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Last day at Nova

Written on: Saturday October 20th, 2007

A journal entry from: Memories of Niihama

Alright, the 20th actually wasn`t the last day however, I am writing this blog a month after things ended because I realized yesterday that I had pictures from that last day which were not posted.

I thought the last day would be strange but in some ways it was the best day of work we had ever had. For the first time we could be honest with the students, trade e-mail addresses and not have to keep up the whole cold impersonal Nova attitude.

I had planned to do a Halloween themed lesson in a week and so instead got everything ready and did it today. In full costume too. Well, minus the sword which is still back in Bond Head. Though at 2am the night before I had seriously considered getting my hands on duct tape and a stick. The lesson included the history of Halloween, making their own Jack-o-lantern out of paper (then describing it for the whole group) and watching part of Sleepy Hollow. At the end of the day contact information was traded with many of the students who I am now able to be friends with. Think that was the one good thing that came out of Nova shutting down. It introduced me to a number of amazing people who now I can socialize with (which was forbidden under Nova`s rules). One friend mentioned how a number of years ago she had had a secret friendship with a nova teacher who was then transfered when the manager found out.

After the day ended we headed over to Seatle`s Best and had coffee with former students. I was amazed to see how their English improved just by being out of the classroom setting. :)

Then, the night finished with a bitter sweet farewell party for Brian and Wanda.

This brief deescription really doesn`t do justice about the day but sadly, a month after the fact it is hard to put it all into words.


From kimry on Nov 19th, 2007

Hey there; I am also teaching English in Japan, and I just wanted to say to all the Nova folks that I'm sorry about what happened, it's a terrible situation for you, and not so great for the students either. Best of luck to you all!

From Francisco on Dec 21st, 2015

I agree. One thing I learned at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class was the svenwirg and throttle control are both your friends. We did many svenwirg drills,as they believe that svenwirg out of the way of a hazard is infinitely better than laying the bike down. In fact, people will say I layed the bike down to avoid a crash. Well, they define that as a crash. Gunning the throttle at the right moment can take you out of the path of danger.I don't have any Joe Rocket gear but I understand it's good stuff. I mostly ride Olympia and Tourmaster.