It is already one week since 25 students and friends of Smith’s School of English Koenji got together at Izakaya Don Bei in Koenji to catch up with their fellow students and meet some new like minded ESL friends.
I have received numerous sms and email messages telling me how much the senders had enjoyed themselves and how much they would like us to have another party together again soon, maybe we will as early as September.
It was a wonderful night as can be gauged by the photographs that were taken. There was plenty of laughing and high jinks. The food was good and the service was spot on just as I had expected it to be. It is after all one of my favourite izakayas in Koenji.
At Smith’s School of English we have students from age 11 to 50 plus and all those who attend the parties get on so well together. It is a fantastic way for students to increase their friends and to meet new people outside the normal meeting places in a secure environment.
It was great to have Dean and Stephen from Kichioji school join us as well as Shinji, who I taught English to in Australia.
We commenced the party at 5pm and the final stragglers left around 11pm. I guess we need a “One Point” for future parties. How does “Let’s go!” sound?
My subsequent enquiries indicated that all students had a great day at work on Monday.
My best memories of the night relate to laughter and smiling faces.
Thanks to all those who attended, it was your participation that gave the party such a happy atmosphere and made it the success that it was. Cheers!