The History of Fuji St. John's School PART 3

 The Children's Department had a problem with school attendance, and some children with mild disabilities had been attending special classes at elementary and junior high schools in Oshino Village, but the government made schools for the intellectually handicapped compulsory in 1979.

 The children in the Children's Department gradually became over-aged, and there was a great demand from parents who did not want to move them to other facilities. In order to adapt to the times, some of the children's dormitories (Suginoko and Satsuki dormitories) were converted to adult dormitories, and in 1980, the capacity of the Children's Department was reduced to 40 children, and the capacity of the Adult Department was increased to 150 children.

 In 1975, the United Nations adopted the "Declaration of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," which calls for the respect of the basic human rights of persons with disabilities, and in 1981, it was resolved to designate the year 1981 as the "International Year of Disabled Persons. A society that shuts out the disabled is a weak and fragile society, and making society more accessible to the disabled and the elderly is in the interest of society as a whole. That year, the school celebrated its 25th anniversary and held a "Film and Lecture Gathering".

 Life for the residents begins with waking up at 6:30 a.m., dressing, washing, and simple cleaning, followed by breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and daytime activities at 9:45 a.m. The children's club goes for walks to maintain physical fitness, takes a dip in the pool, works in the fields and grows flowers. They also engaged in environmental beautification activities, playing musical instruments, listening to music, and social visits. In the adult group, there were many activities such as pottery making, soap making, making firewood for camping, making mats, processing humus, collecting, transporting and shipping cardboard, used paper, cans, etc., receiving orders for products made in the school, wrapping towels, folding candy boxes, assembling car parts, disassembling computers and cell phones, etc. In 1981, during the visit of Pope John Paul II to Japan, the school's ceramic works were used as containers for distributing the Holy Eucharist to the attendees at the outdoor Mass in Korakuen Garden, and we received many orders. After lunch, daytime activities were held from 14:00 to 16:00, followed by bathing and dinner from 17:30. At night, free time is from 20:00 to 22:00, and bedtime is at 22:00. As leisure activities to take a breather, residents are free to hang out in the day room, use the swing, do jigsaw puzzles, play mahjong, or take a nap. With the aging and increasing severity of the residents, the work activities that once flourished in the past have had to be discontinued with the exception of a few, and the focus has shifted to assistance activities that emphasize health management.

 There are various events throughout the year, but the main annual events are as follows: New Year's party in January, Setsubun bean-throwing in February, spring homecoming in March, cherry blossom viewing party and general meeting of the parents' association in April, field day in May, trips planned by each dormitory in June, and some groups went to Guam for their first overseas trip! In July, we have the Founder's Party and Summer Festival, in August, we have the Summer Homecoming and Summer Party, in September, we have the St. John’s Festival, in October, we have the Autumn Homecoming, in November, we have the Houtou Party, and in December, we have the Christmas Party and Winter Homecoming.

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