We had an amazing day Sunday with over 80 students attending Smith’s School of English Hanami Party at Osaka Castle. Al already mentioned some details in his article “A truly fun English School: Smith’s” but i wanted to express how wonderful it was to plan this event with 4 other schools. Everyone at Smith’s has been so welcoming of us as new owners, and this event reenforced the feeling of family at Smith’s School of English. My partner and I bought Smith’s School of English Otsu 4 months ago, and this was our first multi-school event. Al at Okamoto, Derek at Tsukaguchi and Alex at Horie and Fuse were so friendly and offered to help in so many ways. After our first discussion, each owner contributed ideas and added resources and the result was a truly fantastic and large event that went on with no problems whatsoever! Having organized smaller events in the past and knowing the difficulties and problems that can occur, i was truly impressed by everyones effort and organization. Furthermore it was nice to meet so many great students and their families and friends. So many amazing English speakers! We even had a little singing in English and I must congratulate Okamoto on their fantastic rendition of “Country Roads” by John Denver and Tsukaguchi’s “On top of the world” by The Carpenters (we had a little Hyogo prefecture singing competition going on there!). What a sight it was for all those Japanese people walking by to hear 50+ Japanese people singing together IN ENGLISH! Once again I must say: Smith’s School of English is a truly marvelous and fun school!
Keep speaking English, and keep your eyes open for more great Smith’s School of English events in the future!
Writing you from Beautiful Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture, 5 minutes from Lake Biwa- Edward (FC Otsu)
Al Bartle says
Thank you for all your great effort to put this on successfully. It was a great team effort by all. I can’t wait to do it again soon! The students really enjoyed this and it was a great opportunity to use the English they have been learning. Smith’s offers an opportunity for students that is far better that they can get with any other school, of this I am convinced. I hope they too feel this way and I think they do. Let’s keep it up and plan the next one soon. Cheers!