February 25, 2015

Chosen High School karate club works out with Seiritsu!

On Thursday February 19 three students from the nearby Korean school Chousen High School came with their karate coach Pak sensei to get a workout with Seiritsu's karate club!


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Usually in Japan, school sports clubs organise friendly matches, called "renshuu jiai", to help their members get valuable experience outside of official events, and to keep good relationships with other schools. Although in this case we didn't actually have a proper bout practice, both Seiritsu and Chosen students certainly benefited from training with new people.


Thanks very much to Chousen High School for coming, and we are looking forward to training together again soon!



Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator / Karate Club Coach

February 16, 2015

Find us on facebook!

Hello everyone!


We know many people come and visit our website here and quite a few come back on a regular basis. To make it even easier for you, we suggest you like our page in facebook.


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


With just a few updates every month, we will not hog up your news feed but you can still be kept up to date.


Take a minute and like our page now!


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February 7, 2015

Connor's JanuaryBlog Post

Hi Connor here,


The start of 2015 started in Osaka for me at my Grandmother's and Aunty's house and it was refreshing to be out of the stresses and rigours of the football club's schedule and be able to spend time with family that I haven't seen in a while.


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Having been to Osaka many times previously I didn't get up to too many tourist-y things and most of my time was spent eating delicious home cooked food and wandering around the small but busy towns around the area.


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The highlight of the trip to Osaka was when I went to see the 3D mapping Illumination show which took place on and around the grounds of Osaka Castle it was amazing seeing something historic being combined with new technology to create something entertaining.


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February 5, 2015

An amazing time

Yukiko's time at Seiritsu came to a close on Friday the 23rd. We asked Marina to interview Yukiko and get her feedback. We are including some of that interview here for people to read.


Marina (M): What was your most memorable experience?


Yukiko (Y): I was lucky and had quite a lot of really good experiences, but I’ve got to say the class party my class organised for me at the end was one of the most memorable experiences. Almost everyone in the class turned up to it and we had a really good time at an okonomiyaki restaurant!


M: What was your favourite class?


Y: My favourite class was definitely PE, where I got to involve myself the most with the activities we did. During my stay our class was focusing on basketball which I really enjoyed. It’s one of the few classes where you can really get to know your classmate and make new friends!


M: How did you fit into the class?


Y: I was really lucky to have a class which had many friendly people! Therefore I was able to fit in really well, and by the end of the trip I was extremely close to many of my classmates. I focused on being open to conversation and tried to talk to friends as much as I could.


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M: What surprised you the most from this exchange?


Y: I was familiar with the Japanese style school from my experience at an international school; however I was surprised at the length of time the clubs go on for. I attended the tennis club and which started at 4 and went on until 8 each club day. That’s 4 hours per session which I was quite surprised by.


M: How was your home stay?


Y: My home stay was amazing! They were the kindest, most caring people, who made my time here so enjoyable! They took me out for sightseeing for example Mt.Fuji, Kamakura, Yokohama, etc. and made really delicious food each day! I’m really grateful I was able to stay with such a nice family!


M: What advice would you give to others?


Y: The biggest advice I would give would be to make as many friends as you can and involve yourself in all the activities provided! Just be open and talkative and once you find the right group of friends, your stay will be really enjoyable! I had an amazing time here, and I hope you will too!


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We would like to thank Yukiko for coming and being such a great student. We hope you come visit us again. Good luck with your regular school!
Seiritsu Gakuen staff and students


January 29, 2015

Good luck to all entrance exam takers!

It is at this time in the Japanese school year that students wishing to enter their desired junior high school, senior high school or university sit their entrance exams. It is a time of extreme stress and worry for the kids, parents and teachers too, but hopefully all their hard work is rewarded with a pass into their chosen place of study.


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Seiritsu too is holding their entrance exams for both Junior and Senior High school. Good luck to all the entrants!


Peter Williams
International Department Coordinator

January 28, 2015

Jason Davidson puts Australia into the Asia Cup Finals!

Seiritsu Old Boy Jason Davidson's fired his first goal for Australia and has put the Socceroos into the AFC Asian Cup final against South Korea after defeating the United Arab Emirates 2-0.


His match-winning strike against the UAE, who had themselves eliminated Japan via penalties in the quarter finals, confirmed that Australia will be in their second consecutive finals (having lost to Japan in 2011's finals) at Stadium Australia on January 31.


Jason's goal can be seen in the highlights here:



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Listen to Jason's post match interview:



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Well done Jason- We're all cheering for you in the final!


Pete Williams
International Department Coordinator

January 14, 2015

Jason Davidson, a Seiritsu OB, is going strong!

We are very happy to see one of our very own, Jason Davidson, playing in the Asian Cup.


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So far, Australia has won its first two games (4-1 and 4-0). The Australian team has home advantage and some are expecting them to make it to the finals.


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It would be really nice to see Japan and Australia play against each other for the final match.


If you want to read a little more, here are a few links:


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2903371/Australia-4-1-Kuwait-Tim-Cahill-Mile-Jedinak-score-Asian-Cup-hosts-kick-tournament-win.html


http://www.afcasiancup.com/news/en/group-a-oman-0-4-australia/h2smgrmsusg31lzzeazwcp74c


http://www.afcasiancup.com/news/en/troussier-socceroos-to-succeed/1xcgng2l875jq1r12wc647wt3h


http://www.afcasiancup.com/team/en/Australia



January 9, 2015

Welcome to Seiritsu, Marina!

Hi my name is Marina. I am a foreign student from Canada. I will be studying at Seiritsu Gakuen for a year or two. My main purposes for coming to Japan are to experience the Japanese life style, improve my Japanese skill and possibly enter university in Japan. I'm looking forward to my studying at Seiritsu and life in Japan.


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January 8, 2015

Happy New Year from Yuki

Hi, it's Yuki here with my New Year blog!


Throughout Christmas and New Year’s, I was lucky enough to get a two week break to go see relatives, and explore Japan outside of Tokyo.


My first stop was Nara where I met up with my family from Australia and relatives who I haven’t seen for a year. It was a relaxing time for me as I was reunited with my family and was able to fully recover from the busy schedule I had in Tokyo.


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Soon after, we headed out to Hiroshima for a family holiday. We visited historic sites such as the Hiroshima Atomic Dome and the museum connected, which were both confronting but a very significant and important part of Japans history. We also visited one of Japans most beautiful shrine, Miyajima, famous for its floating Torii gates in the ocean.


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After the trip I had a fairly packed holiday, going site seeing in Osaka and Kyoto and visiting friends nearby. I also celebrated New Years in Japan. Here, they have a custom of eating soba at night on New Year’s Eve. It’s called Toshikoshi soba and is eaten to have a long and healthy life.


I’m now back into the usual routine and making the most of my last 3 weeks here!

January 6, 2015

Connor's December and New Year's web post

Hi Guys,


The last month of 2014 was one of the most enjoyable and busy of the year!
The first main event of December were the Exams, similar to last examination period I sat a few of the all Japanese tests which included Kokugo (Japan’s version of our english studies), Political Studies and Health. Unlike last time I was able to read and answer a lot more questions, which was encouraging!


Also, during the examination period the International students were able to use a day to go and explore the area of Nikko (which coincides with our next history study area). We got there quite early in the morning and the weather was really nice; although the temperature rarely went above 3 degrees, it was sunny and still. The excursion was really enjoyable, and Nikko and its environment was really beautiful. I was able to snap a few nice photos.


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After the test period had concluded we had a slow week of school after that and then it was holidays. Like every year, the football club were off to Hasaki, on Christmas day, for a number of tournaments over the next 5 days. The ‘A Team’, which I was in, competed in the Ocean Cup and our group stage games were a success as we won all three and finished with a healthy 14+ goal difference.


Next came the knockout rounds of the competition and we faced Chuo Gakuin from Chiba, we came out 3-2 winners of a very entertaining match. The semi Final brought our team up against Maebashi Ikuei and the encounter was tense throughout with each team defending well. However, a counter attack from the opposition ending in a goal, which came in the last minute of the match, meant we had to settle for a third place play off.


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The third place playoff saw us play Ryukei and it turned out to be a very interesting game, the heavens opened up prior to kick off and the field became a lake and with strong winds blowing it was one of the coldest games I’ve played in. The state of the ground meant the quality suffered and neither side could score as the crossbar seemed to be our greatest enemy, so it went to penalties.


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The shootout was tense like any other and unfortunately our first taker missed. I took the fourth kick, and converted, but we eventually lost. This meant we placed fourth in 2014 Ocean cup out of over 25 teams across Japan which was quite successful. I enjoyed every minute of playing!


See ya Next time,


Connor

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