KA VOICECAST for Sunday, June 1st (2014)

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STORY TIME—Hermes and Apollo




KA News for Sunday, June 1st

The KA Tama Plaza School is pleased to announce N.I.L.E.—Narrative-based Interactive Learning Enrichment classes for children aged 8-12 and junior high and high school aged students.  Children who enjoy fantasy fiction will particularly enjoy taking part in this interactive course, which involves writing stories through games and other fun activities.  Class sizes are small, which will give your child the opportunity to improve their communication skills.  For class times, course fees, and registration, please contact the KA Tama Plaza school at 045 532 5338.

The KA Meidaimae and Jyugaoka schools will be offering special early summer courses throughout June and July for students who reside abroad returning to Japan for the summer holidays.  This is an eight-part course that runs during the early afternoons and is ideal for students who would like to either “jump ahead” or get “caught up” while Japanese schools are still in session.  International school students are also welcome.  For more information, please contact the KA Jyugaoka school at +81 3 3723 2380, the Meidaimae school at +81 3 3324 9903, or follow the link below.

Early Summer Courses Information (In Japanese) 

Early summer private lessons are available at all KA schools for students who reside abroad returning to Japan for the summer holidays or international school students.  90-minute long “man-to-man” lessons are available Tuesday to Friday from June 10 through July 18th between 13:30- 15:00.  Private lessons are tailored to fit the need of each student. For more information and to check availability, please contact your nearest Kikokushijo Academy school or follow the link.

Early Summer Private Lessons Information (In Japanese)

KA’s famed essay-writing course for students in grade 4 of elementary school and above is now available as a correspondence course for students who live abroad or outside of the Kanto area. This is a serious, results-oriented program for students who wish to pass essay exams for junior high, senior high, university or the EIKEN, TOEFL, or SAT exams. Distance Learning students will write and revise weekly essays, complete grammar assignments, and build vocabulary to raise the register and effectiveness of their writing. Each student will correspond with a Personal Writing Tutor, who will guide the student through the course by email.

Students wishing to participate in the Distance Learning course must have:

• Access to the internet

• A computer with Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader

• A strong desire to improve their writing.

For more information about this exciting new program, please contact Kikokushijo Academy or follow the link.

(In Japanese)

The KA Kids International Preschool officially opened its doors in September 2013 and applications for children aged 3-6 for the 2014/2015 academic year are still being accepted. Children who sign up for the KAIP program will be introduced to the fast-paced, advanced reading and writing program with teachers trained in the Read Write Inc. Phonics method, currently exclusive to Kikokushijo Academy. For general information and answers to frequently asked questions, please follow the link to the KA Kids International Preschool Page.

KA Wordcast: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs is now available for those of you interested in improving your knowledge of English vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and phrasal verbs.  Be sure to tune in every Tuesday to take advantage of these extra English lessons available now on the KA Voicecast website.


The Spring Issue of KA Voices, the Kikokushijo Academy student literary magazine is now available.  If you haven’t picked up a copy, make sure you.  It is full of wonderful stories, essays, and artwork written or drawn by your fellow students and I believe you can find them at all KA schools.

The next issue of KA VOICES will be released in mid-July.

Students are encouraged to submit original stories, artwork, book reviews, interviews with friends, teachers, family, or KA staff, original comics, and articles about anything you are interested in writing about.

The theme for the Early Summer issue is Stories and Legends.

When you are ready to submit your masterpiece, you can either turn them into your teacher, a staff member, or you can send them directly to kavoices@mail.com –a mail address dedicated just for KA Voices submissions and other enquiries.

Please submit your masterpiece by no later than Friday, July 4th to be considered for publication.


