Saturday, September 03, 2005

And so it begins.

The pace of life is slowly beginning to pick up speed. On Thursday September 1 my Jr High School opened its doors to the students for term 2 of the school year. I made an introduction speech to a group of 500 students and twenty staff members at the opening assembaly and then introduced myself in Japanese to the staff once we returned to the staff room. I then proceeded to sit at my desk for the remainder of the work day, which was six hours, with nothing to do. On Friday I arrived at school, finished setting up my slide show and by 9am was prepared for my 1:20 class. So I sat around for a while. I ate lunch with some students and then proceeded to the library to teach my first ever lesson, although it was more of a presentation. The children were far less genki than I had expected them to be, which was a bit of a disappointment as there wasn't a lot of class participation. When all was said and done, the 50 min passed by very quickly and in the end I think that the kids had fun. The rest of the day passed by quickly and before I knew it I was in Sannomiya meeting up with fellow Redeemer Alumnus Josh Baxter. A very tasty meal at a Brazilian restaurant followed and the next time I looked at my watch it was already 9:15pm. It was my first time in Harbourland at night, it really is beautiful there, and quite a good night-- good food, good company, good conversation-- the first of many Redeemer Alumni-in-Japan reunions to take place this year, I believe. Mr and Mrs Snoek will be arriving next week, with Mr Joustra, Mr Wilms and Mr Martin following closely behind the week after.

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