July 19, 2015

Seiritsu's ID students train for Hazards!

Although most of our international students aim to take the Japanese term exam tests just like their Japanese home room peers, those still learning the language have the opportunity to go on School excursions with the International Department.


So, while Connor, Marina and Sora were trying their best with the Term 2 exams on July 9, Brent and Peter took students Tai, Jeremy and Meg (a Japanese returnee born in Canada) to the ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center. There we learned about the great Kanto-Tohoku disaster of March 11, 2011, and also what we can do to ensure our maximum safety in Fire and earthquake emergencies.


We experienced putting out fires, crawling through smokey corridors...

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...and the high level of a level 7 Shindo (Japanese measurement based on sensation) earthquake in a simulator.

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Also, a News station TBS was filming in the center that day too, and so Seiritsu staff and students were filmed and interviewed for their evening programme NStar!


We hope to have footage of this soon, and will post it if we get a chance.


However, all students agreed that going to the Life Safety Center was an invaluable experience.


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Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

July 17, 2015

Seiritsu Baseball team's "Koshien" Qualifiers!

It's the season that all High School baseball fans look forward to every year!





The All Japan High Schools Baseball Championship qualifiers have started, and Seiritsu are looking to repeat their performance of four years ago when they managed to enter the main Championship for the first time.


The tournament, known as "Koshien" because of the staduim it is held at in Osaka, is shown nationally on TV during the summer, with scouts for the Major League teams in Japan looking out for their latest potential star.


Seiritsu is currently in the 3rd round, having beaten Ikebukuro's Rikkyo High School 10 runs to 2.


Good luck guys, We're all cheering for you!


Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

July 13, 2015

Come like our Facebook page!

Hello everyone,


Did you know that we have a facebook fan page?


By liking the Seiritsu page, you will get notified of our regular updates for this blog as well as extra comments we post on our fan page.


You can find the Seiritsu fan page here:


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seiritsu-Gakuen-Junior-Senior-High-School/161582423892777



Have a great summer!


Brent


July 7, 2015

Jeremy's June blog post

Hey Jezza here,
June is over and starting to see some good progression with football.

The last two weeks I have been training and playing regularly, without picking up any irritating injuries. This is the first time I have completed a whole week since coming back from injury- which was a milestone for me and one of my short term goals!

Also, on the weekend we won both our games with me scoring 3 and providing 4 assists. For me there is no better feeling than scoring a goal after returning from a long injury. It is a indescribable feeling and is hard to explain to people, but it is one I look forward to experiencing more frequently as the weeks go by!

Besides football, the final tests are approaching with Japanese history, English and Japanese among my subjects being tested then it's straight into summer holidays. I can't wait- Football everyday! :)
Jezza out !

June 17, 2015

Visitors from Indonesia

On Monday June 8th, we had a wonderful chance to interact with some students from Global Prestasi School (GPS) from Indonesia. The twelve students aged 12 to16 stopped by for an afternoon in order to visit our school during their week-long stay in Japan.


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To read more about it, click this link to go to the blog post on Seiritsu's main Japanese website...


http://www.seiritsu.ac.jp/articles/-/1824


Brent Regan
International Department Coordinator


June 17, 2015

Seiritsu's Girls Karate team head to Kanto!

After Seiritsu's Sports Festival on June 4th, the very next day the karate coaching staff and the girls team headed to Fukaya, Saitama prefecture, to participate in the team kumite event of the High School Karate Federation's summer Kanto tournament.


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Although Saitama is a neighbouring prefecture to Tokyo, the journey to Fukaya's "Big Turtle" arena still involved an hour train journey and a 30 minute walk to the venue. It was a great warm up for the team!


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The first day (Friday 5th) was light practice and the opening ceremony, where the girls walked in holding the Seiritsu name placard; it had been 2 years since it was last used.


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The following day was the tournament proper, with the two elimination rounds of each event. As the kata (patterns) events usually go first, our team had to wait until the afternoon before their time on the mats. They spent the morning admiring kata and also warming up for their matches. Sadly, despite a brave effort, they couldn't get past their first opponents, Yamanashi gakuin.


