校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”School excursions”

On May 21st, the second graders at high school went to Hokkaido on a school trip for five days and four nights. On the next day, May 22nd, the 3rd graders at junior high set off on a school trip to Tokyo to spend three nights and four days all together. Even from my own experiences, memories of school trips remain forever. I hope the students have made a lot of special, unforgettable memories from the trip this time.
Since I have only worked at several Osaka prefectural high schools and at the Osaka Board of Education, in my 39 years of teaching life this is the first time for me to go with junior high school students on their school excursion. I was looking forward to seeing how they had grown as junior high school students two years after they graduated from elementary school.
At the start of the trip, to be honest, I was a little bit surprised to see them in such high spirits. Among the students, there seemed to be great differences in growth, especially mental growth. At school I rarely notice such differences, but they clearly appeared when the students stayed several nights away from the school campus.
However, their attitudes began to change on the second and third day. To put it briefly, I felt they were getting to have a sense of unity. It seems that what I could not find on a school excursion of high school students came to be visible among junior high students, because they grow so fast both mentally and physically.
One such thing is that students began to be conscious of themselves in the group. Along with that, I think that they started to realize their role in the group. Each student learned to endure little by little and gradually began thinking about people around them.
The purpose of going on a school excursion is not only to make fun memories with friends, but it is also a great opportunity to acquire and develop social skills through acting in a group. This school trip was a very successful event and I would like to cherish such experiences from now on.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno