校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Shoin Flower Garden”

The Shoin Flower Garden, a project that will be run by the junior high school, has started. The original plan had the start date commencing from the beginning of this school year, but due to the coronavirus infection, it has had to be postponed until the second half of 2020. During the first session of the project, about 40 junior high school students toiled away for about an hour, weeding the garden under the guidance of an expert from 4:00pm on Thursday, September 17th.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries website, flower-growing education is an activity that can help foster a child’s appreciation of kindness and beauty as they familiarize themselves with how to grow flowers and other plants. The purpose of introducing flower-growing education is to facilitate the cultivation of rich emotions, one of the goals we have set here at Shoin Academy. Furthermore, through this type of activity, I would like the students to learn more about healthy environments.
The flower garden at Shoin is divided into 3 sections, with each grade in charge of an allotted portion of the space. The students will be involved in many tasks in the garden, ranging from soil preparation through to flower picking, and will work together to ensure everyone is diligently involved in the project. To begin with, the teachers in charge of each junior high school class took the initiative. From here on in however, I would like this activity to become more student focused and student run.
This project divides a single academic year into two parts, with a goal of getting two blooms per year. In the end, 6 kinds of flowers will be grown. We asked a gardening expert to choose which flowers that should be grown based on when we hope that they will bloom. The annual plan is that marigolds and daffodils are going to be grown by the first-year students, anemones and cosmos by the second-year students, and dahlia and freesia by the third-year students.
As with the initial preparation of the new garden, it is necessary to take careful and steady care going forward, for example, with soil preparation, planting, weeding, frost prevention, fertilizing, flower picking, and watering. This will most likely be the first time for these students to engage in such tasks, and each task has its own special meaning and reason.
Learning how to do such things is one of the main aims of this flower-growing education project. I would like to decide what to do with the flowers that bloom after listening to the students’ opinions, but for now, I simply hope that the flowers open beautifully and that the students are able to happily continue taking care of them.
The students will grow six kinds of flowers, starting from after they enroll until they graduate three years later. We want to work hard at this project until it becomes an established tradition within Shoin Academy.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno