冬休み明け校長講話 2016年1月12日
Principal’s Address at the Post-Winter-Break Assembly January 12th, 2016

Principal’s Address at the Post-Winter-Break Assembly       January 12th, 2016  
Good morning students and Happy New Year! I would like to welcome you all back to school.
The winter holidays lasted for 24 days, starting at the end of one year, going into the next.
Though we are still only partway through the academic year, the beginning of the calendar year feels so refreshing. I’m sure you will appreciate being able to take a deep breath of cool crisp air on a cold winter morning, especially if it’s a clear day.

You are on the threshold of a new year, 2016, and I would like to introduce to you all, some encouraging and inspiring quotes from a former president of South Africa.
His name was Nelson Mandela. He was elected as the eighth president of his country in 1994, in the first elections held in which people of all races could participate.
He used to be an anti-apartheid activist, and spent 27 years in prison after being arrested on charges of revolt against the government. Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the UNESCO Peace Prize, and many other prestigious prizes. 

Nelson Mandela left us many great and moving statements. Today, I have chosen three wise sayings attributed to him. The first one goes like this: “It always seems impossible until it is done.” The second one goes as follows: “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Finally, here is a third one: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” How do you like these quotes from the former president?
Don’t you find these quotes inspiring? We live in a tough and complicated society where we may feel the force of many winds blowing against us, or we may be under a lot of stress and strain. It’s hard for us to imagine what it must have been like to spend such an incredibly long time in prison. Nelson Mandela must have been mentally strong, but as he himself put it, he may have felt afraid, but he conquered his fear. He placed great value on the potential everyone has to rise every time he or she falls. 

The figure skater, Yuzuru Hanyu, established a new world record at the NHK Trophy competition last November with a historic total of 322.40 points, becoming the first figure skater to surpass the 300-point mark. What’s more, he went on to break his own record just half a month later at the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain. I think what he achieved was just incredible, both because of his great jumps and because of his artistic performance. However, what interests me most about this young figure skater is the strength of his will, and his commitment to hard work. In spite of the accident he had when he collided on a rink with a Chinese skater, or his unsatisfactory results in the competition in Canada, Yuzuru Hanyu rose to the occasion every time he faced difficulties. Just like Mandela, he had the mental fortitude never to give up. The amazing similarity that these people have is how prepared they are to rise again, every time they fall. 

12th graders, your graduation day is just around the corner. Make sure you complete your school life at GKA Secondary in a satisfactory way. 

11th graders, next, it will be your turn to make important decisions about your future. Now is the time for you to start creating an atmosphere that is worthy of responsible students about to enter their final year.

10th graders, it’s high time you woke up and became aware of the important decisions that you will have to make in life. Good luck in creating your documentary films. 

9th graders, you are facing an important time in your life at secondary school. Please make sure that you finish strong in the remaining few months.

8th graders, soon you will be the eldest students in GKA Junior High. Try to meet the expectations that people place on you, particularly those of your juniors.

7th graders, you have shown amazing physical as well as spiritual development since you entered our campus. I want you all to keep on going. 

Let me conclude my address by wishing you all good health and good luck.
Please take extra care of yourselves so that you won’t catch colds during the winter months.
The final three months of the school year are always climactic, so keep on going at full speed with your academic studies and extra-curricular activities. 

Thank you all for your attention.

                                   冬休み明け校長講話                  2016年1月12日 


2016年の新年にあたり、南アフリカ共和国の元大統領による言葉で我々を鼓舞してくれるものを紹介します。彼の名前は、ネルソン・マンデラ氏です。1994年に実施された選挙は、黒人、白人等、全ての人種が参加した初めての選挙で選出された、第8代大統領です。マンデラ氏は反アパルトヘイト(人種隔離政策)の活動家として政府に反抗して逮捕され27年間投獄されていましたが、ノーベル平和賞、ユネスコ平和賞の他、数多くの著名な栄誉に浴しました 。