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【学校情報】2A生徒 留学報告(ニュージーランド)

ニュージーランドに来て約10カ月が経ちました。今回のレポートで私の留学報告は最後になります。帰国日が近づくとともに別れへの寂しい気持ちが増していますが、あと数週間後には日本にいるという実感がないというのが正直な気持ちです。そう思えるくらいに私はこの1年間でニュージーランドの生活に馴染むことができたのだと思います。

今月の4日にプライズギビングと呼ばれる、表彰式のようなものがありました。これは今年度最後の学校への登校日で、Year13の人にとっては卒業式のようなものでもあり、全学年から、各クラスで成績が優秀だった人、スポーツを頑張った人、などへの表彰もあります。私はここで賞をもらうことを目標に頑張ってきましたが、残念ながら受賞はできませんでした。しかし、この1年を通して全校生徒の前で数回表彰され、スクールバッジを5個、賞状を5枚もらいました。私がとっていた観光の授業でも、Year12 のNCEAといわれるニュージーランドの資格を取得することができました。私のクラスからこの資格をパスした人は私だけだったため、とても嬉しかったです。課題を始めたばかりの頃はほとんど理解できず、私にできるはずはないなどと思っていましたが、授業内だけではなく、家でも進めたり、分からないところは先生に尋ねたりして、課題を進めていったことが今回の結果につながったのだと思います。このように、今回の留学では、何事も、初めからできないと諦めるのではなく、挑戦してみることが大切で、努力すれば目標を達成できるということを学ぶことができました。

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△いつも一緒に過ごしていた友達

学校が終わってからは、インターナショナルスチューデントのためにホリデープログラムが開かれました。私たちはロッククライミング、動物園、ゴンドラに行きました。動物園では、ニュージーランドにしか生息しないキウイバードを見たり、キリンの餌付けをしたりすることができました。ホリデープログラムの最終日に行ったゴンドラでは、丘の上から私の住んでいるクライストチャーチ一面を見ることができ、みんなで過ごす最後の時間を楽しむことができました。お別れ会では先生から1人ずつお別れの言葉をいただき、お礼の言葉も伝えることができました。この学校生活は私にとってとてもかけがえのないものになり、私を大きく成長させてくれました。多くの新しいことにも挑戦でき、貴重な経験もたくさんできました。私を支えてくれた先生方や友達、ホストファミリー、またこの留学をするにあたって関わってくださった日本の多くの人にも感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。私は、多くの人に支えられながら生きているということを実感し、人生の中では、みんなで助け合いながら生きていくことが大切だということを学びました。

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△インターナショナルスチューデント

この留学を通して英語という言語だけではなく、とても大切なものをたくさん学ぶことができました。初めは何も相手の言っていることを理解できず、自分が思っていることをしっかりと伝えられないことが多かったです。しかし、生まれ育った環境も全く違う中で、言葉が通じるだけでこんなにも分かり合えるのだと、言葉の力にとても感動させられました。どれだけ自分が何かを言おうと努力しても最初から上手くはいきませんでしたが、諦めずに続けていくことで徐々に自分の力になっていき、周りの人も理解してくれるようになりました。今では、来たばかりの頃の私には想像できなかったことが私の周りには広がっていて、私との別れを心から悲しんでくれる友達、本当の家族のように接してくれるホストファミリーなど、本当に私は恵まれた環境にいることを実感します。高校生のうちに留学したからこそ経験できたものもあり、留学前の自分と比べると、これらの経験は私を大きく成長させてくれました。この留学で学んだことをここで終わらせるのではなく、しっかり将来につなげていきたいと思います。

【学校情報】2A生徒 留学報告(ニュージーランド)

I have just five weeks before going back to Japan. Summer is coming, so it is getting hot. I like summer but since NZ’s sun is strong, sunglasses are essential for me. I sometimes think about the English exams in Japan such as Eiken and TOEIC and I feel anxious and I need to study hard. I know my busy Japanese life is waiting so I wish I was a New Zealander. However, my NZ friends are studying hard for their big exam so I realized that I have to study hard wherever I am. I had my birthday and some fun things this month. Also, my NZ school has finished this month.

I had a sleepover with my friends in the second week of October. We played Mario Kart, Mario party and so on until dinner time. We also talked about school and tik tok which is a video app. Some of my friends make videos with the app but they do not post them. We had fish and chips for dinner. I ate hot chips until I got full. I do not eat chips until I get full in Japan so I was really happy. We ate ice cream after dinner. There were three flavors of ice cream boxes. They were mango, vanilla and chocolate. I do not buy ice cream boxes in Japan so I thought NZ people were lucky to get ice cream in a box. We watched a horror movie at night in a tent. We slept in the tent so I could not sleep well but I thought it was interesting to have a sleepover in a tent.

I went to a cat café which was in Christchurch with my friends. I have never been to a cat café in Japan and I thought there was no cat cafés in Christchurch so I was surprised that there was one and it made me so excited.

I turned 17 years old on 15th October. I did not do special things for my birthday last year.
However, many people celebrated my birthday this year. I got a lot of presents and some people sang the birthday song for me. My friends brought cupcakes and sang the birthday song at lunch. One of my friends organized a sleepover for my birthday but her brother got sick and she got sick as well so the sleepover was postponed. I was just so happy that she organized the sleepover.

I went to Lazer Strike, which is a shooting game, with my friends. That was for my birthday and I got more presents. Also, one of my friends paid the game fee for me. The game was so much fun. We went to Kosco and got some snacks afterwards. We went to a park and shared the snacks. That was a good time and I felt happy. We went to souvenir shops at last. I got some souvenirs for my Japanese family and friends there. I had a great birthday party.

I have many events this month so I would like to enjoy them. Thank you for reading.

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【学校情報】2A生徒 留学報告(オーストラリア)

I can't believe I have only one month left to stay in Australia. I feel I don't want to leave. I still make good memories in Australia. Today, I would like to tell you about one of my best memories. That is hiking camp for outdoor education. It went for there days.

The first day hiking walked about 13km. Actually this was my first hiking. At first I was worried that my walking speed would slow down if I carried heavy luggage but as I walked, I got used to it and walked more smoothly than I expected. There are two things I paid attention when I was walking. The first is walking with the center of gravity tilted forward than when normally walking. This is to prevent a balance from being lost due to heavy loads when walking. This is to prevent stumbling from stones or twigs.

The second day hiking walked about 21km, I think that I was able to hike on the second day using what I learned on the first day. On this day, I got used to carrying heavy loads and hike while maintaining a certain speed. In addition, I felt that I was calm and thoughts were cleared by being surrounded by nature and I realized that I hadn’t touched nature so far.

I was in charge of lunch, so I made a group lunch. I bought things that our group had decided in advance (tuna, crackers, boiled eggs, cucumber). It was good.

The pleasantness of walking in nature, the coolness of the shade, the beautiful scenery, the sound of nature fluttering in the wind, all have a freshness that is different from everyday life and refreshed the mind. In particular, the shaded places were cool and my heat went away and the beautiful scenery blew away my tiredness.

On the morning of the third day, I got up early and cleaned up, packed and folded the tent. I think I was able to hike more comfortably with less luggage. I was able to clean up the tents and packing by taking advantage of what I learned in the previous camp. After clearing up all stuff, there was a vivid bird nearby, and the principal gave me the bird’s food. So I fed the birds. I was surprised because these were wild birds but they were so friendly.
We arrived at the lake and I thought we can just swim and play. However, the teacher said that they could dive into the lake from a rock near the lake, so everyone started climbing the rock. So I followed. I saw that everyone dive and at first I thought it looked fun. However, I was more scared than I expected to stand on the rock, but I jumped three times in total. In particular, after standing on the rock for the third time, I suddenly began to think that feeling of jumping was scary, so I give chances to other people. However, my friends and teachers said a lot like “Come on Yuri!” “You don’t have the chance anymore!” So finally I jumped there. I was very scared of the first diving in my life, but it was also a great memory for me. Diving was scarier than a roller coaster. I’m glad I had a lot of my first experiences in these three days.

