Today, on November 25th, 12 students of the 2nd-year Challenge Course visited Chikusa Junior High School in the afternoon and talked about their fantastic experiences in Guam, and they suggested that the junior high students should come to Chikusa High School and visit Guam in the future. Some junior high students asked questions and were very much interested in the life and culture of the people in Guam. After the presentation, both junior and senior high school students entered into an English conversation lesson under the situation of "Giving an Order at a Restaurant." High school students took the role of a clerk and junior high students played as customers in the role-play.
The following is the scripts of the speeches on Guam experiences written by the high school students. Please enjoy reading them. School Trip in Guam 2014
In Japan, we say “Konnichiwa.” In America, they say “Hello.” And in Guam, they say “Hafa dai.”
“Hafa dai” means “Konnichiwa” in Chamorro, the native language in Guam. Please repeat after me “Hafa dai”.
We went to Guam on a school trip from November the 10th to the 14th. Now, we’ll show you some pictures of our activities in Guam.
Do you know where Guam is? Guam is located in the southern part of Asia. It takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to fly from Kansai international airport to Guam airport.
The size of Guam is the same as Awaji. Let me ask you some questions. What time is it now? It’s 2:00 now in Japan. There is the time difference of 1 hour between Japan and Guam. The time in Guam is later than that in Japan by 1 hour. So, what time is it in Guam now? It’s 3:00.
On the plane, we ate airplane meals. There was a hamburger salad and cookies.
The plane arrived at Guam airport late at night. When we got off the plane, we were surprised by Guam`s high temperature. Seeing palm trees, I realized we are really in Guam ! We stayed at a hotel which stands in front of the sea. We enjoyed Guam`s scenery which is different from Japan.
This is a hotel called Pacific Island Club. We stayed at the hotel for four days.
There are tennis courts, a basketball court, a swimming pool with water slides, etc. in the hotel. We played freely there. The ocean is in front of the hotel, and it was beautiful.
We got to the hotel at 3 o’clock in the early morning. Many of my friends looked sleepy and they went to bed soon. But I did not sleep.
We ate later that morning. It is called brunch. Brunch is a meal served as breakfast and lunch. As a buffet, there was rice, bread, salad, soup, and cakes. The cakes especially were very delicious, so I ate only cakes.
We tried snorkeling on the second day. We also went to the ocean in front of the hotel. The weather that day was a little bad, but we could see very clearly in the sea.
We could see the coral reef and tropical fish right in front of our eyes. It was very beautiful. We had to be careful so as not to cut our hands and feet on the coral reef when we swam.
After snorkeling, we played beach volleyball and swam in pool. There were water slides in the pool. They were very exciting.
In the afternoon we visited an aquarium called Under Water World. There was a tunnel-shaped aquarium there. We could see fish at many different angles.
“Two Lovers Point” is very popular in Guam. We visited the place in the evening. In the old days, two lovers committed a double suicide here because they couldn’t get married. So, “Two Lovers Point” is named after this story.
This is a nice view from the observatory. There were a lot of tags, called “ema,” in the shape of a heart. There were heart-shaped locks too.
Sunset was very beautiful!! Some lovers took pictures with the sunset in the background. It’s one of my favorite memories on this trip.
We visited Chamorro Culture Center on the third day. There were some ancient Chamorro houses, and some of us went into the house. There was enough space to live comfortably. Only mothers and children lived there in the daytime, because their fathers had to look for food. Then we watched native Chamorro people break coconuts using strong sticks. It was difficult for me to break, but they broke them easily. They looked cool. They gave the fruit to us and we ate it. It was tasty.
A friend of mine tried to peel a coconut. Mr. Fukunaga did it better than the people in Guam. It looked easy, but actually it was hard work. We tried eating coconut, but it was like a sponge and tasted strange.
This is the best shot of Mr. Kawakami. He is from Yamasaki. He made a fish from coconut leaves. It was difficult for me to make one.
The staff showed us Chamorro’s fire dance. I felt the heat of the flame. I wanted to try it. It was dangerous, though. They won applause from the audience. We were so moved that all the boys of Chikusa showed Karate in front of many people.
At night, we went to the Chamorro village. In Guam, shop-owners set up a market outside every week where people can enjoy shopping. We showed “karate” and “soranbushi” on the stage there. Also, we gave “taketonbo” which we made for people there. This is a picture which we showed “karate”. I think we were able to show perfect “karate”.
This is a picture which we showed “soranbushi” by all the members of our class. An accident happened but all the members danced pleasantly and hard. The audience was excited and enjoyed our dance. We were satisfied with our dance.
After the stage was finished, we went to the supermarket to buy food for the night. I was surprised because Guam’s supermarket is larger than most Japanese supermarkets. ＜Hiraki＞
We joined a submarine tour. We got on this ship to get to the place where a submarine was waiting.
When we arrived at the place, suddenly the submarine appeared.
The entrance was so narrow that we had to be careful.
We could see coral reef spreading at a depth of 14 meters. A lot of fish were sailing elegantly. Then the submarine started to go down to a depth of 40 meters. I was moved because I experienced it for the first time in my life.
Our group went dolphin watching by boat. The sea in Guam is very beautiful and very blue. We enjoyed fishing during our free time. We caught red fish, blue fish, and fish with poison. We also enjoyed riding in a banana boat. It was not exciting because the boat went slow.
We were able to see dolphins after twenty minutes. It was like a school of dolphins. It was the first time for me to watch wild dolphins nearby. They looked cuter than dolphins in an aquarium.
We went on a dinner cruise on our last day. We wore necklaces. We were also given a headdress made of coconut leaves. It was very cute. In this picture we are watching the setting sun. The setting sun was hidden behind the clouds, but it was a heavenly scene. It was very beautiful, I have a picture of it as my cell phone’s background. In this picture we are dancing to exciting music with many people. We danced “Koisuru fortune cookie.” It was so exciting that we didn’t want to get off the boat.
We got up at three-thirty in the early morning. Then we left the hotel and went to the Guam airport. I was very sleepy.
We said good-bye to Guam from the airplane. I was able to look around at the scenery of Guam. We were able to make a lot of memories and enjoyed ourselves. I want to visit again someday.
This is the group photo which Mr.Harada took at Ritidian Point. The sea is said to be the most beautiful in Guam. We enjoyed swimming and picking up shells there. We all enjoyed Guam. It will be one of the greatest memories for our class at Chikusa High School. If you come to our high school, you can visit Guam and spend wonderful days there ! That’s all for our presentation. Thank you for listening.