Osaka Prefectural Kaifukan High School

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Osaka Prefectural Kaifukan High School
大阪府立懐風館高等学校
Address
766 Oguro

Habikino, Osaka, 583-0847

Japan
Coordinates34°32′22.2″N 135°37′20.2″E / 34.539500°N 135.622278°E / 34.539500; 135.622278Coordinates: 34°32′22.2″N 135°37′20.2″E / 34.539500°N 135.622278°E / 34.539500; 135.622278
Information
TypePublic secondary, Co-educational
MottoBe ambitious and make a contribution (高志貢献).
Study together and make progress together (倶学倶進).
EstablishedJanuary 1, 2009
Grades16–18
Website
Osaka Prefectural Habikino High School1.jpg
Former Habikino High School, the predecessor of Kaifukan High School. Photographed in 2008.

Osaka Prefectural Kaifukan High School(Japanese: 大阪府立懐風館高等学校) is a public secondary school located in Habikino, Osaka, Japan.

It was established and opened in 2009 after Osaka Prefectural Habikino High School [ja] and Osaka Prefectural Nishiura High School [ja] were merged. The school is located in the site of former Habikino High School.[1][2]

The school name Kaifukan (懐風館) implies respecting the precursors' advice grounded on the history and the ethos of the local area, which is associated with the ancient history and culture of Japan e.g. Furuichi kofungun. The school emblem was designed after the tachibana and two birds flying abreast. The tachibana is a symbol for Habikino City. The birds imply Habikino City itself[a] as well as the two predecessor schools.[1]

History[edit]

This section will explain not only the history of Kaifukan High School but that of Habikino High School and Nishiura High School, which are its predecessors.

The project office for Habikino High School was founded in 1970. The school was open in 1971 and had a full-time general course. In 1978, Nishiura High school opened in Nishiura of Habikino City, and had a full-time general course as well.[4][5]

In 2007 the board of education of Osaka Prefecture announced the policy that both Habikino High School and Nishiura High School would be integrated to become a new high school with general selection system.[b] The new school named Kaifukan High School was open in 2009.[1] Both Habikino High School and Nishiura High School stopped accepting applications accordingly, and were closed in March 2011, when the last generation students were to graduate.

Timeline[edit]

  • April 1971 – Osaka Prefectural Habikino High School was open.[4]
  • April 1978 – Osaka Prefectural Nishiura High School was open.[5]
  • April 2009 – Osaka Prefectural Kaifukan High School was open.[1] Both Habikino High School and Nishiura High School stopped accepting applications accordingly.
  • March 2011 – Both Habikino High School and Nishiura High School[7] were closed.

Curriculum[edit]

As of 2017 the school offers two professional courses including sports youth leaders course and child care leaders course as well as three other courses including humanities course, science course and medical course. The freshmen need to take the common curriculum, and the sophomores are required to choose one of the five courses. Any course is designed to help the students to go up to higher education or to get a job.[8][9]

Lawsuit over hair dyeing[edit]

In 2017 a 18-year-old female student of Kaifukan High School sued the prefecture at Osaka District Court, stating that she suffered mental pain after she had been forced to dye her hair black by the school, seeking the compensation for her damages. [10][11][12][13][14][15][16] She claims that she was bullied by the educators under the guidance.[14][15][16]

According to the lawsuit, the school forced her to dye her hair black repeatedly on the grounds of the school regulations, even though her mother had told the school beforehand that the student's hair is naturally-brown.[10][11][12][13][14][15] She had been forced to dye her hair frequently since her entrance, and as a result her skin and hair was damaged. [11][14][15][16] In addition an educator insulted her merely because she was brought up in a fatherless family. The school forbid her to attend the classes as well as school trip and school festival, blaming her for not dyeing her hair black adequately.[14][15] In April 2017, the school removed her name from the list of the students arbitrarily and neglected to assign her seating in the classroom.[14][15] She has not attended the class since September 2016.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

The prefecture is asking the court to reject the claim, stating that some of the claim is contrary to the fact.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16] Both the prefecture and the school refused to comment on the case.[14][15][16] The head teacher did not declare whether "dyeing one's brown hair black" is a breach of the regulation or not, which prohibits the students from coloring or bleaching their hair.[12][13][10][16] Meanwhile the student claims that the school told her mother[c], "even an oversea student with natural fair hair would be required to dye his/her hair black in accordance with the rule".[14][15]

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of former Habikino High School are listed.

Access[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Kanji "羽" of Habikino (羽曳野) stands for a wing of bird in Japanese.[3]
  2. ^ According to school's homepage, general selection system allows the students to choose various elective subejcts corresponding to their interests.[6]
  3. ^ Mainichi Shimbun reports that the school told not her mother but the lawyer.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "大阪府立懐風館高等学校(学校紹介)" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefectural Education Center. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "高校改革に関すること" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefecture. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "羽∥羽根(はね)とは – コトバンク". kotobank [ja]. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "大阪府立羽曳野高等学校" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefectural Education Center. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "大阪府立西浦高等学校 – 本校の概要 -" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefectural Education Center. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "大阪府立懐風館高等学校-学校長の挨拶" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefectural Education Center. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "大阪府立西浦高等学校" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefectural Education Center. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "大阪府立懐風館高等学校(クラブ活動)" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefectural Education Center. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "大阪府/普通科総合選択制の改編に関すること" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefecture. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Japanese girl says school forced her to dye hair black, sues government: media". Reuters. October 27, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Japan teen 'forced to dye hair black' for school". BBC. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d e Justin McCurry (October 27, 2017). "Japanese student sues over school's order to dye hair black". The Guardian.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Japanese Girl Says School Forced Her to Dye Hair Black, Sues Government: Media". The New York Times. October 27, 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "地毛茶色なのに「黒髪強要」で不登校…修学旅行も「参加認めない」大阪府立高の女子生徒が提訴". iza (Sankei Digital). October 27, 2017.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "「髪染め強要で不登校」高3、大阪府を提訴". Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). October 27, 2017.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g "「黒髪強要」女子高生が提訴". Fuji News Network (in Japanese). October 27, 2017.
  17. ^ "<人>バスケットボールBリーグで1部昇格を決めた西宮ストークスのコーチ 天日謙作さん". Kobe Shimbun (in Japanese). May 14, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "湯川、史上初のグラチャン連覇". Daily Sports (in Japanese). June 29, 2008. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  19. ^ "市長のプロフィール" (in Japanese). Matsubara City. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  20. ^ "大阪府立懐風館高等学校(アクセス)" (in Japanese). Osaka Prefectural Education Center. Retrieved October 27, 2017.

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