What a fantastic day was had by all at our Japanese Cultural Day today!
Students and families had a wonderful experience immersing themselves in a little Japanese culture, amongst the fun, food and games. Timing was perfect for the Japanese students from Ushiku JHS to join us in the fun. Congratulations to the Primary team lead by Alice Sensei for the huge effort involved in producing such an amazing event.
You may have noticed the orange fish flag flying in the primary playground?
Students in Ms Haberfield’s Japanese classes have been learning about the celebration of Children’s Day which in Japan is May 5th. It is a national holiday where all children are celebrated and parents hope for their children to have happy and healthy lives. As a part of the celebration, large koinobori (carp kites) are flown from flagpoles outside houses and public buildings as parents wish their children to be as strong and determined as the koi (carp). The flagpole outside a house has a koinobori for each member of the family.
Alice Haberfield Years R-7 Japanese Teacher
Primary Lunchtime Clubs –
Official Welcoming Ceremony for Mishima
Today we held an ‘Official Welcoming Ceremony’ for our Mishima visitors. Also in attendance were the students from the 2015 Mishima Scholarship programme including Ashley Morrissey from REC and students from other participating schools.
Mr Clayton Disley, Mr Andrew Smith and Ms Paula Wright officially welcomed Mishima staff and students to Adelaide and Reynella East College. Students were all very excited to be formally introduced to their ‘buddies’ for the next 5 weeks. Following formal proceedings, warm REC hospitality was shared over afternoon tea.
Congratulations to three Year 8 boys who represented REC in the 2015 Year 8 South Australian Japanese Recital (Speech) Contest last week. This was an annual state wide event organised by the Japanese Language Teachers Association of South Australia competing against private and public schools.
Reynella East College came First and Second and our third student also received a special Honourable Mention from the Judges.
This is an outstanding effort and achievement from these boys for being willing to give this event a go and participate.
1st Place – Zachary Oats
2nd Place – Kane Marshall
4th Honorable Mention- Jonathan Leech
Paula Wright – Japanese Teacher
Our international students have been having a fun time exploring Adelaide over the last couple of weeks.
Highlights include, Pt Noarlunga Aquatics Centre and a joint excursion with some Yr 11 students to the Museum and Art Gallery.
On Friday November 15 students had a good time at Westminster School participating in the Obento Masterchef competition. There were students from 7 other schools participating also. Students’ lunch boxes were judged on their Japanese culture inclusion, student hygiene, nutrition, team work and presentation.
Though we didn’t place, the kids had fun creating their own Japanese lunch boxes. In pairs, they had to use the given ingredients, their kitchen skills and their imaginations to create a Japanese themed, healthy lunch. The ingredients included cherry tomatoes, carrot, capsicum, rice, seaweed, egg, beans, pickled radish and salmon.
Pictured are the Obento’s made by 8 of our year 4 students. Whilst students were waiting for their turn in the kitchen, they were involved in various activities such as a chopstick race, origami and cutting out seaweed to recreate a Japanese Kanji character, the word for love.
Jodi Gardner – Japanese Teacher
Obento Master Chef Workshop
REC is one of seven lucky schools to be accepted to attend the Obento Master Chef workshop on 15th November, presented by Japanese Language Teachers Association of SA and hosted by Westminster school. Seven selected year 4 students will attend. Students will make their own obento using tools supplied, and present them to be judged for the most creative and reflective of Japanese culture as well as a balance of nutrition.
Jodi Gardner – Japanese teacher
Year 11 student Lillian Rilett did herself and the school very proud with her efforts in the SA Senior Japanese Speech contest held Monday 9th September. She unfortunately didn’t gain a place in the contest, but she represented our school in an exemplary manner and the feed back she received from others – judges, teachers & fellow participating students was extremely encouraging & commendable. This is an especially great achievement as she was up against students who were in year 12, students who have spent 12 months living in Japan (Lillian has only visited for 2 weeks). All things considered, she did extremely well and was close to coming runners-up! Well done Lillian!
As a consolation, she is to be very proud of her efforts & she received a certificate of participation & also a gift for entering.
In addition, she was also lucky enough to receive the random door prize on the evening: a brand new electronic Japanese Translator. They cost hundreds of dollars! So Lillian was thrilled to be given one – and indeed it will come in very useful as she continues her studies of the Japanese language, both this year, next year and beyond.
Special credit also goes to Lillian who has already expressed a keen interest to re-enter this same speech contest event again next year! Well done on your keen interest, amazing language skills, mature disposition and clear goals Lillian! All the best!
Ms Wright, Japanese Teacher & staff & students at Reynella East College