29 October, 2010

29th Oct. The abacus competition in Ha’apai

The abacus competition in Ha’apai
10月29日 ハアパイそろばん大会だぞ

At 9 o’clock, the Ha’apai abacus competition started at GPS Pangai. Class 3, 4 and 5 students can participate in the competition, and about 250 participants came together from 5 government primary schools in the Ha’apai main islands.
[Moving image] Written problem動画:(6 sec.)

This is Saane, who is a class 5 student in GPS Pangai, she went to Japan to participate in the Japanese abacus camp last year with her mother, Aloisia. She puts numbers on her abacus by her left hand, which is rare in Japan. Anyway, she is very good at abacus.
[Moving image] Saane abacus動画:(21sec.)

When we came to the “Oral problem” I took charge of judgment. When students made a mistake I had to decide their rank immediately. A lot of teachers helped me, thank you very much.

In Ha’apai, teachers have to participate in the competition same as Vava’u. All teachers did well.

Before the closing ceremony, suddenly the school’s officer, Vai, asked me to show them my abacus technique.

I showed “Flash problem” skill the students did this time. I tried 3-digit calculation. Five 3-digit numbers appear and disappear in order on the screen, and I calculated the amount then I succeeded every time. Maybe all of the students were pleased, because they did 1-digit calculation today.
[Moving image] Flash problem動画:(15sec.)

During the prize giving, 23 participants were given prizes in each class, (class 3, 4 and 5), and in each subject (Written problem, Oral problem, Flash problem). The number of the gifts amounted to more than 200, we prepared a lot, especially wrapping, so it was hard work for us. This way, many students could get the gifts, so I think it’s good. Saane, who is in the right side in the picture, got 3 gold medals.

Finally I took a photo. From the left in the back row, Lilio(GPS Hihiho and Oli’s daughter), Tupou, Sulia (Principal of GPS Pangai) and Aloisia. From the left in the front row, Hirono, Miwa, Torojiro and school’s officer Oli. Thank you for your hard work. I really appreciate your help. Malo ‘aupito.
  The Ha’apai competition was pretty good!
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