March 23, 2017

JET teacher Laurence's March Blog Post!

This year sees my second graduation day as a teacher in Japan.


Seeing a graduation from a teacher﹊s perspective is much different than what I expected. Last year was my first graduation at Seiritsu Gakuen. Since I don﹊t teach the third years of high school, I didn﹊t know most of the graduates that time. I saw it as a cultural experience, learning about how a graduation ceremony can go in Japan.


This year was when the sad feelings hit. I hadn﹊t taught most of the graduates in a long time, but I still saw them around, saw their performances from their clubs during events and it hurt to see them go.


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One of my colleagues and best teaching partners also told me he would not be working in our school next year, which is also a reality teachers have to deal with as the new school year approaches.


Overall though, I﹊m happy for the students. They made precious memories in our school and it﹊s because they had a good time here that they﹊re sad to go. Other places and opportunities await them. They﹊re smart and talented in all sorts of ways. I wish them the best of luck in the future.


In the end as a teacher, a lot of things are out of your hands. So personally, I just want to strive to influence my students﹊ lives in a positive way.


Next year, I will ﹍graduate﹎ from this school as well.
I want to keep trying my best as until then.

Laurence Dubé

March 17, 2017

Junior High Graduation

Today we are holding our graduation ceremony for the junior high students.


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They have finished three years of junior high (grades 7-9) and will now move on to senior high school (grades 10-12). Almost all of them will continue on at Seiritsu but, out of those, quite a few will go off to the more challenging levels. Regardless of the level, we know they will all do well and we look forward to spending the next three years helping get them ready for university.


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Congratulations everyone!


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March 5, 2017

Graduation

Today is the graduation ceremony for our high school. For three years (or six for those who joined in junior high), these students have worked hard and created some great memories here.
Congratulations, and Good luck with everything in The future!


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March 4, 2017

Home Stay Orientation

Today is our final meeting to prepare for the upcoming homestay trip. On April 19th, we will be sending around 60 students to Australia for a ten-day homestay experience.

We have been doing this annually for over 20 years but the recent numbers have been really encouraging.


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I know this trip will create so many lifelong cherished memories for most of the kids going. Who knows what the seeds will grow into...


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February 23, 2017

JET teacher Teresa's February Blog Post!

"Good evening, folks.


We have breaking (satirical) news from the English Conversation Club at Seiritsu Gakuen: it was discovered that rabbit-dog hybrids in the form of a tired angel and a chicken as well as actual chickens were drawn on the whiteboard. There also seems to be a Chinese vampire/zombie/ghost called 殭閨, pronounced as goeng-si in Cantonese and 平亦件扑□ in Japanese, in the mix.


Below is evidence of the act:


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According to Eyewitness Brent, there were five students present around the time the creatures were drawn.


Another eyewitness who wished to be anonymous but who was willing to say her name started with an ﹍L﹎ and ended in ﹍-aurence﹎ said that she may have seen some of the students who drew it. She added, ﹍They were really talented.﹎

An expert was called in to analyze the picture. According to the expert, there is an actual arm visible in the picture. We did not realize that. She has calculated with 99.99% certainty that it﹊s a student﹊s arm due to the uniform.

If you have any information about who was responsible for these beautiful pictures, please contact us immediately. We love chickens, and it﹊s not because it is the year of the rooster.

Live in the Seiritsu headquarters, this is Teresa."

February 13, 2017

JET teacher Laurence's February Blog Post!

Hello everyone! Laurence here.


Setsubun is the last day before the beginning of spring in Japan. It is celebrated every year on February 3rd. Though the Japanese don﹊t celebrate the Lunar New Year nearly as much as Korea and China, Setsubun is associated with the idea of bringing luck for the year to come.


On that day, a member of the household puts on a Japanese demon mask and roasted soybeans are thrown at them in order to chase evil spirits from their home for the next year. This custom is called ﹍mamemaki﹎.


Though performed by people of all ages, this custom is especially enjoyed by children, who love dressing up and running around. Some people also go to temples where this ritual takes place.


As with most customs, there are many different variations on how it is celebrated throughout the country and in individual households as well. Some people use peanuts instead of soybeans. Some people also put talismans (which can be made with sardine heads and holy leaves) on their door to keep bad spirits from entering their home.
Sushi rolls are also popular during Setsubun. A variation called ehomaki, or lucky direction rolls, are placed on a plate pointing to the lucky direction of that year.


As a foreigner living here, I love that Japan still embraces customs that go back hundreds of years. If you ask most people if they believed that evil spirits were going to enter their home if they didn﹊t perform mamemaki, they would probably say no. Yet, a lot of people still take the time to do it.


I hope to be able to perform mamemaki with someone one day!
See you next month,


Laurence Dube

February 1, 2017

Joining Seiritsu Junior High

It is a beautiful day here in Tokyo. We have a wonderful winter sky and just a touch of the coming of spring.


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Speaking of spring.. Today, we are holding entrance exams for students who wish to enter our junior high school. There are many more students applying this year than in years past. The competition is a little bit fierce this time as the spots are limited.

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing you in the new school year.


January 30, 2017

Gab's Holiday Blog

Hey guys long time no speak (hisashiburi)

I've just came back from Australia (from a little bit of a holiday).

During my time in Australia I spent a lot of my time going to the gym. As well I spent a lot of time with family and friends which was nice as I hadn﹊t seen some of them for a year.


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Since coming back I﹊ve been able to get straight into training. Since I have comeback into pre-season the training load has been extreme as well - with even harder running and training drills. We have the legendary Yon-ma where we do 4 laps around the soccer pitch and the baseball pitch (around about 3.5 kilometres) in under 10 minutes. As well, sometimes we would do 10 laps in under 30 minutes. We did at least 1 of them everyday which was really tough but needed. Besides training we﹊ve had a couple of practice games which is always good. As well, it was nice to see the boys and the coaches again. Since the last time I﹊ve been in Japan the weather was quite nice with mid 25 degree weather, where now its almost -1 degrees everyday which was quite a shock to my system coming from 40 degree weather in Australia.

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I look forward to the future and can﹊t wait to start the season.

That's all for now Gabriel Beck-Godoy (Gabu)


January 26, 2017

An Excursion Blog from Emilie!

We went to Tukiji for the international excursion. Tukiji was supposed to move to near Toyosu station. It might move in the future but for now it still remains in Tukiji Shijyo.


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I've never been to Tukiji so I was very excited to go. I learned many things. The market, which started in the Tokugawa period, was rebuilt in 1923 so it means it﹊s been 94 years since then, They moved it after the Kanto earthquake to it's current place now.


We ate some fresh fish in Tukiji. This is the picture of my lunch.

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After lunch, we learned more about the history and stories about Tukiji.
Over all this experience of going to Tukiji for the first time was great. I would love to go again another time so I can get to see more of the process of the market.

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January 25, 2017

Meg's Holiday Blog Post!

On January 1st, I went to Asakusa's Hatsumoude with my friend.

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Hatsumoude is a Japanese traditional thing that we do when the year changes.
We go to a temple and throw money in a big box and clap our hands a couple times and wish for stuff.

Every year I put in a 5-yen coin because it has the meaning of having a good Goen.
Goen means meeting new people and having good relationships.

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After I finished doing that I went to a thing called "Demise".
Close to the temples, there are a lot of shops that sell food and sweets .
I ate baked potatoes with butter and miso on it. It's my favorite food that I always eat when I go to places like there‘
After that I ate sugar covered strawberries. It was my first time eating it but it was delicious!!!!!!

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about Seiritsu

Seiritsu Gakuen is a private co-educational high school created in 1925 and it is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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