Dominic’s Japanese cultural experience day

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DOMINIC College hosted students from New Norfolk and Molesworth Primary Schools, as well as Holy Rosary and St. Paul’s Catholic Schools to take part in an immersive day of Japanese cultural experiences with its own year four students.

The day began with an assembly and a special welcome video from students at Dominic’s sister school in Japan, Shizuoka Salesio School.

This was followed by a performance from the school’s senior Taiko group made up of dedicated students in years six to 10, and a proficient martial arts presentation from a year seven student.

Students moved between workshops guided by Dominic’s year nine/10 Japanese elective students throughout the day, experiencing a range of activities including sushi making, drama, robotics, and Japanese traditional dance.

The sushi-making classes were supported by the college’s VET Hospitality students, who helped students assemble the popular snacks for students and staff to enjoy.

The Japanese language program at Dominic College is studied from kindergarten to year 10.

Students experience many aspects of Japanese culture within this program, including Taiko drumming, Origami, Shibori dyeing, sushi making, robotics, calligraphy, and a range of fun Japanese games.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said part of the excitement of the cultural immersion day was having students from a range of different schools come together on site.

“We are fortunate to have a well-established Japanese language and cultural program at Dominic College,” she said.

“Part of being a lighthouse school in Japanese learning is to promote local interest in and connections with Japan – it becomes a celebration for us.”

Each year, Dominic’s Japanese students participate in a diverse range of learning challenges including the statewide Tasmanian Japanese Speech Contest.

“Annually this is a great opportunity for our students to pitch their speaking skills against more than 300 students from more than 30 schools around the state,” Ms Gilligan said.

“While our students have done exceptionally well in the competition, regularly taking first place in a variety of categories, the competition promotes language proficiency, precision and self-confidence.

“For us, it is about participation and taking on a personal challenge.”

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