Yamada's Distinguishing Qualities
|1 UNESCO School
||To tackle issues such as valuing human life, the environment and the preservation
of human spirit Yamada high school embarked on a human education project
and became the first high school in Nagoya to be accepted into the UNESCO
Associated Schools Project Network(ASPnet) in December 2012.
The UNESCO ASPnet operates in 180 countries in over 9000 schools around
the world and 550 of those constitute the Japan network. Up until now,
the support and study of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) has
been a distinguishing feature of Yamada highschool, and through its participation
in ASPnet strives to further educate and inspire students to support ESD
and UNESCO's ideals in the future.
|2 Japan Schools Physical Education Research Association
||Since 2007 the Japanese Ministry for Education has focused heavily on the
research project, "Life. Environment. Spirit " which aims at
"educating students to think about their way of life as a human being".
Yamada High School has implemented this idea of "life" or 「命」(inochi)
into its Physical Education program through the introduction of AED training
for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. There is also a heavy focus in the Physical
Education curriculum for students to aim for physical self improvement
and training to build a strong and sound body.
This Physical Education program was appraised and received commendation
in 2009 at the 48th National Research Competition by the Japan Schools
Physical Education Research Association.
||The AED is essential for the preservation of「命」(life) in a cardiopulmonary
Second year students are education in the correct use of the AED in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation in accordance with professional paramedic practices.
Graduating students receive a certificate of completion for the course
from the Fire and Rescue Department.
|4 Life Interaction Task
||Based on the preservation and sustainability of 命 life at Yamada, "Infant
Interaction" classes are also conducted.
By the interaction with infants, students are urged think about human growth,
raising of children and the importance of life.
In this class the by emphasing and investing importance of body contact,breast
feeding for children, the necessity for parent-child bond students are
able to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for life, parenting
and most importantly their own existence.
|5 School Counselling
||For students or parents/guardians wishing to receive informations and advice
in regards to their troubles or concerns, thirty-eight times a year a clinical
psychologist is available for consultation in the consultation room.
|6 Morning Reading Time
||Every morning for ten minutes before classes Morning Reading Time commences.
Although only a short time, the silence allows students to calm, focus
and concentrate before classes.
Classroom libraries are setup with a range of books from recommended to
popular which are updated yearly for students to choose from.
|7 Shinkawa River Water Quality Project
||Second year students whilst I learning about the aquatic environment regularly
test the water quality of the Shinkawa river situated just north of the
school using water quality test kits.
The kits are also used to test tap water, rain water, and the drinking
water used on soils which produce goods for market.
From these tests students gain important knowledge and develop an environmental
point of view and the new found knowledge and understanding of the environment
encourages them to consider methods for environmental improvement.
|8 Wakatake Clearing Project
||To improve the nearby and surrounding environment, students participate
in a community service team to help clear waste and rubbish.
|9 Yamada High School English Program
||First year students use the ICT (Information Communication Techonology)
in their foreign language studies classes.
Students attend classes once a week in the Listening Lab and study at their
own pace using Internet connected computers.
Each class students review vocabulary and grammar learned at junior highschool
and complete a short test.
Students are able to use computers or mobile smart phones as information
access devices also.
|Yamada High School English program- 6 keywords
To increase test points, advance stages of learning or increase comprehension
speed a small amount of confidence together with motivation is the key.
Either sense of accomplishment from receiving a full score or the disappointment
of not scoring well both act as motivation to continue to achieve or achieve
a better result.
|(2) At your own pace
Students may work from different pages to others and be marked on their
work allowing them to study at their own individual paces.
This also assists instruction as advice and help can be given depending
on the students learning progress.
Each students complete around 300 small test every year. Test repetition
helps students to understand where they didn't understand before and recall
vocabulary and grammar which they could remember before. The tests success
can be attributed to the fact that each tests encourages students to "confirm"
their understanding, then "memorise" the learned content and
thus the learned content becomes "knowledge".
|(4) Learning together
Students test papers may be marked by themselves, or by their classmates.
Having their tests marked by classmates puts pressure on the students and
acts as motivation to achieve better scores. Classmate marking and seat
allocation is rotational increasing class interaction and communication.
|(5) Small Tests
Tests are short in length and take little time allowing students to concentrate
in a short hard burst. During tests talking is prohibited and tests are
conducted in a normal test atmosphere. The test help students to get in
the habit of being wary of time constraints answering questions efficiently,
as well as ensuring students get in the habit of checking their work.
|(6) Learning through Games
Finer points of the study of English language are reproduced in educational
games where students can learn in a fun atmosphere.
|10 Idea Exchange Meetings-Making Yamada High School Even Better !
||The next project Yamada High School is working on is a "Three way-idea
exchange" to further the success, growth and betterment of Yamada
(1) The three way-idea exchange would consist of proactive students, parents
and teaching staff alike with the interest and intention of transforming
Yamada from a good school to a great school.
(2) Participants would exchange ideas and options interactively to promote
understanding between the three groups.
(3) The data the would then collected and evaluated for future implementation
of new ideas or improvements.
|11 Nagoya City Overseas Program
||Nagoya city offers an overseas program for high school students during
summer holidays each where students can have the opportunity to experience
a different country and culture.
The program is aimed at increasing international understanding and awareness.
Two students from eight high schools across Nagoya ( one boy and girl respectively)
to travel to Australia to Nagoya's sister city, Sydney, enter a public
high school in New South Wales enter a home stay with an Australian family
for the period of their stay.