January 19, 2017

JET teacher Laurence's January Blog Post!

Hello everyone! Happy new year of the chicken!


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Chicken? Eh? That’s right! You’ve probably seen it everywhere from pictures in convenience stores to your New Year greeting cards: 2017 is the year of the chicken (or rooster, depending of the translation you find)!


However, what does it mean? Does it mean you can eat more chicken this year? Not exactly…although chicken breast is pretty good for your health and you should try to eat it more often than chicken thighs.


As you might know, animals are associated with years in the Chinese zodiac, which is known and used in many countries. People born on the years 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017 were all born under the sign of the chicken. Of course, whether you choose to believe in what is written about your sign is entirely up to you. Either way, I think we should try to make the most of every year, no matter what the zodiac says. What do you think? Are you a rooster? What are your goals for this year?


Here is some information about what characteristics people born in the year of the Rooster have.

January 12, 2017

Good luck on the Center Test!

Many high school students across Japan will be taking the "Center test" this weekend. We have quite a few students who will also take this test.

The Center Test is properly known as the National Center Test for University Admissions. It is a standardized test that is used in the admission process of many universities throughout Japan. Approximately 550,000 students take the test every year all on the same day and all at the same time across the country.

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It is a very important test for students as it helps them get into the university that they wish to go to. As a result, it is a major event for the country and all the news services will focus on the test for the next few days. The transportation systems and the weather are a major concern. Since the test is held in the middle of January, there is invariably troubles with snow somewhere in the country. Tokyo's forecast so far is looking good..

Good luck to all!

January 10, 2017

AED training

Every year our school holds a seminar for teachers on how to use an AED.


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While we always have medical staff at the school, there are so many club activity events, school trips and other such activities away from the school that it is important for us all to have some training for those rare emergencies.


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New teachers as well as more experienced ones get a few hours of hands-on practical training. This year was Coren Sensei’s first time attending. We were extra lucky to have the school nurses with us. They could give us even more feedback.


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We hope we never need to use the training. But we will be ready if it is needed...

December 18, 2016

JET teacher Laurence's December Blog Post!

Hello everyone! JET teacher Laurence here.


Last year, I didn’t go back home for the holidays. I decided to stay in Japan and then go on a short trip in Indonesia. While it wasn’t a bad vacation, I did miss spending that time with my family a lot. In Canada, Christmas is a time people usually spend with their families, unlike Japan [PW- in Japan, the big family event is New Year's Day and has a similar feeling to Christmas elsewhere]. So even though I had fun, I definitely felt something was missing. All of this to say that this year, I will be going back to Canada for the Holidays! I am really looking forward to it! I don’t have a lot of space in my luggage for presents, so I decided to write everyone a card and give them an omamori I will buy at Sensouji temple soon![PW- an omamori is a small protective charm which looks like a very small cloth bag. You can have an omamori for many different things: Marriage, road safety, success in exams, health, wealth, and many more. You can buy them in most temples.]


Christmas cards are surprisingly hard to find and expensive in Japan! I guess it’s what you could call a “foreigner problem”, isn’t it? That being said, their designs tend to be very beautiful and detailed, so I don’t mind paying for them.
Wish me luck with my shopping!!


Laurence

December 5, 2016

JLPT finished

Many people all over Japan took the JLPT (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test) yesterday.


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We know most of them study very hard in order to pass the test. Our international students usually put a lot of effort into getting a passing score. So for all of you that studied hard and then took the test, "Otsukaresama Deshita!"

November 21, 2016

Laurence Sensei's November web post- For those thinking about living abroad

Moving to a distant country like Japan forces you to learn all the little things in life over again. You have to learn the rules of your new society and what people treasure.


Everything seems a slightly off. There’s nature but the plants and flowers are different. The leaves don't change colour like you remember they do and not at the same time either. There’s fruit and vegetables, but they’re not in season at the same times they used to be. Chicken breasts are cheap and chicken thighs are expensive. Fatty meat is more popular than lean meat. People cultivate the land but instead of endless fields of wheat, canola and soy, there are rice fields everywhere in the countryside.




There’s Christmas, but it’s a day for lovers, not family. There’s Valentine’s Day but girls give chocolate to boys instead of boys giving chocolates to girls. You can get a day off for celebrating a day you never knew was special in the first place, but you also feel like you shouldn’t be working on Christmas day.


Living in another country is worth it. It pushes you out of your comfort zone, evolve and adapt: to become stronger. It’s not always easy. But in the end, it’s an invaluable experience. If you have the chance to live abroad one day, even if it’s scary, even if you’re not completely fluent in your second or third language, please give it a try if you can.


You will become a better person for it.

November 16, 2016

Digging Potatoes in Autumn

It’s time to go back to the fields! We have already planted rice and then harvested it a few months later. Now we are going to be doing some digging…for potatoes! Just as before with the rice planting and harvesting, this activity is part of Seiritsu Gakuen’s Earth Project intended to help students build a connection to agriculture in general and its important relation to Japan throughout its history. The students get shovels and and start to dig in, literally. Some of the potatoes grow quite large, and bundle together numerously. They’re allowed to take home what they dig up so it is a good motivator to work hard and example of the farmers who provide what they eat everyday.

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November 10, 2016

October Blog from Emilie

I had three friends who had a birthday this month. Gan-shu are "cream puff in a face." It is a very famous event for high school students who have birthday. They get thrown a shu-cream. It's like with birthday cake.

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Also my friend Meg had her birthday this month and we celebrated her birthday at a restaurant with our other friends. I'm really glad I became friends with her. She was one of my first friends I made in my high school in Japan.

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I really enjoy gym in Japan. I have so much fun here. We do a lot of things. For example we are doing badminton right now.

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Me, my friend Julia and Meg went to Shibuya. We explored Shibuya at night. We bought some disposable camera and took picture. It was one of my best memories in Japan for now. It kinda inspired me in a way. The view and the city. Also the neon lights were really beautiful. It made me want to go to so many places in Tokyo. Or even Japan.

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November 7, 2016

Soccer semi-finals

Our soccer teams have been doing very well.

We captured the T-1 league at the end of October. They won decisively with a 6-1 score.
You can see the Japanese post on our main website here:


http://www.seiritsu.ac.jp/articles/-/2329


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Now, we are in the run up to the National Championships. We had the semi-finals on Saturday the 5th of November. All of the students and teachers came out to cheer on the team. The boys took the lead in the first half and held on to it to get the win.

You can see the Japanese post for this news here:



http://www.seiritsu.ac.jp/articles/-/2333


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Our next game will be on November 12th. It will be held at the Komazawa Grounds.
If you are in the area and want to watch a great game, we would love to have more fans out cheering the guys on.


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October 31, 2016

Halloween fun

It is October 31st today. That means it is officially Halloween. Some of our students took it to heart. When I arrived at the school at lunch, I came upon this scene...


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Halloween is becoming more and more popular among Japanese people. It is nice to see.


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Here they posed for a group photo.


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Hope you are enjoying your Halloween!


Brent Regan
International Department



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

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