I’ll admit it, I was REALLY looking forward to leaving by this last month. I was just ready to move on, and so done with the school. I’ll miss the kids and teachers I taught with, but I’m happy to be done after 6 years!
A few days after we got back from Europe, it was back to work for me! The new school year in Japan starts in April, so on the 7th, I attended the opening ceremony for the new school year, as well as the entrance ceremony for all the new students starting middle school this year. It is a pretty formal occasion, and a huge deal for the students. The weather was very nice, if a bit windy, so the gym also wasn’t super cold like usual. All in all a good, if long, day!
We started the morning with the opening ceremony and new school semester ceremonies
Ceremony days are always exhausting, then it takes classes awhile to start because of all the maintenance stuff the students have to do, such as testing and new books/materials/etc, so it was a pretty boring week for me.
Ahh, 2014 already… time flies when you’re being lazy, apparently! Sorry for not posting for awhile. Here are some pictures from the end of last year, including my school’s marathon day:
Ema at my local shrine
So that was December, for the most part. There were a few more events, but Kenji has those pictures so I might never get them from him… he’s always still “editing” them.
Higashi JHS’s annual music festival happened at the end of October after several months of practice and planning. It wasn’t anything new, but the third graders did do a fun dance, and a high school taiko group came to play, so there was enough to keep it mostly interesting!
Students waiting to go inside
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.
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
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.
Out by the roadside
And a quick picture coming home from my koto class… so happy fall is coming!