Work Experience Program (JHS) | October 1st - 5th 2018
In the first week of October, 3rd year junior high school students took part in a work experience program called “Career Start Week”.
Through real working experience at local shops and businesses in the Hiroshima area, students could gain an understanding of the importance of work and the requirements of adult workers, as well as deepen their knowledge and awareness of their potential career goals.
School Trip (Hawaii) (SHS) | October 1st - 5th 2018
At the beginning of October, all 2nd year high school students went to Hawaii on a school trip. During the trip, the students visited Hawaii University and had group discussions and cross-cultural exchange activities with local university students. Some students also visited our sister school in Hawaii; Le Jardin Academy. Through discussions in English, our students could not only improve their English skills, but also improve their communication ability and learn more about Hawaiian culture and global issues.
Later in the day, the students visited a traditional Polynesian culture center and enjoyed a hand-on cultural experience.
Discussion with university students
Sister school visit
Polynesian culture center
School Trip Extension | October 6th - 7th 2018
Sports Day | September 8th 2018
The 15th annual school sports day was held on Saturday Sep. 8th. Although it rained fairly heavily on that day, all the participants enthusiastically embraced the theme for the event, which was “Smiling Broadly”, and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the various sporting and performance events. The success of the event, even in difficult circumstances, was largely due to the hard work and detailed preparation by the student organizing committee in the months leading up to the event. On the day, the rain-soaked students taking part were loudly supported by their classmates as well as the visiting attendees, and this unique event will be ingrained in the history of Hiroshima High School.
Cheering team (red)
Cheering team (white)
Open School 2 (Senior High School) | August 8th 2018
On August 8th, junior high school students from other schools in Hiroshima prefecture who are interested in attending our senior high school next year attended an open day at our school with their parents to learn more about our high school. After a presentation and explanation of the school, the prospective students took a demonstration class of their choosing, and then had the opportunity to ask questions to current Hiroshima Senior High School students. They also had a chance to tour the school premises and observe some club activities.
Open School 1 (Junior High School) | June 17th 2018
On June 17th, prospective students from elementary schools all over Hiroshima prefecture attended an open day at the school to learn more about our junior high school. They were given a presentation about the school and had the opportunity to take some demonstration classes. Current students volunteered to assist with the demonstration classes and also manned a question booth to answer questions from prospective students and their parents about school life at Hiroshima Junior High School.
School Festival | June 8th - June 9th 2018
The opening ceremony was held on the first day and attended by a group of foreign exchange students from Hiroshima University. Stage performances by student music and dance groups also took place on the first day. The remainder of the first day was spent preparing for the second (open) day.
Hiroshima University students
The second day of the school festival was open to the public and attended by students' friends and family members, as well as members of the local community and students from local schools.
Junior high school classes held a choral competition and showcased examples of their classwork. Senior high school classes each had an individual theme. Some classes prepared and sold food, and others held games or a “haunted house” experience. There were also performances of traditional Japanese culture by the relevant clubs, and exhibitions of modern art. The foreign exchange students from Hiroshima University also returned and engaged in cultural-exchange activities with our students. At the end of the day, prizes were awarded for the best class presentations, based on feedback from attendees.
Japanese harp performance
Tea ceremony demonstration
Japanese chess club
Mosaic art poster
School Field Trip | April 27th 2018
At the beginning of the school year in April, each class went on a field trip to local areas of historical and cultural significance or natural beauty. On this trip, students interacted with their new classmates and teachers in a social setting, which served to strengthen the bonds between them and deepen their relationships.
Junior high school students were divided into mixed groups (each group comprised 1st year students, 2nd year students, and 3rd year students) and took part in recreation activities at local parks and scenic spots.
Senior high school students were divided by grade and visited local tourist areas. 1st year students went to Onomichi, which has many famous temples. 2nd year students went to Miyajima, which is famous for Itsukushima shrine, a World Heritage site. 3rd year students went to Kurashiki, which is a historical city with many museums.
Entrance Ceremony | April 7th 2018
The school year in Japan begins in April, so in the first week of April new students entering the first grade of junior high school and senior high school (and their parents) attended an entrance ceremony in the school gymnasium. After a welcome speech by the school principal, representatives from the new students (one each from junior and senior high school) made a pledge to the principal, and then all students were introduced to their class homeroom teachers for the year.
Introduction of homeroom teachers
Research Study Tour (Australia) (SHS) | March 16th - 28th 2017
From Mar. 16th to Mar. 28th, a group of 18 1st year high school students visited Brisbane in Australia for a research study tour. Each of the students had chosen a topic to research, which covered such areas as environmental issues, natural disasters, and cultural diversity.
During the trip, the students took classes at a local high school and made presentations to local students about Hiroshima and Japanese culture. They also visited The University of Queensland to hold discussion with college students about their research topics.
The students also made day trips to Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Center to learn about marine ecology, and to Springbrook National Park to learn about the ecosystems and natural environment of Australia.
On the final day of the tour, students made presentations showing the results of their research to the principal, teachers, and students of the local high school, as well as staff from Education Queensland International, the international section of the Queensland Department of Education.
The students will continue to develop their research over the next two years, especially during their school trip to Hawaii this year, and will write a graduation thesis (in English) in their final year of high school.
University of Queensland
Overseas Language Study (Canada) (JHS) | March 16th - 26th 2018
From Mar 16th to Mar 26th, 40 junior high school students went to Lethbridge city in Alberta, Canada for an English language and foreign language study tour. The students stayed with local families and took classes with local students. They also engaged in cultural exchange activities with the local students, which included introducing them to traditional Japanese games like kendama as well as trying local sports such as curling.
English Performance Contest 3 (SHS) | February 16th 2018
1 st and 2 nd year high school students was held. The final speakers were chosen as representatives of each class in preliminary rounds and delivered prepared speeches from a choice of two topics. For 1 st year students the choice of topics was “What is important for cross-cultural communication” or “What we should do as a global citizen”. For 2 nd year students the choice was “The World and I” or “The importance of diversity”. In addition, three of the students who had conducted research in Hawaii during their school trip presented a short summary of their findings after the speeches.
English Performance Contest 2 (JHS) | February 16th 2018
English Performance Contest 1 (JHS) | February 14th 2018
On February 14th, the annual English performance contests started with the skit contest for
1st year junior high school students. In small groups, students performed versions of traditional Japanese folk tales in easy-to-understand English while being conscious of their ability to convey the content of their skit to the audience.
On the same day, the recitation contest for 2nd year junior high school students was held. In small groups, students recited (from memory) passages from popular western literary works in English and presented the material in an easy-to-understand manner while demonstrating their knowledge of difficult English words and expressions.
1st year skit
2nd year recitation
Hawaii Sister School Study Program | January 15th - February 4th 2018
National English Debate Contest | December 16-17th 2017
On December 16th and 17th, a team from our school took part in the National High School English Debate Tournament for the first time. This year's contest was held at the Tokyo International University campus in Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture.
The topic for debate was "Japan should significantly relax its immigration policies", and each team contested five matches in the preliminary rounds.
The debate team and the supporting members cooperated successfully and supported each other positively, but the level of competition was so high that our team could not progress to the quarter-final stage of the tournament. Nevertheless, it was a valuable learning experience for the students and gave them motivation to strive to reach higher levels in the future.
School Trip (Okinawa) (JHS) | December 5th - 8th 2017
At the beginning of December. 2nd year junior high school students visited Okinawa on a school trip.
On the first day, students paid their respects at a peace monument (similar to the one in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park) and student representatives pledged an oath to learn the importance of peace from the terrible consequences of war.
On the second day, students visited Kourijima to experience traditional agriculture methods of the region. After harvesting sugarcane, the students had a chance to operate a manual compression mill and produce unrefined brown sugar.
On the third day, students had a traditional culture experience. They learned an Okinawan folk dance called Eisa, and wore costumes and played instruments used in the performance of the dance.
Hiroshima Prefecture English Debate Contest | October 29th 2017
Congratulations to our high school English debate team who won the Hiroshima Prefectural High School English Debate Contest for the first time. The team will attend the National Tournament in Saitama on December 16th and 17th.
All the members of the team worked very hard to research and prepare their arguments for the debate and their hard work paid off. Only six students are allowed to compete in the final tournament but, in total, the team was comprised of thirteen students who supported and advised each other during research, practice matches, and the final competition. They are all invaluable members of the team. We wish them the best of luck in the national tournament.
Work Experience Program (JHS) | October 2nd - 6th 2017
At the beginning of October, 3rd year junior high school students took part in a work experience program for one week. They assisted at local schools, commercial businesses, and public service facilities to give them a deeper understanding and appreciation of working life, and also to assist them in deciding their future career goals.
School Trip (Hawaii) (SHS) | October 2nd - 6th 2017
In the first week of October, all 2nd year high school students visited Hawaii on a school trip. During the trip, the students visited some local sightseeing spots and learned about the local culture, which included a visit to a traditional Polynesian culture center.
The students also visited Hawaii University, toured the campus, and held discussions with university students in English on a variety of social, cultural, and environmental topics.
A selected number of students stayed an extra two days in Hawaii to conduct research and do fieldwork related to a topic that they have chosen to research for their graduation thesis, which they will write in English. On the last day, those students presented the results of their findings to local teachers and university students.
Polynesian culture center
Hawaii University visit
Sports Day | September 8th 2017
The school sports day was held on Saturday Sep. 8th. All students (almost 1200 in total) took part in various sporting and athletic events. Teachers and parents also took part in some of the events.
Not all events were competitive; there were also some performance activities. For example, all the male students performed the school version of the New Zealand Haka; and all the female students performed original dances in brightly-colored t-shirts with flags and pom-poms. In addition, students in the final (3rd year) of high school performed a series of folk dances with their teachers.
Some of the athletic events such as tug-of-war, three-legged races, and obstacle course races are probably familiar to people around the world, but the program also included a number of traditional Japanese activities. “Ouendan” is a performance/cheering contest in which representatives of both teams (red and white) perform coordinated moves in front of the their supporters. “Kibasen” is a cavalry-type battle where contestants try to remove the colored bandanas of opposing team members while being carried by three members of their own team.
There were also some special relay races. One was a race between teams of club members, both sporting and cultural. Team members dressed in costumes or uniforms representing their clubs, and some runners carried props to pass instead of batons.
The final event of the day was a traditional relay race with teams of students from various grades, as well as a teacher’s team. The final leg of this relay is traditional run by the school principal. This year featured a special appearance by the former principal, who retired in March, to run the penultimate leg. This resulted in a literal, as well as symbolic, passing of the baton from one to the other.
Ouendan (red team)
Ouendan (white team)
Passing the baton
Open School 2 (Senior High School) | August 8th 2017
At the beginning of August, a second open school is held for prospective students who wish to enter the senior high school. Although all graduating junior high school students automatically enter the senior high school there are two more classes in senior high school than junior high school, so around 80 additional students are accepted from other junior high schools. Visiting junior high school students are given a presentation about our senior high school and take a demonstration class of their choosing. After that, they are given guided tours of the school by current senior high school students during which they observe club activities.
Taiwan Summer Camp in Hiroshima | July 11th 2017
A group of 14 students from Taiwan, (two from each of the seven municipal high schools in Taoyuan city) along with one of their teachers, visited Hiroshima for one week from July 8th to July 16th. As part of their trip, they visited our school for one day on July 11th.
The students from Taiwan joined classes and ate lunch with more than thirty of our first and second year high school students who volunteered to act as “Buddies” for the duration of their stay. After school, they participated in cleaning time and then took a school tour and observed club activities with their buddies.
This was a great opportunity for our students to meet and interact with students from another country who have excellent English skills.
Open School 1 (Junior High School) | June 18th 2017
In the middle of June, prospective students from elementary schools all over Hiroshima prefecture are invited to an open day at the school where they can learn more about our junior high school. They are given a presentation about the school and are given the opportunity to take some demonstration classes. Current students volunteer to assist with the demonstration classes and also staff a question booth to answer questions from prospective students and their parents about school life at Hiroshima Junior High School.
School Festival | June 9th – June 10th 2017
The annual school festival is held every year on June 9th and 10th. Organized by a committee of students, the festival is a showcase of students’ creative and artistic ability and an opportunity for visitors to experience the school in a relaxed manner.
The opening ceremony is held on the first day and is attended by a group of foreign exchange students from Hiroshima University. Stage performances by student music and dance groups also take place on the first day and are extremely popular. The remainder of the first day is taken up with preparing for the second (main) day.
Hiroshima University students
The second day of the school festival is open to the public and is attended by student’s friends and family members, as well as members of the local community and students from local schools.
Junior high school classes hold a choral competition and showcase examples of their classwork. Senior high school classes each have an individual theme. Some classes prepare and sell food, and others hold traditional fairground games like card games or a “haunted house” experience. There are also performances of traditional Japanese culture by the relevant clubs, and exhibitions of modern art. The foreign exchange students from Hiroshima University also return and engage in cultural-exchange activities with our students. At the end of the day, prizes are awarded for the best class presentations, based on feedback from attendees.
Japanese harp performance
Tea ceremony demonstration
Japanese chess club
PET bottle art
School Field Trip | April 28th 2017
At the beginning of the school year in April, each class goes on a field trip to local areas of historical and cultural significance or natural beauty. On this trip, students interact with their new classmates and teachers in a social setting, which serves to strengthen the bonds between them and deepen their relationships.
Junior high school students are divided into mixed groups (each group comprises 1st year students, 2nd year students, and 3rd year students) and take part in recreation activities at local parks and scenic spots.
Senior high school students are divided by grade and visit local tourist areas. 1st year students go to Onomichi, which has many famous temples. 2nd year students go to Miyajima, which is famous for Itsukushima shrine, a World Heritage site. 3rd year students go to Kurashiki, which is a historical city with many museums.
Junior High School
Entrance Ceremony | April 7th 2017
The school year in Japan begins in April, so in the first week of April new students entering the first grade of junior high school and senior high school (and their parents) attend an entrance ceremony in the school gymnasium. After a welcome speech by the school principal, representatives from the new students (one each from junior and senior high school) make a pledge to the principal, and then all students are introduced to their class homeroom teachers for the year.
Introduction of homeroom teachers