Para Hills High School
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90 Beafield Road
Para Hills West SA 5096

Phone: 08 8258 5466

PHHS participates in new Australian Olympic Committee pilot program


Para Hills High School is 1 of 20 Australian schools invited to participate in Tomodachi 2020 - a pilot learning program run by the Australian Olympic Committee. 

Tomodachi, meaning 'friends' in Japanese, runs from 24 August to 31 October and partners Australian schools with Japanese schools to foster shared learning. 

Our Year 9 Japanese class has recently shared their 'jikoshokai' (means: self-introduction in Japanese) with information such as their favourite subjects.

Because our lesson times don’t match up with our partner school in Kamaishi (city in North Japan), the class has been making video messages instead which has built their confidence in speaking. 

This information exchange has enabled our students to benefit from cultural and language development opportunities that otherwise would not have been possible.

Students often find learning a second language difficult, and ask themselves the relevance, especially now with travel opportunities so limited. The Tomodachi pilot program has helped engage our students and give authentic opportunities to practice their Japanese skills.

Well done Year 9!

Year 8's finish the term with high praise

This semester we have two year 8 classes studying Japanese.

Both classes have done excelled this term in developing their self-introductions and growing their awareness of important cultural elements when greeting someone for the first time, including gestures such as bowing and specific phrases used.

As part of their studies, students have produced a video demonstrating their speaking skills. The video includes common introductory phrases such as stating their name, their nationality, where they live, how old they are and how many people are in their family.

We have also started learning to write the Japanese script Hiragana and with students currently working on writing their self-introductions using the correct Japanese scripts.

Great work Year 8! 

Candice Ferguson
Japanese teacher

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