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Feb
2019

Interaction Experience Program through the Internet

 On February 15th in the SG seminar in Humanities and Social Sciences, 32 students of the second year in the Course for inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences exchanged their opinions with overseas guest instructor Masha Ceprazova through video chat on the theme “Necessary qualities for global leaders who work in the world 10 years from now.” 

photo 1 They had been preparing for the session since the beginning of the third semester and studied international communication manners together with questioning methods in the preceding class on January 28th with a contracted instructor. On January 15th, they finally had the internet communication with Marsha. Originally from Moldova, she currently works for Google Singapore, which is one of the most advanced global companies, and is a global player with an international background. The students asked her about various themes, such as “What are the abilities global companies look for in interviews?”, the secret to learning English, life goals, ideal occupation, etc. In advance of the session, the students had been divided into five groups with the themes of society, environment, information, science/technology and industry respectively under the overall theme of Future World & New Global Leadership. Each group made a presentation with the following topics, and Masha asked questions and gave her comments.

  1. Sexual Discrimination: Emma Watson’s Speech
  2. The ‘Plastic’ Ocean and Corporate Effort by Starbucks
  3. The Future that IT brings  -Amazon’s Strategy-
  4. Space Travel: Elon Musk’s Ambition
  5. Globalization in the Hotel Industry  – A lesson from the Hen-na Hotel –

photo 2In the review session, they reconfirmed what had been discussed and shared it among all the participants. Finally, as a concluding activity, they wrote Marsha a thank you letter in Japanese and English.

Feb
2019

JICA Intercultural Understanding Class

photo 1 On February 14th, 46 students of the second year in the Course for Inquiry on Natural Sciences interacted in English with invited instructors consisting of five trainees from JICA-Hokuriku and three ALTs.

 The students were divided into six groups and had two sessions per group, changing the instructors each session. In the interaction session, after each instructor’s self-introduction and introduction of their home country, they exchanged their opinions on “education”, “architecture”, “Valentine’s day”, “religion” and “women’s social advancement.”

 After the interaction session, they summarized what had been discussed with the instructors and generated posters in 20 minutes, then presented them in front of other groups and instructors in an almost ad-lib style. Despite the short preparation time, every group summarized what they had discussed properly in a concise form and presented it in English confidently.

 Through this session, the students realized their skill shortage in speech, communication and reactions, recognized the importance of face-to-face communication, and experienced the difficulty of intercultural understanding.

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Jan
2019

2018 Research Presentation at our school and SGH Achievement Report Session

photo 12018 Research Presentation at our school

 On January 31st, the 2018 Research Presentation at our school was held in Takaoka Bunka Hall multi-purpose meeting room and second year students in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences presented their research results which they had been working on for about 10 months with advice from university professors and our teachers since last April.

photo 2 The General Course students and teachers attended in the 5th period, and in the 6th, the first year students in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, Toyama University/Toyama Prefectural University professors, high school teachers in Toyama prefecture and parents attended. The presentation was carried out in a poster session form. After the presentation by the designated members, the Q & A that followed made the session very active. 

SGH Achievement Report Session

photo 3After the research presentation, the SGH Achievement Report Session followed in the main hall.

First, the representative of the second year students made an opening speech, and talked about what they had learned through the theme research, which is the core of our SHG program, and gave some advice to the first year students. Then, the physics group presented “Challenging the ancient Egyptians! ~ considering the optimal method of carrying gigantic rocks~” in English, demonstrating their achievement through the overseas presentation skill up class.

 Second, the head of SGH project presented the SGH achievement report on the work over five years and the skills acquired through the programs. 

 Then, Kyoto University honorary professor, Akihiro Kaneda, who is our school senior, gave a comment. He talked about his opinion of our SGH project and the significance of research activities or linguistic studies, and gave important suggestions for our future research activity plans to the students and teachers.

