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校長ブログ

 学園では3月になると卒業が続きます。高校の卒業式が3月3日のひな祭の日、大学がホワイトデーの3月14日、翌日の3月15日には幼稚園の卒園式、そして3月18日に中学校の卒業式。
この間、学園には華やいだ空気が満ち溢れます。

 中学と高校の卒業では、女子校ならではの光景がいろいろなところで見受けられます。まず、卒業式が歌の式となります。開式後の「君が代」に始まり、式の後半では「卒業の歌」「送別の歌」「校歌」と、歌が続きます。
樟蔭では芸術の学習が充実しており、中高ともに好きな教科のベスト3に入るなど、教育の一つの柱にもなっています。その中でも歌については、入学式・卒業式や学期の始業式・終業式など全体の実力を発揮する場面が多く、よりレベルの高いものになっています。

次の女子校らしさが見られるのは、クラブの後輩たちが花束や色紙を持って、先輩の卒業を祝うために待ち構えている光景です。待っている間に、すでに泣いている生徒もいます。それまでの様々な励ましてもらったことや支えてもらったことが思い出されて来るのでしょう。樟蔭のクラブの特徴は先輩・後輩の絆の強さです。
これはクラブだけではありません。上級生と下級生が一緒に勉強する取り組みも続けられています。教える・教えられるということで、双方の学力が高められます。形を変えながらも、続けていこうと思っています。

中学と高校の卒業式の式辞の中で、卒業生にいつまでも忘れないで欲しいとお願いしたことが二つあります。
 まず、良いもの、美しいもの、素晴らしいものに触れた時、理屈抜きで「いいなあ」と感動する気持ちです。ここでも女子校の特徴が現れるのですが、自分の感情・思いを表現する力というのがよく育てられています。授業だけではなく、生徒間の関わりの中で育っていくのでしょう。
 次に、笑顔です。笑うことには、心身ともに様々な効力があることはよく知られています。その中でも特に私が触れたかったのが、笑顔は伝わるということです。友人がにっこり微笑みながら話しかけてくると、聞いている人も思わずにっこりしてしまいます。望ましい人間関係づくりの基本です。

 4月になると新しい下級生、後輩たちが入学してきます。これまでの後輩が先輩になります。100年間、10万人を超える卒業生たちが受け継いできた女子校の魅力を、これからも大切に引き継いでいって欲しいものです。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】commencement.

At the SHOIN campus, several graduation ceremonies and festivals took place in March: The high school graduation on March 3, “the Doll’s Festival,” the college graduation on March 14th, “White Day,” the kindergarten graduation on March 15, followed by the junior high school graduation on March 18.
In the meantime, there was an electrifying atmosphere in the SHOIN campus. In the junior high school and high school graduations, smile-provoking scenes, unique to girls schools were to be seen in various places.
First of all, at graduation ceremonies students wholeheartedly performed various kinds of songs. Starting with “Kimigayo” or the national anthem of Japan after the opening address, in the second half of the ceremony, “the song of graduation” “the song of farewell” and lastly “the school song” were sung.
In SHOIN, there is a strong focus on artistic education, and it has also become a backbone of our education, and art is among the top three favorite subjects both in junior and high school. In particular, there are many occasions where students can demonstrate their ability to sing, such as at the entrance ceremony, the graduation ceremony, the opening ceremony of each term, the closing ceremony, and as a result, their skills have reached a higher level.
The essence of what a girls’ school is can be seen when a lot of juniors from each club, with bouquets and messages on the cards in their hands, are waiting to celebrate their seniors’ graduation. Some students are already crying while waiting. They will probably be thinking back over the various encouragements and supports they received from their seniors. One of the features of the club activities at SHOIN is that seniors and juniors are bound by rigid ties.
This is not just the case with club activities. Efforts for seniors and juniors to study together are also ongoing. By teaching and being taught, their academic abilities can be enhanced. I am planning to continue this kind of learning method, responding immediately to the demands of the day.
In the graduation ceremony of junior high school and high school, there are two things that I asked graduates to keep in mind as long as they live. First of all, when they come in direct touch with some beautiful things, wonderful things, I want them to feel impressed without reason. Here again, another trait of a girls’ school appears, but the ability to express their emotions and thoughts is carefully nurtured. This ability will be nurtured not only in the class but also in the relationships between the students.
Next, I would like to touch upon smiles. It is well known that laughing has various positive effects both mentally and physically. Among these effects, I particularly want to mention that smiles are infectious. When a friend smiles while talking to you, you will be sure to unexpectedly smile. It is the basis of creating desirable human relationships.
New students will be enrolled in April. Juniors should play significant roles as seniors. I would like all the students at SHOIN to take on the charms of a girls’ school that have been handed down from generation to generation by over 100,000 graduates in 100 years.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno