Mt Waverley's Best Kept Secret: Syndal South Primary School


At Syndal South Primary School we have been teaching Japanese for more than 10 years.  Two qualified specialist Japanese teachers form the Japanese team. All students have 60 minutes of Japanese every week.  Our Japanese language curriculum is experience- based and students learn not only language but also culture through a variety of topics.  Apart from the curriculum covered in classes each week various other opportunities are also offered to students through our Japanese program:

  • Japan Study Tour

Every two years, Grade 5 and 6 students have the opportunity to go to Japan. We visit our Sister School , Mino Jiyu Gakuen in Osaka. Students who have visited Japan as part of this trip form unforgettable memories and great friendships.

  • Hosting of Japanese Students

Every year, we host Japanese students from our sister school. Children relish this time to speak Japanese with children their own age and this allows the Syndal South community to communicate in a different way.

  • Japanese Cultural Day

Every two years, our whole school celebrates Japanese culture and enjoys a wide range of fun activities such as traditional Japanese festival games, Bon dancing, Taiko (drumming) performances, Japanese martial arts demonstrations, craft activities, chopstick racing and lots more.

  • Cultural Diversity Day/Harmony Day

SSPS has such a multicultural community and we celebrate our rich diversity of cultures every year holding a diversity parade and activities.

  • Japanese Sports Day

Every year children look forward to our Undoukai  Sports Day where red and white teams compete in a variety of activities promoting team work and co-operation.

  • The Bilingual Class

We support students from Japanese backgrounds and other advanced students by providing an extra 60 minute Japanese lesson per week tailored to their individual needs. Students participate in YOMIKIKASE (book reading) time and have lessons based on Kyoukasho (Japanese textbooks) in groups.

  • Japanese Club

Two Japanese Captains are chosen from Grade 6 students every year and one of their leadership responsibilities is to work with a Japanese teacher to plan and run the Japanese Club one lunch time every week. They enjoy carefully discussing and planning activities at recess in preparation. Origami is one popular activity and is always well attended.

  • The Japanese Cooking Lesson

SHOKUIKU (Cooking and nutrition) is one of the popular topics covered and has been taught for 6 years in Japanese classes. Students enjoy not only Japanese cooking but also thinking about what healthy eating is in different cultures.

  • ICT

At SSPS we have introduced 14 iPads to the Japanese program this year to expand student’s hiragana script skills.  Children have also enjoyed using apps creatively to build their own dictionary and make role play video clips.

  • Videoconference

We have started conducting video conferences with Japanese students of Kadoma City Primary School in Osaka. Through this video conferencing Grade 3/4 students have an amazing opportunity to make their own battery as a part of science lesson which is sponsored by Panasonic.

  • Please see our WIKI

As resources used in class are put on this site children are able to access these and practise when not at school!

Learning language is SUGOI(great)!

Miyagi Sensei and Vimpani Sensei

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Japanese Learning

Some insight into the great Japanese program and all that it offer our students.
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