November 16, 2017

JET Laurence Sensei's November 2017 Web post!

Talking in front of other people is stressful, especially if it’s in front of your classmates. However, we at the Seiritsu English department think it’s important for students to be able to talk in front of a crowd. It’s a skill that is going to be useful for them in their professional as well as personal life. It teaches them to deal with stress, memorization, and pronunciation and how to share something personal with other people.


We have a wide range of subjects for the essays for all levels of classes for the 1st and 2nd year students in High school.

The higher the level of the class, the more we try to challenge the students. The students have to do at least one speech per semester. We usually start simple for everyone, with short speeches about their latest holiday. Then, we move on to talking more about themselves, things they like or that are important to them or places they would like to visit. Finally, for higher level students, we try to tackle more difficult subjects, such as the future and social problems.


We hope the school continues to evaluate speeches in the future as speaking becomes a more important part of English education in Japan.


Thank you for reading!
Laurence

November 13, 2017

Seiritsu's soccer team narrowly miss out on National spot

On Saturday November 11, 􂤁􀅒[􏿿majority of Seiritsu school students assembled at Komazawa Daigaku grounds in order to cheer on the senior soccer team as they entered the final of the Tokyo block in the National High Schools Soccer Championship qualifications.

Winning the tournament would book them a place in the 96th National High Schools Championship, where champions from all 47 prefectures of Japan compete to be the best! The tournament takes place from December 30th to January 8th, and is televised across the country. Many athletes that perform well in the tournament are scouted for professional teams, so this is a massive opportunity for all entrants!


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Seiritsu's opponents were Kanto Daiichi High School, who were looking to enter the nationals for the second year in a row.

Sadly, despite a thrilling game and vociferous support from all students, the result was a 1-0 loss to Kanto Daiichi.

This means that the current third years will now 'retire' to prepare for university entrance exams and their future prospects.

I'm sure the first and second year athletes will use the frustration of getting so close as fuel for improvement, and will be back better than ever next year!

To even get to the qualifying finals in the Tokyo block is a significant achievement, and the boys should be proud of their accomplishments.

Seiritsu Gakuen is currently accepting enquiries from high-performing soccer athletes who want to make the grade in Japan and graduate in our three-year program. If you think you have what it takes to be an athlete student in Tokyo, please contact us at international@seiritsu-int.com.

Peter Williams
Coordinator, International Department

November 9, 2017

Seiritsu on TV again

Once again, our school has been on TV a few times recently. These last two times we were on the same show which is called Kamigimon (神ギ問).

The show features some famous comedians as well as some other visitors and the theme or purpose of the show is to ask questions and find the answers.

One of the recently asked questions was: Is a teacher of English nervous if they have a class with some returning students or kids from mixed international families?

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It was an interesting episode. I really enjoyed watching it.

As the number of returning students and the number of students in international families at our school increase, this is more and more likely. Luckily, our teachers enjoy such challenges and Iwasaki Sensei was no different. Great job, Iwasaki Sensei!

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November 2, 2017

News from our student in the US

Hello everyone,

We have a student from our high school who is now currently studying in America.
He is in our “Naishin” class - which means he was in our junior high and moved up into the high school - and he has chosen to study abroad in his first year of high school.

We put up a few messages from him before and this here is his most recent update.
I will post the Japanese here and below that will be the English translation. I hope you enjoy reading his adventures.

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留学生の話を聞くと大概皆んなこう言いますよね。「3ヶ月で慣れる。」
1.2ヶ月前の僕は、イメージしていた留学と今の留学がかけ離れすぎていて、なぜ留学をしようと思ったのかわからなくなっていました。それがもう3ヶ月経ち、今ではそんなこと全く考えなくなりました。要するにもう慣れた!!まだまだ授業のスピードにはついていけないし、友達の話が理解できないことも多々ありますが少しずつそれにも対応できるよになってきました?!! 自分でもよくわかりませんがとりあえず今は前より楽しいです。この間は家族でアーカンソー州へ旅行に行ってきました!東京では決して触れることのできない大自然、真っ赤っかな紅葉に唖然!口が開いたまま3分ほど閉まりませんでした笑笑。パターゴルフ、マジックショー、大自然の中の教会にも連れて行ってもらいました。濃い時間をホストファミリーと過ごし、また1つ仲が深まった気がします。来週、レスリングの大会があります。負ける気が一切しません。今までの練習の成果を十分に発揮して優勝しようと思います。

