First Day for new Ichinensei at Taisha Chu - 12
Originally uploaded by Jason In Japan.
Here is the board in one of the 7th grade homerooms, decorated by the 8th and 9th graders, welcoming the new 7th graders to Taisha Junior High.
The board says "yookoso" next to Ampanman, which means "Welcome." It also says "Omedetoo" across the top, which means "congratulations," and "we love Taisha Chu."
The opening ceremony for the new 7th graders was a formal assembly in the gym with their parents and local dignitaries in attendance. Each students' name was read off and then a few of the students made short speeches after Kocho sensei (the principal) made his welcome address.
We have 4 classes of 7th graders this year, as opposed to the 5 we had last year. So a slighly smaller incoming class in total, altho each homeroom has 37 or 38 kids in it, so they're very full classes.