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Japanese visitors welcomed in CHAC Primary

Japanese visitors welcomed in CHAC Primary

Author: Jane Everett
Author Role: Japanese Teacher - Primary

For the fifth year in a row, CHAC Primary recently had the pleasure of welcoming students from Mino-Jiyu Gakuen Primary School in Osaka, Japan. Thirteen students aged between 9 and 12 were generously hosted by seven of our CHAC Primary families. For one particular student – Koshiro – this was his third consecutive tour to CHAC! Over the three school days, each of our year levels experienced a wide variety of activities with the Japanese students, aimed to encourage an exchange of language and culture, and further strengthen the friendship between our two schools.

Our preps sang a traditional Japanese song and taught our friends how to sing Baa Baa Black Sheep.

Year 1 students participated in outdoor rotational activities, including making a paper cup ‘kendama’.

Year 2 recited their self-introductions in Japanese, then played Pictionary in groups.

Year 3 worked in teams to create a new CHAC mascot and present it in their opposite language.

Year 4 experienced Japanese calligraphy and made kites.

Year 5 worked in teams to complete an intercultural quiz and a guided conversation.

Year 6 students played board games with our Japanese friends, then took them to the beautiful wetlands and taught them how to do Pointillism artwork.

At the farewell party held for our visitors on their last night, the Japanese students and teachers prepared a huge selection of traditional festival games for us all to play and enjoy.

This cultural experience is one of the highlights of the year in our Primary Japanese Program, giving our students real opportunities to use the language in which they are enthusiastically engaging, and make connections. Our visiting Japanese teachers commented on how kind and welcoming our CHAC Primary students are, and how lucky we are to have such beautiful grounds. We are already looking forward to seeing our friends again next year!