Your Questions Answered
Q: Is there a uniform at Kasugaoka?
No, there isn’t but some students, especially the girls, wear an original school uniform. The students are free to choose their own look but you should remember to think about what is appropriate. We think about TPO (Time, Place, Occasion) to decide what to wear.
Q: There is freedom of clothes but can we dye our hair?
Yes, you can dye your hair but as with clothes, it is important to remember that there are times when you need to look smart and you are a representative of the school. For this reason, green hair may not be a good idea.
Q: What should I wear for the entrance ceremony?
It is a good idea to have a fresh and neat impression. You will be meeting your classmates for the first time and your teachers so you want to give a good impression. Almost all the girls wore uniform-like clothes. In contrast, most of the boys wore plain clothes.
Q: Can I wear make-up at school?
Yes, you can but some clubs prohibit it. If you really want to wear make-up, you should check with the club you want to join.
Q: Can I bring my cell phone to Kasugaoka?
Yes, you can. It can be used freely during break times but should be switched off during lessons. If your phone makes a noise during a lesson, it may be confiscated. Some teachers let us use them in class however if they can help us with our studying. For example, we often use them in English classes for making presentations and for dictionaries.
Q: Can I go out at lunchtime?
Not really. If you have a special reason and approval from your homeroom teacher, it may be possible but not usually. Most people bring a bento and eat with their friends. Also, a lot of clubs have lunchtime practice so there isn’t enough time to go anywhere.
Q: Can I leave my books at school?
You can’t leave them in the classroom but you can leave things in your locker.
Q: Can I ride a motorbike?
No, you can’t.
Q: What is the atmosphere like at Kasugaoka?
Everyone works very hard during lessons but enjoys themselves a lot at clubs and school events. The relationships between the students are usually good and the boys and girls can become friends easily.
Q: Can Kasugaoka students have part-time jobs?
No, we can’t. If your homeroom teacher gives special permission it may be OK but generally Kasugaoka students are too busy studying and enjoying club activities so they don’t have time for part-time jobs.
Q: Where do Kasugaoka students go on the school excursion?
We go to Okinawa. We used to go overseas but not any more.
Q: How are high school events different to those at junior high school?
At junior high school, teachers help the students with preparations and most things are decided by the teachers whereas students at high school do all the planning and management of events. It is a lot of hard work but everyone participates willingly and close friendships are formed.
Q: What are the school hours?
Lessons start at 08:30. They are 50 minutes long. There are 6 lessons on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Tuesday and Wednesday have 7 classes. After school, most people take part in club activities until around 17:00 or 17:30. Unlike other high schools, we cannot stay so late doing club as there is a part-time night school.
Q: Are the lessons at high school difficult?
The lessons are more difficult than at junior high school but if you can find a subject that you like, it is a lot of fun.
Q: Is there a lot of homework?
There is a lot of homework. Although we have associated it with evil, we understand that it is necessary and important to study every day. Also, there is perhaps less homework than at some other high schools.
Q: What are the tests like?
The tests are very hard. They happen 5 times a year, twice in the first and second term and once in the third term. Unlike junior high school, it is difficult to study hard for one week before the tests and you should study a little bit all the time.
Q: What happens if you get less than 40% in your course?
If you get less than 40%, you might have to attend extra lessons or do extra work until the teachers feel that you are OK to proceed. If you have a lot of classes where you get less than 40%, you might have to repeat a year so it is not a good idea to skip your homework or skip class review.
Q: What do students do about university?
Most students go to university after high school. There are a lot of students who go to national and public universities. You can get more information here: University Attendance (Japanese Only)
Q: What is the class match?
We have a class match three times a year. This is a ball game competition between the classes. We have played dodgeball, soccer, volleyball, and other things. The class match is very fun and helps build good relationships within the class.
Q: Do you wear slippers in the classroom?
No, we wear our normal shoes all the time except in PE class and some special classrooms which have slippers.
Q: How many students participate in clubs?
The participation rate of clubs is about 96%. There are 19 types of sports clubs and 16 kinds of cultural clubs so most people have something that they can enjoy.
Q: Is it hard doing well in club and studies?
It depends on you. Kasugaoka also has a part-time school so practice isn’t as long as other schools so you should have enough time to study.
Q: In what clubs are there cool men?
Soccer and baseball. The basketball boys are also cool and the swimming club have the best bodies!
Q: Which clubs is the most severe?
In sports clubs, probably baseball. In culture clubs, the brass band.
Q: Are there any famous graduates of Kasugaoka?
Noriyuki Makihara and Tatsuo Kamon
Q: Are there many couples at Kasugaoka?
We guess about 7 to 10% of students are in a relationship.
Q: What is a useful thing about Kasugaoka’s location?
Well, imagine that you oversleep on the day of the exams. The first exam begins at 08:30. Fortunately, Kasugaoka is only 3 minutes from the station. So, you can get the 08:21 train from Setsutonda or the 8:18 from Takatsuki and if you run with your full effort, you will be on time for the exam!