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Jan
2019

Northeast Asian Conference on Environmental Cooperation Symposium

 On January 20th, Northwest Pacific Region Environmental Cooperation Symposium was held in Toyama International Conference Center, and our second year students of NOWPAP group in the Course for Inquiry on Natural Sciences presented on their work. This symposium was sponsored by Toyama prefecture and the Northwest Pacific Region Environmental Cooperation Center (NPEC) and held as the 20th anniversary event with the theme “Considering the preservation of the marine environment of the Sea of Japan from Toyama.”

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photo 2 After a greeting from the Governor of Toyama, the keynote speech titled “Stop the contamination by plastic debris” was given. Then three students from our NOWPAP group presented about marine garbage and ocean acidification and urged cooperation in environmental preservation. Also, Namerikawa High School’s report on their activities together with NPEC’s report on their activities and research outcomes all made the audience understand environmental preservation efforts more deeply.  

Jan
2019

The Debriefing Session of “The 5th Overseas Training”

photo 1 On January 11th, 2019, the debriefing session of “The 5th Overseas Training” was carried out in the joint homeroom of the first and second year students. This was a debriefing session for the first and second year students who had never experienced the overseas training.

 The session started with the chairman’s greeting followed by the explanation of the abstract of the training using slides and some participants debriefed what they had learned through the presentation skill up classes. In the debriefing, students shared the advice they had been given by the Harvard students, such as “Humor is essential in presentation,” “Mistakes will never be noticed by the audience because they never know the contents, so you can just continue proudly even when you forget your lines,” or “Let’s enjoy the presentation, for the audience won’t enjoy it if you don’t.” Finally, they showed a video of the presentation overseas.

photo 2 Then, each participant was surrounded by four or five students and asked about their home stay experience/impressions, the change in themselves, and so on. All the students listened to the participants enthusiastically.

 

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Dec
2018

The Intercultural Understanding Class (2nd year General Course)

photo 1 On December 12th in Keisetsukan Hall, the Intercultural Understanding Class was carried out for the second year students in the General Course. A total of seven exchange students of Toyama University from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Laos, and one professor from Papua New Guinea, were invited as instructors.

 At the opening session, each instructor greeted the students in his or her native language, then, in eight groups, the students presented introductions of the Japanese education system and tradition/culture. The hall was filled with a friendly atmosphere, and the students and instructors used props to aid their presentations, such as pamphlets, lunch box, or Japanese playing cards. There was a group who demonstrated our traditional “Seinen Taiso” exercise. At the beginning, some students did not speak out much, but they started to speak confidently since the instructors helped them by listening attentively and communicating in an easy way. After the session, the students asked about the countries where the instructors were from, or explained more in detail on what they had presented, and deepened their relationship.

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Dec
2018

Three Schools Joint Research Presentation Meeting

photo 1 On December 16th, the Three Schools Joint Research Presentation Meeting among Toyama Chubu High School, Toyama High School, and Takaoka High School was held at Toyama International Conference Center.

 In addition to the 240 2nd year presenters, many 1st year students in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences of the three schools, teachers, parents and other junior/high school students came to see it, filling the venue with enthusiasm.

photo 2 In the opening session, the representative group of each of the 3 schools made their presentation on stage. From our school, the Japanese Language Group made it with the title “Anata no kokoro wo sacchi de macchi no kyacchi copi.” In the Q & A session, there was high quality feedback regarding their research methods and contents.

 The poster session followed after that, and they received sharp questions and good advice from the general audience in addition to the high school students, which stimulated them to deepen their research.

photo 3 At the closing session, each school’s representative gave their impressions, and our representative, Mr. Y entertained the audience with his speech in Japanese and English. Then, assistant professor Shin Miyagi of Toyama University Faculty of Organization for Education and Student Support and Prof. Yoshikane Iwatsubo of the Faculty of Science gave their comments. 

Dec
2018

2018 All Japan SGH School Forum

photo 1 On December 15th, four students from the NOWPAP group of the 2nd year in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences participated in the 2018 All Japan SGH School Forum held at the Tokyo International Forum.

