Guide to Studying at Asahikawa Fuji Girls' High School
Hanasaki-cho 6, Asahikawa, 070-0901 JAPAN
Asahikawa Fuji Girls' High School (Fuji HS) was established in 1953 as a Catholic mission school by Sister Xavera Rehme of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis, based in Thuine, Hanover, Germany. The school's motto is: Faith, Humility, and Purity.
A private senior high school, Fuji has at present (Aug. 2015) 257 students, with a full-time teaching staff of 29 teachers. The school is affiliated with high schools in Sapporo and Kitami, and with Fuji Women's College in Sapporo.
Before entering Fuji, students choose one of three study courses: the Universal Learning (UL) Course, the College Preparatory Course, or the General Course.
The Universal Learning Course
The UL Course was established in 2000, and is in its 16th year. The class which started in April 2015 consists of 29 students, the 2014 class has 19 students. The course is designed for students who want to enter national or private universities to study liberal arts, or study abroad after graduation. The curriculum includes: Japanese / English & EFL / math / science / geography / world and Japanese history / home economics / P. E. / fine arts / religion / volunteer activities. (The EFL classes during Year 1 specifically aim to prepare UL Course students for studying in an English language environment)
In their first year at Fuji HS, all UL Course students go overseas from January to April, a period of 11 weeks, to study at a pre-selected NZ high school. Fuji HS has connections with 13 high schools in or near Christchurch, such as Villa Maria College, Papanui High School, and Rangiora High School.
These schools have been chosen as partner schools for three important reasons:
- All schools have excellent International Student Programs. All programs are government-approved, and include students from various countries, e.g., China, Brazil, Korea, and Indonesia
- All schools take great care to ensure the welfare of their international students inside as well as outside school. This includes finding suitable homestays with local families for all students
- All schools have a good reputation in the local community.
The College Preparatory Course and the General Course
These courses have a curriculum which is similar to the UL Course, plus office-administration and accounting, but no Study Abroad program and no EFL classes. After graduation, all College Prep Course students and 90% of the General Course students continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational college, and the remaining 10% join the workforce.
- Volunteer Work
First-year students do volunteer work, such as visiting nursing homes for which they make diapers and Christmas decorations; they also collect donations for charity
- Japanese Traditional Culture
Students practice flower arrangement, tea ceremony, calligraphy, and playing the koto, a traditional Japanese harp-like instrument. All these activities have their own club. Members meet and practice after classes have finished.
All students have a school-provided iPad for use during classes or after school for educational purposes. There is also a large computer classroom for ICT classes.
Extra-curricular activities besides the traditional Japanese art clubs include:
- sports (basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, athletics)
- arts (painting, manga, ceramics, photography, drama)
- music (brass band, koto/Japanese harp, pop music)
- International connections
In addition to the NZ high schools, Fuji HS has one sister school in Adelaide, Australia (St. Aloysius College), and in London, GB (Our Lady's Convent High School).
SCHOOL RULES & REGULATIONS
-Politeness or courtesy is an expression of love and respect. Students are expected to be polite in language and behavior to both teachers and to other students.
-Greet the teacher at the beginning of each class,
-Greet visitors to the school.
-Show politeness when entering or leaving the staff room.
-Show politeness outside school as well, e.g. on the bus to and from school.
-The official school uniform consists of a skirt, blouse, jumper (sweater), and knee-high socks. Shoes are low, and black or brown. In the school students wear special inside shoes.
-Come to school in your uniform at all times. Make sure you wear the correct uniform: periods for summer and winter clothes are set by the school.
-During cleaning activities an apron must be worn.
3. Hair style, make-up, and other
-The hair style must be natural: permed or dyed hair is not allowed. Peculiar hair styles are prohibited.
-Make up, necklaces, rings, and earrings are not allowed. Manicured nails are prohibited, and eyebrows should not be shaved.
4. Being late
-Students who are not in the classroom when the 8:30 chime sounds are considered late.
-When a student arrives at school after 8:40, she must receive a form at the school entrance, fill it in, and hand it to the teacher when she enters the class.
5. Leaving school early
-When leaving early, the student must fill in the appropriate form, available at the nurses' room or at the school entrance, and give it to the homeroom teacher before leaving.
-When leaving due to unforeseen circumstances, the student must inform her homeroom teacher.
-In case of absence, the host parent or guardian must contact the school: students must not ring the school themselves. The following day the student must fill in the appropriate form, explaining the reason for her absence. The form must be signed or stamped by the host parent and given to the homeroom teacher.
7. Classes and exams
-When the chime sounds, students must be seated and have the appropriate materials for the class on their desks.
-Students must do daily homework, i.e. review and prepare each class.
-Permission to leave the classroom must be obtained from the teacher.
-During exams, textbooks and notebooks must be in the student's bag, not in her desk. On the desk are only writing materials.
-Absolute silence is maintained during tests. Raise your hand to call the attention of the test supervisor if there is a problem.
-Self-study periods mean silent study by oneself.
-When late, absent, or leaving early, and if there is a death in the family, students must fill in the appropriate forms.
-If there is a change in address or family status, inform your homeroom teacher.
-Keep the classrooms and school building tidy. After using school equipment, return it to the appointed place.
-Do not bring inappropriate or unnecessary things to school.
-Purses and other valuables will be collected by the homeroom teacher in the morning.
-If something is broken, report it to the teacher immediately.
-Studying at Fuji GHS can be complicated for non-Japanese students. When in doubt about what is the best course of action, ask a teacher for advice.