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校長ブログ

先日、私が府立高校に勤めていた頃の仲間たちと久しぶりに会って、様々な話をしている中で、女子校の話になりました。私が現在、女子校に勤めているところからそのような話になったのですが、ある友人が次のようなことを言いました。

「極端な例だが、職場で事務機の調子が悪くなった時、普通、女性職員はすぐに男性職員に直してもらおうとするが、自分で何とかしようとするのは女子校出身の職員だ。」

少々乱暴な意見ですが、なぜか少し頷けるところがあります。女子校の女子は、男性の目を意識しない環境の中で学校生活を送っているため、安易に男性に頼ることがなく自分でやろうとするところがあるのかも知れません。

現在、女子校や男子校のような男女別学の学校は減少していき、共学校に変わる学校が増えています。その背景には急激に進む少子化というものがありますが、全国的な傾向のようです。令和元年6月1日時点で、中高合わせて大阪府内の男子校は6校、女子校は20校となっています。

ところが、外国の学校では男女別の教育がブームとなっています。特に、アメリカやイギリス、ニュージーランドなどでは、男女別学のクラス編成や別学校となっている学校が注目されていると聞いています。それは男女それぞれの発達特性や違いに合わせた、より効果的な教育ができることが大きな理由であると説明されています。

本校は中学校・高等学校ともに女子校です。創立以来百年以上続いている女子校です。そこで、これまでに本校の生徒や卒業生、保護者の方や学校関係者に聞いた女子校の良さ・魅力について紹介してみたいと思います。

・男性の目を気にしたり、気遣ったりする必要がなく、女性が過ごしやすい環境で学校生活が送れる。また、興味があることに遠慮なく没頭できる。
・共学とは違い、学校行事などもすべて女性だけで行われなければいけないため、誰かに頼らず、自ら進んで行う自立心やリーダーシップが養われる。
・マナーや礼儀作法が学べ、自信に繋がるだけでなく、社会に出た時に生かすことができる。
・同年代の女性だけということで、本音で話しやすく、伸び伸びと過ごしやすい。
・同性の気が合う友人を見つけやすく、卒業してからも仲良く付き合うことができる。
・一人一人の個性が発揮されやすい。
・成績が良い、スポーツが得意、話が面白い、人柄が良い、・・・に比べて、容姿だけが特別視されたりしない。

まだまだ沢山あり、尽きることがないようです。この思いを大切に、これからも女子校の良さ・女子校の魅力にこだわった樟蔭の教育を進めていきます。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Attractiveness of Girls’ Schools”

The other day, I met some of my friends with whom I had previously worked with at prefectural high schools in Osaka. It was the first time we had met in years and we talked about a variety of things. Probably because I am currently working at an all girls’ school, a friend said, “This might be an extreme case, but when there is a problem with office equipment like a photocopier, often female employees immediately ask male employees to fix it, but women who attended girls’ high schools usually try to manage themselves.”

Although this was a bit of an extreme case, I agreed with him to some extent. I think girls in girls’ schools operate in an environment where they don’t have to be conscious of the presence of males, so they are in a position whereby they need to do everything by themselves without relying on males.

Currently, the number of gender-specific schools such as all girls’ and all boys’ schools is decreasing while the number of co-education schools is increasing. Clearly, a rapidly declining birthrate has had an effect on this this, and it seems to be a trend nationwide. As of June 1, 2019, there were 6 boys’ schools and 20 girls’ schools in Osaka Prefecture. This includes both junior and senior high schools. However, gender-based education is booming in foreign countries. In the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, in particular, I heard that there are a lot of schools that have gender-separated classes and that these schools are attracting attention. The main reason for this is that education can be tailored more effectively to the developmental characteristics and differences between males and females.

Our school is a girls’ school at both junior and senior high school level with a history of over 100 years, and I would like to present the positive aspects, as well as some of the charming points, of all girls’ schools that we have heard from our present students, graduates, parents, and school officials.

• As there is no need to worry or care about the presence of males, students can spend their school lives in comfortable surroundings and immerse themselves in their personal interests.
• Unlike co-ed schools, all school events must be prepared, and in some cases run by the female students themselves, so independence, self-reliance, and leadership skills are cultivated along the way.
• Learning manners and etiquette not only leads to self-confidence but will also be useful skills when venturing out into society after their studies are completed.
• As students are surrounded by girls of the same age, it is easy to talk about what is on their minds as the atmosphere is more easy-going.
• It is easy to find friends who are of the same gender and often our students remain friends well after graduation.
• Each student can freely express their individuality and personality.
• The students appreciate being evaluated in areas such as having good grades, being good at sports and talking, and having a good personality, without importance necessarily being placed on their appearance.

There are still so many beneficial points regarding single-sex schooling that I can’t write them all. We will continue to promote these educational qualities of Shoin while also keeping in mind the attractiveness of girls ‘schools in general.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno