Welcome to our Japanese exchange students

This week we are hosting 29 Japanese students from Chikushi High School. They are staying with some of our school families and will be participating in activities during school hours.

Chikushi High School (CHS) is located in Fukuoka, Kyushu, in the south of Japan. Fukuoka is the most populous prefecture of Kyushu, with a population of over 5 million. CHS lies in the middle of Fukuoka prefecture, and close to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. It is currently summer in the northern hemisphere and the weather in Chikushi at this time is normally around 27C-34C. CHS was founded in 1973 and had just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. The three educational mottoes of CHS are Sou, Ai, and KenSou comes from Souzo (creative wisdom and frontier spirit), Ai from Keiai (self-esteem and respect for others) and Ken is derived from Goken (physically and mentally sound).

Currently, about 1150 students attend CHS. It has three grades and each grade consists of 9-10 classes.  In each class, about 40 students learn together. Most students in CHS want to go on to university and so they study hard every day. Since the foundation of CHS, the number of students who have achieved their academic goals has been increasing with the help of enthusiastic teachers. The 10th graders take the following classes: Japanese, Japanese classics, Social Studies, Math, Science, PE, Health Guidance, Art (calligraphy, art or music), Computers, Home Economics, and English. The 11th graders are separated into the Humanities Course and the Science Course. The Humanities Course has more Japanese and English classes while the Science Course has more science and math classes. In this year, the students do not have classes of Social Studies, Art, Home Economics or Computers. Instead, they take classes in History or Geography. As 12th graders, they have 3 courses to choose from: Course A is the Humanities Course that does not have math and science classes; Course B is the Humanities Course that has math and science classes; and Course C, the Science Course. In every year, there is also a General Study class.

At CHS, there is a morning class, which starts at 7:45 am and ends at 8:35 am. From 8:50 am to 9:00 am, students have 10 minutes for reading and right after this is homeroom.  They have four 50-minute classes with a 10-minute break in between each class.  There is a 45-minute lunch after the fourth period. After lunch, two more 50-minute classes are held.  On Mondays and Thursdays, there is a 7th period.  After the final class of the day, all the students clean the school. Then a second homeroom is held and then most students go off to do their club activities after school.

Further details: http://chikushi.fku.ed.jp/one_html3/pub/default.aspx?c_id=87