The LOTE – Japanese program offered at St. Brigid’s from Foundation Year to Year 6 is taught by a specialist Japanese teacher. The students are immersed in the Japanese language and culture. This assists with the development of communication skills and knowledge that contributes to the development of inter-culturally aware citizens who can participate and engage in positive multicultural relationships in a global society. Research has shown that the experience of learning a second language improves our knowledge of how languages work and enhances our thinking skills.
Students are engaged in a range of activities that include but are not limited to speaking, reading, writing, listening and singing. Through comparison and reflection of the Japanese language and the development of an understanding from a different cultural perspective students come to appreciate some of the social, historical and cultural aspects associated with the Japanese people.
Last Friday our Japanese teacher facilitated a Japanese Day that began with an Opening Ceremony that included Taiko Drumming performed by students from St. Francis Xavier College, Officer. The Secondary School students welcomed the opportunity to perform for an enthusiastic audience and enjoyed the experience.
Students were invited to dress in Japanese costume, which added to the atmosphere of the day. They took part in a Fashion Parade and then moved on to activity sessions before enjoying a Sushi lunch.
The day concluded with a Closing Ceremony with presentations from each of the Learning Communities. Each group sang a song in Japanese and two of our Year 6 students sang a Japanese version of ‘Let It Go’. They were all very entertaining.
Our Year 6 students will have the opportunity to visit St. Francis Xavier College for an Immersion Program later this month. They will interact with Year 9 students who are also studying Japanese and will share experiences with each other.