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2017/10/20

2017 Kanra-Tomioka Speech Contest

| by 南牧中職員
This year one of Nanmoku Junior High`s 2nd year students particpated in the Kanra-Tomioka Speech Contest on September 27th. Despite being busy with school, club and volunteer work, he did an amazing job practicing his speech and perfecting it around his full schedule.

He was one of the few students who was not a third year at the contest and while this could prove to be intimidating to some, he took that factor as an uplifting challenge! The title of his speech was "English is Special to Me" and the contents were filled with his own jokes and feelings.



It was a great contest and our very own student came home with a victorious second place! Although he wanted to take first, this was only fuel to take on the contest again next year and he vowed to return for first place!

Good luck moving forward, Nanmoku Junior High!
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2017/07/20

English Speech Contest 2017: Making People Laugh, then Think

| by 南牧中職員

On 12th July, we held the English Speech Contest at Nanmoku Junior High School. Six class representatives made their speeches in front of their peers and teachers. 



With the theme ‘Make People Laugh, then Think’, they spoke about the following topics:


1st Grade - All About Me

1st Grade - My Favourite Things

2nd Grade - Express Myself

2nd Grade - I will talk about English

3rd Grade - Many memories and My Important Family

3rd Grade - Best Friends for Life


After two months of hard work, their performances were outstanding! They worked hard to remember their speeches, and thought carefully about how to express themselves. All of the students used natural gestures, jokes and recreated conversations with ease - very impressive!

Other students listened, answered the speakers’ questions, laughed and thought. Well done to everyone, and especially to our six wonderful speakers! You should be very proud of yourselves!


Good luck to our school representative in the Kanra-Tomioka contest in September.


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2017/06/26

English Class Speech Contests 2017

| by 南牧中職員

Over the past two weeks, we held class English speech contests at Nanmoku Junior High School. 


This year’s theme is ‘Make people laugh, then think.’ All of the students worked hard to write speeches by themselves, using the English they have learned so far.


The first grade students introduced themselves, talked about their families, their dreams and their interests. Many students also wrote interesting and funny quizzes. Despite a short time studying English, the first grade students delivered original and creative speeches. 




The second grade students chose interesting themes, including the importance of English; the expression of voiceover artists; the differences between young and old people; sleep; and the experience of being an only child. They used lovely gestures and spoke with fluency and confidence.


The third grade students spoke about family, friendship, judgement and their weaknesses. Using a high level of English, their speeches were thought-provoking and entertaining. Having studied English for more than two years at Junior High School, their pronunciation and expression were fantastic. 


During the class contests, we laughed and thought a lot! All the students had worked very hard to write and deliver speeches fitting this year’s theme. Judged by their classmates and teachers, two winning representatives from each class will perform at the school English Speech Contest on 12th July. Well done, everyone!


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2017/03/09

The Second Grade English Debate

| by 南牧中職員



This week, the Second Grade students held an interesting debate during English class. The motion was “A big city is better than a small village.” In two teams, the students used their speaking skills to argue for and against this motion. 


The first speaker for the motion started with some interesting points: in cities, it’s easy to travel by train, we can go to many kinds of stores, and we can use wifi almost anywhere. The second speaker added that in villages, it’s difficult to find jobs.


The first speaker against the motion also opened with strong arguments. In villages, we can enjoy beautiful nature, enjoy activities like cycling and swimming, and people are kind. In addition, the second speaker said, cities have many bad points. For example, there are accidents, unclean water and cities cause pollution and global warming. 


The students listened carefully, and were able to ask interesting questions during discussion time. In an exciting battle of words, they debated the ease of using wifi in villages and the danger of fires in both cities and villages. 


Both teams did an excellent job of using English to express their opinions during the debate. It was very impressive! The final result was a close call, but the team against the motion won the debating prize this time round. 


Well done, Second Grade students! Fantastic work!


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2016/10/05

If you come to Japan...

| by 南牧中職員

Our second grade students have been thinking about Japanese culture and places that they would like visitors to know about. Here are some of their recommendations - please use them if you visit Japan!


Tokyo Skytree

If you go to Tokyo, go to Tokyo Skytree. When I was ten years old, I went to Tokyo Skytree. If you go to Tokyo, you should go and see Tokyo Skytree. You can see it light up at night. - K. I.


Shimonita Tonkatsu

I love eating! I will introduce Shimonita’s famous food. It is called Kiyoshiya tonkatsu. If you eat Kiyoshiya tonkatsu, you will be very happy. Please eat it! - K. O.


Kendama

I like kendama. Do you know kendama? If you use it, you’ll have fun all day. When you use kendama, use it with your friends in the park. You can play kendama! - S. M. 


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2016/09/08

The English Speech Contest 2016

| by 南牧中職員



This week, the 2016 English Speech Contest was held at Nanmoku Junior High School. 

