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.


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.


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.


Congratulations everyone!


March 5, 2017


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!


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.


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...




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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