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 11月12日(木)の午後、樟蔭高校ダンス部が吉村洋文大阪府知事を府庁に訪問して、「第10回全日本高等学校チームダンス選手権大会」総合優勝・文部科学大臣賞受賞の報告をしました。当日は、「第13回日本高校ダンス部選手権(ビッグクラス)」で優勝した同志社香里高校ダンス部との2チームでの訪問でした。

 コロナ禍の中で多忙を極める府知事でしたが、直筆の色紙と共に「皆さんは大阪の誇り。いろんな支えがあってやってこられた感謝の気持ちを忘れず、今後の人生を歩んでほしい」との激励の言葉を頂きました。両校の生徒たちは、府知事からの直接のお祝いと激励の言葉に大変感激している様子でした。

 本校の中学ダンス部はこれまでに全国優勝の経験はあるのですが、高校ダンス部は出場した数多くの全国大会のほとんどの大会で上位の成績を収めてきましたが、優勝は初めてのことです。新型コロナウィルスの影響で3月から多くの制限を受けた中で、生徒たちは出来るだけの工夫と練習を重ね、頑張ってきた努力が報われました。これも府知事が言われたように、多くの仲間たちや保護者、先輩たちの支えの賜物です。

 本校の生徒が府知事のところに表敬訪問するのは2度目になります。前回は、3年前に樟蔭中高のバトン部の世界大会銀メダルとJAPAN CUPの5冠、ポンポンチア部の8連覇の報告を当時の松井知事にしたものです。その時にも知事からはこれまでの努力に対する賞賛とこれからの頑張りに対する激励の言葉を頂いています。

 生徒たちにとって、褒められることはこれからのさらなる努力への動機付けになります。より意欲的に取り組み続けることが出来ます。その賞賛・激励が大阪府のトップの方からであれば尚更です。今回の訪問を大変厳しい状況の中であるにもかかわらず、快く受け入れていただいたことを心より感謝しています。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”A Courtesy Call”

On the afternoon of Thursday, November 12, the Shoin High School Dance Club was invited to visit the Governor of Osaka Prefecture, Hirofumi Yoshimura, after winning the overall championship, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Award at the “10th All Japan High School Team Dance Championship”. On the same day, the Doshisha Kori High School Dance Club, which won the “13th Japan High School Dance Club Championship (Big Class)”, also visited the Osaka Prefectural Government Office.

Despite the prefectural governor being extremely busy dealing with the ongoing coronavirus situation, the Shoin High School Dance Club received a square-shaped card with handwritten words of encouragement saying, “The people of Osaka are proud of you all. I want you to live your lives always showing gratitude toward the people around you who have supported you”. The students at both schools seemed to be very impressed with the words of congratulations and encouragement from Governor Yoshimura.

Our junior high school dance club has won a national championship. The high school dance club has achieved top results in most of the many national competitions in which it has participated, but this is the first time it had won the overall championship. Although there have been many restrictions placed since March due to the influence of the new coronavirus, the students were rewarded for their hard work and dedication to practice. Their results were also due to the support they received from friends, parents, and seniors, as the governor said.

This is the second time that our students have paid a courtesy visit to a governor. Previously, we were able to meet with Governor Matsui after the Shoin Junior and Senior High School Baton Twirling Club won a silver medal, five successive JAPAN CUP crowns, and the eight consecutive victories claimed by the Pompom Cheerleading Club three years ago. At that time, the governor also praised their efforts and encouraged them to do their best in the future.

For these students, receiving this kind of praise will motivate them to make even more effort in the future, pushing them to continue practicing and performing with greater enthusiasm. It will do even more so if the praise and encouragement comes from a top-level statesman like the governor of Osaka Prefecture. I am deeply grateful to Governor Yoshimura for accepting our visit despite the difficult situation that surrounds us all.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno