Distinguished Japanese guests visit IGS classrooms

IGS was delighted to recently welcome distinguished Japanese visitors, who enjoyed observing Japanese classes in action for Years 1, 5 and 9.

The visitors were representing the Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney, the Japan Foundation, Sydney, and Kinokuniya Bookstores of Australia.

Year one students played Bingo, Simon Says, Guess Who, Kahoot and sung the song Maru maru mori mori for the guests.

Machiko Sensei said the guests were “impressed how the language lesson is conducted in Japanese only”.

“They were also surprised to see Year 1 students using iPads for learning,” she said.

Year 5 students started their class by asking the guests some questions, like where in Japan they were from, what their hobbies were and their favourite food.

Then the students continued to design their own “yuru-chara”, a term used for mascot characters, and showed them to their guests.

“The guests were surprised to see how we incorporate Japanese pop culture to the lesson,” she said.

“One looked at the exercise book and commented that our approach is very unique and interesting.”

This was the second visit to IGS this term by Japanese Consul-General Keizo Takewaka.

All the visitors have been warmly invited to join our school community again on International Day, coming up on Friday 2 August.