10 Apr '11, 1am

[blog] A new school year... how different is it from Singapore's?

[blog] A new school year... how different is it from Singapore's?

Spring is here! Sakura is blooming... It is the start of of a new school year. :) Official day of work for teachers starts with a day of meetings. Following that are ceremomonies: Opening Ceremony 始業式, Welcoming New Staff Ceremony 新人式, School Entrance Ceremony 入学式, etc. Mmm... that is quite expected though. I have gotten used to the formal ceremonies in Japan. In fact, I have grown a little fond of them. I think I will miss the chorus bowing of 30-45 degrees in assemblies. Sights we will never see in Singapore schools. The things that surprised me are the amount of changes that comes with a new school year though. The first thing I noticed when I enter the staff room was... my seat has changed! Someone had kindly helped to move my clutter to my new seat, as I was away for the entire 2-week spring vacation. What's different from Singapore... When the Japanese teachers shift...

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