Our recent Sports Days had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather but we were lucky this year to have such beautiful autumn weather. Being able to do it on a Sunday meant more family members, and the kids were very energetic.
The Owl and Rabbit classes had a “Sponge Race” where both teams raced to fill their jars with water and be the first to top it off. The Tigger, Piglet, and Roo classes competed in the “I Found It!” game, where they raced to find and bring back a toy specified by an item card given by the teacher. The children also danced, participated in “Red and White basketball,” and ran their races using the large field.
Everyone received their medals at the end of the event. It was a great field day full of joy and smiles.
On October 18 we held our Sports Day for 2021 at the Peverley Place ground of St. Maur International School. It was a little windy but turned out to be a beautiful morning.
After opening speeches, we did the Radio Exercises in English with our families and then performed a special dance that we had been practicing since the beginning of September. Our parents said we did a good job!
Our games included a giant Tic-tac-toe game by the Owl/Rabbit Classes, the Penguin Race by the Tigger/Piglet/Roo Classes, and finally everybody participated in the Red & White Basketball game.
The final events were the races: straight races, and the oval race with the Owls and Rabbits. Everyone got a medal because the score of the teams Red and White were so very close. Our last task was to take a huge photograph with everyone!
It was a really fun day, and we are already looking forward to next year!
Our Halloween celebration has developed a routine that we follow every year, and even during the Pandemic we have been lucky enough to continue to celebrate in much the same way.
First, we ALL wear costumes, students and teachers! It’s so much fun to see what everyone looks like and it makes us feel festive from the very start of the day.
Next, if the weather is fine – and it usually is! – we take a walk about halfway down the Motomachi Shopping Street at around 11:00 a.m. saying, “Happy Halloween!” and waving to everyone we meet or pass in the street. It’s a kind of Halloween Parade and many people wave back and say, “Happy Halloween” to us, too.
After our parade we head back to HK and if there is time, we have a circle meeting with everyone and soon it is time for lunch. After lunch we play Halloween games, watch Halloween cartoons in English, and best of all – we have Trick-or-Treat! It’s everyone’s favorite day in fall.
It’s Halloween! One of the long-awaited events for our students. We had a very exciting morning talking with everybody about what they are dressed as. Brothers and sister, friends, and teachers all wore their favorite costume for the day. We strolled down Motomachi shopping street in the morning saying, “Happy Halloween” and had a party in the afternoon. Looking forward to next year already!!
昨年同様、台風の影響を受けた運動会ですが今年は１日だけの延期で開催することができました。「密」を避けるためにも、数年ぶりの屋外開催でした。天候にも比較的恵まれ、気持ちいい空気の中での開放的な運動会でした。 Red team（紅組）とWhite team（白組）に分かれ、家族と一緒に行ったラジオ体操とダンスとから始め、様々な種目をこなしました。屋外での開催を活かし、水を使った種目や、会場を広く使った種目、綱引きの代わりに家族と楽しめるイベントを行いました。 例年とは形式が変わった運動会でしたが、非常に中身の濃い運動会になりました。最後はバーチ校長からメダルをもらって、全員で記念撮影をしました。
Yet again, the typhoon has prevented us from holding our Sports Day from the intended date, but we were able to postpone only a day. Due to the pandemic, we held our events outdoors, the first in several years for HK. It was a pleasant autumn day with just enough sunshine and fresh air. The students were divided into Red and White teams and performed in their events. We took advantage of the outdoor with events using water and the wide area. We also tried different family-friendly events aside from our regular Tug-o-war. We all had a great time despite the “change” from our annual events. It was a fun-filled day with medals for everybody!
Here at HK International Motomachi, we hold a Show-and-Tell session each month on a Wednesday. The children bring their favorite item to ‘show’ and ‘tell’ us what it is, what it does, and why they like it. Even the shy ones can be very eager to speak during Show-and-Tell. Our friends listen carefully and ask questions about the item. This is one of HK’s favorite events as the children bring different items every time, and every one of them is interesting to us! We had a treat in this month’s Show-and-Tell as Tom brought his guitar, and we all got to sing a song together! We all look forward to the nest Show-and-Tell.
2019も残りわずかとなり、クリスマスが近づいてきました。HK元町では、今年度もみんなドレスアップをしてクリスマスパーティーを行いました。Owlクラスのウェルカムスピーチの後、大きいクラスの園児が”Twelve Days of Christmas”を披露しました。小さいクラスは寒い冬に備えて、「厚着早着替え競争」をしてたくさんの笑顔をもらいました。歌とゲームのあとはみんなで”Santa Claus is Coming to Town”を歌って、ご飯の時間になりました。お昼ご飯も終わり、パーティーもそろそろ終わりというところでサンタがサプライズ登場！忙しい中駆けつけてくれたサンタからプレゼントをもらい、一人ずつサンタとお話をして記念撮影をしました。来年も来てもらえますように！Be good, so Santa can visit again next year!
Christmas is here and we are on our final week of school for 2019. Today was our Christmas Party and everybody was in their Sunday best. The Owl class delivered their welcoming speech and performed Twelve Days of Christmas. The little classes played games and had a great time. Then the two groups came together and sang Santa Claus is Coming to Town. As the party came to a close, we had a surprise visit from Santa himself! Every student had a moment with Santa and received gifts and we all took a picture together. Be good, so Santa can visit again next year!
The typhoon forced us to postpone our favorite Sports Day but it’s finally here! Everybody is more than ready this year. We split into Red team and White team and started off with a dance and warmup events. The big kids and little kids took their turns with their class events and moved on to the main team event, Tug-o-war!! After a tied Red vs White, we had students against teachers, then HK vs Families. The last two events were Red and White Basketball and Races. The kids had only one shot to make their runs count. It was a fun-filled day with medals for everybody.
10 月もついに最終日。園児たちが待ちに待ったハロウィーンです！それぞれが自分の好きなキャラクターや動物になりきってHKにやってきました。友達同士、兄弟・姉妹、先生たちみんなが自分の着たいコスチュームで現れました。ペアルックやたまたま揃った変装などでいつもと違う朝を全員で楽しみました。午前中はみんなで元町ショッピングストリートをパレードして記念撮影をしました。すれ違う人に”Happy Halloween!”と挨拶。午後は保護者の方々もパーティーに参加して、園児たちはゲームや塗り絵を楽しみました。帰る前には、ハロウィーン恒例の”Trick or treat!”と唱えてお菓子をもらって帰りました。
It’s Halloween! One of the long-awaited events for our students. We had a very exciting morning talking with everybody about what they were dressed as. Brothers and sister, friends, and teachers all wore their favorite costume for the day. We strolled down Motomachi shopping street in the morning saying, “Happy Halloween” and had a party with our families in the afternoon. The students concluded the day saying, “Trick or treat!” to the teachers and then went on to do their Trick or Treat runs for the year.
It’s The theme for the month of September was “occupation” and “uniforms.” The kids visited the police box near HK to learn about what police officers do and were reminded of things they should watch out for in our daily lives. We also took pictures with a police car that they brought for the occasion! We continued our “occupation” theme into early October and visited the Yokohama-city Disaster Prevention Center. This was our first visit to the facility. The students spent time learning how to read hazard maps and coloring pictures of fire trucks. Then we separated into two groups of older students and our little ones. They experienced fire extinguishing exercises and escaping smoke with their parents. We also went through simulations of how to protect ourselves from random natural disasters as typhoons and earthquakes. The older students also went on the earthquake simulator to experience past disaster quakes and expected quakes.