On the 4th of April, 2019, the library council at St. Mary’s went to Yokohama International School to discuss and choose the three books to be nominated for the 2019 Sakura Medal.

To be nominated for the Sakura Medal, the books must be published after 2016  and be the first installment if it is a part of a series. The Sakura Medal is split into a middle school category with three nominated books and a high school category with three nominated books.

The day started with some collaborative activities. Each school was split into the four Harry Potter Houses ( Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin). Each member would tell the others in their house a bit about themselves and the current book that they were reading, followed by a quiz on different books. Next, students representing the library councils from different schools presented what they were doing to make other students interested in reading. The British School in Tokyo had a week long celebration of books that was filled with quizzes and different activities followed by a day of no classes in which students were to sit in their respective home rooms and read their favourite novel. YIS seniors read to the elementary schoolers from 8 to 8:15 every morning. Our library council presented about the summer reading program in our school, and also a reward that is offered to students who have read all the books in the Sakura list for their respective category during the academic year. The school library council also talked about the prosthetic hand we are making for charity as a side project.

After a 5 minute break, the council members went out onto the field to play Quidditch.

The rules of Quidditch as played by the UC Berkeley team are:

  1. There are 2 beaters, 1 seeker and 3 chasers for a total of 6 players per team.
  2. All players must have a broom between their legs at all times
  3. The beaters hit other players with Bludgers (dodgeballs). Once hit, a player will have to get off his or her broom and touch their goal post.
  4. The chasers try to score by shooting a Quaffle through the opponents goals.
  5. The seekers go after the Golden snitch which is a person who runs around the school and hides.

Quidditch was followed by lunch. Many of the students said that the lunch was delicious and made comparisons between YIS and our cafeteria. The lunch ended at 1:15, and then the students were divided into high school and middle school to vote for the Sakura Medal nominations. The high school nominations were Erased book 1 by Kei Sanbe, The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson, and War Cross by Marie Lu, while the middle school nominations were Renegades by Marissa Meyer and Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth, the third nomination upon further review was deemed not appropriate for the middle school category and hence only these two nominations were presented which, bought the day to a close. After the event ended Mrs Odate said, “it was a productive day, and we had a lot of fun.”


Article by Anurag Sritharan