Combining a few posts into one…
In the last few days of August, I started at my new school Higashi. It is actually my second time to teach there, the first time being the school year of 2009-2010. The students, and some of the teachers, are new, but the layout and other things are the same, so it is a bit different than I’m used to. Anyway, I had a short speech in front of the school the first day, then after a few days of testing, went straight into my introductory lessons.
Giving my speech
Higashi school song
The next school event is the Fujioka-Tano English Oratorical Contest, a major event for every JHS ALT in the city. My kids didn’t do great this year, but they worked really hard and I was really proud of them! Also, I knew kids from 3 different schools, so it was nice to see old faces.
A third grader from Higashi
My old first grader from Onishi, who did a GREAT job!
A third grader from Kita, who I know both from school and also from ECC
The award ceremony
My current school, Higashi, out of which only the one second grader, Kansei, got an “excellent” prize
My previous school, Onishi, where the first and third grader both got “excellent” prizes!
Lastly, a few days after the speech contest, Kenji and I took a short trip out to nearby Kamikawa to take pictures of the Higanbana that line the roadway. These bright flowers herald the oncoming cooler weather of fall.
And a quick picture coming home from my koto class… so happy fall is coming!