English Recitation Contest and Year End

Hello Everyone,

Last Saturday was our English Recitation Contest. Two students from each junior high school class, so 24 in total, were chosen to compete. Each students practiced hard to not only remember a story, but to tell the story well. Grade one students read “Zorba’s Promise” a story about a cat who helps a young bird to fly.

Second grade students performed “Dolphin Tale”, about a dolphin who is helped by a young boy. The title has a double meaning as “Tale” means story, and “Tail” is the part of the dolphin that was injured.

Finally, grade three students told us about the story of Nishikori Kei. He is, of course, the famous tennis player that moved to America to practice tennis, even though he did not speak much English. In the story Nishikori tells us that he was not afraid of making mistakes in English, because he wanted to communicate with his coaches no matter what.

So, as we head into the spring holiday, think about Nishikori’s message. Come back ready to make LOTS of English mistakes, but as a result have LOTS of communication.

Thank you for this year and see you in April!

Are you A-chan, or B-chan?

Hello everyone! Well, tests have finished and the end of the year is coming soon. For grade three high school students, you will be starting a new exciting chapter in your life. Congratulations on your graduation and good luck next year!

For all the other students, spring vacation is starts next week. We can already taste spring in the air, and the time off is a chance to recharge and refresh. It is time to think about the last year and try new challenges in April. Ok, see you!

OH! I almost forgot one thing. I am sure your teachers have given you some spring holiday homework! For my class it looks like this:

JHS Grade 1 homework.

Now, some of you know my homework speech, but some of you don’t, so here it goes. There are two types of girls, A-chan and B-chan. A-chan gets her spring homework and starts it the same day. Everyday she does it little by little, and then finishes before the end of her spring vacation. After that she can relax and enjoy her time.

B-chan gets her homework, puts it on her desk at home, and then goes out to play. Everyday she looks at the homework and says… “Tomorrow.” Then one day she wakes up and realizes that her holiday is almost over! She has to do her homework for hours and hours in the last days of her vacation. She comes to school for her new class tired and not rested.

So, everyone, are you A-chan or B-chan? Which sounds better to you?