Mark visits Kyoto St. Catalina High School

Hello everyone, it’s Mark from the International Affairs Division. Although late, I would like to write a quick post about a school visit I made to Kyoto St. Catalina High School in Nantan City on the 16th July.


I was asked by the school to come and speak to the students about myself and my home country of Scotland, introducing to them a country and region that they may not have heard of before. Indeed, many people seem to think only of London and Fish & Chips when asked about their image of the UK, so I am always happy to tell people about Scotland!


After a very brief introduction of myself and my work here in Kyoto, we started up a game-show style quiz with questions about Scotland, ranging from the flags of the UK to famous Scottish inventions. With a chance to lose and gain lots of points depending on whether each team was correct or incorrect, there was a lot of excitement, especially towards the tie-breaker end question. With two sessions, we had a team come back from behind both times to clinch the victory at the end, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the game and learning about Scotland. The presentation and quiz was in English, so all the students were listening hard to understand and answer in English as well.photo1


We finished with a sing-along of Let It Go from the movie Frozen, which the students had practiced in English to sing for me on the day. They had obviously practiced well and we all had a great time acting along with the video.

最後に、生徒達がDisneyの「Frozen」の大名曲「Let It Go」の英語版を事前に練習しておいて、当日に歌ってくれました。皆が頑張って練習したようで、一緒にビデオを見ながら楽しめました。

At the end I received thank you cards and notes from everyone saying how much they had enjoyed learning about a different country that they hadn’t really heard of, and it made me happy to think that I had broadened the horizons of at least some of the next generation of students, even if it’s just a wee bit! I also had a chance to eat lunch with some of the students and talk about various things, such as English study, in a more relaxed setting. Overall, it was a really fun day for me, and I think the students enjoyed themselves as well.


Speaking of Scotland and events, I would also like to take this opportunity to plug an event on the 6th September, when I will be making a short presentation in English about Scotland and the idea of Scottish independence before the referendum on the 18th, then leading a discussion and answering questions. Applications are already full and is now on a cancellation basis, so hopefully it will lead to interesting discussion!
See the event page on the Kyoto Prefectural International Centre’s website for more details:



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