NPO FutureSchool has organized the Speech Contest in Auckland, New Zealand since 2000 with the cooperation of Unique New Zealand Education Services and Japan Educational Information & Consultants. All New Zealand students and international students in New Zealand are welcome to participate, and the winners of the preliminary essay contest are invited to the speech contest. The theme of the contest for this year was, “if I were a School Principal how would I run a school?”, and 8 contestants, out of 40 essay contest applicants, made a speech at Long Bay College on the North Shore, Auckland on the 13th of September. A winner was selected in each division; New Zealand Students, Junior International Students, and Senior International Students.
The winner of New Zealand Students Division received the 2 weeks cultural exchange trip to Japan, which includes airfare, homestay accommodation, and NZ$500 spending money. This year, the winner, Katrina Pfeifer of Villa Maria College, Christchurch will visit Japan in January 2004, and experience the culture, history and most importantly, education in Japan. She will be a 1-day teacher at a junior/high school, share the NZ culture at nursery school, and sightsee in Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo Disneyland, while homestaying in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Experiencing other cultures and education environments often makes people reconsider their mother country, and to learn and think about the education system for children in the world of the future.
It is the youngsters who will change the world, and it is education that develops these youngsters. It would be appreciated if you would share the importance of the FutureSchool activities, and we greatly appreciate your participation and/or support.
It is our dream that one day, one of the contestants will create their own dream school or use their passion to change the education system!
Chair of NPO FutureSchool
|Date||September 13, 2003|
|Place||Long Bay College Convention Center（Auckland, New Zealand）|
|Judges||Stuart Boag (Education New Zealand Representative)
George Wood (Mayor of North Shore City)
Celia Mannion (Speech Drama Teacher)
Stephanie Norrie (Principal of Long Bay College)
|Sponsors||Air New Zealand
ASB Bank Ltd.
Education Information and Consultants (EDIC Japan)
Unique New Zealand Long Bay College
* The following is Mr. Asai’s opening guest speech at the contest.
I am very happy to host the contest for its third time. First year, the topic was “Friendship” and second year was “Learning Together”. And this year, the topic is “Future School”.
To begin my speech, let me make my own “definition” that you are “overseas students” from future. You will change the future world with what you learn today. You have full of potentials to create a new world. As our values diversify you will soon realize that “being different” solves problems. “Being different” is your power. The power of education will change the 21st century. Future School will make an educational revolution.
Today’s education needs a space for “freedom of active learning” where you can learn everything you want, and be free to exchange opinions and ideas. What would you say if you become the principal or the teacher while you are a student at the same time, and learn and study with your friends at the school you created? That’s “Future School”, the school of my dream.
Although you are still very young and inexperienced, I strongly believe that you are much more sensitive and passionate than adults in many ways. The educational system that adults have created is no longer good enough to help you to open your minds and bring out your potentials. What you ought to do is to speak out, and let us know what you really desire from learning. With your words and passion, a new educational system of this century will be born, and that will be the beginning of our Future School.
Again, you are young; and your brain is pure and not polluted. So, your brain, I call it young super computer, is much more attractive and creative than adult’s. Given that we are facing problems in the world, I believe that we could reach a better solution if millions of young super computers take hands with adults.
With the power of Internet, “Future School” can send out our messages to the world. You can easily make new friends who share the same passions and dreams. You can learn together toward the same goal. “Future School” can also help you to bring your virtual learning experience into a real life. There is no doubt that “Future School” will help youngsters who want to achieve a different passion and dream locally and globally.
We can never change the history, but we can create a beautiful future. Let us hear your ideas for your own “Future School” and, let’s make this world a better place for the future together.
|Junior English||Ryunosuke Madenokoji|
|International Senior||Yuka Tanaka|
|New Zealand Senior||Katrina Pfeifer|
Every essay is full of creative and wonderful ideas! Enjoy!
The winner of Year 2003 contest, Katrina Pfeifer will come to Japan in January 2004, and experience the culture, history and most importantly education in Japan. She will be a 1-day teacher at high school, share the NZ culture at nursery school, and sightsee Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo, while homestaying in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
|Jan. 23||Nagoya||Visit high school and be 1-day teacher. Introduce New Zealand culture, attend school activities.|
|Jan. 24||Nagoya||alks at the seminar for people who are interested in studying in New Zealand
Sightseeing (Nagoya Castle, etc)
|Jan. 25||Hiroshima||Sightseeing (World War II Peace Memorial)|
|Jan. 26||Hiroshima||Sightseeing (Miyajima Shrine, the World Heritage)|
|Jan. 27||Osaka||Sightseeing (Osaka Castle, Tower, etc)|
|Jan. 28||Kyoto||Sightseeing (a lot of temples and shrines)|
|Jan. 29||Tokyo||Visit world leading company (SONY tentative)
Sightseeing (Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, etc)
|Jan. 30||Tokyo||Visit nursery school and introduce New Zealand Culture (including traditional dancing)|
|Jan. 31||Tokyo||Tokyo Disneyland|
Katrina was on the local newspaper in Auckland, New Zealand, and she talked about the trip to Japan and how excited she is!