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Secondary - Principal’s Speech at Junior High Completion Ceremony March 24, 2015

Principal’s Speech at Junior High Completion Ceremony March 24, 2015

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and all those who are kindly gathered here at the GKA Junior High Completion Ceremony.  
I would like to extend my heartiest thanks to all of you for your attendance.
As the long and cold winter has passed, we are getting excited about plants and trees budding and bursting into full bloom.  All parents must be filled with great joy after all the efforts they’ve made in bringing up and educating their children to reach this delightful day.  

I have just presented junior high school diplomas to GKA’s Junior High 9th graders standing here in the school gymnasium, getting ready to step forward into a new stage of life.
 I can easily imagine that they are sharing so many nice memories at this very moment -- they have spent such a long time together at GKA since they entered the Elementary School as first graders.

I am deeply honored to get to know you as precious students here at the Uchigashima Campus.
I have such clear, fond memories of having visited various sites for sport tournaments or matches.
In the academic year, 2013, when the school cultural festival was held, all of you performed a great dance performance in one united formation.
All of us who had the opportunity to see you were so deeply impressed.

I would like to say a few words as my parting gift for all graduating students.

 Firstly, I want you to try your best at knowing yourselves, that is, in understanding and making much of your own individual identity.
 Everybody has his or her strengths as well as weaknesses.  Everybody has his or her own interest in a variety of pursuits and opportunities and sights and sounds that you may come across and perhaps find very interesting in your daily lives.
It all depends on the individual. Each person is unique and different.  
By thinking about yourself in an earnest way, you will come to know what career or dream you should pursue in the future. 

Secondly, I want you to have clear goals and to make every effort to achieve them.  
The first step for you to take with you into the future is the determination to put your ideas into practice. The process of thinking about something very carefully is very important.
More importantly, once you have a vision of what you want, you need to put your own idea into concrete practice.  Of course, hardship may befall you and prevent you from realizing your dreams or force you to reset your goals.  I am convinced that this whole process will turn into a precious experience and a priceless asset wherever your long lives take you.  
Nelson Mandela once said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in  never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  

Thirdly, on the basis of what you have been learning here, I want you to keep on using the English language in both ordinary conversation and critical thinking.
While at GKA, you have had the privilege of experiencing our own unique system.
Needless to say, English is a great means for communication in the global community and will do you a great deal of good particularly as you move onto higher education whether in Japan or abroad.  As far as your experience here at GKA is concerned, all of you have the distinct advantage of having been exposed to English immersion classes for the past nine years with much emphasis on critical thinking throughout your entire education.
 I can definitely say that all of you have already been equipped with basic skills and attitudes as valuable assets for exploring the wonders in life, knowing what to do and finally contributing to society at home or abroad.  Be confident of what you have done so far and take pride in all that you have accomplished at GKA.  

Lastly I would like to express our deepest thanks to all the parents for their contribution and cooperation with our complex educational practices here at GKA.  
We wish each and every one of you health and happiness in the years to come. 

For the students who are bidding farewell to the Junior High School on this beautiful spring day, may your futures be bright, happy and fulfilling. 

     March 24th, 2015Gunma Kokusai Academy Junior High School                                        Principal   Shizue  Yoshida











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