中高等部 - 夏休み明け全校集会校長講話 2015年8月24日
Secondary - Principal’s speech at School Assembly August 24th, 2015

Principal’s Speech at School Assembly               August 24th, 2015

Good morning, students.
I would like to convey my message to you all on this special occasion.
You are finally back again in school, and I am so pleased to see you here in the school gym. You all look great, with faces somewhat suntanned. 

Are you well-prepared for jumping into another chapter of school life?
The first semester-end test will start from tomorrow for senior high students, and for junior high students the day after tomorrow. You will succeed as long as you try your hardest.
Good luck to you.

 Although we don’t have many days left in August, this month seems a special one to me when it comes to talking about war and peace. On August 6th on Hiroshima and on the 9th on Nagasaki 70 years ago, atomic bombs were dropped for the first time in human history, with so many people losing their lives. It seems to me that August is the most appropriate month for us to think about how we can maintain world peace on this earth.

I have been to Hiroshima and Nagasaki a couple of times, visited memorial museums and learned about the cruelty that the atomic bombs caused.  A variety of special TV programs featuring war and peace, both in the form of documentaries or dramas based on history were shown lately with much emphasis on this year being the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.  

We have many ways of exposing ourselves to the critical issues concerning what I am now talking about. Daily lessons play an important role in learning about what happened during the war and what has been happening in every corner of the globe.  Newspaper   articles, TV programs, information from books or the internet are all effective means to keep us informed of, whichever it is, war or peace. 

Here at GKA, we value students’ attitude in critical thinking.  Knowledge is of course important to come up with or form your own ideas or opinions. It is not only important to think about the meaning of peace, but also to consider what it is we can do that is worth trying.  There is no one single answer or idea to this question.  Flexible and creative ideas or opinions will do you good in the long run, because your   efforts in this regard will hopefully affect you in your attitude or behavior, even from the perspective of seeking a career.  

Someone may be interested in international relations and choose a profession as a journalist.  Another may become a physician in order to work overseas to help those who are sick or injured at a refugee camp.  There may be yet another who will work for an international organization like the United Nations. I am quite pleased that 8th graders decided to collect folded paper cranes with peace messages inside, which they will dedicate to the Hiroshima Peace Park in October when they pay a visit there.  A little effort makes a big difference, I think.

From next year you will be eligible to vote in general elections as soon as you become 18 years old. This requires you to be a responsible citizen equipped with critical thinking abilities in exercising the right to vote.  
will force you to think about the things around you and not only such difficult matters as how to keep the peace but also other important general matters.
I want you to be well prepared for this.

Okay, this concludes my speech.  The rest of the first semester   continues until the end of September.  I would like every one of you to lead a full school life in both regular classes and extra-curricular activities.  Good luck to you.  Thank you for your attention.      

夏休み明け全校集会校長講話        2015年8月24日