The four students who were chosen to represent their grades all worked very hard over the summer vacation to practice their speeches. The result was a fantastic show of the students’ English abilities. In Monday’s contest, all four representatives spoke beautifully using gestures and intonation to communicate their ideas well. 



The first grade representative introduced himself in a funny and engaging speech. He told the audience about his family, his interests, his favourite foods and his friends. It was an impressive speech, especially as the first grade students have only studied English since April. 

The second grade representative spoke about believing in yourself. The speech included a lot of difficult English grammar and vocabulary. He spoke with confidence and used good gestures to communicate an inspiring message. 

The two third grade representatives used all the English they have learned at Junior High School, including high-level grammar and a varied vocabulary. One representative spoke about determination, delivering an engaging story of how he has changed since elementary school. The other representative spoke about the importance of having dreams, using well-rehearsed English pronunciation to communicate her message powerfully. 

The audience of teachers and students listened carefully, and afterwards judged the speeches based on their use of English, their contents and their delivery.



A huge 'well done' to all four class representatives! They worked really hard and performed wonderfully thoughtful and engaging speeches. For the winner, the hard work will continue as they will go on to represent Nanmoku in the Kanra-Tomioka English Speech Contest later this month. 


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2016/07/26

English Day 2016

| by 南牧中職員


On July 22nd, we held English Day at Nanmoku Junior High School. Many ALTs from Annaka, Kanra, Kanna, Ueno and Tomioka came to Nanmoku. 



The main activity was an orienteering quiz. ALTs and students walked around Nanmoku together in teams to find the answers to many questions. Even though it was rainy, everyone had fun exploring the village and searching for the answers. 


Each team also had to take a photo for the English Day photo contest. Some photos were pretty, others were funny, and we enjoyed seeing the team’s efforts to take the best picture.
 
Afterwards, the students introduced the ALTs from their team. We found out all sorts of interesting things about the ALTs, from the places they have visited to their favorite songs and hobbies. All the students did a great job of introducing the ALTs in English. Very nice work!



All the ALTs said that they loved talking to the students and learning about Nanmoku. The students did a great job of speaking English to get to know the ALTs. I hope everyone enjoyed a fantastic English Day - let’s do it again next year!

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2016/07/20

The English Speech Contest 2016: Class Contests

| by 南牧中職員



Last week, English speech contests were held in class for each grade at Nanmoku Junior High School. 

The first grade students introduced themselves in their speeches. They talked about things like their favourite foods and sports, future dreams, and telling jokes. All students did a great job of their first English speech. They smiled, spoke in clear voices, and performed with confidence.



The second grade students spoke about topics like their dreams, public speaking and ways they’ve changed for the better. Their speeches were very thoughtful and the students did a great job despite feeling nervous.

Finally, the third graders made speeches on various topics, including their families, life in Nanmoku, their dreams, determination and positivity. Their speeches were well-written and thoughtful. They were very interesting to listen to, and everyone had practised a lot! 

Brilliant job, everyone! The class representatives will soon be announced. We’re looking forward to hearing their speeches again at the school’s English Speech contest in September. 


08:37
2016/03/17

Our Introductions to Nanmoku Village

| by 南牧中職員
Nanmoku Village is a wonderful place, and the 2nd grade students at Nanmoku Junior High School want you to know more about it. They have written all about Nanmoku's sightseeing spots and other highlights in English. Please read their introductions - we hope they inspire you to visit Nanmoku sometime soon!

















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2016/03/08

Our School Introduction

| by 南牧中職員
The 3rd grade students here at Nanmoku Junior High School have written some English introductions about their school life. Their introductions and photos below give you a taste of daily life here at Nanmoku JHS - please enjoy!

The Field Trip





Our field trip is held in October. All students and teachers walked a long way and climbed mountains. We could see beautiful scenery. Walking a long way made us tired, but it was enjoyable.

The Volleyball Tournament



The volleyball tournament is held in June. The students were divided into three groups. The winners got a certificate of commendation.

The Soft Tennis Club



There is a soft tennis club at our school. There are only a few members. But they can say their greeting louder than other schools. And when they meet for tennis practice, they are punctual. They can clean the tennis court quickly.

School Lunch





All the students in the school eat school lunch together. They usually talk with other students in the same year. But Thursday is special. The students talk with other students from different years. This is very interesting. 

Our Lessons





Two teachers do one class in our classes. Our classes are small. All students take P.E. classes two or three times per week. The students can speak their opinions surely once in every class. We enjoy all the classes.

The Culture Club



The culture club does research, cooking, art and so on. A student did research about mini tomatoes in this club. The student observed mini tomatoes every day. The student got a certificate of merit for the research about mini tomatoes. 

The School Festival



Our school festival is held in October. All the students talk about what they learned in class for integrated studies. Some students made speeches. All students sang songs and played some musical instruments. 
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