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What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/16 09:16
Clubmeetings seem to be an important thing, but I don't know what people actually do in them. From what I've read, club members talk about future activities and express ideas, but I need more information of what else they do or talk about. Could someone give me examples?
by Hansel (guest)  

Re: What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/16 12:02
Finances, equipment, events, new members, old members, uniforms, club meeting locations.

I know you are home schooled, but you don't have any sporting or fan clubs in your area? You might need to discuss with your parents about joining the real world. I'm sorry if it sounds rude or a little harsh. But some of your recent questions seem weird for a 16yo. Most children would be learning this stuff between 10-13yo.
by hakata14 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/16 17:27
hakata14

Please think and read before you write.

The OP's lack of info has nothing to do with home schooling. She is an American girl living in America asking specific info about Japanese high schools for a writing composition. Do you know the high school testing structure of a school in say Norway or what students talk about at club meetings in Sri Lanka?

The op is simply doing her due diligence
by Stokley rate this post as useful

Re: What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/16 17:31
The contents of the meeting differ greatly depending on the type of the club and also depending on the meeting. For example, finances, equipment, events, new members, old members, uniforms, club meeting locations aren't always discussed in every meeting (not that the other poster said they are), and for many of the topics it's only the central members that discuss them.

It will be easier to answer if you can be a bit more specific. For example, I can describe one specific meeting of one specific club. Name the month, club theme and age range.

By the way, I don't think your questions are weird, keeping in mind that you're not in Japan and you're only 16 years old and you're writing a story. Believe me, a lot of kids are like you even if they do go to school, and the majority of 10-13 yr old Japanese kids don't even know the answers to any of your previous questions.
by Uco rate this post as useful

A bit more specific 2018/3/16 23:33
Being specific, I want to know what happens in a music club meeting and what they talk about. The music club would be a club where students teach new members how to play certain instruments those new members would like to learn(like guitar or piano). The meeting would be in May, so what would they talk about in May? Also, are club meetings held in another area of the school instead of the club room? if yes, where?

Hakata14, you kinda missed the point. I'm trying to learn about Japan just like Stokley said(thanks for defending me). Since I never went to high school, it makes things hard for me since I'm trying to learn about high schools in another country so thank you Uco as well for helping me out on these things! I really appreciate it!
by Hansel (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/17 14:10
Okay, well, the kind of club you describe is very rare in jr/sr high school. And anyone is free to start a club, but they may struggle to find members, facility, and a coach.

In jr/sr high, the closest to a club you can learn to play instruments is probably a brass band club. Now, as it is in most countries, a brass band club is very much like an athletic club in the sense that practice and discipline are required.

So every meeting tend to be practice, practice and more practice. If the school is facing a big event, such as a festival, competition or sports event, they become busy because they need to represent the whole school through the musical aspect. Then leaders need to discuss finances, equipment, events, members, etc., as someone previously pointed out.

In any club, however, it's not always the students who teach the newcomers. The ones who "teach" are usually coaches who are either hired from outside the school or are ordinary subject teachers helping out from his/her experiences. Students usually just give advise (which is influential too).

Back to the topic, since school starts in April, a meeting in May can be one of the first meetings in a club activity. In fact, freshmen usually can't enroll in clubs until perhaps May. So up until that, older members will be discussing how they can recruit the freshmen, how they can present their activities to the freshmen and so on.

Typically, a music club of any kind would gather at the music room of the school. Schools always have a music room, because music, including learning some kind of an instrument, is part of the compulsory education (or sort of, since sr high is not compulsory ed).

But some clubs don't get to have their own gathering room. In that case, they obtain the school's permission to do their activities elsewhere. But in reality this is quite rare, and clubs that don't get rooms just tend to fail being established in the first place.

Now, if this were in a university, it's a totally different story.

Like someone wrote, you should try to join a group of people doing an activity of the same theme, aiming for the same goals, even if it has to be on-line. You will see that in order to run such a group, you need to discuss certain future schedules in certain months. And sometimes you have to see members clashing between each other, or you'll see the joy of achieving something big as a group.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/17 18:44
Hakata14, you kinda missed the point. I'm trying to learn about Japan just like Stokley said(thanks for defending me). Since I never went to high school, it makes things hard for me since I'm trying to learn about high schools in another country so thank you Uco as well for helping me out on these things! I really appreciate it!

Hey I apologize. I should have been more tact in the the way I presented my point/s to you. But I didn't miss you point, as per this statement about not attending a school has made it difficult to understand other schools.

You have asked many questions like no classes in exam week, club meetings, how to find out results etc. All these things happen in a school, and happen way before you are 16.

Many school across the world have similarities. Sri Lanka and Norway have been brought up. But lets stick to your home country USA and the original aim of the questions Japan. Since Japan has been influenced by America since the end of WWII, a lot of schooling is very similar. I even see similarities between my home country Japan, your country USA and Japan. Some aspects are completely different though.

I find the aspects you have been asking about to be similar. Hence my original (in poor taste) suggestion to try new things. And even Uco has had a similar suggestion.

If you try regular every day things other do on a common basis, you my relate better to what goes on in Japan. If it very difficult to describe that in Japan A, B F and J is the same in Japan as it is in America etc if you have not experience A, B F and J yourself. Hence the suggestion to try new things. If you don't wanna attend a normal school environment. You can still attend an after school club or group. This will allow you to gain some experience in to what goes on for a club. Book, archery, horse riding, etc - whatever it may be.

I hope I made better sense this time around. And again my apologies for my untactful first response.
by hakata14 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/17 18:46
Typo - my home country is Australia, not Japan.
by hakata14 (guest) rate this post as useful

Practice on club meetings? 2018/3/17 23:14
If you say that members practice a lot in club meetings, isn't that what members do in normal club hours? or is the difference the discussion of finance, equipment, etc?
by Hansel (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/18 00:33
Clubmeetings seem to be an important thing

Maybe we're talking about different "club meetings". What is your image of a club meeting? Describe a scene and someone may be able to tell you if it's accurate or not.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: What do club meetings talk about? 2018/3/18 05:48
The little I've learned from asking questions about a specific kind of club in a specific elementary school is that in order to join that club, the student interested has to have good attendance in school, good "marks" in class and a few other requirements. This club seems to be very desirable because it will only let in a certain amount of students and those new "applicants" have to battle it out with a round of "janken" or 'rock, paper and scissors'.
by John B digs Japan rate this post as useful

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