Our students have a lot of spark within class hours and after school, too. This week, the elementary after school clubs have started, and the students were excited to join the activities of their choice.
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We celebrate that not all learning takes place on our campus! Whether it is just across the street or across an ocean, our students are exposed to exceptional opportunities that challenge and enrich their learning. Our Week Without Walls program stimulates proactive engagement, confidence, teamwork and respect for others. By providing an environment for challenging but safe risk-taking, students are enabled to discover hidden strengths and develop leadership skills and capabilities to approach unfamiliar situations.
And Japan offers ample opportunity to climb, hike, and kayak. Our grade 5 through 12 students dive into a range of activities-- from setting sail in Shikoku, to building a raft in Fukui. And how about cycling across a chain of islands while immersing oneself in Japanese culture. And for our grade 12 students, hiking the ancient Kumano Kodo trail like others have for more than a thousand years. Adding to personal growth, a sense of responsibility, and a greater social awareness are some of the key goals while taking in the beauty of Japan.
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Japan, with its rich history and vibrant culture, never fails to amaze. And our location in Kobe places us in the heart of it all, providing multiple opportunities to experience and explore.
Trips to Kyoto and Nara connect our students to ancient Japan. Sitting in temples hundreds of years old meditating, walking the same streets as the daimyo and samurai once did, bringing history to life.
And when seeing the Atomic Dome and walking through Peace Park in Hiroshima, our students are confronted with difficult questions and thoughts-- bringing the lessons of our classrooms into sharp focus.
Experiencing Japan, connecting curriculum with location, our students make memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.
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Since the Tohoku earthquake in 2011, our students have established a supportive relationship with three schools from that area. During summer, a group of our students visit the Tohoku region, offering encouragement, working and playing with the children, as well as gaining a better understanding of what service means and the impact it can have.
"Going on this trip gave me the opportunity to connect with kids my age that had lost their homes, families, and friends. While interacting with the children, I felt that we made them feel that Canadian Academy remembers and is always willing to support them throughout their recovery. Having kids coming up to us and saying ‘thank you’ for what we have done over these past years makes us feel that we are now a part of their life."
We are proud of the ongoing support we offer Tohoku. Although we have been recognized for this commitment, we do it knowing that we can positively impact the lives of others.
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Canadian Academy proudly is the only school in Japan that is a member of the Asian Pacific Activities Conference (APAC), a group of twelve international schools spread throughout Asia. APAC events provide the opportunity for our students to not only compete in sporting events and participate in fine arts workshops and performances, but also to engage with students from other cultures.
Whether it's volleyball or soccer, dance or orchestra--- just to name a few-- our students are given the opportunity to perform on a much larger stage with students from all over the world.
With its focus on camaraderie and fair play as well as participating to the best of one's abilities, our students develop a strong sense of what it means to be on a team-- developing friendships and connections that last a lifetime.
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With more than 3,000 students having graduated since the school was founded in 1913, our alumni are spread throughout the world. And many of our alumni-- whether they attended a semester or much longer-- consider their CA education and experiences as some of "the best times" of their lives.
As our alumni are fond of saying, step foot in any major city in the world and you'll find a fellow Falcon. It is this network of shared experiences and friends who are ready to offer a helping hand, provide some timely advice.
Whether it is to find out more about a college or university, a career path, or to establish a more formal business partnership-- and especially an opportunity to reminisce-- our alumni network is extensive and welcoming.
We look forward to you becoming a part of it.
Imagine working with a published author, an accomplished DJ, a graphic artist, a museum curator...embedded in your classroom, ready to share their expertise and experiences. Working with you, supporting you, offering advice and a friendly smile.
Unique to Canadian Academy, our Artist in Residence program brings together the expert and you-- taking your understanding and skills to the next level. Funded in part by our PTA, we draw artists and professionals from around the world to come and spend time with us. The experience generally lasts more than a week, allowing a deeper understanding to emerge.
Not only do our students and faculty benefit-- so does our parent community. Sharing their expertise in a workshop or performing on stage, our Artist in Residence gives back to our community.
Learning comes from doing-- and what better way to learn than with an accomplished artist?
- Elementary School
Our students have a lot of spark within class hours and after school, too. This week, the elementary after school clubs have started, and the students were excited to join the activities of their choice. This season, we offer 24 clubs ranging from crafting to sports. Here are some examples of the clubs.
Soccer Club: Our soccer program will run in collaboration with Iniesta Academy from this year. Coaches from the Academy will be teaching our students valuable skills as a soccer player. 60 students from G2 to 5 signed up, and they already had a ball at the first training this week.
Crochet Club: Did you know Mr. Hylden is a crochet expert? He runs the crochet club to share his skills with our G3-5 students. This week, the students started to learn how to crochet and already made colorful bracelets! Crochet is not only about knitting skills but also having a relaxing time focusing on the work - it’s nice to see our students having a pleasant time while learning a new skill.
Dance Fusion: Ms. Layla is passionate about dancing and runs the Dance Fusion Club for G1-5 students. Her style is a mixture of Latin and Oriental, which she grew up with in her home country. The Dance Club students will have a chance to perform in the elementary school assembly. We are looking forward to their performance!
Other after school clubs for elementary students are:
Some clubs still have spaces left, so please contact our Activities Office if you are interested in joining them!
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If we asked our secondary students, ‘What was the highlight of this school year?’ many of them would probably answer, ‘Week Without Walls!’ This year’s Week Without Walls, residential trips organized by grade levels, took place from the 16th to the 19th of May.
The trips aim to provide an environment where students can develop skills such as teamwork and dealing with unfamiliar situations, as well as lifelong friendships.
At the same time, the trips are an excellent opportunity for our students to explore different areas in Japan; each area has beautiful nature and unique features.
Here are highlights of the exciting trips this year. The trip destinations and activities may vary every year, but this article will give you a general idea about Week Without Walls at Canadian Academy.
Grade 6 stayed in Anan, Tokushima. They enjoyed marine activities, such as stand-up sailing, kayaking, and raft-making. In the evening, campfire and night hiking made the trip even more special for the students.
Grade 7 traveled to Lake Biwako in Shiga. Alongside the biggest lake in Japan, the students had a chance to experience various water activities, such as sailing and canoeing. The trip also included some crafting; did you see a beautiful Magatama (glass bead pendant) that our students made?
Grade 8 went camping on Ieshima Island, located in the Southwest of Hyogo. Surrounded by the stunning ocean, the students happily learned how to sail and build a raft. Not only these activities but also outdoor cooking was a fun part of the trip!
Grade 9 traveled to Wakayama to visit the World Heritage area, including the Kumano Kodo trail and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. The trail was not easy to complete, with many steps and steep slopes, but the students enjoyed challenging themselves and made it!
Grade 10 and 11 mixed up and split into three groups; Shimanami Kaido cycling, rafting in Naganogawa river, and Nakasendo trail hiking.
The cycling group traveled across the bridges from island to island on the Seto Inland Sea. The weather was perfect, and the views from the bridges were absolutely breathtaking! The rafting group enjoyed going down the river while taking in the cultural scenery of Nakasendo. Nakasendo is known as the old postal route, originally from Kyoto to Tokyo, and this is where the hiking group explored. They also had a chance to enjoy the view of traditional buildings and the Zen meditation experience in between walking.
Now, you might be thinking - what a variety of trips! At Canadian Academy, we embrace the uniqueness of the environment in Kobe and Kansai, and we are extremely proud of how we integrate the rich environment into our learning program.
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On the 23rd and 24th of February, 20 high school students from Canadian Academy participated in the Model United Nations conferences hosted by Marist Brothers International School in Kobe. MUN activities including the General Assembly and Security Council have a long history, and CA has been part of it for 36 years.
We are proud that four of our delegates were awarded Outstanding Delegates for the top 10% of 100 participants from eight schools. We would like to congratulate:
Maher Zaveri - for his knowledge, diplomatic demeanor, and ability to facilitate within the Security Council
Dylan Javeri - for his active involvement and perceptive contributions across multiple debates
Rishi Chaudhari - for his tenacity in defending his amendment regarding factory farming
Seiko Helen Tejirian - for her eloquent and well-informed statements, particularly regarding the militarization of space
"There are plenty of enjoyable aspects to MUN - creativity, intellectual stimulation, and how I am forced to think on the spot," Helen explained how much she has been enjoying MUN and learning from it. Dylan mentioned multiple skills he has been developing through MUN, as "MUN gives me a chance to improve my public speaking and collaborative skills, but I also get to learn about the world around me."
The topics discussed at the MUN General Assembly and Security Council included the militarization of space, factory farming, fast fashion, and young caregivers. The delegates represented different countries and debated solutions to those issues from the perspectives of the countries they were assigned. The benefits are, as Rishi explains, that “MUN allows me to represent countries that I’m not familiar with and argue to defend them in many ways. It teaches me to think about things in ways that are not only morally relevant but more focused on what's best for the country I represent.”
Dylan reflected on the conferences by sharing that "the great part about Marist MUN was that each topic was affecting numerous countries and therefore, I could collaborate with multiple people and hear multiple perspectives." When asked how delegates prepared for the conferences, Helen answered, "the key to performing well was, without doubt, thorough rigorous research in advance on both the selected issue and one's country, as well as their convergence."
"One of the topics I'm truly interested in discussing is poverty. I believe it's one issue that not just one country can solve it, but the unified support of all countries can." (Dylan)
Now our MUN students are even more motivated to inquire about more international issues. We are positive that our MUN students will continue to expand their knowledge about various global topics and develop their research and debating skills, which are valuable life-long assets for them.