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校長ブログ

 5月中旬のある昼休みに、4名の高校3年生が校長室に来ました。これまで、昼休みに中高生が校長室を訪ねてくることは時々あったのですが、ほとんどがいわゆる遊びに来ていました。しかし、この時は大変真剣な表情で「お願い」に来たものでした。

 その内容はボランティア活動をしたいのだが、どうしたら良いのかを教えて欲しいといったものでした。大学入試のためにボランティアをするのではなく、昨年に日本赤十字社などのボランティア活動に参加して、もっと積極的に行いたいという純粋な気持ちからの申し出でした。

 本校のボランティア活動は生徒自治会や進路指導部、看護系進学コースなどによるものを個別に行っていましたが、この際一本化する良い機会であると思い、この4名の「お願い」を中心に中高全体を巻き込むことにしました。

 教員に周知した後、協力を申し出てきた3名の教員と共に、まずは生徒の組織作りを始めることをアドバイスしました。教員はアドバイスに止め、生徒の自主性に任せました。4人組は、始めは少しもたもたしていましたが、やがてポスターを作り、各クラスに掲示して賛同者を募り始めました。

 途中、教員が何度か口を挿みそうになりましたが、生徒の自主性の育成のため我慢をして、見守りの姿勢を通しています。現在、賛同者が20名余り集まったところですが、これからが4人組の頑張りどころです。具体的にどのような取り組みをするのか、中高全体にどのように呼びかけをするのかなど、決めることは沢山あります。

 「お願い」に来た時には、ボランティアの大切さを訴えるだけで、実際には誰かが(教員が)リードしてくれると思っていたかもしれません。ところが、話が進むうちに自分たちが中心となって生徒たちを引っ張っていくことになってしまいました。これは本当に大きな経験、大きな成長です。

 2学期には、体育祭や文化祭などの大きな学校行事が行われます。生徒たちはそれぞれの担当した仕事に一生懸命に取り組みますが、教員が準備をした枠の中でのことになりがちです。このボランティア活動への取り組みのように、生徒が自ら考え、工夫して、より立派な行事になるように汗を流してくれることを願っています。そのためには、教員の我慢、見守りが最も大切です。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Students’ Independence”

 During a lunch break in mid-May, four third-grade senior high school students came to the principal’s office. Until then, students had visited me here during their lunch breaks, but most of them had come to just enjoy talking with me. However, this time it seemed to me that these students were very serious.
    
 They told me that they wanted to do more volunteer work and asked me to tell them what to do. They wanted to more actively participate in volunteer activities, such as helping charities like the Japanese Red Cross Society, which they had done last year.
    
 In the past, volunteer activities at Shoin have mainly been carried out by the student council, the career guidance division, the nursing course, etc. I think this is a good opportunity to unify the volunteer activities students are involved in at Shoin and share them with the whole school.
    
 After making this proposal known to all teachers, three offered to assist and at first advised and helped organize the students. Then, they stopped giving them advice and left it to the students to work independently by themselves. At first, the four students were a little bit slow to act, but eventually they made posters and put them up on the walls of each of the classrooms so that they could start recruiting supporters.
    
 During the process, some supervising teachers came close to getting involved, however, ultimately they stood back patiently so that the students could learn to be independent. Currently, there are about 20 additional students working within this volunteer project, but I think from now on, the four original students who came to me will be working hardest. There are many things that need to be decided, such as what kind of specific actions should be taken, and how to appeal to and share their vision with the whole school.
    
 When the four students first came to me and talked about the importance of raising the profile of volunteer work at Shoin, they might have thought that teachers would give them more support and advice. However, with time, they have come to understand that they themselves should take this initiative. This is a really eye-opening experience and a big step in terms of growth for them.
    
 In the second term, a number of large school events, like the sports and cultural festivals will be held. All students are supposed to work hard on their assigned tasks, but often they tend to be over-reliant on their teachers. Like the four students who came to see me about volunteer work, I hope that all students at Shoin will learn to think, be creative, and persevere in order to make each of these large-scale events successful. In order to help them achieve these goals, patience and measured guidance by all teachers are of utmost importance.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno