Kenji Hayashibara

Headmaster of Handa High School, Aichi JAPAN
April 2023

Welcome to Handa High School website, Aichi JAPAN

Many thanks for visiting the Handa High School website.

I am delighted to say that this year marks the 105th anniversary since the Aichi Prefectural Seventh Junior High School, one of the predecessors of our school, opened here in April 1919. During this period, the school has also taken over 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, has played a leading role in the intellectual culture of this region up to the present day. The school has produced more than 35,000 graduates to date, 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 105 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. In particular, school event such as 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. In club activities, the SSH Natural Science Club, Gymnastics Club, Swimming Club, Yachting Club, which competed at national competition level last year, have all achieved remarkable success with brilliant results as well as other clubs. 17 sports clubs and 14 cultural clubs are all working hard, balancing their studies with the aim of advancing to the higher levels of competition 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 play an active role internationally 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, while making the most of the school’s 65-minute class periods, the whole school is working on the practice of inquiry activities that integrate the humanities and sciences, aiming to nurture human resources who will boldly take up the challenge of advanced fields, such as fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and promoting overseas expansion.

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 for our educational activities, and it is worth mentioning that as part of the school’s 100th anniversary project that was developed mainly in 2018, the old martial arts hall built in 1924 was revitalized into the ‘Seventh Junior High School Memorial Hall’ as a future-style classroom that can be used at any time. It is a source of great pride for the students of our school, who are currently studying hard, that the building was officially registered as a “Registered Tangible Cultural Property” by the State on 29 June, 2022. Through the use of the Seventh Junior High School Memorial Hall, we will continue to nurture our students with the creativity and challenging spirit that will lead the future.

Last but not least, our school has decided to introduce an ‘Integrated Junior and Senior High School’ and is currently making preparations for its opening in April 2025. The aim is to nurture future ‘changemakers’. Today’s society is changing at an accelerating pace and the future is extremely difficult to predict. In such a society and in such an era, ‘changemakers’ are required to work with a variety of people, take on challenges with no fear of failure and bring about change in society, in response to issues for which there are no answers.

The Integrated Junior and Senior High School to be introduced in two years will promote learning that maximises and develops the potential of every child, who has a unique personality, through six years of well-planned, continuous education and activities with the local community. We will continue to strive for the development of human resources who will pave the way for the future of Aichi, Japan and the rest of the world.

It would be a great pleasure if you could visit this website again, where we will introduce you to our students who are enjoying a fulfilling high school life and our various educational activities.










愛知県立半田高等学校長 林原 健二