Today being the last day of school meant it was the day of unending speeches at the junior high school. First the "good luck to everyone competing in sporting events" meeting, then the "congratulations to everyone who won an award" ceremony followed by the "end of the school term" ceremony. Last was a secret surprise ceremony. Our principal will be heading to France next term to be the head of a Japanese international school in France. Faculty moves are kept top secret here, even if everyone knows the secret. Well, not everyone.
The students don't know, so it came as a big shock to them. It was a shock to me as well, but it explained why I had heard snippets of conversation about France. Curse my lack of eavesdropping skills in Japanese! Curse my general lack of skills in Japanese!