Getting ready for the festival – April 2021

Hello everyone,

Today is a beautiful Friday. Students have a full day of lessons, some of them are getting their health check, and then after school is club time. These days, many clubs are getting ready for the school festival next week.

This year’s festival will be very different, with no food making allowed. But, I think it means classes and clubs can be more creative with their ideas. My class, for example, will be helping people make “bath bombs”. I have never used one, but the tickets “sold like hotcakes” so I guess we will be busy.

Of course, we have to be careful to keep our masks on and wash our hands, but if we all do our part I think we can enjoy our festival together.

April 2021 – School Festival Posters

Hello everyone,

It is a beautiful Monday today. This season is wonderful because the sun is bright but it is not too hot yet. In 5th and 6th period today, many classes were preparing for the school festival. On Saturday we bought tickets. This year we have to be more creative with our ideas because we cannot make food. Let’s take a look at the different posters!

Torch Relay – April 2021

Hello everyone!

It is Monday, welcome back to school. On Friday and Saturday there was a big event in Wakayama. The Olympic torch relay was held! On Friday it was in the south of Wakayama. Ms. Fujisaki was a runner, you should ask her about it. On Saturday the relay was in Wakayama City. It was both exciting, because it is a rare event, and sad, because we couldn’t all go outside and cheer.

I was reminded of the 2010 Olympics in Canada, because my step-father was a runner as well. In fact, he kept his torch and it is at his home now. What a great way to remember it!

Hopefully by the time summer comes we will have a better idea how to hold a fun and safe Olympics. Until then, stay safe and smart by washing your hands, wearing your masks, and not going to crowded places.

Bonus question! The last time the Olympics were in Japan was 1998. One Shin-ai teacher, who was a student then, ran in the relay. Look at the picture, can you find them? If you know the answer, please tell me!

Maybe if we zoom in a little, it is easier to see…

We’re back! Setting goals… – Apr. 2021

Hello everyone!

Last time I wrote on this page it was at the end of a long year. I wrote that page, turned off my computer, and went home to relax and refresh. I hope you did the same! Now school is back and I am ready to go.

Every year at school I try to set a new challenge. Four years ago it was to start this blog. Three years ago I began an eiken extra lesson after school. Last year I did many lessons online and learned new technology. So now I am thinking about 2021-22.

This year we have a new teacher from Canada named Xan. He moved to Wakayama in March and began teaching this week. He has many things to learn about our school, students, and way of studying at Shin-ai. I remember when I came to this school, I had to work very hard to learn many things. So, my challenge this year is to help Xan become the best teacher he can be.

How about you? What will you challenge this year? Maybe you have a study challenge, like being top 3 in your class. Maybe you have an attendance challenge, so you will never miss school. Maybe you have a lifestyle challenge, like saying a big “Good Morning!” to your class every day.

Whatever you decide, I hope you use this year to improve yourself, and help people around you. This year’s school motto is “together”. So, let’s work together and have a great year. And, if you see Xan in the hallway, give him a big hello!

Stay healthy,