Anklees’ Journey

By Aidan Watters, nine

Long, long ago, when Gods ruled the world, there lived a handsome young demi-god called Anklees.  He had short, blonde hair and navy blue eyes.  He was fond of mortals and the gods, so when news spread that Neptune had been god-napped by Pluto, he was very depressed.  He decided to help his loyal father.  However, he didn’t know where he was taken…

After a moment of gloom, he looked down at the ground with depression and saw not only his shadow, but an eagle circling above him.  He looked up and saw it was holding a piece of parchment.  The eagle dropped the piece of parchment.  Anklees examined the letter.

“Your father is hidden within the depth of the underworld.  The underworld is hidden within a cave of Vesuvius.  You will find your way from there, but be quick!  He will be tortured by Pluto very soon.”

And with those words, the letter incinerated into ash.   As he was about o leave, the eagle dropped a bright emerald sword right next to him.  But there was a letter as well.

“This will kill Cerberus.  You will have to fight him.”

Anklees dropped the letter and felt a jolt of coldness run down his spine.  Although he was going to have to risk his life, he wanted to save his loyal father.  He looked up and saw the eagle lowering itself down to the ground.  Anklees thought that this was a sign to go on his back, so Anklees hopped on.  The next second, he was soaring through the air with the wind whistling behind him. Half an hour later, they arrived at the brim of Vesuvius.

Anklees jumped off of the eagle and looked down at the volcanic lava.  He remembered Jupiter’s words, “Look for a cave,” and then he saw it on the other side of the volcano.  He heard a voice say, “Step forward into the lava.  Trust me.”  So he did what the voice said…  But instead of falling, there was a bridge that was not seen because of the light.  Anklees finally made it to the cave.  As he stepped through, it felt like he would never be happy again.  The room was cold and desolate except for a huge wardrobe placed in a corner.  Anklees walked over to see what was in there.  As he opened the wardrobe, he saw people of all ages standing in a room with no walls.  He thought it was all happy, until he saw a darkened place of the room with a door.  Anklees slowly walked towards the door and cautiously creaked the door open and saw Neptune lying in a cage…  Anklees sprinted towards his father, however was stopped by Cerberus.  Cerberus had a collar with a key attached to it.  Next second, Cerberus started slashing his heads around.  Anklees was caught out by Cerberus.  One of the heads lunged its teeth into Anklees arm! Anklees dropped to the ground in pain.  Excruciating pain rushed through his body.  But with all the strength he had, he pulled the sword out of his sheath and plunged the sword into Cerberus’ heart.  A moment later, Cerberus fell to the ground and lay motionless!

Anklees crawled over to Cerberus and pulled the key from his collar.  Anklees was dying!  Although he would die, he wanted to save his father, so with the key held tight in his hand, he unlocked the cage.  Neptune jumped out of the cage and hugged Anklees.

“You’re dying Anklees!  I can’t save you!” said Neptune.

“I saved you, though, and that’s all that matters most.  You’re a God!” spoke Anklees.

“You will die Anklees, but I will take you to the Heavens and make you Prince of the Sea.  You will live for eternity!” spoke Neptune.

And at that second, Anklees died.  Neptune disappeared and went to the Heavens.

Neptune and Anklees appeared in the Heavens.  The Heavens were beautiful.  Every inch of the sky was blue and not a single cloud was in the sky.  Anklees was in Mount Olympus!  Neptune started to walk towards a huge palace.  The palace was covered in gold and there was a force field surrounding the palace.

“What is that?” spoke Anklees.

“Oh, the force field only lets good hearted people pass.  Nothing can destroy it,” said Neptune.

Neptune and Anklees walked through the force field and they lived together for eternity in Mount Olympus.

The End 




Listening comprehension questions:

  1. What did the men and women do during the Golden Age?
  2. What gift was Prometheus not allowed to give to man?
  3. What can you tell me about the Satyrs?



Hermes and Apollo


Before the Great War with the Titans, there had been men on earth, and that time was the Golden Age when the corn grew without plowing or sowing, and all the animals lived on fruit or grass.

The Golden Age came and passed, for no children were born, and the men and women did nothing but eat and drink, and wander about the lovely garden of the world.

