Our Thanks for a Delicious Turkey Lunch!

We had such a wonderful meal on Wednesday, December 8th. Student post by Katelyn and Kylee

1/3 of Clayton's Crew

1/3 of Clayton's Crew

Last Wednesday we had a turkey lunch for our whole school and staff. We would like to thank the Courtenay Rotary Club for serving the food and Vanier Interact Club for also helping serve. A huge thank you goes to Thrifty Foods and our big sponsor Vancouver Island Insurance Centres.

When we walked into the gym there were three tables set for each class. Each student had a juice box and a candy cane waiting on the table. For lunch we had stuffing, cooked vegetables, cranberry sauce, potatoes and of course turkey. We had a delicious dessert of squares and then we also could have seconds.

We would also like to thank our principal, Mr. Stewart, and our music teacher and choir leader, Ms Forsland, for all their hard work that special day.

Have you had a special day at your school? Please tell us about that day.

Snapshot of School in Japan

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

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 High School in Miyagi Prefecture
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

What is Your Favourite Colour?

My favourite colour is green.


If I wanted to buy a sporty car, would I want it to be green?


When I stop to consider my favourite animals, do they really include snakes?


How many times did I put in a request for green cupcakes?

When I think of the green that makes green my favourite colour, it is the dark green rowboat that is still at my mom’s house pulled up off the beach sitting just inside the yard. It was the boat I rowed in after school and during summers and it was the boat my son used to explore the bay when he spent the summer with my mom. Green is the colour of the wool I am using to knit a sweater.

When you think of your favourite colour, what do you think about? Is it flowers, the ocean, a forest or something else from your past?

Image Credits: Frostbite Run 19 by VOD Cars; Green Tree Python by Sebastian Niedlich (Grabthar); and 1UP cakes by AdamSelwood

Sophie Answers Our Questions

Sophie's First Day in Tokyo, Japan

Sophie's First Day in Tokyo, Japan - August, 2009

Our questions for Sophie about Japan were:
- What is the best food in Japan? The Japanese sour plum, umeboshi, is one of my favourite foods.
- Have you ever seen a Sumo wrestler? No, I haven’t seen a sumo wrestler.
- How many people live in Japan? There are well over 127 000 000 people in Japan.
- How many fireworks go off daily and nightly on Chinese New Year? I live in Japan, but maybe you are referring to Yokohama City which is one of the world’s largest Chinatowns. It is near Tokyo in Kanagawa.
-What part of Japan do you live in and, also, is there an emperor in Japan? I live in Miyagi Prefecture which is near the north end of Honshu. Yes, there is an emperor in Japan – Emperor Akihito.
-Will you ever come back to British Columbia? Yes, I will come back to B.C.
- Do you know how to speak Japanese? (Is it easy to learn?) I do speak some Japanese, but I find that it is hard to learn.
- Which country do you think is “better”, Canada or Japan? I don’t think that one is better than the other. They are different.
- Are there any sharks in Japan? There are sharks in Japan and they are eaten. At school, soup and fried shark were served for school lunch.
- How old is Japan? Japan’s geological history can be researched on the Internet if you are interested. I am not sure if you are wondering about human existence in Japan or geological formation.
- How long are the days there right now? Japan is in the northern hemisphere and if you look at lines of latitude, the Comox Valley is 49° 45’ North of the equator and Sendai is 38° 15’ N so they are “relatively” comparable in their distance from the equator. Our fall started a little later than your fall. We get snow at similar times to when you do.
- Have you gone to Tokyo? Yes, I have been to Tokyo.
- How many different languages do they speak in Japan? There are several languages spoken here, but Japanese is definitely the most common.
- Which is the highest mountain? Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain.

Image: Sophie’s own picture