After a long day of answering many questions at the High School KPASS Brain Bowl Tournament on Thursday, 10th of October, the Saint Maur International School Brain Bowl Team are happy to report that the team scored 425 points in total and placed SECOND after Saint Mary's International School, who scored only 20 points more. Congratulation the participating students on their success!
Come and join our annual Christmas Bazaar on November 17th from 10:00 to 16:00, hosted by the PSG. Save the date for a fun filled day at Saint Maur International School for the whole family with Christmas music, a raffle, thrift shop and more!]
We have received notification from the Organizing Committee for the visit of Pope Francis to Japan about our places allocation for Mass at Tokyo Dome on Monday 25th November. If any students wish to attend this event as part of the School group, could they please see Mr. Agnew as soon as possible to sign-up and receive permission slips and further information. If any student has already reserved a place at this event through their own church, please do not apply for one of the places assigned to Saint Maur International School. The deadline to see Mr. Agnew is Friday 18th October. Thank you.
Traditionally we keep the Month of November as a special month to pray for the souls of the faithful departed. At Saint Maur International School we keep a Book of Rememberence beside the altar in the chapel during the whole of November. During the annual Mass for our deceased past students, family members, friends and benefactors, their names are read out. If you would like the names of your deceased family members or friends included this year please send them to Brendan Agnew, Head of Religious Studies, or drop down to the chapel where I can be found most mornings before 8 am and after 8.15 am. Alternatively you can add any names you like after 1st November when the Book will be on the stand by the altar. The date for the Annual Mass for the Dead will be finalised later.
The school is currently trying to arrange for a group pass for representatives from the school to attend the Papal Mass at Tokyo Dome on Monday 25th November. As of today we are still waiting for confirmation from the visits Organizing Committee. Once we have further information it will be published. Thank you.
I would like you let you know about some of the activities related to spirituality at the school. Each Friday 1 there is a special gathering called "Mothers' Prayers". This follows a world-wide practice where mothers come together to pray for their family and family needs and support each other. This takes place in the chapel at 8.30 - 9.30 am, but there is no need to stay for the whole time. The contact person is Connie Baker.
Once a month, starting 30th October, there will be an hour of quiet time and prayer in the chapel from 8.30 - 9.30 am. This is not structured prayer, but time to come into the chapel and spend a little time before the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. Information about the next Hour of Prayer will be posted on the website and on the Take Notice Boards.
Saint Maur High school students took part in the Fujisawa Beach Clean Project last weekend. They were enjoying themselves while picking up and collecting data on marine debris, trying out windsurfing and doing other fun activities on the beach. This bi-annual beach cleanup project gives students the chance to be part of a valuable community service of providing a safe and clean beach, but it also provides them with the scientific aspect of being part of big data collection and of a global environment movement.
The 5th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Conference Preparatory Group for World Radio Conference (WRC-19) (APG19-5) was held between 31 July - 6 August 2019 in Tokyo sponsored by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and supported by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Association of Japan.
Four Conference Assistants were initially hired to include a graduate from the Class of 2018. However, ITU Association of Japan soon realized the need for 8 more. That is when Saint Maur connection spread. Three students from ICU (International Christian University) from Class of 2017 were first hired. Then four more from the Class of 2019 were hired. Well, doing the simple math, there should be one more. That's me. I became involved due to my husband’s job to host this conference.
They needed college students to assist with pre-registration and registration for 600 participants from Asia Pacific regions and I introduced these students to the job. At the same time, I was asked to work with them and to MC at the Opening Session.
I would like to share with the Saint Maur community the joy and pride I felt as a teacher, a graduate, and a mom of two Saint Maur graduates while working as a conference assistant, myself.
These eight student-assistants were brilliant. They assisted in setting up the registration table, greeting the participants, checking their passports and giving them conference badges and bags, and finally ushering them to the seats. They also checked around the lobby during coffee break to make sure that everything was in order. In the same lobby, there were exhibits sponsored by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). There were personnels from these exhibitors who quickly recognized the efficiency of these student assistants. Before the end of the second day of work, these personnels came to the ITU office simply to ask where this group of student assistants came from and how they were recruited. They were amazed and impressed by these young fellows, as well as surprised to know that four of them were not even college students yet. They offered to give us presentations of their cutting edge technology (during paid hours!). Seeing the attitude of these students, the other exhibitors from KDDI, Soft Bank, and NHK also offered to give presentations. A member of NICT was also a "career planner" who has a job to train company administrators, talked to me to praise our graduates for the quality of character.
Most of them worked for the first two days or just the second day. However, the students have left a lasting impression on these people who work globally. These representatives wish to hire Saint Maur graduates as student assistants at other occasions, and hopefully work with them as colleagues in not far away future.
The ITU Association of Japan thanks me for bringing in these graduates who are so intelligent, polite, efficient, hardworking, cheerful, etc.
It is these positive Saint Maur student characteristics and profile that we wish to continue instilling in them from their student life experiences at Saint Maur. I must repeat how proud I was as a teacher, a mom of graduates, and a graduate of Saint Maur during the conference. I would also like to mention that being a graduate of ICU, I got another credit for being an upperclassman to five of these student assistants.
Thank you to the PSG for organising another wonderful Welcome Picnic for the Saint Maur community last Saturday. Even though it was really hot and humid, many families made it to the picnic and created a happy, playful atmosphere. It was a great start to the new school year!
The Saint Maur Parent Support Group (PSG) was busy this week hosting Grade Level Coffee Mornings, where new parents and the school principals introduced themselves, class parents were decided and other announcements made; all rounded off with a big Vendors Fair where local businesses offering services to expats in Yokohama introduced themselves.