Nagisakoen Elementary School

We Nurture Precious Potential into Healthy Growth.

Tsuru Gakuen established Nagisakoen Elementary School in April 2003. It is linked to Hiroshima Nagisa Senior High School and  Hiroshima Nagisa Junior  High School.
It is our sincere wish to nurture human beings for the 21st century who possess both true intellect and humanity. What do we need in order to cultivate true intellect and humanity?
We have two things in mind. One, realization that we achieve the best elementary education when pupils exhibit the fullest adaptability and active intellect. Second, conviction that continuity education is crucial and indispensable.
We have already been conducting continuity education which commands our junior and senior high schools. Based on this experience, we will further advance our own distinctive educational system which we believe is best realized in private institutions.

Educational Aims

Developing High Scholastic Ability Required in the 21st Century

The storage and accurate retrieval of knowledge has been the most treasured ability for a long time. However, in recent years, various fields have confirmed the need for other abilities too.
This does not mean knowledge is unnecessary; fundamental knowledge is indispensable for acquiring basic academic ability. What is meant is that it is not enough. What is demanded for leaders of a new era is three types of academic ability: avid intellectual curiosity; perseverance in inquiry and self-education; active desire for creation and self-expression. We aim at developing these abilities.

Fostering Pupils Fit for Living in a Globalized Society

Our pupils live in an age of globalization. By the time they are adults, the world will have become internationalized and borderless in terms of people, material things and information. They will have to coexist with foreigners and foreign cultures in their everyday lives. International thinking will be a required literacy in their lives. What does this literacy consist of? In our opinion, it involves: the ability to collect information and discriminately sort through it,the ability to have a broad international outlook and sensibility; communication skills and language proficiency; and the ability to give, rather than only receive messages.

Nurturing Opportunity to Experience Real Things

Children surrounded by television, TV games, the internet and mobile phones, spend too much time in the world of virtual reality, in the realm of pseudo-experience.
This culture poses a rather formidable obstacle for us as educators. It exerts an insidious and unwelcome influence on the development of their minds and hearts, their sense of values, sensitivity and thought pattern.
We try to cope with the situation as best we can by providing children with the 'real thing' through subjects like 'Story Telling', 'People' and 'Wonder' 'Project study' serves to unify these subjects and to provide a comprehensive experience.

Fostering Pupils Fit for Living in a Globalized Society

The amount of time children spend playing outdoors is diminished. Various surveys agree that children's physical strength is declining. In addition experts warn that there are children who can not relate to other children or restore damaged friendships, and the so called 'good child' who is too fragile to cope with even small obstacles. This has been attributed to an insufficient amount of play (e.g. contact with nature and group related interaction) in childrens's formative years.
Our physical program focuses on three aspects, 'Strolling', 'Adventure' and 'Nature Study' centered on the NAP (Nagisa Adventure Program). We aim at nurturing strong leaders who refuse to be discouraged by small difficulties.