大妻多摩中学高等学校

【留学便り】イギリス留学レポート④ from 呉さん

ごきげんよう。日本では桜もそろそろ咲き始め過ごしやすい季節にもなり、いかがお過ごしでしょうか。
イギリスもだんだん暖かくなり、晴れの日も多く快適に過ごすことができます。滞在期間も残りわずかになり、みんなとの別れが近づいて来ると思うととても寂しくなります。これからの日々を大切に過ごしていきたいです。

Hi, how are you?  It’s getting warmer and warmer and the weather is nice in England!  The length of my stay isn’t left so much.

I’m very happy to study in Westonbirt School and had a great time there.  18th March is the day when school ends.  In the assembly, Ms. Yamada and I did a presentation to introduce our school in Japan, Otsumatama.  We prepared it for a long time.  It was hard for us.  All the students in the school enjoyed our presentation, so I thought it was successful.  Through this presentation, I hope they will be interested in Japan and our school and visit us.  Classes ended in the morning, and after classes we had a singing competition among three dorms.  My dorm practiced singing every Tuesday morning. We sang “For Good”.  We were separated into three parts and sang together. I was in the middle part.  Sometimes it was difficult to sing in the correct pitch, but the leader, who is a sixth-form student, taught our part how to sing on pitch.  We practiced very hard.  At the actual performance, we got second prize.  I didn’t regret because we did our best.

Though we could not get first prize, I learned the importance of cooperativeness.  Through the practice, I was able to improve my singing skill, and we could achieve the goal with the same dorm members’ good teamwork!

ウェストンバート学校で現地の生徒のみならず世界各国の生徒達と共に勉強できることをとても嬉しく思い、日々楽しく学校生活を送ってきました。週末にはスクールトリップでオックスフォードやブリストルなど各地を観光したり、他校も交えたパーティーなどたくさんの思い出を作ることができました。そんな学校も3月18日で修了式をむかえ、お別れをしなければならない時がきました。別れというものはとても心細いことですが、その悲しみや寂しさはいつか自分のためになるので、別れることで強くなっていきたいです。学校生活最後の日ともなる修了式では、一番歌の上手い寮を選ぶというハウスミュージックが行われました。それに向けて私の寮では毎週火曜日の朝に歌を6年生のリーダーを中心に練習してきました。3パートに分かれて練習し、私は難しいと言われる真ん中のパートに挑戦しました。正しい音程を取るのが難しいため、6年生のリーダーに何度も教えてもらいながら、見事みんなでうまく歌うことができました。本番では2位でしたが、この練習を通して寮全員で協力したからこそ成し遂げられたものなので、協調性の大切さに改めて気づかされました。

After the school ended there was one week left, so I went to a primary school to look around there.  My host mother teaches playing the harp there.  My host father teaches maths there and also makes harps.  I visited the class where my host mother teaches harp.  There were many shellfish and small stones so it was a nice room.  I learned how to play the harp from her.  She taught me how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Happy Birthday.”  Harp fingering was a little difficult for me, but after practicing I could play better!  A harp is the oldest instrument in history.  I didn’t expect I can play such an instrument.  To think of people in the past playing it and listening to the beautiful melody, I felt that I was connected with the harp!  It became one of the good memories for me.

学校が終わった後の一週間では、ホストマザーとファザーが働いている小学校に行きました。ホストマザーはハープを18年間習っていたので、小学校でハープを週に何回か子供達に教えています。ホストファザーは小学校で数学を教えている傍ら国内でも少数のハープ職人でもあります。ホストマザーがハープを教えている教室を見学しに行き、せっかくということもあり、ハープを教わりました。簡単な曲ではあったものの両手で弾くので、指使いが難しかったが、練習を重ねるにつれてただ弾くだけではなく、強弱もつけることができるようになりました。

その後、ホストファザーによるギターとマザーによるハープの演奏のCDジャケットをいただきました。とても綺麗な音色で感動しました。

I only have a little time left here. Reflecting on my stay, there are too many things that I can’t write all of them.

On my sixteenth birthday, 21st February, many people celebrated for me and gave me presents.  All of them were very heartfelt presents!  It was my first time to celebrate my birthday abroad, and I felt the kindness everyone gave me. I will never forget about that great time in England.

When I came here at first, it was frustrating that I couldn’t express my intention clearly. But now I can convey my thought more clearly and enjoy communication with many people. The DT (Design Technology) class is where I felt that the most.  At first I couldn’t tell the teacher what I wanted to make.  As I made a lot of works, I could describe what I wanted to make and I also increased my knowledge of which machine or what material I needed to use, advised by my teacher.

 

Through this studying abroad, I learnt not only the language but also to broaden my view. Thanks to the Westonbirt School, I met students from all over the world and can now sympathize with different senses of value and opinions.  This also helped me give me time to think about what I wanted to do with my future more clearly.  I had a wonderful time there and gained many precious experiences, so I’d like to make the most of this opportunity in my future.

 

私をよく理解してくれるホストファミリーをはじめとし、優しい友達や学校の先生方、そして、今まで支えてくださった方々のおかげでここまでくることができ、本当に感謝しています。

Thank you for reading my staying report.  I hope you will have fun about England.

 

呉 優貴恵