中高等部修了式式辞 2016年3月24日
Principal’s Speech at Junior High Completion Ceremony March 24, 2016

2016.03.28
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and all those kindly gathered here for the GKA Junior High completion ceremony. I would like to extend my hearty thanks to each one of you for joining us here today.At this time of the year, we look forward to seeing the cherry blossoms in full bloom. We take satisfaction in the knowledge that all the parents here are filled with great joy as they look back on the tremendous effort they have put into bringing up their children and educating them with this delightful day in view.      I have just presented junior high school diplomas to the GKA students standing here, who have just completed Junior High. You are indeed getting ready to enter a new stage in your lives. It’s amazing to think that all of you were in Grade Seven when I first met you. Time has passed very quickly, and now you look so much more mature and grown-up. I consider myself fortunate to have gotten to know every one of you. I have been blessed with a lot of time to spend on this campus, observing all of you when you were studying, and when you were taking part in a wide variety of school events and extra-curricular activities. I would like to say a few words as you face this important turning point in your lives. You haven’t all chosen the same path, but I wish you all good luck in whatever awaits you. First, I want you to be conscious of your own interests – the special fields for which you have the greatest passion. I would like you to explore new areas that you haven’t tried before. Try to be more conscious of your own identity. Try to listen more to your inner voice. Life is filled with an endless variety of challenges and you will encounter new knowledge, fresh information and a diversity of people. Only you have the power to open up new horizons and choose your own future. As the proverb goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”Second, I want you to be confident and take pride in yourselves. You have had an English immersion education for nine years at GKA that values critical thinking. This has been a unique educational experience that will be of great benefit to each and every one of you. Many exciting events and extracurricular activities outside your daily lessons have served to make your school life even more fulfilling. These things have all contributed to making you what you are today. So be confident and proud, as you boldly face the future. Third, in the years to come, I would like you to appreciate the meaning of your lives. As is often the case in life, nothing stays the same. Tough times may follow peaceful moments. Dramatic events may suddenly occur in the course of long tedious routines. In all situations, I want you to be positive, proactive and optimistic. The renowned British actor, director, comedian and playwright, Charlie Chaplin, left us many inspiring remarks. I would like to introduce two of them to you. First: “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” And second: “Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination…and a little dough” – meaning, yes – money. Life is something we should all appreciate to the full.   Finally, I would like to express our deepest thanks to our parents. We would like to thank you for your contribution to, and cooperation with all of the unconventional educational practices you have witnessed here at GKA. We wish all parents and students, health and happiness in the years to come, especially the students who complete their studies at Junior High on this beautiful day in early spring. May your futures be bright, happy and fulfilling.

     March 24th, 2016 Gunma Kokusai Academy Junior High School                              
Principal, Shizue Yoshida
Thank you for your attention.




 修了式式辞                   2016年3月24日

皆様、こんにちは。GKA中等部修了式にあたり式辞を申し上げます。本日は皆様方にはご出席を賜り誠にありがとうございます。桜の開花が待たれる頃となりました。お子様を慈しみ育て、教育されてこられ、このよき日を迎えられた保護者のお喜びは一入と存じます。只今は、GKA中等部の修了証書を生徒達に渡しましたが、彼らは今人生の新たなステージの入り口に立っています。皆さんに初めてお会いしたのは皆さんが7年生の時でした。時間の経つのは早いもので、皆さんはあの頃と比べるとすっかり成長しました。皆さん一人一人と出会うことができたことを幸運なことと受け止めています。中等部のキャンパスで皆さんが学び、様々な学校行事や部活動を経験する姿を沢山見てきました。大きな節目であるこの時に、これからの人生の幸運を祈りつつ、何点か申し上げます。先ず、第一に、自分にとって興味あることを意識することであります。つまり、自分が一番好奇心を持っている特別な分野を意識するのです。自分のアイデンティティーを強く意識するのです。自分自身の内なる声に耳を傾けるのです。人生には数えきれないほどの多様な挑戦があり、新しい知識、情報、そして様々な人々との出会いがあるのです。自分自身が選択する将来への展望を切り開くのは自分以外にはいないのです。格言のとおり、「意志ある所には道がある;精神一到何事か成らざらん」であります。第二に、自分自身に自信と誇りを持つことです。皆さんはGKAで長い間クリティカルシンキングを柱に英語イマージョン教育を受けてきました。これは顕著かつユニークな教育実践であり、皆さんにとっては必ずや有利なものとなるはずです。日々の学習の他にも、楽しい行事や部活動が学校生活には沢山あり、それを経験して今の皆さんがあるのです。英国人の名高い俳優で映画監督、コメディアンかつ脚本家であるチャーリー・チャップリンは数多くの人を鼓舞する言葉を残しました。その中から皆さんに二つ紹介します。一つ目は、「下を見てばかりいたら虹を見ることは決してできない」、二つ目は、「人生は恐れなければ、素晴らしいものと成り得る。必要なものは、勇気と想像力・・・そして少しのお金である」人生は私たちにとってたっぷりと味わうべきものなのです。結びに、保護者の皆様に心より感謝申し上げます。今まで見てこられたとおり自由で型にはまらない校風のGKAの教育に対してお力添えとご協力を賜りましたことに感謝申し上げます。皆様方並びに生徒達のこれからのご健康とお幸せをお祈り申し上げます。早春のこのよき日に中等部を巣立つ生徒の皆さんの将来が輝かしく、幸せで充実したものとなりますよう願います。
   
2016年3月24日              
ぐんま国際アカデミー中等部                   
校 長  吉田シヅエ