July 20, 2017

Plink's Excursion Blog!

On July 13th, overseas students went to The Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo) together. 皇居 is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo.

It took us a whole morning to visit the Imperial Palace and learn about ancient Japanese history. Brent 先生 recommended a film called "the forty-seven ronin" film to us, which is based on the true story of Japan.

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Then we went to the science and technology museum together and experienced a lot of interesting facilities, I like this hands-on practice very much.

It was a very interesting day, and I hope I can take part in this kind of activities in the future.

Plink is a second-year student from China studying at Seiritsu (cc)

July 18, 2017

Tai's Excursion Blog

Last week we visited the Imperial Palace grounds. It's a very beautiful park. First we can see the walls that used to protect the palace area. Then we went to inside, so it was a park. Mr. Brent and Mr. Coren explained the Imperial Palace’s history and origin of the Imperial Palace.

Then we went to science museum and saw many interesting things. It was so fun. We ate lunch in museum ,but it was not very tasty.

Last, we went to Yasukuni temple, and finished the trip.

I was so happy, but it was very hot and tiring.

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Tai is a third-year student from China studying at Seiritsu (cc)

July 18, 2017

Gaoussou's Excursion Blog

Last Thursday, we went to visit an important area in Tokyo, the main train station, the old palace area and park. We also visited Tokyo Science and Technology Museum. The (original) palace is gone now, but there still is the big gate to protect the palace, and houses for the guards. We took many pictures. It was a hard day because it was hot, but it was fun because we had many things to see. It was my first time to visit the palace area. I want go to again to discover and learn more about this fantastic area! And I want to go with my friends for a good moment.

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Gaoussou is a first-year student from Mali studying at Seiritsu (cc)

July 18, 2017

Rebecca's Excursion Blog

All the international students went on a trip to Imperial Palace last week. We haven't met each other for a long time, so I am so excited about this. We went to the Palace, the Technology Museum, the Budokan and other different spots. We not only enjoyed the great view but also learned the history of it. I was impressed about the long history were happened on the land we were standing on. After lunch, we went to the technology museum. The theories are all performed by the interesting experiments. We had a great fun! Through this excursion, we learned a lot of things, and also get closer to everyone. That was really a good experience!

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Rebecca is a first-year student from China studying at Seiritsu (cc)

July 14, 2017

A Blog From Rebecca!

In term two, we had a lot of activities. We had the Sports Day, everyone gathered together and tried their best to attend the game.Then we voted for the student council. We also have the open school, when parents could visit the class and watch.

I had the JLPT test too, and the week after that was the final test for the term two. My score was good. We also had Benesse test a week later. My club music club was preparing for the open school and culture fair. The English club voted for the new leader and made the poster. Now we are having the short course and preparing for the summer vacation. This is my second term. I will also do my best in the third term!頑張れ!

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Rebecca is a first-year student from China studying at Seiritsu (cc)

July 14, 2017

International Group Experiences Seiritzu

We recently had a diverse group of students come visit Seiritsu Gakuen. They were a small group and came for a short amount of time, but we were able to show them how Japanese schools are and give them a school club experience. They were able to interact with some students and join the dance club to do a performance with Japanese folding fans. All in all, it was a great chance for all of the students involved, Seiritsu's and those from the International group, to chat and have a bit of cultural exchange. We are looking forward to offering more experiences to International groups in the future.

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July 12, 2017

A Blog from Gaoussou!

This is Gaussou. This is a normal day.

Every morning I wake up at 4 o’clock and do personal morning training. I take my breakfast at 6 o’clock. My house is near the station so I walk 5 minutes and I take the train from Abiko to Akabane for 30 minutes. The morning practice starts at 7 o’clock and finishes at 7:30, but I continue until 8:15. We have 5 minutes to get changed and go back to our home room. After 4 hours of classes it is lunch time. It is my favorite time of the day because we can meet up with our friends to eat and talk. After the afternoon classes finish at 3:05 we train at basketball club for 4 hours from 4 o’clock. Then we walk to the station and say goodbye to our friends. I arrive home at 21:30, wash and have dinner. Then I go to sleep at 23:30.

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Gaoussou is a first-year student from Mali studying at Seiritsu (cc)

July 3, 2017

Bellarmine students visited Seiritsu.

Seiritsu Gakuen once again hosted some visitors from overseas. Today's visit was by a school from the United States. We had 11 students visiting from Bellarmine high school, which is located in Tacoma, Washington. The students are studying Japanese at their high school and were able to come visit Japan on a week-long tour. The 11 students are doing a homestay with families in the area while they attend our school. Some of our students are also hosting the visitors.


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After greeting the principal and some other members of the school, they were given a tour of the school and then met their partners. This time the visiting students were paired with the 1K class, our naishin class. Our naishin class has just done something similar in March when they went to Australia so they wanted to have the chance to act as buddies for visiting students.


The visitors were able to experience two English classes, a classical Japanese class, a science class, and a math class.


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They had bento at lunch with the Japanese students up in the cafeteria. And then during the rest of the lunch break they went out onto the field and had a lot of fun playing with the students.

We had special permission to have two after school club activities for the students. The first club activity was the tea ceremony and the second was a karate lesson.


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The tea ceremony was very well received and the club members did a wonderful job.


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The karate class was a lot of fun as well.

At the very end the 1K class gave special Seiritsu pendants as gifts to the students before they left.


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Bellarmine school has some strong sports teams and ICT programs so we hope we can continue to develop this relationship and we hope to see them again in the future!


June 28, 2017

Plink's School Trip Blog

In China, we did not school travel, so this is my first time to travel. I went to Hokkaido with my classmates. Hokkaido's weather is cooler than Tokyo. We went to the three city of Sapporo, Hakodate, and Otaru.

We tried many DIY production. We fired glass, made the music box, sausage, caramel and cheese.The seafood in Hokkaido is especially fresh. The Japanese seem to like eating sea urchin very much, but I can't accept it easily.

Our school also arranged boating, snorkelling, fishing and other activities for our choice. Travel is very fulfilling and interesting, it makes everyone feel relaxed.

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Plink is a second-year student from China studying at Seiritsu (cc)

June 14, 2017

JET Teacher Teresa's June 2017 Blog post!

From this May, my role as an English teacher expanded! How you may ask? Wonderful question! In addition to teaching English classes, I am now a Seiritsu student. Specifically, I am now a Seiritsu art student!


In Seiritsu, we want to expose our students to more English-speaking opportunities and environments. We are tackling the first part with the introduction of native speakers and the revamp of conversation classes. Even so, Seiritsu made a jump towards the overall goal of supporting English fluency by having me join their classes as a student.

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Teresa's work!


Teachers are always trying to keep an eye on about seven things at once in class, so having a proper one-on-one conversation for more than three minutes with students is difficult. As a student, an art student in particular, I am seated with a group for the entire class and we chat leisurely while sketching and painting flowers. Nothing is forced and grades are not factored in. There’s no pressure and English just becomes a means of communication, rather than a means to graduate.


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The students I am classmates with are now more open to speaking with me compared to other students. In the morning, they loudly greet me with a smile and “Good morning.” In and out of class, they would happily shout some combination of English and Japanese, and they are not at all nervous or made fun of for doing so.


Overall, I am having a lot of fun talking with students about many things, like their recent sports day as well as their weekends, etc. I can see how my students have grown comfortable with using and learning English through conversation. Personally, I really enjoy getting to know more about my students.


Cheers,

Teresa

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