January 28, 2014

It's Entrance Examination season!

All over Japan, millions of schoolchildren are getting ready for their next academic step by taking entrance exams for their chosen junior and senior high schools. This is very important, as being in a well-linked high school can make progressing to university, and even employment, much easier.


This is a common scene in schools all around Japan for the next few weeks! (source: http://flix66.com/ copyright: Studio Ghibli)

At Seiritsu, we are hoping to see an increase of interest after our recent national entries at Baseball and soccer, as well as other famous Seiritsu alumni making noticeable progress in their chosen sports. This includes former international student Michael Fitzgerald (now 舞行龍 ジェームズ), who is a first-team regular for J1 team Niigata Albirex.

We're really looking forward to seeing the fresh faces in the coming school year; good luck everyone!

Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

January 27, 2014

Seiritsu Soccer Girls reach best 8

Despite their best effort, Seiritsu Girls Soccer Club bowed out of the Tokyo High Schools Newcomers Tournament after reaching best 8 on Saturday January 18th.


The Girls just narrowly missed out on the semi finals by losing 4-1 on penalties to Shutoku High, after a thrilling 1-1 game reached a stalemate after additional time. The girls progressed to best 8 by beating Toritsu Roka 7-0 in the 3rd round.

Otsukare, girls! Good luck for next time!

January 23, 2014

Connor's January Blog Post

Hey guys, Connor here!

So we have just started school for 2014, but, until January 10th I was on Winter break. As with most holidays, the Football club seems to step up its training and playing schedule during these times, and this rang true once again. We set off for a 5 day tournament in Ibaraki-ken which started on the 25th of December; this also came as quite a big culture shock coming from a country where Christmas is a very well celebrated event.


However, we just got on with the game later on in the day which we won 3-2 scoring a penalty in the last 2 minutes of play. The following day we played two games winning both 5-0 and 2-1 and I myself scored twice in the second game. The next day also had two games scheduled, but, unfortunately I came off second best in a challenge and did some bad damage to my ankle ligaments which forced me out of the rest of the tournament. The team still performed well and finished 2nd out of over 40 schools from around the country.


After the tournament I was off to Sydney to see my friends and family for the new year and to escape the cold winter weather! The visit back home only lasted 9 days but it was extremely fun going to the beach, driving and just being at home.


January 15, 2014

Seiritsu Soccer Girls advancing through 'Newcomers' tournament

While the fate of the All Japan HS Soccer Tournament was being decided on the January 13, Seiritsu's Girls Soccer Club was also in action in the second round of the Tokyo Newcomers (or 'shinjin') Tournament, hammering their opponents Toritsu Suginami Sōgō 12-0.


A 'shinjin' competition is a staple of almost all school sports clubs, and they give the first years a chance to really get noticed now that all the third years have 'retired' to focus on their university entrance studies.

The girls now proceed to the third round, where they face Toritsu Roka High School on Saturday January 18.

Good luck everyone!

January 14, 2014

92nd All Japan High School Soccer Tournament Champions: Toyama Daiichi

Monday 13th January saw the final of the 92nd All Japan High School Soccer Tournament take place at the Japan National Stadium, and crowned it's new champions, Toyama Daiichi High School.


The tournament, also known as the "Fuyuu no Kokuritsu" (winter nationals), is one of the largest scale amateur sport events in Japan, so entering the competition is a sign of being in the elite. Seiritsu narrowly missed out on taking part in this year's event, having narrowly lost to Shutoku High School in the Tokyo 'A' representative finals in December.

This is the first time Toyama Daiichi have held the title, and won the title dramatically as they came back from a 2-0 disadvantage against Seiriyo High School (also in their first finals), in the last minutes of the 2nd half, forcing overtime. The deciding goal was scored late into the second period of additional time.

Congratulations to Toyama Daiichi- we hope to see you there next year!



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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