25 Sep

It has been a very busy term for the Year 6s in Japanese – forming connections, learning about Japanese culture and making cranes!

Connecting with Kori Never Gakuin Elementary School
The Year 6 students have been working hard in Japanese learning a range of vocabulary and expressions.

Normally, students would get the opportunity to put their Japanese speaking skills into good practice with the visiting students from our friendship school – Kori Nevers Gakuin Elementary School. However, due to COVID-19 the annual Japanese Exchange Program was not possible this year.

This is a huge highlight in the Japanese program, so to ensure the students didn’t miss out entirely a Zoom meeting was set up to give the children an opportunity to engage with the Kori Nevers students.

It was wonderful to see the Japanese students’ faces. Both students were given the opportunity to exchange lots of questions, communicate in Japanese and form some connections with students from across the globe.

“Even though we would have liked to have had more time with our sister school, we are all so grateful that we were able to have this experience. This year has been rough and we have lost many opportunities but this whole idea for us to Zoom our sister school and ask some questions about Japan and the students themselves was very rewarding. We appreciate the people that made this Zoom meeting happen, in particular Mari Sensei.” – Sophie

Japanese Eating Experience
To celebrate all the student’s hard work across the term they were treated to a Japanese eating experience. After learning some Japanese eating manners, including some good ways to use chopsticks, we all ate very traditional Japanese food, sushi, in the Japanese room.

We had a good discussion around how some eating manners differ between Australian and Japanese culture. The students understood Japanese eating culture well, and most importantly, they enjoyed eating the food!

“We learnt about how to properly sit at the table, how to use chopsticks and a phrase they say before and after a meal.” – Isobel

Sadako and a Thousand Paper Cranes
On the 6th of August 2020, it marked the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, and on 9th of August, Nagasaki. In Japanese, Year 4-7 students learned the importance of peace through some touching stories including Sadako and a Thousand Paper Cranes. Sadako was one of the survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb during World War 2.

She was diagnosed with Leukaemia caused by the radiation from the bomb 10 years later and sadly passed away at the age of twelve. Sadako and her friends tried to fold one thousand paper cranes as a wish that she would get better.

Nowadays, paper cranes are the symbol of peace, and people all over the world send their paper cranes to Hiroshima to support the Hiroshima Peace Movement to prevent the use of nuclear weapons.

Showing Support – Paper Crane Making
To show our support for the Hiroshima Peace Movement, the Year 4-7 students were asked to donate some origami paper cranes to send to Hiroshima. In just 3 weeks, a staggering 548 paper cranes were collected from our students.

The beautiful paper cranes have been sent to Hiroshima, and we can’t wait to see our paper cranes from SPW displayed in the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima.

Thank you to all the students and teachers who got involved in this beautiful project. I could not be more proud of what we have done.

Article by Mari Foody, Japanese Teacher