 After the opening ceremony, the working group session followed. Our students participated in the session whose theme was “water, environment and climate change.” Due to the very large scale of the theme and talking in English with students they met for the first time, the discussion was not so active at first. But despite these difficulties, all four students of our school expressed their own opinions clearly thanks to their thorough preparation. 

photo 2 After lunch, the poster session followed, in which each school was allocated two presentations. Our students proudly presented their theme about marine garbage and ocean acidification and responded sincerely to the questions. They also observed other schools’ presentations, paying attention to the design and layout skills of the posters, how they titled their presentations to attract interest, and innovative research methods. Through these experiences, they broadened their view. 

 They all improved their English speaking skills tremendously through their experience of the advance preparations and practices and the presentation and Q & A session in the forum. In addition, seeing other students’ high English skill and performance, they elevated their motivation to study English and widened their view up to an “all Japan” level. 

 

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Oct
2018

The 20th Toyama High School Students English Presentation Contest

photo 1 On October 20th, the 20th Toyama High School Students English Presentation Contest was held at Toyama Shimin Plaza, and one team in the research project section, three students in recitation section, and two students in speech section participated. A pair of our students won second place in the recitation section performing the dialogue between Dorothy and the witch in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Another team of our students won the incentive award in the research project section, presenting about marine garbage and ocean acidification, titled “Is Toyama Bay really beautiful or clean?”

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Oct
2018

The 8th Toyama High School Students English Debate Contest

photo 1 On September 23rd, at Toyama Shimin Plaza, the 8th Toyama High School Students English Debate Contest was held, in which three teams from our English Speaking Club participated. This year’s resolution was “Japan should legalize voluntary active euthanasia.” The students started their preparation before the summer vacation and practiced debates among themselves many times to organize their ideas logically. On the contest day, they experienced the difficulty of debating in English and the joy of cooperation and support among their teammates together.

 

Sep
2018

Interim Report Presentation on the Research Themes

photo 1 On September 29th, 2018, the second year students in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences carried out their interim report presentation in a poster session style on the theme on which they had been working since April. Professors from Toyama University and Toyama Prefectural University were invited, and they gave the students lots of advice for their future work about the theme itself, and about poster creation methods and presentation skills.

photo 2 This was carried out on the same day as our School Festival, and there were many spectators, not only our students but also students from junior high schools and other high schools, parents and neighbors. They gave encouraging comments and critical feedback, such as “those familiar themes interested us,”    “I felt that the students were enjoying their research,” “it would have been better with more objective data,” or “I anticipate more specific and unique ideas.”

 

photo 3Taking these comments into account, they will continue to study in preparation for the Three Schools Joint Research Presentation Meeting in December.

Aug
2018

Lectures for High school by MOFA

photo1 On August 28th (Tue), 2018, “Lectures for High School” sponsored by MOFA was carried out, and 264 students in the 1st grade attended. The lecturer wase Mr. Hideaki Tokunaga, the Director of MOFA Consular Affairs Bureau Consular and Migration Division, and he gave a lecture titled “From the diplomatic field to high school students”.

  He explained about the work of MOFA, together with the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Kyoto Protocol, and his contribution to the charity soccer game in Holland one month after the Great East Japan Earthquake in his experiences. Since he was a graduate of our school, and gave us a message sharing about his own memories and the advice of his teachers, he made the students feel close to him.

photo2 Lastly, he gave them a message “You, high school students possess great potential. It is important to make efforts to overcome what is to your disadvantage, and have interests and consciousness about a wide range of issues during this most critical time of your life.”

  In the Q and A session, he answered the question about his future goal with lots of energy, saying that it is to complete the Toyama Marathon at 70.

 

Aug
2018

“Takaoka High School SGH Global Challenge 2018”

photo1 From August 13th (Mon) to 17th (Fri), 2018, the “Takaoka High School SGH Global Challenge 2018” was carried out. It is a program to improve English presentation skills and promote student’s potential as future global leaders. Through working with American and overseas college students, thinking about and discussing themselves, and expressing their ideas about leadership, global issues, and their future dreams.

 The 46 participants experienced these 5 days entirely in English with the facilitator Dave and nine college student group leaders.

