Noburo Hagiwara
Ambassador, Country lead, Academy

Noburo Hagiwara

Osaka, Japan

Principal, Senri International School of Kwansei Gakuin, Japan

Career in Japan

Public primary schools - Years 1 to 6 classroom teacher.

Private K-12+U school - Administration.

Career in Australia

Public and private primary schools - Years 1 to 6 classroom teacher. Language specialist.

Private secondary school - Language, Maths, PE, Multimedia and Digital Technologies teacher. Head of Languages. Director of Innovation.

Tertiary institutions - Language lecturer at Challenger TAFE, Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia.

Apple Distinguished Educator

Current position (from April 2021)

Principal, Senri International School of Kwansei Gakuin

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I am a teacher, leader and lifelong learner. I believe that the HundrED Community will enhance my understanding of the global movement in achieving quality education, enlarge my professional network circle and encourage me to learn, unlearn and relearn. I would also like to contribute to the community by working collaboratively to promote the vision and values of HundrED at a local level.

How can education support students to flourish?

To teach students ‘life skills and values’ so that they will be able to navigate the world in which they live and work. To instil students ‘emotional intelligence’ so that they will become positive, productive members of their community.

What role does innovation play in education change?

I think that innovation in education wants what life wants: Increasing efficiency, increasing opportunity, increasing emergence, increasing complexity, increasing diversity, increasing specialisation, increasing ubiquity, increasing freedom, increasing mutualism, increasing beauty, increasing sentience, increasing structure and increasing evolvability.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Skateistan - an innovative, unique combination of the ‘play and learn’. Challenge 59 - “Dance as a vehicle for learning”.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

1. A series of new learning programs implemented for Years 7, 8 and 9 students at Kolbe Catholic College in Western Australia. 2. A secondary school, Keio Futsubu, Japan has its unique assignment during summer holidays where each and every student engage in their own chosen area of research topic or project.