Japanese is taught from Foundation to Year 6 weekly.
At Kalinda, we aim to make the learning of language and culture relevant to communicating with our Branch Out Exchange partners. Lilyvale Primary School in Japan.Students build up their confidence to speak, read and write through the exchange activities and enjoy the friendship between Australia and Japan.The children at primary school age have shown their great flexibility to enjoy both the similarities and differences between cultures while learning the language.Kalinda community support ----International Internship ProgramOver 20 years, Kalinda community has been hosting Japanese university graduates/teachers visiting Kalinda for 6-12 months and staying with our families. The Interns pay their own way to Australia and work free as a volunteer. Interns love to stay with our families. Families enjoy taking the Interns on outings and family events and learning the Japanese language. We enjoy keeping in touch with them. Our previous intern teachers came and helped us in Japan when we went on a Japan trip.Branch Out Exchange Program Exchange students’ work and trips between Australia and JapanWe are very proud to have Lilyvale Primary School from Mito, Ibaraki in Japan as our Branch Out Exchange program partner.
The students have the opportunities to exchange videos, posters and letters. These exchange activities led to a trip to visit Lilyvale Primary school, join their exciting activities and stay with the host families in 2014 and 2016. Every second year our Senior School students, together with Warranwood Primary school are given an opportunity of a Japan trip. We are currently planning a future trip in 2018. Lilyvale Primary School visited Kalinda and Warranwood in 2017 for the first time. The school community welcomed them and it strengthened the community’s social and international development capabilities.
We are fortunate to keep exchanging artwork with Kofu Higashi Primary School from Kofu, Yamanashi in Japan. Their wonderful calligraphy work and drawings are displayed in the Kofu Higashi corner every year. Students and staff had opportunities to visit them near the beautiful Mt Fuji in the past.
Our intern teachers also offer Kalinda students opportunities to communicate with their students after they arrive back in Japan.
The all process from the exchange work to a trip is shared among the whole school, so the students develop an aim to listen, speak, read and write Japanese and also learn the culture. The students understand themselves as communicators.10 colour card level system
Students are encouraged to reach higher colour level starting from white. At the last assembly of a year, the student who have reached purple, brown and black colour are presented with the certificate. The students gain confidence and achieve the personal best from Foundation to Grade 6.Branch Out Day and Japanese Evening
The students have the opportunity to order Australian and Japanese lunch. We exchange cultural activities on our Branch Out Day. Lilyvale students share their Japanese cultural activities and Kalinda students share Australian cultural activities including Aussie dress up and bush dance. The students are exposed to Japanese cultures with their family and friends at our Japan evening biennially. The parents have an opportunity to be informed about the Branch Out Japan trip directly from the trip group members as well.
Japanese Film Making ClubIn the last few years, Kalinda ran a Japanese film making group at lunch times. This group has won several awards for the Japanese language films they produce such as the Cultural Diversity Award in 2015 and Special Mentions Award in 2017.
Japanese gardenThrough our school entrance-way, you will see our beautiful Japanese garden in the courtyard built in 2016. It features bamboo, maple and cherry trees, a pond and a little tea house. Students have opportunities to rake the gravel and spend a peaceful time reading. We had a Star Festival hanging our wishes on the bamboo trees.
Tsunami Appeal green tea ice cream fundraisingSince 2011, Kalinda community supports the children who were affected by the Tsunami in northeast Japan. By our Branch Out Ambassadors’ leading, green tea ice cream is made and sold on our Open night. Often the ice cream is sold out by overwhelming support from the Kalinda community.