Then came the men of the Silver Age, and with them came wickedness and evil, because of Cronos and the Titans; and they were destroyed utterly from the earth and were imprisoned with their wicked markers in Tartarus.

But when Zeus sat throned in Olympus, and the Great War was over, he called to him the good Titan Prometheus.

“Go,” he said, “and make Man out of clay.  Make him in shape and form like the Immortals, and I will breathe life into him.  Then you shall teach him such things as he needs to know, so that he may honor the Immortals and build temples for us.  And after a little time he shall die and go down to the realm of my brother Hades, and be subject to him.”

Prometheus did as he was told.  He went to a place in Greece called Panopeus, not many miles to the northeast of Delphi, and from the red clay he fashioned man.  Then Zeus gave life to the clay men, and left Prometheus to teach them all things needful.

“You may give such gifts as are suitable,” Zeus said, “but you must not give them fire—for that belongs to the Immortals.  If you disobey me in this matter, your fate shall be more terrible than that of all the other Titans put together!”

After this Zeus went away into the rocky land of Arcadia in the south of Greece and dwelt there for a while with the Star Maiden Maia.  They lived in a cave on the beautiful Mount Cyllene, and there a marvelous child was born, whose name was Hermes.

None of the Immortals knew where Zeus had gone, nor what he was up to: but Apollo learnt, and in a strange way.

Apollo owned a herd of the most magnificent cattle, and they were guarded for him by Helios, the Titan who drove the chariot of the Sun, and who could see all that happened on the earth during the day.

One morning he sent a message to Apollo: the cows had vanished!  Last night, they were grazing peacefully in a green valley of Arcadia, and today there was not a trace of them to be seen.

Full of rage, Apollo set out across Greece in search of them, uttering terrible threats against the thief, and promising wonderful rewards to anyone who could find the cattle.

In Arcadia he met a band of Satyrs, who were wild wood-dwellers, left over, perhaps, from the Golden Age.  Now they were inclined to be stupid and cowardly, full of mischief, and out to have a good time at all costs.  They had pointed ears and little horns on their heads, and their leader Silenus was fat and foolish.

“We’ll find your cows!” puffed Silenus.  “You trust us, Lord Apollo, we’re always ready to help, and our eyes are sharp—and we’re afraid of nothing!”

“Good!” said Apollo in his lordly fashion.  “Find my cows, and I will reward you well!”

Apollo went on his way, and the Satyrs began their search up and down the valleys of Arcadia.

After much search, they found the cows’ hoof-marks: but to their great surprise the tracks all pointed directly towards the grazing-ground from which they had been stolen!

“They’re mad!  They’re bewitched!” cried Silenus at length.  “And some terrible creature must have driven them: look at his footmarks!”

The Satyrs crowded round and stared at the traces of the cattle-thief which were large and round and blurred, with neither toes nor heels, but strange scratches and lines criss-crossing one another.



 1.    What did the men and women do during the Golden Age?

“…and the men and women did nothing but eat and drink, and wander about the lovely garden of the world.”

We also learned that as a consequence of their laziness, no children were born during the Golden Age.


2.    What gift was Prometheus not allowed to give to man?

“You may give such gifts as are suitable,” Zeus said, “but you must not give them fire—for that belongs to the Immortals. 

The story of Prometheus and fire is also a very interesting legend found in Greek Mythology.  If you would like to learn more about the subject, be sure to check out one of the many Greek Mythology books available in the KA Library!


3.    What can you tell me about the Satyrs?

In Arcadia he met a band of Satyrs, who were wild wood-dwellers, left over, perhaps, from the Golden Age.  Now they were inclined to be stupid and cowardly, full of mischief, and out to have a good time at all costs.  They had pointed ears and little horns on their heads, and their leader Silenus was fat and foolish.”


Today’s story was taken from a book titled Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green.   If you are interested in Greek Mythology, or just enjoy fun stories, check out this title or one that is similar from the KA Library.



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