中高等部 - 中等部始業式校長講話 2015年4月6日
Secondary - Principal’s Talk at Junior High First Semester Opening Day Ceremony April 6, 2015

Principal’s Talk at Junior High First Semester Opening Day Ceremony,  April 6, 2015

Good morning, students of all grades at GKA Secondary Junior High School.

The new academic year, 2015 is upon us at last.
Seventh grade students, welcome to Uchigashima Campus.
It is our great pleasure to have you with us and to begin together in a new school.
We decided that we should make the  beginning of the first semester a special occasion at which we sincerely extend our hearty welcome to all new students who have moved up from the elementary school to the seventh grade.
Eighth and ninth graders, we are very pleased to see you all back here after the spring break. Welcome back and congratulations on your promotions to the next grade.

 I have long been looking forward to this wonderful day when you get the new academic year off to a great start here at the school gym. The weather has already been getting much milder.
We feel comfortable as we move around. Flowers and plants are growing vigorously under the great power of the energy of nature all around us.
 Spring is a good season for us to begin life anew with fresh motivation and a positive attitude.  Every time I think of the meaning of this season, it gives me tremendous energy and vitality.

On this occasion, I would like to focus on three points.

Firstly, I want you to try your best in daily lessons. Your lessons must be your top priority every day. Teachers are trying their hardest to be ready for every lesson – to make all their lessons interesting and understandable for you to follow.  You in turn must concentrate on your lessons all the time.  We have introduced a new system and structure of learning in the form of streaming in the 8th and 9th grades. The emphasis is on students’ learning better.  Seventh graders, so please try to get accustomed to your daily lessons as soon as possible. Your efforts little by little will make a huge difference in the end.  

Secondly, I want to know one thing for sure -- we at GKA will not tolerate bullying. The phrase that I want you to remember is, “Don’t do anything to  another person that would upset you if done to you.” Or, as the Christian bible states, "Do unto others as they would do unto you." We must be careful about human relations by respecting other people.  Please do not feel that you are alone or isolated. Bullying in any form can never be approved or justified. Every student has the right to be happy and confident of his or her value as a citizen and member of the GKA community. GKA  students have prepared an anti-bullying poster to put up on a wall in the school building. In the poster students are smiling beautifully. Just by saying hello to each other with a nice smile is one way to begin to form the basis for long lasting relationships.  Why not smile not only among friends but also for the benefit of all the many visitors to GKA?   

Thirdly, I would like to visit athletic and cultural events as often as possible so that I can say hello to you and cheer you on.
In addition to the importance of learning in classes, I value what students learn in extra-curricular activities beyond daily lessons.

    The biggest reason why I think this way is that those extra-curricular activities or similar experiences will definitely be of great help in developing your personality and humanity, contributing toward your becoming more mature.

  Through close interactive activities with your friends, whether they are seniors, juniors or in the same grade as you, you will learn endless valuable lessons -- lessons that you may find difficult to grasp in ordinary classes.

    For sure, you will encounter many happy moments as well as tough times.
Yes, overcoming difficulties will build your mental and moral strength.
want to see you showing great smiles and enthusiastic faces on many occasions.
Please remember that I am always your biggest fan.  

 I would like to conclude by wishing you all the best in the months to come.
 Please enjoy your school life as much as possible and study hard. Ok-- does that make sense? Will you do that for me – and for yourselves?

 Good luck to each and every one of you. And thank you for your kind attention. 

   中等部始業式校長講話                2015年4月6日