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Japanese is a challenging language to master. One of the best ways to learn a new language is to have fun. Throughout 2018, students from years 1-6 will play lots of games, be involved in many drama activities and experience some of the interesting aspects of Japanese culture.

One of the highlights of 2014/15 was the visit of Japanese exchange students (pictured above) who not only shared their language but also their culture with our students. Hopefully, we can continue to promote this exchange through the "Access Asia" program. 

Several Woodvale PS students were fortunate enough to visit Japan at the commencment of 2018. This reciprocal exchange program with the Gunma Academy was an amazing experience for those involved.

The E-Classroom is a great way to record and document our "Japanese journey". I look forward to posting videos, photo galleries and classwork throughout the year.

Corinne Black

Japanese Teacher

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Woodvale Primary School has played host to fourteen students from the Gunma Kokusai Academy, located northwest of Tokyo. The two week visit provided the Japanese students with a wonderful opportunity to experience life in an Australian classroom. As an English Immersion School, the Gunma Academy encourages cultural exchange with English speaking schools throughout the world. The Academy caters for students in years 1-12, with most key curriculum subjects taught (almost entirely) in English.

11 year-old Yuta Hirano and Yuki Ogura (12) were 'embedded' in a year 7 class for most of their visit. Throughout the fortnight they worked collaboratively with designated 'buddies' Jacob Nock and Lee Skuba. Students in Area 15 were impressed with the ability of Yuta and Yuki to engage successfully in all lessons, particularly Mathematics and physical education.

Excursions to the Caversham Wildlife Park and Scitech were organised by Japanese teacher, Corinne Black and Deputy Principal, Mrs Judy Davis. A King's Park picnic was also arranged for all Japanese and host family students. 

Living and interacting with Woodvale families was a real highlight for the visiting 11 and 12 year olds. Yuki Ogura, who stayed with the Smith family, enjoyed a trip to Augusta in  the state's south-west. Despite the occasional cultural and culinary 'misunderstanding', the Japanese students proved to be perfect guests!

 The role of host families in providing a 'home-away-from-home' for the visiting students was greatly appreciated by the Gunma Academy staff and anxious parents back in Japan. 

Further information on the Gunma Academy can be accessed by clicking the link below.