Headmaster / Principal of Junior High School
Imagine a world where you can celebrate your son’s birthday with grandparents who live on different Sakishima islands through a transmitted image at the same time. Imagine having an appointment with a doctor in Naha and being diagnosed without leaving your isolated home island.
This is the beginning of new era, which connects various fields in cross-sectional ways often called “Super Smart Society 5.0”. The environment that surrounds Japan and the world has gone through radical changes and existing structures, methods and ideas are no longer applicable. Everyone’s “ordinary” or “common” ides are being questioned and reexamined in all directions.
In Society 5.0, qualities in demand are critical thinking skills, which solve problems with diverse effects, communication skills to work smoothly with others, and creativity to produce something new utilizing acquired knowledge and skills. School education needs to pay close attention to society’s evolving needs; schools should reflect the educational needs for the future.
As we go through these rapid changes, I am deeply thankful and feel fortunate to be here at AMICUS, at the same time, aware of the complex expectations and responsibilities required of me.
Educational philosophy at AMICUS,「Developing global citizens who can think, learn and act independently in a learning environment where students forge their own paths for the future.」is well matched to the goal of equipping children with required skills for their future. Here at AMICUS, daily experiences tie directly to globalization. I would like to make AMICUS the place to provide opportunities for students to develop their communication skills, in addition to English communication skills, by fully utilizing available human and material resources. Students will acquire and apply necessary knowledge and skills, to motivate intellectual curiosity and to develop positive self-esteem in order to nurture their creativity in their daily activities.
Together through pursuing these goals, I would like to support, with the help of teachers and staff, further building AMICUS so that is a safe, fun and trustworthy school that is loved by everyone.
Principal of Elementary School & Kindergarten
Each year April sees the arrival of Spring, a season of renewal and colour. Bulbs that have lain quietly in the soil now sprout and flower, brown trees blossom into life. The days grow longer and warmer.
For schools in particular, this period, which spans the end of one school year and the beginning of the new one, is a time of change and renewal. Graduating students go on to fresh challenges, younger students move up a grade, and new arrivals are welcomed in. It is a time of farewells and greetings for staff too, as some familiar faces depart and new people take up their positions.
This year, it is my honour to be one of the new people joining Amicus, a school that I first got to know through my work at Linden Hall in Fukuoka. Like Amicus my previous school was a Japanese school offering English immersion education, and I hope that the knowledge and experience that I have gained in over ten years as the vice-principal there, first at the elementary and more recently at the high school, can add to the efforts of the students, parents, teachers and administrators who have built and developed this wonderful school here in Uruma.
I’m excited to be joining and looking forward to April, to meeting with all of you at Amicus, and learning how I can work with everyone to make sure that our school is the best it can be, and what we can do to put a smile on the faces of our students and their parents.