樟蔭中高、姉妹校である曙光高級中学校、提携校St. Mary’s Collegeとがテクノロジーの発展の恩恵をかりて、一堂に会し、12月9日（月）午前10時それぞれの学校の校長先生からご挨拶をいただき、約80分、「環境問題」を主なテーマに、同時交流会を行いました。本校からは2年生が2チーム参加、曙光高級中学校からも3チーム、St. Mary’s Collegeからは6チームが発表をしてくれました。
16歳のグレタ・トゥーンベリが、気候変動に対する政府の無策に抗議するために始めた学校ストライキ「Fridays For Future」。彼女の意思はSNSを通じて拡散し、世界で100万人以上の若者を動員しています。若者たちは世界のリーダーたちに気候変動に対するアクションを求めています。我々が地球に平和で、安心に住み続けるために中高生の段階で何ができるのか、何をすべきなのか、本校のCSAの環境問題に対するボランティア活動のアプローチとともに、三校交流会でも継続的なテーマとして来年度、再来年度と意見交換が続いていく。｟副校長 小林正樹｠
｟an implementation program｠
Shoin High School has two affiliated schools, Shuguang Women’s High School in Taiwan and St. Mary’s College in New Zealand, and thanks to advances in technology we were able to gather together and meet for an online event. This social networking assembly took place over about 80 minutes with the main theme covering “environmental issues”. Three teams from our school, three teams from Shuguang Women’s High School, and six individuals from St. Mary’s College met, listened, smiled, and presented their ideas.
The recently held United Nations Conference on the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) closed on December 15 in Madrid, Spain. Its aim was to achieve a roadmap for a temperature rise of “less than 2°C” in order to minimize the adverse effects of global warming. The session was the longest ever but only concluded in a compromise deal. Exhausted national delegations reached an agreement to strengthen efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. By COP26 in Glasgow, England next year, all countries need to reveal new climate change initiatives.
What are the negative effects of global warming on the Earth?
A: Damage caused by abnormal weather such as heat and flooding increased.
B: High risk for systems such as coral reefs and Arctic sea ice.
C: Expansion of tropical infectious diseases such as malaria.
D: Crop production decreases in a lot of parts of the world.
E: Less water available
F: Widespread loss of biodiversity
G: Disappears on the ice sheet on a large scale and sea level rises
H: Risk of extinction of many species, risk of endangering world food production
A school strike, called “Fridays For Future”, was initiated by 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in an effort to protest the government’s insurgency on climate change. Her will has begun to spread through SNSs and her ideas have mobilized more than 1 million young people around the world, calling on world leaders for action on climate change.
In order for us to continue to live peacefully on the earth, we ‘d like to exchange ideas, thoughts and opinions in the years to come as part of an ongoing theme for this three-school exchange assembly as well as making these environmental issues central to the Shoin’s CSA volunteer activities.
masaki KOBAYASHI (VICE-PRINCIPAL)
｟Ⅰ｠St. Mary’s College（セント・メアリーズ・カレッジ）in New Zealand
Principal – Ms. Sarah Dwan
International Student Director – Mrs Sue King
TOPIC & PRESENTERS:
(ⅰ)Preventing Pollution （汚染防止） Isabella Rothwell
(ⅱ)Food waste（食品廃棄物） Joy Zhu
(ⅲ)Population and Poverty（人口と貧困） Taara Todkar
(ⅳ)Global Warming（地球温暖化） Julianna Victorio
(ⅴ)Oxone Layer Depletion（オキソン層の枯渇） Grace Plummer
(ⅵ)Plastic Waste（プラスチック廃棄物） Maria Truong
｟Ⅱ｠Shoin Senior & Junior High School（樟蔭中学・高等学校） in Japan
Principal – Mr. Nobutaka Kusuno
International Student Director – Craig Boobyer
TOPIC & PRESENTERS
(ⅰ)School Life in Japan（日本の学校生活） Mikoto Nonaka
(ⅱ)Aspect of Japanese Culture（日本文化の側面）
(ⅲ)Uniform Price Shops in Japan（日本の統一価格店）
｟Ⅲ｠Shuguang Women’s High School（曙光女子高級中学）In Taiwan
Principal – YAO LI-YING
International Student Director – Julin Hsu
TOPIC & PRESENTERS
(ⅰ)The global warming in Taiwan（台湾の地球温暖化）
U Hua Chen
Chia Yi Lee
Hu Chen Chen
Weng Husab Yi
Yen Pin An
Yi Wen Husang
Lee Wen Chen
Gu Pei Cih
｟ON THE SKYPE EXCHANGE THIS TIME｠
The Skype presentations were a great opportunity for students from the three countries, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand, to connect with one another and share ideas about environmental issues.
One of the English teacher’s from Taiwan commented that many students have become impatient and fed-up with policy-makers and politicians, They feel that they are not acting fast enough to help make the changes that are necessary to halt or reverse the damage that we, as humans, are causing on Earth. He went on to say that he believed that students wanted to help find solutions for the future and that they had the power to do so. I liked his comment and think that opportunities such as Skype exchanges between students from different countries, are useful in helping to expand the knowledge that we have about environmental issues, as well as seek out solutions to these issues which affect all of us.
Hopefully with further Skype exchanges such as these, the students at Shoin will continue to have an opportunity to use English in real-life situations, as well as continue to be a part of a global community which works together to seek solutions to the issues that we face collectively.
On December 9, three groups of Shoin high school students had the opportunity to participate in a 3-nation presentation event with students from schools in Taiwan and New Zealand.
For most of the students, it was their first time to not only make presentations in English, but also to do so for an audience of listeners abroad. Each group was tasked with choosing an aspect of Japanese life or culture that they thought would be interesting for their audience and creating a presentation around this topic.
Of equal value for the students at Shoin were the opportunities for them to listen to presentations in English from the speakers in Taiwan and New Zealand. Although challenging, our students took a lot from this experience and it gave three first grade Shoin students who are planning to visit New Zealand on a study abroad program next year a taste of what they will encounter when there.
Overall, I felt that all of the students involved put in a fantastic amount of effort and were rewarded with an informative and enjoyable cross-cultural exchange.
I’m looking forward to the next one!