October 29, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Japanese Day

Japanese Day

Thursday 13th of November (Week 6)

Obento Lunch

Free Dress Day

Japanese Day will be held on Thursday the 13th of November. Orders for an obento lunch including vegetarian options are available on trybooking until the close of the 6th of November.

This Japanese Day will also be a free dress day and students are encouraged to wear any Japanese themed clothing or a splash of Japanese colours such as red and white.

October 28, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Sister School News

Kamariya our Japanese sister school is currently in the process of creating a DVD to showcase to our school. The DVD is being created by their grade 1/2s, which depicts a famous Japanese folktale. Their grade 6 students will also be sending us catalogues and other information of their school via mail. We hope to receive these items in the next few weeks.


October 17, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

PA with Melanie

It has been great to have such a lovely welcome back from my Long Service Leave. I had a terrific time in Europe last term climbing mountains covered in wildflowers in Switzerland, cycling along the Rhine River, looking at art work on the Berlin Wall, exploring Iceland and it’s beautiful waterfalls, seeing galleries such as the Dali museum (in Spain) and the Tate Britain as well swimming in the Mediterranean and Atlantic!! I even got to play ukulele in a few places as well. I am refreshed and excited to start back this term…The school fair is not far away!

This term the students in grade 5 and 6 are exploring puppetry. It would be great if you could encourage them to have some fun trying out interesting character voices at home. We have tried creating voices that use the top of our head, nose, throat, chest and stomach. We have also considered pitch (high and low) and dynamics (loud and soft).

Grade 3 & 4 are exploring musicals and how the dialogue connects with the songs and dances. We are using costumes and soundtracks as well as watching scenes from musicals to develop our understandings. We are acting out scenes, creating dances and miming or singing the songs. It would be wonderful if you could watch some musicals together and talk about any of your favourites! We have also been revising recorder skills.

Grade 1 & 2 are learning about dances in our community and from the olden days. Everything from the Birdie dance to Bush dancing and more! We are having a great time! Have a chat about any dancing you have done in the community eg. at parties, weddings, festivals & cultural events.

Foundation students are exploring dance and drama. We are having fun learning old and new dances and dances from around the world. So far we have done the Shoemaker, Wiggle and Sway, The Rabbit Dance (French), Koo Che Che (German). In drama we have used our feet to tell sock stories. Have a dance together at home.

Maybe you can remember some of your favourite dances from school days. Let me know and I will see if I can track them down!

October 13, 2014
by hwpsspecialists

Term 4 in Japanese


This term the focus for Foundation students will be on developing vocabulary with the topics of zoo animals and foods. Students will also be introduced to Hiragana characters and they will learn more about Japanese folk tales and customs.

Grade 1/2

Grade 12s will be learning new vocabulary this term for weather, adjectives and time. Students will also be developing their writing and understanding of Kanji and Hiragana characters.

Grade 3/4

This term students will learn more about Japanese sports. Grade 34s will also continue working on their reading and writing of Hiragana Characters.

Grade 5/6

Grade 56s will be revising all Hiragana Characters this term. Students will also develop their understanding of the Japanese school system as we hope to skype our sister school.

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