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本校では、中学校・高等学校の文化祭と体育祭を併せて「若葉祭」と呼び、例年では9月下旬に体育祭を、数日後に文化祭を行っていました。中高の生徒たちが一体となり大いに盛り上がる一大イベントです。しかし、今年度については新型コロナウィルスの影響で残念ながら中止としていました。

ところが、中高自治会執行部の生徒たちが「このような状況の中だからこそできる若葉祭を」という強い思いで、様々な工夫を凝らした「リモート若葉祭」なるものを発案しました。これは学園の体育館である100年会館を本部スタジオとして、クラブや有志による演技や演奏を事前に録画したものや、高校3年生による伝統のクラス対抗のダンス競技「青春の躍動」のライブを各教室のテレビに配信するというものです。

これまでの若葉祭を半日に短縮して、時々ゲームやショートムービーなども随所に入れながらの進行でしたが、すべて執行部の生徒たちの手作りです。その最後を飾るのが、高校生たちが高校生活のゴールと位置付けている「青春の躍動」です。もともと表現系のクラブ生が多くいる学校であるため、演技のレベルは大変高いもとなっています。それを今年は下級生が各教室で、全員で応援することが出来ました。

始めにこの企画を聞いた時には、ライブで全体の企画を進行させる中高の執行部たちが上手くできるかどうか大変心配していました。ところが、私たちの想像や期待をはるかに上回る素晴らしい出来栄えでした。昔の中高生では全く無理、思い付きません。全体を通して、きめ細かな気配りがよく感じられ、視聴する生徒たちのことを第一に考えて作り上げたという気持ちが伝わってきました。

この「リモート若葉祭」の様子は10月22日(木)付の読売新聞朝刊でも紹介されました。また、中高自治会執行部会長のそれぞれの感想も聞きましたが、生徒たちの自主性が育まれていく様子が大変よく分かりました。よくここまで成長したものだと思います。記憶に残る見事な若葉祭でした。これからもどのような厳しい状況でも、決して諦めずに何とかしようという強い気持ちを持ち続けて欲しいと思います。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Remote Wakaba – New Leaves Festival”

At Shoin, our junior and senior high school cultural and sports festivals are called the “Wakaba (New Leaves) Festival”. In a normal year, the sports festival is held in late September, and the cultural festival is usually held a few days later. Both of them are large exciting events where junior and senior high school students come together as one.
Unfortunately, these events were initially canceled this year due to the influence of the new coronavirus. However, the executive members of the student council came up with the very clever idea of holding a “Remote Wakaba Festival”, so strong was their desire to hold a festival despite the current coronavirus situation. Using the 100-Year Memorial Gym as their headquarters and studio, a range of pre-recorded performances by clubs and volunteers, as well as a live traditional dance competition, the “dynamic dance performance” by third-year high school students, was broadcast to a TV in each classroom.
The new Wakaba Festival was shortened to half a day, with games and short movies created by the members of the student council added to the festival schedule. At the conclusion of the festival was the aforementioned “dynamic dance performance,” a competition which many high school students consider to be the goal of their high school life. Since Shoin has many students who are good at artistic expression, the level of the performances in this competition is always very high. This year, students from junior high school grade one to high school grade two watched and enthusiastically cheered on this traditional dance performances from their classrooms.
When I first heard about this project, I was concerned whether the junior and senior high school executives who would organize the entire project, would be successful. However, it turned out to be a wonderful event that far exceeded our imagination and expectations. I don’t think junior and senior high school students back in my school days could have overseen and executed this kind of event. All in all, I could feel the collective effort with which they approached this event and realized that they tried to put together a program that the entire audience would enjoy watching and participating in.
The morning edition of the Yomiuri Newspaper dated October 22 (Thursday) ran an article on this remote festival and I also heard how glad and surprised the executive members felt after this success. It really was a wonderful festival that will remain in our memory. I hope that all the students will continue to have a strong desire to tackle new challenges and never give in, no matter however difficult the situation may be.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno