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Nara Prefectural Kashihara Senior High School

The Introduction of Nara Prefectural Kashihara High School Last modified: Dec.10, '05

Kashihara Senior High School was founded in 1975. It is a coeducational day school, offering a general course. 1, 080 students are currently enrolled in 3 grade system, and each of the grade has 9 classes of 40 students. The total number of graduates is 10,858, as of March, 2005.
The school is situated in Kashihara City, which is rich in ancient history. In the vicinity of the school are many historic sites such as imperial burial mounds, tumuli built in the 5th and 6th century, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. The whole area is embraced by beautiful nature. 

1 Our Mission

1) We teaching staff work together to provide the best possible atmosphere for learning, where teachers and students respect and trust each other.
2) We commit ourselves to the creation of a favorable environment for learning where students can develop their academic ability.
3) We commit ourselves to educating young people sound in mind and body, that is to say, cultivating human resources having self-discipline. 



2 School Objectives

We are very pleased that we have so many students full of interests, enthusiasm, morality, and   open-minded attitudes, and we think of them as very valuable. We hope they will be abundant in intelligence, creativity, and sensitivity. We also hope they will have their own goals after their graduation. To achieve their primary aims in life, the first thing they have to do is to cultivate their gifts and steer a steady course with patience and persistence. Our main educational objective is to help and encourage the students to make an appropriate choice of their course after graduation. 

3 Dominant Features

Under the school precept "Self-discipline", both teachers and students have been endeavoring to maintain the school's reputation for pursuing the best in academic, sporting, and artistic fields. For us, school is a place where we can extract pleasure -- pleasure for learning and teaching.
We are proud of our students' earnestness and virility that they have as a school spirit. Their active, lively and positive attitude toward life enable them to challenge anything whether it is an academic or an extracurricular area. In such a school characteristics, students graduate every year, fully satisfied and fulfilling the high expectations of parents and the whole school community. It is the school of schools that can provide an environment supportive of students and conducive to their learning. Here in Kashihara Senior High, we work closely with PTA in order to create an ideal environment. 
4 Courses for the Future

Students are directed to form plans for their courses after graduation in their first year, and two courses are offered for the students: the Science Course and the Academic Course (so-called "humanities course"). Freshmen are divided into these two courses based on the result of the placement test they take before the entrance ceremony. Traditionally, our school has been reputed to be science- and math-oriented. This may be due to the fact that there have been more boys than girls. In the third year, students can take subjects out of wide varieties of elective subjects according to the entrance exam requirements of the university they will apply to. Weekdays have five 65-minute regular classes, with additional 50-minute classes given for some students in the 6th period on Tuesday and Thursday. 6th period on Fridays is called "the Period of Integrated Studies", when students can choose subjects suitable for their course. SSR (Sustained Silent Reading) is one of the unique features of our school activities. In 2002 we received Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Award for the practice of SSR from the Ministry of Education. 

5 Career Guidance and After-School Lessons

Academic work and extracurricular activities seem to be compatible for most students. After school, they are engaged in various club activities until 7:30 in the evening. We always advise them to concentrate both on study and club activity and at the same to switch quickly from one to the other.They make efforts to reach the goal of their ambition with attentive attitudes in classes and after-school lessons.
The universities and colleges that students choose vary: national and municipal universities in Kinki District (science & math majors tend to choose ones in wider areas), private universities such as Kansai University, Kwansei-Gakuin University, Doshisha University, and Ritsumeikan University (More than half of the students apply to these four universities). More than 80 percent of them take the national center test for university admissions (Center-Shiken). 

6 School Events and Extracurricular Activities

Students are very active in organizing school events such as the Cultural Festival and sporting events. They act literally on our ultimate goal: "Produce students who are fully motivated and courageous enough to face difficult tasks." There are 35 clubs in total, and 88 percent of the students participate in after-school activities. On campus we can witness their enthusiasm for achieving excellence in their extracurricular activities. Their outstanding records are as follows: Track and Field has produced athletes who won national-level championships. Martial Arts (girls) took the first and the second places. This year, Kendo, Kyudo (archery), Soft Tennis, and Track and Field participated in Inter-High School Games, and Swimming, Table-Tennis, and Badminton in Kinki-District Tournaments. Baseball once took part in the 72nd national selected high school baseball championship held in Koshien Stadium. And at that time, our cheering club won the best cheering award. Soccer, Handball, Volleyball have also had notable results. As for artistic and cultural activities, Broadcasting and School Band entered national contests, while Chorus, Fine Arts, Calligraphy, Photography, Igo & Shogi (go and chess) were noted for their excellent performances at the nationwide High School Cultural Festival. We are also proud of our unique club activities such as Gindo (Chinese poem singing and dancing) and Archaeology Research Club. One more thing to note is the study program in Australia.We send a group of students to Sydney every year for the purpose of language and intercultural studies. 

7 The PTA

In order to respond to the demands of parents and the communities, the PTA has been firmly supporting the school. Its outstanding activities are widely acknowledged and numerous awards have been given for its many-sided activities by the Minister of Education. Its activities are headed by 120 parents. The PTA seeks to create the best possible learning environment in which junior high school students wish eagerly to learn. Collaborating closely with PTA, we are assiduous in our work to organize a well-disciplined school so that we can earn the trust of the community. 

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