Summer Music – June 2019

Hello everyone,

Congratulations on finishing your mid-term tests, I hope you did as well or better than you were hoping for. Today is Saturday and it is 32 degrees outside. I don’t care what the calendar says, that is summer weather to me!

One thing that is essential for summertime is summer music. Nothing is better than enjoying some jams in the sun, so take a listen to some of these.

  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

  • Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly and the Family Stone

  • Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys

  • Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

  • School’s Out – Alice Cooper

That last one is famous in Canada and America, because the end of the school year always happened in summer, so for some students they would graduate. For you, however, we are just getting started! Enjoy the sunny weekend,

2019 H3 Writing – Religion

Hello everyone,

We have had many events to start the school year, but of course, we have also been studying! In grade 3 English class we have been practicing writing and presenting about various topics. Last week, after seibosai, we talked about religion. For hoemwork students thought about some questions, and then in the classroom they presented their ideas. Here is the print we used:

Students did not have to answer all of the questions, but just practice thinking about a new idea in English. Here is one reply that I think was quite good:

Remember that English is just a tool for communication, and you need ideas to communicate. Practice both language and thinking to be a good communicator.

2019 Shin-ai Festa English Club

Hello everyone!

We have finished Shin-ai festa for another year! This year we had almost 500 girls come and see our school. They took two short lessons, and then visited many club rooms. I am proud of our students because they were good “big sisters” to the girls.

This year English club made a “Giant Crossword”. Students designed the puzzle, wrote the clues, and then made a puzzle frame on the floor with colourful tape. Thank you to everyone who came and said hello!

Here are the clues to the puzzle. Do you think you can solve it?

Have a good weekend, and see you on Tuesday!

Seibosai 2019

Welcome back to school everyone. I hope your extra-long Golden Week was full of good memories. After coming back to school on Tuesday, Wednesday was Seibosai, our mass honouring Mary. On this day each student brings one flower, and then we put them together as a class to make a bouquet. After the mass, we take the bouquets to important people to say thank you. For example, many students take them to their elementary schools. It is a nice way to show people you are thankful for their help, and also spread the word of God.

Today we are thankful for nice weather because it is sports test day. On Saturday and Sunday we have Shin-ai Festa, where we welcome many guests to our school and show them our school life. That is the last event of a very busy April and May. Next week the test schedule is released and we will all be in study mode. Good luck!

Well done drama club!

This morning after our festival in the gym, grade 2 and 3 students left to prepare for the festival, while grade 1 junior high and high school students stayed and watched the drama club. It looked like a Romeo and Juliet-looking version of Momotaro this year. Everybody laughed, and everybody enjoyed! Good job!

Before / After Wakabasai Cleaning Time

Hello everyone,

Today is Wakabasai! The school festival is on a special day this year… Sunday! It is the start of the 10 day Golden Week holiday and so many people will be able to come to our school and enjoy the festival. Let’s have a good time.

Last evening and this morning teachers and students helped clean the school for today’s event. When I came this morning, there was one place that still needed some work… in front of the teachers room! There were many small shoe marks on the wall, and a blue tinge waist high… Can you imagine what its from?

It is this pose right here. Waiting for teachers with your butt on the wall and one shoe up. To be honest, I am disappointed when I see this. Would you put your shoes on the wall in your home? Of course not! So don’t do it at school.

Anyway, with a little time and “elbow grease” <-(check your dictionary) I was able to get it looking a little better. It isn’t perfect, but if we tackle the problem day by day, it will improve.

Come to think about it… that is true for anything, whether it is cleaning, diet, music, or studying.

So enjoy your festival, have a good Golden Week, and remember, improvement comes little by little, day by day.

Enough writing, it is tamasen time!

Day 2 (and 3!) of our new students camp

Hello everyone,

Yesterday was a very busy day, and when we finished our programs it was already time to sleep. So, today is a double update. Yesterdays program was:

  • Morning meeting
  • Cleaning
  • Breakfast
  • Dodgeball practice
  • Mr. Yamano’s talk
  • Lunch
  • Field Search
  • Group Speeches
  • Dinner
  • Candlefire Ceremony
  • Bath
  • Good night zzz…

As you can see it was a very full day. The main challenge of this camp is to learn how to work together in a busy schedule. Everyday at school is also busy, but if we support each other, we can all work as one to accomplish our goals.

This morning students again woke up, had a morning meeting, then breakfast and cleaning time. Now they will finish their program by thinking about how this camp can help them in their school lives, and writing an essay about it. After that it is time for lunch and then the bus home. Tomorrow there is no school for M1 students, so please get a good sleep, double check that your homework is finished, and rest tomorrow. See you on Tuesday!

Day 1 of our new student camp

Hello everyone,

Right now it is 20:45 at our new student camp. We had a busy day that started with a bus trip and then a picnic lunch outside in the sunshine. Our second picnic already this year! After that, our students listened to Sr. Morita and Ms. Okamoto talk about how to be a good Shin-ai student. Then, Mr. Miyamoto helped us practice making formations, and we played some teamwork games. 

Everyone was hungry by the end of the day, and our challenge was to “clean our plates”. Our girls did a good job of finishing their dinner. They must have been hungry from their busy day! Following dinner we met in classrooms to make our class goals for the year.

Now it is time for a bath and off to bed. See you tomorrow,


“Be There” is the most important thing.

Hello everyone!

Grade 1 junior high school students and teachers are getting ready for the new student camp tomorrow. Students need to pack their bags by themselves, so they should double-check everything. At the new student camp our grade one students will study, play, eat, and sleep together. It is a good chance ot make new friends and learn how to be a Shin-ai student.

The most important thing for students is to come every day. If you miss school, two things happen. First, you fall behind in study and homework. It is difficult to catch up if you miss many days. Secondly, you miss memories. Right now classes are working together to prepare for the school festival. These are important times in your school life, so don’t miss these chances!

This year’s first year students are doing a good job of coming to school every day. I hope to see many more days of “all zeros” on the teachers’ room chalkboard. Do your best!

Next stop Kihoku, Allen.

Wakayama Castle Picnic

Hello everyone,

Let’s go to Wakayama Castle!

The weather is getting warmer, and it FINALLY feels like spring. Yesterday we had homeroom in the afternoon because grade 2 and 3 classes are getting ready for the school festival. Grade one classes do not have to prepare for the festival, so teachers wondered “What should we do?”

After we checked the weather forcast and saw that it was a beautiful day, we decided to have lunch at Wakayama Castle and enjoy the cherry blossoms. After that, Mr. Baba gave a lesson about the different finds of plants and trees around the castle. He is a science teacher, and an expert on different kinds of plants. In fact, he uses pictures of different flowers on his New Years card every year!

Enjoying lunch by the cherry blossoms…
Mr. Baba talking about the different plants at the castle…

We also checked out the small zoo behind the castle, and then we walked back to school just in time for cleaning. It was a good chance to make friends, enjoy a beautiful day outside, and appreciate nature.

Have a good weekend!