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When you talk to exchange students, you often hear them say “you’ll get used to it after three months.” One or two months ago, if you had asked me how I was feeling, I would’ve said that I was very unsure why I was doing the exchange because it was so different from what I had imagined before. But now that the three months has passed, I am not thinking like that at all anymore. In fact, I have actually gotten used to it. I still haven’t totally adjusted to the speed of the language in the classes and I can’t understand everything that my friends are saying, but I am starting to be able to respond and react to that and to adjust accordingly. And I’m certainly enjoying it all a lot more now.

The other day I went on a trip to Arkansas with my host family. I was awestruck by the nature and the beauty of the changing leaves. I probably stood there for about three minutes with my wide mouth wide open in shock. My host family took me to church and putter golf and a magic show and many other exciting things surrounded by this wonderful nature. It was another chance to deepen the bonds with my host family.
Next week I have a wrestling tournament. I have no thoughts of losing. I will do my best after all the hard training I’ve done and I expect to win.

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It is exciting to see how much he is experiencing and growing. We are very proud of all the hard work he is putting in, and we know he is going to get so much out of this adventure.

Take care, Shobu!


October 30, 2017

JET teacher Teresa's October 2017 Blog Post!

Hello, folks!


Welcome back to “Seiritsu Times” with me, Teresa Fong! Have you been wondering where Seiritsu students have been, or perhaps what they’ve been doing? Lucky for you, I’ve got a juicy report just for you.

Yesterday on October 25th, Wednesday, the international teachers, JET teachers, international students studying in Seiritsu and Japanese students planning on studying overseas hopped on a train together to visit Fukagawa Edo Museum, a museum where you can step into the back alleys of Old Tokyo’s neighborhoods.


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It was about an hour away from Seiritsu Gakuen, which gave students a great opportunity to converse freely in English.

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The moment we arrived, we took a picture to commemorate this excursion. Then staff greeted us warmly on this cold and rainy day. It was interesting stepping inside the building and going back to the Edo period. Inside, there were multiple structures of homes, factories, stalls, water stations, tea shops, and even public bathrooms all recreated from the Edo period!


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The best part about this museum is that you are allowed to enter the structures! You could touch and use the props inside the homes and takes pictures with flash without an issue.

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The guide provided a thorough report about daily life in Old Tokyo. No questions were left unanswered! If you are curious about life in 17th-18th century Japan, take a peek at Fukagawa Edo Museum!

October 27, 2017

JET Laurence's October 2017 blog post!

Laurence here!

We started having Halloween parties for the Seiritsu Junior High School students 3 years ago. Although Halloween isn't as popular in Japan as it is in North America or Europe, we feel it’s a fun way to share our culture with the students. Plus, Halloween is getting more popular in Japan and we want the students to feel this as well and to know what this holiday is about.

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Instead of a regular Junior High classroom, we were given a big room to decorate in the kindergarten building. Decorating it during test week was hard work as the teachers were very busy but we are proud with how the room turned out.

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The parties, one per grade, were a lot of fun. We taught the students some Halloween words, we sang a song together and also played Halloween karuta! We finished each party with a mini-Halloween poster contest!20171027_2.jpg

The teachers wore costumes too to get the students into the holiday spirit!

We unfortunately only had an hour per grade and and after that we had to send the students back to their classrooms…but not without doing some quick trick-or-treating on their way out!


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Have a Happy Halloween!

October 26, 2017

Seiritsu international relations field trip to Tokyo center!

