Junior and Senior High School

Institution and Environment

Monument (Uchū-jiku)

The centerpiece of architecture at Nigawa Gakuin, Uchū-jiku, symbolizes a connection between God and us. It is located in the main courtyard where a variety of school events take place.

Kolbe Hall (Kolbe Kōdō)

The main hall used for school ceremonies and assemblies. The statue of Jesus, stained glass and pipe organ provide a befitting atmosphere for making a connection with God.

Grotta

This space was designed under the concept of the Virgin Mary’s womb as a place to experience unlimited maternal love. The exquisite stained glass windows placed just below the circular ceiling introduce 20 scenes from the New Testament, enhanced by natural light.

Statue of St. Francis of Assisi

The statue is located at one side of the central courtyard enabling St. Francis to look over the students from day to day.

Statue of St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Conventual Franciscan Monastery was first established in Japan by Father Kolbe. A statue of him is appropriately located at the main entrance of Kolbe Hall.

Chapel (Shōseidō)

A tranquil space often used for prayer and reflection by students and teachers. The chapel is also used for some religion classes and the gospel choir practice here regularly.

Agora

The “agora” referred to a central spot in cities of ancient Greece used as a place of gathering. Centrally located between Uchū-jiku and Kolbe Hall, it is a hub for all students, teachers and staff at Nigawa Gakuin.

Restaurant / Cafeteria

Located to one side of the main courtyard on the first floor of the Junior High School, it is one of the many places students utilize as a place of communication, or to simply enjoy a meal.

Learning Center

The Learning Center contains a library, a private study room, computer room, Japanese tatami rooms and antique displays. The facilities provide students with an area for both private and class study, as well as a place to communicate with each other.

Rauzanbygel Hall

Named after the first head of Nigawa Gakuin Junior and Senior High School, Father Samuel Rauzanbygel. Fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities, including Wi-Fi, the 150-seat hall is used for classes, lectures and a variety of events.

Open Teacher’s Room
(Junior High School)

The open-plan teacher’s room offers students and teachers a space where they can communicate freely without the barriers of walls.

Lounge
(Junior High School)

Rather than just a corridor, the area outside the classrooms has been designed as a “lounge” fitted with tables and chairs to encourage communication between students and teachers alike.

Heated Pool (1F)

The 25m, 7-lane heated pool is used year-round in physical education classes, as well as by the school swimming team and the local community. An adjustable (mechanical) floor enables the depth of the water to be set according to the age group.

Dōjō (2F)

Nigawa Gakuin places importance on the teaching of traditional Japanese culture. The dōjō is used for a variety of purposes, most frequently by the Kendo and Naginata clubs.

Arena (3F)

With two courts that enable different sports to be played simultaneously, this modern gymnasium is used for basketball, volleyball, badminton and other activities in both physical education classes and club activities.

Ground

The expansive ground is used for a multitude of school activities, including baseball, soccer and American football clubs.

Tennis Courts

Nigawa Gakuin maintains 4 tennis courts, 3 at ground level (2 hard courts and 1 artificial grass) primarily used by the tennis club and 1 rooftop court used by the soft tennis club.