校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Shoin Flower Garden – Part 2″

Last September, a flower education project called “Shoin Flower Garden” started at Shoin Junior High School. Originally, the project was scheduled to start at the beginning of this year, but with the widespread disruption caused by COVID19, we actually began to work on the flower garden at the beginning of the second term. On Thursday, September 17, about 40 junior high school students toiled for about an hour to weed the flower beds under the guidance of a gardening expert.

On February 19th (Friday), we potted the first daffodils grown by the junior high school first graders. This is the 6th stage of this flower-growing project. In addition, the buttercups and freesias that have been taken care of by the second and third grade junior high school students are not quite ready to bloom, so on that day, they prepared the garden for their flowering.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website, “flower education” can help to foster children’s feelings of kindness and appreciation of beauty by familiarizing them with how to take care of flowers and other greenery. This kind of “flower education” was implemented at Shoin Junior High School under the title of “Shoin Flower Garden”, and a primary aim of the project is for it to contribute to one of the school’s key goals of “cultivating rich emotions”.

Back during the soil preparation and planting phase, I didn’t really know what would happen at all, but now, five months later, the flowers have actually bloomed. I am surprised at their “natural vitality” and have felt the joy of making it happen. Next year, the first and second graders will change the planting location as well as the type of flowers that they will grow but will have the same flower-growing experience. The third graders who go on to Shoin High School will be able to watch over the efforts of their juniors.

The beautiful blooms were picked and arranged in pots and handed over to not only each classroom in the junior high and high school but also the school office, with instructions about how to care for them. These the daffodils are brightening up the whole school. Next, the flowers planted and raised by the senior students will be doing the same. Shoin junior and high school students will grow six kinds of flowers from the time the enroll until they graduate, and we will be working together on this project until it becomes established as another tradition of Shoin Academy.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno