In lots of ways schools in Japan are different from the schools I know in Canada. Student Post by Neneng!
School Lunch in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Here are some of the different facts Sophie gave us about schools in Japan. One of the things that is different is all the many things students are responsible for in Japanese schools that students in Canadian schools usually aren’t. In the morning, as students enter the main entrance, they take off their shoes and put on inside shoes. Every day, just after lunch, all students help out by cleaning the school. Sophie showed us pictures of students serving the lunch, washing the floor, cleaning up the kitchen after lunch and tidying up classrooms. That is different from Canada, but when we saw the picture of the three boys goofing around with their brooms, pretending they were hockey sticks, we thought that these kids were pretty much the same as kids in Canada.
Lunches are sometimes like the picture where noodles,rice, dumplings, a stew with tofu, and milk were served for lunch. Sophie says she has eaten a lot of things and then found out later that what she just ate was very new to her. She loves Japanese food.
- A Junior High School in Miyagi Prefecture
This is the junior high school that Sophie gets to work at. Sophie helps high school students with oral language practice in English. She coaches them for oral competitions where they have to present speeches in English. This past summer she also had to be a judge at the competition.
Ms Clayton’s daughter Sophie is an Assistant Language Teacher (A.L.T.) in Japan. She says that there are a lot of holidays for festivals. She likes to go to the parades where her students are sometimes particpating. The school year starts in April, but students have a holiday of about one month in the summer. Even during the holidays the students in Japan go into their schools for clubs, study sessions or for sports. During the summer holidays, early in the morning, students would come and run with Sophie when Sophie still had to be at work like the other teachers.
Who makes your lunch, what is it and how does it compare to the one shown in the picture?
What are some of the things you do in your school to act as a member of a school community?
Image credit: Sophie’s pictures