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Languages – Japanese 日本語


All students at Box Hill North Primary School study Japanese for one session a week. The aim is to stimulate the student’s interest in Japanese and to make learning a foreign language a fun and interesting experience while reaping the benefits of learning an additional language.

The language program is organised through themes and topics to develop language and cultural understandings. In a typical Japanese class, students learn and practise basic language skills through engaging games, activities and songs.

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Box Hill North Primary School Kindergarten children are very fortunate to participate in the Learn Languages at Kindergarten Program. The program helps children to get the best start in life by giving them the opportunity to learn and play in another language, in order to promote brain development and literacy skills, amongst other benefits. The children enjoy songs, games and stories as they are learn about the Japanese language and culture. They can been seen participating enthusiastically and it is evident that their young brains are extremely active during Japanese time.

Foundation to Year 2

At the introductory level to Japanese Language, emphasis is placed on the development of listening and speaking skills. Using songs as a fun resource, students learn to participate in classroom routines, convey actual information about themselves, family and friends, and participate in performances. Students enjoy activities that begin to encourage an understanding of the Japanese culture and learn to identify letters of the Japanese alphabet.

Years 3 to 6

Students focus on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Children participate in activities that encourage an understanding of Japanese culture. The Japanese Language program provides opportunities for students to exchange information and ideas based on the theme or topic. Students learn to identify and trace, then independently write a selected range of Japanese script. This is achieved through active participation in games and songs as well as written and verbal tasks.

Beyond the Classroom

Students in all year levels hear about opportunities to participate in events beyond the classroom. Children have enjoyed attending the Melbourne Japanese Festival with their families and have the opportunity to participate in the annual JLTAV (Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria) Pencil Calligraphy Contest.

Grade 5 and 6 students have the opportunity to participate in the school trip to Japan bi-annually. The 2019 trip was extremely successful and participants enjoyed a range of unforgettable and wonderful experiences. The trip began in Tokyo and included amazing sight-seeing destinations in Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. The group were fantastic representatives for our school and country. They were brave, respectful and adventurous and became increasingly independent, resilient and knowledgeable!

Several students have represented our school and our country on cultural exchange at the Asian Pacific Children’s Convention in Japan. We are very proud of their efforts to make it through the rigorous selection process and spend time experiencing Japanese daily life, staying in a home with a host family and attending school.

Contact for a tour

It is refreshing that fathers are just as welcome as mothers in school life. From Kindergarten where I have the opportunity to participate in my youngest boy’s class to school camp that I was fortunate to attend, I have always been encouraged and warmly welcomed. I have also thoroughly enjoyed participating in class room help for all my boys.

ChrisKinder, Years 3, 4, 5

The move into the grade 5/6 area which is separate from the rest of the school gives the kids a real sense of being the ‘big kids’ and is a start to their transition to secondary school and being more responsible.

EmmaYear 6

The school garden is such a fantastic feature of our school. Garden Club students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of gardening from the role of healthy soil to how to use silverbeet to make delicious pizzas. Science, nutrition and sustainability are explored in a truly hands on environment.

Kaylah AdamsFoundation teacher - Box Hill North Primary School

We run a progressive and innovative technology program to produce true 21st Century Citizens. Students in Prep enjoy using iPads and students in the senior school will be instructed with Ultrabooks as a part of our 1-to-1 program.

Tom DanielLevels 1 and 2 Teacher, ICT Coordinator

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