As they were not involved on the third and final day, the students spent the day watching the matched and cheering for the Tokyo teams. The level of karate at this tournament was certainly very high, so it was a great experience for all to come and study the better teams up close.



The final standings were (Japanese language only)
Kata individual girls 
Kata individual boys
Kata team girls
Kata team boys
Kumite individual girls
Kumite individual boys
Kumite team girls
Kumite team boys


Congratulations to all the schools and athletes, and I hope everyone tries equally as hard for the upcoming Inter-High qualifiers!


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Peter Williams
International Coordinator & Karate Club Coach

June 14, 2015

Connor's Final Washimiyasai!

Hi, Connor here!


On The 4th of June last Thursday my third and last Taikusai was held at the Washimiya Grounds!


Unfortunately for me two days before the carnival I was in an awkward challenge during training and picked up an injury which ruled me out of events meaning I was there to support.


The weather during the day was quite nice and with the strong breeze flowing through it didn't get too hot and was quite comfortable. The weather was definitely far better than the Washimiyasai of yesteryear!


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All in all it was a really enjoyable day and for the athletes it was a rare chance to get away from the usual competitive atmosphere of their teams and just enjoy a day of fun activities. It was also a rare chance for the athletes to socialise with a lot of the other students and make new connections which can't usually be made due to our tough schedules.


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June 14, 2015

Jeremy's Washimiyasai impression

Hey Jezza here,


Last year I wasn't able to participate due to a prolonged injury however this year I could take part in most activities however once again I had a small injury.


In spite of the pain I did my best to participate in some activities [Jezza took part in the "flower stage" event, shown in the video in a previous blog -Peter] and overall had a good socialising and hanging out with friends.


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As this sort of festival doesn't take place in Australia it was of somewhat a unique experience!


Jezza out!

June 12, 2015

Marina's First Sports Day

On June 4th, I participated in the Seiritsu sports day for the first time. The practice day reminded me of how strong the sunrays are in Tokyo. As I didn't bother to put sun screen on, I got sun burned on the back of my neck, ears, and an obvious difference in color on my legs (which hasn't disappeared yet!). This time I put on as much sunscreen as I could, so I wouldn't end up with sunburn again.


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We were divided into different teams that were represented by several different colors. Each class had its own t-shirt that the students designed. The class I'm in is 2I. Our shirt was purple with a カビゴン (Snorlax in Pokemon) on it that represented our homeroom teacher 岩崎先生(Iwasaki Sensei). I thought it was very cute.


There were different races that every single student signed up for a few. Everyone participated in the 華のステージ (Flower Stage) where we all squished onto one stage, and the class that holds for the longest would win. We didn't have any luck to win that one, but in the next race, our team won with ease. It was called the コンバット (combat). That was the race that needed good team work, so I felt very happy that we won.


Afterwards, me and my friends Saki and Meika participated in the three legged race, then I joined Suzune, Kasumi people for the ムカデ (Mukade) race.


Overall, purple won first place. Although it was burning hot, I had fun times with my classmates.


June 5, 2015

It's Washimiyasai 2015!

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After being delayed for a day by rain, the sun shone brilliantly as Seiritsu held its annual sports "Washimiyasai" festival at the Washinomiya ground on Thursday June 4th.


Remembering last year's washout, everyone was very happy that it was a sunny day. The ground has also had a new synthetic pitch installed since last year's festival, meaning that the previous day's rain had all drained away.


All years are equally divided into 5 colour groups: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, and Purple. all classes must try and win points for their colour group!


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Although a fun day for all years, the Washimiyasai is particularly important for junior high 1st years and high school students in their final year. Even more so as this year's graduating class has the first students to have passed through both all six years of education at Seiritsu. Because of this, the third years had a large part in organising the event, and did really well with it!


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After a fierce battle (including a heated contest with the athlete programme classes), Purple team eventually emerged victorious after a fantastic end relay.


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Congratulations, Team purple; and otsukaresamadeshita to everyone!


Of course, I managed to get a few shots of our girls karate team getting ready for their Kanto tournament..
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Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

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