校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”The 30th school year of Heisei has started”

The year of 2018 has started. It is the year of the start of the next hundred years of Shoin Campus, which celebrated the centennial of its foundation last year. It is also the beginning of a new school year with 80 new enrolled students in junior high school and 281 in high school. The high school entrance ceremony took place on the morning of April 9, and the junior high school entrance ceremony on the afternoon of the same day, And the 1st term opening ceremony was held the next day on the 10th, when everyone made a new pledge. Also, I felt so happy because I had many opportunities to hear all of you singing very beautifully.

What I have been talking about to the students at the beginning of the school year is that I hope everybody will be able to “be open to and accept” others. To the students who have enrolled or those students whose environment has changed due to class change, this is what I want all of you to bear in mind. The outline of the story is as follows.

Everyone is different in many respects; the time and place of birth, their parents, how they are brought up and how they feel. There is no one exactly the same as you yourself, so it is important to recognize differences. This should be thought to be in the natural order of things, since everyone is different. When you acknowledge the differences between people, you can accept your own differences. If you are open to mutual differences, you can stimulate a new psychological growth.

Also, the first step in being ‘open’ is to listen to what other people say and make the usual greetings. In order to acknowledge the presence of others, the first thing you should do is to listen attentively to what they say. This attitude will lead to the recognition that good listeners will become better speakers, and greetings are the easiest and surest way to acknowledge one another. Daily greeting words make people feel refreshed.
Not only at the beginning of the school year, as I am doing now, but during the year, I talk to students about “greetings and smiles.” This is because I wish to have this school full of greetings and smiles, I have made it a point of saying good morning at the main gate as much as possible for these five years, since I began to work here. Not only at the main gate but everywhere in our school, students exchange cheerful, polite greetings. New students will soon be learning to shout out ‘good morning’. It is one of the great points of a girls’ school.

With verbal greetings and smiles, this year we are also aiming for a “girls’ school, where each student realizes their dreams in a calm and warm atmosphere”, with students, parents and teachers working together, I will keep doing my best with all of the faculty members.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno