoothly things run in the regular times.

It’s a nice balance.

January 19, 2018

A Winter Holiday Blog from Rebecca!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Winter holiday is coming and I am going back to Shanghai!
Many of my friends studied abroad came back to shanghai during the new year. I was happy to met them and sent them Nengajio. My friend and I went to a department store at Cristmas Eve. We had a delicious mocha cake and took pictures under the shining Christmas tree. I also met my family, we had a wonderful meal together.

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The most meaningful thing I did during my stay was i went to the airport, where my mom works. I helped as a one-day intern about their Christmas event. We gave costumers little gifts, like Christmas candies ,candles and cards. They were all made by ourselves! We also have a ‘Santa Claus’. He helped taking pictures with the costumers. When we see the smile on their face, we felt joy and blessed them having a great Christmas.

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I went to the biggest Starbucks in the whole Asia during my stay. It had opened only for a month in Shanghai. There were not only coffee,but also many Starbucks goods,bread and tea. You can also see many many huge machines that keep the coffee beans. They showed you how they were made into delicious coffee. Many people sat down and at the bar desk enjoyed drinking Starbucks drinks and cakes. We were amazed at huge structures and the atmosphere. We loved this place so much!

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At last my friends came to my home in the evening before new year. We ate hotpot! We took raw food into the pot, add some seasoner. That was perfect! We watched Kohaku Uttagasen and enjoyed the food. We really had a great time! At last,we counted down together and gave each other a big hug. Hello, 2018!

The next day, all of the Alice members went to the Senior’s Home. We held a New Year Concert for them,we sang songs and danced. I hoped we can helped their children to visit them instead. I hoped through our performance, they can feel happy and not being alone anymore.

2017 has past. I looked back and realized I had a wonderful 2017. I have done everything and approaching to my dream step by step. Many things had happened to me and I expected to the new year. So wish you all have a wonderful year!!! Happy New Year 2018!


Rebecca

January 15, 2018

JET teacher Teresa's 2017-18 New Year's Blog Post!

Happy New Year! Fifteen days have already passed since the ball has dropped in New York, signaling that 2018 has started.


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Have you done anything different since the new year has begun? Personally, I have been attached to my Harry Potter audiobooks, so you won’t see me without my earphones! I’m not sure if I want to set a reading goal, but I definitely want to re-listen to the Potter books once I have finished listening it for the first time. There are always details you miss that could open your eyes.


As it’s nearing late January, we are approaching something called “daikan” (大寒), which essentially means really cold weather. This year, “daikan” starts January 20th and ends on February 3rd. As it’s said to be very cold during this time, be sure to dress properly!


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Here is a fun, random fact about “daikan” weather: eggs hatched during the early “daikan” weather are called “daikan eggs!” Apparently, they are extremely nutritious and delicious. According to Feng Shui, these eggs also bring luck, health, and fortune! Since it brings such prosperity, I think I’m going to grab a couple of these eggs myself! Why don’t you try some these coming weeks?


See you!

Teresa

January 15, 2018

JET Teacher Laurence's 2017-18 New Year's Post!

JET Teacher Laurence here.


Happy New Year to all of our readers!


This past December, I decided I would spend Christmas and New Year in Japan in order to travel and save money. Plane tickets back to Canada usually cost me around $1500! That is over 133,000 Yen!


Instead, I had a video call with my family on Christmas. Then, I went to Numazu, in Shizuoka. The sea was so beautiful. The weather was great too.


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I went to Izu-Mito Sea Paradise there. It’s a famous aquarium. My favorite part was the jellyfish tank. You can see Mt. Fuji from the Aquarium. It was very very windy.


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I also went to the Numazu Fish market. I had Kaisendon, pickled squid and fish Miso Soup there. Everything was delicious.


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A friend from America came to Japan for New Years! I guided her around Tokyo and on the 30th we went to the Winter Comiket. It was at Tokyo Big Sight. I had never been to the Comiket before. It was a very impressive event. There were so many people! It was hard to move around but I am glad I went.


I spent New Years at home. I had a lot of things to do. There are so many things I want to do this year. What are your goals for 2018?


Cheers,

Laurence

January 12, 2018

An Excursion Blog from William!!

In term four, we had a international school trip to Yokohama, mainly in helping the Japanese students who would go study abroad with their English stuff.

For me it’s just a trip to relax during the schooldays LOL. First we went to a fantastic place called Harbor view park. It has beautiful gardens, gorgeous museum and perfect view of the harbor between Tokyo and Yokohama. When I stood on the corner of the mountain in the park, I could clearly see the whole harbor and the Rainbow Bridge, that made me feel great.

That day was really cold with big wind. Although I wore a large coat, it didn’t work very well to protect the wind. Although I think I should wore more clothes, it’s much better than the Japanese students who wore the uniforms, that seems freeze.

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Seiritsu Gakuen is a private co-educational high school created in 1925 and it is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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