On Wednesday October 25, 15 students and international teachers from Seiritsu explored both old and modern-day Tokyo, by visiting the Fukugawa Edo Museum and Akihabara Electric Town.


The purpose of the trip was to help Japanese students, who are going to study abroad in the near future, prepare for their time away by having a full day in English while researching about their own culture and history.


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We were given a tour around the museum, which is a replica of a section of the Sagacho area of Edo period Tokyo, with an English-speaking tour guide. We listened to many interesting facts and experienced the simple yet sophisticated lifestyles of its residents. The students then had to answer questions in english to show that they understood!


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In the afternoon we timewarped back to present-day Tokyo by going to Akihabara. Here the students practiced their English skills by interviewing international passers-by, as well as identifying things and ideas from the Edo period that are still in use today!


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Sometimes, to learn about other cultures is to learn much about your own!



Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

October 13, 2017

Blog from Rebecca!

It is getting colder and colder, and we changed summer uniform to winter uniform so term 3 will be ended soon.This term we had a great fun.We had many great activities. First, one of the most important activities in our school was Seiritsu Culture Fair. Our class made one classroom for haunted houses and one classroom about maze for Alice in wonderland. I was in the group of Alice. We make the road and blew a lot of balloons, we decorated the room very well. It was just a wonderland! The visitors were all very excited when they get in.Our singing club also did a great job.We had a performance on the stage.We sang five songs and cheered all the listeners. We also need to attend a competition for Kita-ku in November, we will do our best!

Back to term 3.We went to the fields to harvest the crops we planted in April.They grew up very tall. Everyone took turns to cut the crops and others took crops to the machine. We worked very hard to finish it very fast! Good job!

Then we went on a science trip. I was chosen to the sixth course. We went to visit the Kao factory, the Mitsubishi Science Museum and the Nisshin Ramen Museum in Yokohama. We got presents and know more about the technology business. I like Nisshin Factory best! We made our own chicken ramen! The staff teach us make from the flour to the decoration.It had such complex steps. But I was so happy to get my ramen! It smells so good!

We are having the test this week! We were all working hard. Good luck to me and do my best! This was such a wonderful term! I hope next term will be great too!

Rebecca

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October 3, 2017

International Guests from Australia!

On September 29 Seiritsu played host to Australian students from Fairhills school in Melbourne. For most of them this was their first time to come to Japan, so we were eager to show them how a Japanese High School works, as well as show them some Japanese culture!


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The guests had a study partner all through the day, and experienced Japanese, English, Science and Math classes.


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After the last class, we went to the Japanese-style room, where Nakamura Sensei gave a demonstration of the Tea ceremony. Then everyone was invited to make tea the traditional way. It was fun and educational (and delicious!).


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We were told that all the students were 'buzzing' after their time at Seiritsu, so we are really happy that they had a great experience here!


If you are visiting Japan, as a group or even as an individual, we can provide experience days like this to you too! Please feel free to contact us about our various programs, including 'Experience Seiritsu'!


Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

October 2, 2017

JET teacher Teresa's September 2017 Blog Post!

Teresa here!


Guess what was on everyone’s minds for the last two weeks? I’ll give you a hint.
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Nothing? Okay; here’s another one!


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Did you guess Seiritsu-sai, the best school festival ever? If so, you are… correct!!!


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Just look at how attentive the crowds were for the amazing and professional performances by our own Seiritsu cheerleaders!

While giving as much support and love as possible to our students on stage, I also welcomed guests with the team and English Conversation Club members!


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Here I am with Plink, the club vice-president! As you can see from the picture, she had brought some of her own Chinese tea from home to give the team a taste test. I instantly loved the aroma and taste. It reminds me of going out to dimsum (yum cha 饮茶) with my family back in the States!


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Seiritsu-sai gave everyone the opportunity to meet up with students who had graduated and catch up. I got to meet two groups of students I had two years ago and even an old co-worker!


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It’s always fun to reunite with old friends and students. I wish my schools in the States had school festivals!

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