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【学校情報】2A生徒 留学報告(カナダ)

カナダでの留学生活も残すところあと3ヶ月です。

今月は先月に比べて、毎日がバレー部の練習で忙しい月でした。最初は勉強との両立は難しいと感じましたが、日々慣れていきました。学校生活では学年が変わってから数学がとても難しくなり、とても苦戦しています。週にクイズやテストが必ずあるため、対策をするために数学のクラスに昼食時間から行ったり、放課後残って友達と授業受けたりなど、工夫をしながら数学の学習を頑張っています。

現在、体育ではバレーボールをしています。男女混合のチームを6チーム作り、総当たり戦をしています。部活とは違って未経験者もたくさんいて、バレー部としてチームをサポートするのは大変です。しかし、何が起こるか分からない試合であるため、とても楽しく授業を受けています。

10月31日はハロウィンでした。カナダで過ごす初めてのハロウィンはとても楽しかったです。隣人達の家でお菓子を貰ったり、学校にも仮装している人がたくさんいるのを見たりして、とても賑やかなハロウィンでした。トリックオアトリートといってお菓子を貰うのは小さい子達だけと思っていましたが、ホストマザーや同じ学年の友達からの誘いがあり、一緒にお菓子をたくさん集めることが出来ました。
11月も充実した月にしたいです。

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【学校情報】2A生徒 留学報告(オーストラリア)

Next month, which is November is my last month in Australia.

During the last school holiday of this year I slept over at my friend’s house. We took a lot of photos, talked until late night and spent such an amazing time. Her mother made a lamb roast for dinner. That was so good. Her family were so good to me. The next day, we went bowling with some of my other friends. The bowling centre’s computers were all broken so we had to write our scores by ourselves but we still had a really great time.
On the 3rd of October it was my host mother’s birthday. We had a great party. I gave her a Japanese noren and a scarf. We ate donuts instead of a cake. The donuts were put on a tower. It was so pretty. I hope she had a good birthday.
My host parents took me to the Big Pineapple and Gingerbread man’s factory. The pineapple was huge and cute. The pineapple is about 16m tall. At the factory, I did a lot of things such as I had amazing morning tea and lunch, we rode on a train and a ship and we visited some shops. The train took us to a tour of the whole area of the factory. We saw old tools, birds and plants. The ship was my favourite part. We had to find the gingerbread man who was travelling around the world. Sadly, he didn’t go to Japan but still, I had a lot of fun.
I went on an excursion for my school’s hospitality class. I went to the “Next” hotel and restaurant. This excursion was for my assessment so I could find good points and bad points in this restaurant. The hotel focuses on technologies so the hotel looked really useful and comfortable. The hotel is in the city so there are a lot of conference rooms in there. I will do my best to get a good mark.
I went to a dance competition with my school’s dance squad. The competition was the last one for me and year 12 students. We couldn’t get awards but still we did the best performance. This dance was choreographed by a year 12 student. I love her dance. I would like to use these skills which I got in this dance squad in my unicycle dances.
We went to a beach to watch the full moon rise. That time was my second last time. I walked my host brother’s dog with my unicycle. I practiced doing some tricks on my unicycle. I didn’t think I can do these skills so I was really surprised with myself.
I went to two museums this month. One of them is an island museum. We are living near an island so we went there. I saw rubbish fashions and recycle activities. In Australia, a lot of activists are protesting for climate change so I thought these things are really valuable to save the earth. The other museum was a train museum. The museum was huge and has a lot of trains and exhibits of science. The old trains didn’t have inside door handles. According to my host parents, they had to open the doors from the nearest windows. I experienced driving a train but there were a lot of buttons so it was really difficult for me.
I also went to a primary school for another school excursion. My host parents' grandchildren are going to the school so I saw and did activities with one of them. She was really surprised when I went into her classroom. This excursion was for my early childhood study’s assessment. My group prepared two activities for the children such as making a fan and pasta necklace. The children were so cuddly. Before I met them, I was concerning about communications with them because I have never communicated with children of such a young age except for my host grandchildren but they asked and spoke to me a lot. When I left there, they didn’t let me go while hugging me and they gave me kisses. I thought I would like to be an Australian prep teacher but this time, I don’t have any responsibilities so I could have a lot of fun. I think it is difficult to be an adult and work somewhere with a lot of responsibilities.
I took part in the school awards night as a member of the dance squad. We performed a dance in front of parents and my friends. I got an award at this art and culture night. The performance was the last performance of this year. I have experienced a lot of things in this squad. I am really glad to have belonged in this group.

I have just 30 days left in Australia. I don’t want to leave here, Australia! My friends, host family and this environment make me wish I could stay. I have to make these last days valuable so I would like to spend these days without regrets.

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