Day 1: Self-introduction and Positive Thinking

photo2 After the opening ceremony, the session started with the activity of siting in a large circle and speaking out their own names. Then they were divided into 9 groups and introduced themselves to each other. Through drawing group pictures and photographing each other, they raised their spirit of teamwork. The afternoon topic was “Positive Thinking”. They talked about the importance of positive thinking with the group leaders and each group expressed their views in turn. Lastly, each group representative stepped forward and made a speech. 

Day 2: Identity & Fieldtrip

photo3 The topic in the morning was “knowing oneself”. They presented about themselves after using a mind-map and reflecting on their inward and outward characteristics.

 In the afternoon, they walked around Takaoka with the group leaders. There were groups who extended their path as far as Amaharashi beach, guided their group leaders around Kojo Park, or visited Aeon shopping mall by riding trains and busses. They enjoyed Okonomiyaki, Udon noodles or 10-layer soft ice cream. They showed the leaders Takaoka’s attractiveness with good ideas of each group.

Day 3: Leadership, Globalization & Global Issues

photo4 The morning topic was leadership. They expressed their thoughts about what good leadership is and shared various ideas about leaders. They also considered the merits and demerits of globalism.

 In the afternoon, they discussed the issues that the world is facing, and made a presentation by incorporating these issues into skits. Their short skits were performed on various themes such as Malala Yusafzay’s life, wars, refugees, natural disasters or ocean pollution due to plastic.

Day 4: University Education & Recyclable Energy

photo5 The morning topic was college education. The group leaders told the students about the reasons why they selected each of their colleges, and the students explained about the Japanese college education system. Lastly, the group leaders spoke to the students about their dreams and goals in a passionate way.

 In the afternoon, they discussed renewable energy, created posters and presented about the potential of renewable energy and what they ought to do. 

Final day: Individual Presentation

photo6 The final day was the end of the program and was for individual presentation. They got their presentation draft reviewed by the group leaders in the morning and practiced their speech for the afternoon. In the final stage of the afternoon, they spoke out about what they learned through the program, their own change and future image, paying attention to good presentation skills such as louder voice, eye contact, and gestures.

 Lastly, the group leaders gave words of thanks and praise to the students, and the facilitator Dave gave them a message that he would like to see them leap towards their future self from today and from now on.

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Aug
2018

Participation in the program “Development of Youth Leaders for Environmental Preservation Activities in Northwest Asia”

 The North East Asia Young Leader of Environmental Preservation Activity Training Program, sponsored by Liaoning State of China and Toyama Prefecture Japan and administrated by NPEC, was held for two days during Aug 21st and 22nd. The site was in the Liaoning building in Shenyang city in Liaoning State, China. Shenyang city is the old and capital city of Liaoning State with a long history. 120 high school and junior high school students attended from Japan, China, Korea and Russia, on the theme of “Wetland culture and urban life”. From our school, three 2nd grade students attended from the NOWPAP group, who are working on ocean preservation as their research theme.   

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(Day 1)

photo3 In the morning, after adopting the “Declaration of environmental preservation” first, each participating group presented their activity report. Including Toyama University of International Studies High School, eight representative groups from four countries gave presentations. After their presentations, each group displayed their attractions and exchanged their friendship with each other. In the afternoon, they went to Wulihe Wetland Park, and strolled around learning about the preservation of the wetland. 

(Day 2)

 In the morning, they went to Lianhuahu Wetland, and strolled around learning about its preservation.

In the afternoon, they visited Shenyang University Nature Museum. They looked at over sixteen thousand animal specimens and learned about environmental preservation through quiz games. 

It was a two-day session for recognizing the importance of environmental preservation activities overcoming barriers between countries and languages.

  

Aug
2018

Participation in the “Takayama Global Summer Festa” sponsored by Asahigaoka High School

 From August 6th through 9th,,2018, five students in the 2nd grade of the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences and the Course for Inquiry on Natural Science attended the “Takayama Global Summer Festa (GSF)”, a 4 day and 3 night event sponsored by Asahigaoka High School. Meijo University Senior High School, which is another SGH school in Tokai area and Mie Yokkaichi Municipal High School also attended and researched together on the theme “Concrete Image of Global Leaders”. The graduate college students and the workers of Asahigaoka High graduates paired with the overseas students served as leaders, and stimulated the students by introducing their research themes and talking about their experiences. 

