ホームSGH(English)

平成29年度(2017)

Final Presentation Day
March 20th, 2018
Today, first graders and second graders gave their final SGH presentations. Students chose representatives from their classes. Recently, first graders selected the strongest group presentations, and second graders had selected the strongest individual presentations in February.
From the selected representatives, students evaluated the presentations. The criteria were as follows; 1. Was the presentation easy to understand? 2. Was the research thorough? 3. Was the communication natural? (Eye-contact, speed, pause, etc.) 4. Could they answer the questions precisely?
First graders did a great job though it was their first time presenting to all other eight classes. Most students first felt that seven minutes presenting and three minutes answering questions was too long, but representatives became engaged in the presentations and the student audience listened sincerely and participated earnestly with questions. It was the second time for second graders. But unlike the first graders, they presented individually. The representatives were confident enough present and answer questions with critical thinking. Both first and second graders raised their own research level beyond our expectation.
Next year, the first graders will start their individual research. Some of second graders will choose to study SGH 3. We sincerely hope they will do their best and contribute to the sustainable development in Asia.



SGH Presentations Begin!
December 13th, 2017
11 representative second graders were chosen among their SGH themes of International Development, International Business, Environmental Energy, International Medical Treatment, and Comparative Education. Today these students presented their Japanese research to all the second graders.
The presenters were nervous at first but soon became confident after they began expressing their ideas about their research on the stage.
We also chose 26 students and they performed their presentations with their research paper PowerPoint slides. They also looked very energetic sharing their research with their audience. Unlike last year, we held this final presentation at our school, but it turned out to be very meaningful because we could pick more students than last year.
We had a wonderful day today. In January, students will start writing their English essays on their own. Good luck!



Advice from Higher Educaiton
December 8th, 2017
Today, first graders had interviews with graduate students and professors from Gifu University, Shiga University, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Chubu Gakuin University, Gifu Keizai University and more. They have been researching keywords and information related to the SGH themes they have chosen. This is the last step before writing their essays. They were given a lot of advice to improve their research. Each group prepared for this interview so as to refine their research. Students were given precious advice such as how they can find the right source of data and topics so that they could clear their minds and decide what to do.
Next week, students begin writing their essays in Japanese. We hope this experience helps them have a strong foundation for their research!



English Interviews for International Exchange

Today 16 exchange students from Shiga University and Gifu University came to our school for SGH Research Work 1 with our first graders. They were mainly from Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
In groups of five, each exchange student sat with a group and our students were able to ask them research questions about various global issues. Students were able to enjoy using English to communicate about these topics.
Kitako students tried to explain what they have researched in Takayama. While sharing their opinions about their own research questions, some of the students had difficulty. They will have to consider both good and bad effects as they research global issues. The challenge is not only English communication, but critical thinking.
It’s time for them to write Japanese essays starting next week.



SGH Global Lecture: Each Countries’ Value
July 14th, 2017
Today, the representatives from 8 companies gave first graders lectures. We welcomed the presidents and head managers to our school.
One of the presidents spoke about Japan’s mindset when working with other countries, “ Things can’t go well if we compare Japanese style with other styles. Moreover, it won’t do any good if we think we are always doing the superior thing. What’s important is that we carry out things together. Everything will go smoothly and employees will voluntarily be active. We, Japanese, must not be arrogant. We need to eliminate the idea of ‘developing countries’. We are equal. We acknowledge the values and good points of each others’ countries.”
We are grateful our students were able to hear such valuable thoughts. Thank you very much for the inspiring lectures!


SGH Global Lecture: 17 SDGs and United Nations - We have to act now -
July 7th, 2017
On the day of the Star Festival, we welcomed Ms. Yasuko Senoo, Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre. She explained the efforts and goals of the U.N. work.
She introduced the global campaign “Together”. The first graders were deeply touched by the video and the phrase, “Leave no one behind”. She also showed us 5Ps which is the concepts to support, people, planet, partnership, peace and prosperity.
She left us a message, “Please find out at least one goal you’re interested in and think what you can do as a high school student."
First graders will continue to work on the Sustainable Development Goals.


SGH Field Work: Takayama
June 2017
1st graders’ SGH theme in June is “What can we do to continue attracting new tourists to Takayama?” They already learned how to organize ideas and information so the Takayama field work is the chance to prove their hypotheses to this question.
First, they made their hypothesis and researched a lot of information. Second, they went to Takayama to conduct field work. Third, they finished reports. Some students had brochures and others had pictures. Some students struggled with summarizing their reports.
In this field work, the main activity is having interviews with foreign tourists and through these interviews, they have to test whether their hypotheses are correct.
For the final part of their reports, they wrote not only the results of their studies but also the verification of their hypotheses.


Japanese Presentation in Class
May 26, 2017
The first graders have researched issues in Gifu Prefecture for about a month. Today students presented their Japanese research presentations to their class groups. There were two goals for this class presentation.
First, they needed to know the basics of a presentation, such as how to plan a presentation and how to present and express their ideas and feelings effectively.
Second, they not only had to identify problems, but also suggest solutions for local issues in Gifu Prefecture.
Each group consisted of 5 students, with 6 minutes for presenting, 3 minutes for answering questions. They evaluated themselves and decided the best group in class. At first, some students seemed very nervous while practicing their presentation, however all of them did great while expressing their ideas and sharing their research.
We hope they will continue to improve their presentation and critical thinking skills through the year.


Opening Minds to SGH Thinking!
May 25, 2017
Today the second graders heard a lecture from Mr. Kitamura of Tokyo University. Each year, Mr. Kitamura comes to explain issues to our second graders like the “Realization of a Sustainable Society”, and opens their minds to potential SGH topics. He has often supported our school and has helped us prepare studies for our SGH program.
After the lecture, Mr. Kitamura kindly answered our students’ questions. One student asked, “Which should we put emphasis on, happiness right now or several years forward? If we prioritize one, it is sure to contradict the other, so I would like to hear your opinion.” Mr. Kitamura answered, “We always need to keep ‘equality’ in mind. When we think about sustainable development, we shouldn’t forget about balance.” This marks the official beginning of the second graders’ SGH research for this year, and we expect they will do their best!


Think of Asian Urban Problems - Using Mapping, Sorting and Discussion -
May 18, 2017
On Thursday, May 18th, we welcomed Professor Koichiro MORI, from the International Center at Shiga University. All the second graders participated in a workshop-style class to think of global challenges. Topics such as the urban issues in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, helped them deepen their learning. The students were divided into groups and considered urban development to improve the quality of life for people in Jakarta. Professor Mori explained that there would not be obvious or simple answers for these problems, so some students tried to find alternatives. It was very meaningful for them to consider the various issues and challenge new ways of thinking.


Beginning SGH Lectures
April 21, 2017
Today, first graders listened to the lecture about “the features, problems and aspects of Gifu Prefecture” by Mr. Shimizu Koji from the Gifu Prefectural Office. Mr. Shimizu explained that looking into figures and listening to others are important for research. He introduced many aspects such as populations, industries, agriculture, family lifestyles, working environments and so on. In the next class, they need to list keywords to search on the Internet. We hope that they will not only find problems but also understand what we can do to improve the situations.


The SGH studies have started!
April 14, 2017
We welcomed the beginning of our fourth year of SGH. 14 third graders have started SGH 3. In SGH 3, they are going to study about global issues and presentations on Saturdays. Second graders have begun SGH 2 and they started by reviewing how to use IT skills efficiently in their studies. SGH 1 classes this week were the beginning for first graders. We are sure that their studies will be fruitful, exciting and meaningful for them and for sustainable development.

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