Cleanup activities & Sennin-nabe

This past Friday, October 13th, everyone at Shoin took part in the annual fall cleaning. Students along with supervising teachers were assigned by class to different tasks, such as intensive cleaning of all the washrooms, trimming and maintaining the hedges and trees around the school grounds, and picking up trash in the local area outside the school. The cleaning process was carried out throughout the morning up until the afternoon, at which point students and teachers ate lunch. Lunch was prepared by the Parents’ Association who cooked a delicious and filling pork stew in large pots, known as ‘Sennin-nabe,’ enough to feed everyone in the school. Altogether it was a busy and productive day, and the students’ efforts were supported by warm and sunny weather, which was just right for the task at hand.

Athletic festival

On September 29th Shoin High School held its annual athletic festival, with all the students from every class joining in to both organize and participate in the various events. These events included obstacle races, themed team races, and tests of athleticism and willpower, such as the tire battle. Students were separated into three teams, Blue, Yellow, and Red, each with their own team flag and choreographed dance/cheer routine. Of particular note, in terms of events, were the team relay and the dance competition, both of which were won by the Red team. Another popular event was the Tug of War, which was also won by the Red team, though the real winners were the parents who beat the Red team in a final match. The final results for the overall champions, after a closely competitive race were Red in first, Blue in second, and Yellow in third. Thanks to the efforts of teachers and students, and also the pleasant weather, everyone involved in the athletic festival had a great time, and the event was definitely a success.

Speech Contest

This past Saturday, the 23rd, two Shoin students from class 1T attended the Tottori Prefectural Speech Contest. Fujimura Yuki, whose speech “Learn English by Using English” discussed how he improved his English skills by practicing with English songs and movies; and, Shimomura Akiko, whose speech “The Value of Challenging” explained how she learned to challenge herself and the importance of doing so for her own personal development as well as the benefit of others. Both students performed exceptionally after working very hard to prepare their speeches. Although neither were able to place in the top 3, both were given positive comments by the judges and encouraged to return next year to compete again.