[ About the programs ]

<August 6 (Mon)>

photo1The opening ceremony took place in Hida-Takayama City Hall. The city mayor gave a message of encouragement. Then Mr. Arai, a board member of KAMAKURA TOUSHIN, gave a talk about personnel who support the global society and finance. Considering how to work and how to manage money, the students learned the importance of thinking deeply and taking action to improve society. Then they visited the company named Hidakuma, which Mr. Arai finances in order to make society better, and witnessed their attempt at creating a new value, combining traditional industry and the most updated technologies. Then they proceeded to Hida Earth Wisdom Center and listened to the story of Mr. Tsuji of Toyota, who developed the world’s first wooden car, SETSUN, on its concept and his hard days developing it, followed by a test drive.

photo2After dinner, they moved to Asahigaoka Rinkangakusha located in Okuhida-Onsen hot spring resort, where they reviewed what they learned that day by doing “reflection and interaction” in each group.   

 

 

<Aug. 7 (Tue)>

photo3In the morning, the seminar leaders and overseas students worked as instructors and the students learned about how to learn and research, and their relation to the global society. In the evening, four separate lectures were held simultaneously, to which the students attended separately and shared the content with each other later. The lectures topics varied widely, from having a first-hand experience of the appreciation of Koboku (fragrant wood) incense, to the global business of producing bio-fuel, and the production of medicine from micro algae. The lecturers visited them in the evening and gave them some extra stories which were not shared in the lectures.

<Aug 8 (Wed)>

photo4Leaving the facility, they visited a museum in Hida Takayama town. There, they learned about the importance of consensus building skills in society from Prof. Hyakutake of Hiroshima Prefectural University, and actually experienced “consensus building”. They learned both its joy and difficulty in the process of building new value among participants who have widely varying values. After that, they moved to their lodging in Takayama and reviewed their entire program by summarizing the image of a global leader and preparing presentations for the next day in each group.  

<Aug. 9 (Thu)>

photo5Each group summarized what they had been contemplating through the program on “What are global leaders” and presented their own answers which they had devised. They expressed their new image of leaders which they could not have reached alone, and the changes in their own ideas which had occurred. Then they moved to Takayama urban district. They concluded the whole itinerary after strolling in the town thinking about the use and revitalization of old houses.

 

May
2018

The Intercultural Understanding Class ~Opinion exchange with Toyama University International students~ (3rd grade students in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences)

 On May 23rd, 2018 at Toyama University Gofuku campus, 33 students in the 3rd grade of the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences communicated with international students, introducing “My home town Toyama” and exchanging their opinions on global issues. The international students were from Indonesia, Holland, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Vietnam and Malaysia, which gave the students an opportunity to experience a wide variety of English.

 In the 1st semester, 3rd grade students in the Course for Inquiry on Humanities and Social Sciences were working on a project named “For the better world -Edging near to the present and immediate global issues -.” In this project each student investigates the current situation of the issues which interests them, brings its essence to light, and offers their own solution at the end. One of the purposes of this Intercultural Understanding Class was to deepen their understanding of their theme through communication with international students.

photo1 The students were grouped by their theme and the international students by their country. After the representative student’s opening speech, they discussed their theme for 20 minutes three times, changing groups each time. At the beginning, no one smiled and their conversation was awkward, but it developed into smooth communication with more smiles as they talked.

 Through this session, the students realized that communicative English is more important than grammatically correct English or recognized again that it is essential to have one’s own clear opinion first in discussions. There were some who understood that high quality discussion can be established with high language skills and wide knowledge, and only the accumulation of those discussions would lead to a solution to the issues. One of the purposes of this class was to train real-world English skills, and the students worked hard on communicating with their international student partners, explaining what their partners did not know in an easy-to-understand way, and responding right away to their questions. As for the first objective of deepening their own theme, the students were able to gain a lot through having others respond to their ideas, hearing new ideas and different perspectives, and receiving advice.

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