Kenji Hayashibara

Headmaster of Handa High School, Aichi JAPAN
April 2024

Welcome to Handa High School, Aichi JAPAN
-Where Changemakers Grow-

 Many thanks for visiting the Handa High School website.

The year 2018 celebrated the centenary of the school’s foundation, since one of its predecessors, the Aichi Prefectural Seventh Junior High School, opened its doors here on this site in April 1919. So, here, I am very proud to say that this year 2024 will mark the 106th anniversary of the school’s establishment. Over the past century, the school has played a leading role as the centre of intellectual culture in the region to date, while taking over the flow of the former Aichi Handa High School for Girls, Aichi Handa Junior High School, and Handa Municipal High School for Girls under the old education system. The school has produced more than 35,000 graduates thus far, who have been significant in a variety of fields, not only within the prefecture but also widely throughout Japan and abroad, including distinguished alumni such as Nankichi Niimi, a writer of children’s stories still loved by the Japanese people, Rizo Takeuchi, who was awarded the Order of Culture, Shinichi Hirano, former President of Nagoya University, and two Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) presidents, Gaishi Hiraiwa and Sadayuki Sakakibara in the Japanese business world. This has helped our school to establish unwavering trust in the local community and to contribute to the development of a wide range of fields in Japan, including culture, academia and the economy.

The foundation of the school’s education is the spirit of ‘self-learning, self-governance and self-discipline’, or in other words, to learn by oneself, to control by oneself and to train by oneself, as advocated by the first headmaster Shusaku Suzuki of Aichi Prefectural Seventh Junior High School 106 years ago. This ideal, which is fragrant with the new education of the Taisho era, has been handed down over the ages, is still alive today under the term ‘independence and autonomy’.

The students of our school, who have inherited this tradition from generation to generation, are seriously involved in their daily studies, club activities and school events, and are developing the qualities and abilities to become leaders of the next generation. To name just a few examples of particularly notable school events, the ‘Hiiragi Festival’ is planned and organised primarily by the student council, with students taking the lead, and activities that make use of their originality and ingenuity are carried out year after year, providing a great deal of excitement as a place to showcase the results of their daily studies and activities. Last year 2023, as a matter of fact, the Hiiragi Festival was opened to the public for the first time in four years after the Covid-19 pandemic, and welcomed many visitors numbering more than 3,000. In club activities, the SSH Natural Science Club, Gymnastics Club, Yachting Club and Folk Song Club, which competed at a national level last year, have all achieved remarkable success with brilliant results. The 17 athletics clubs and 14 cultural clubs are all working hard while balancing their studies, with the aim of advancing to higher competitions and giving high-quality presentations. The school has also received high praise for its career achievements, having built up a number of achievements to date through guidance that fosters a spirit of challenge while aiming for high aspirations and goals.

Since the 2013 academic year, the school has been designated as a Super Science High School (SSH) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and is promoting initiatives to foster an international mindset while providing advanced science and mathematics education in order to develop science and technology personnel who can thrive and succeed globally in the future. In the 2023 academic year, our school has set “Fostering global science leaders who connect the spirit of Chita and continue to take on the challenge of creating scientific and technological innovations” as its research and development theme. With ‘inquiry-based learning’ as its core axis, the school as a whole is working on the implementation of interdisciplinary, artes et scientiae (humanities and science) integrated-type of inquiry activities, and we are striving to develop human resources who will boldly take on challenges in advanced fields, such as fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and promoting overseas expansion, while making the most of its 65-minute classes per credit and one periodic assessment each term.

Regular and active exchanges with Hiiragi Special Support School, which is located on the same site, are also a feature of our school. Through various opportunities such as reading exchanges, story-telling exchanges, wheelchair assistance practice, the simultaneous holding of the Hiiragi Festival and the special needs school art exhibition, comprehensive exchanges at the special needs school sports day and cultural festival, our school athletics competition and the Hiiragi Festival, homeroom exchanges, and interaction exchanges, pupils and students are able to learn together in the same place and deepen mutual understanding in order to form a symbiotic society. We are also working on the practice of ‘Inclusive Education’, in which students learn together and deepen mutual understanding.
In addition, the school’s alumni association, Hiiragi-kai, has given deep understanding and support, both physically and spiritually, for our educational activities, and it is worth mentioning that as part of the school’s 100th anniversary project that was developed mainly










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