Omedetou gozaimasu to Dominic College Japanese students

DOMINIC College students received excellent results at the recent Tasmanian Japanese speech competition in South Hobart, with a first and third placing and a number of honourable mentions.

Students from kindergarten through to year seven currently study Japanese language and culture at Dominic. The classes are designed for learners of all levels of ability and experience.

As they enter year eight, students can choose Japanese as their Language Other Than English (LOTE) elective and continue their language studies even further.

After year 10, they can study Japanese at Guilford Young College.

Dominic College Japanese teacher Belinda Kumashiro, said 17 students of Japanese, from year three to nine, competed at the state-wide Japanese Speech Contest on Friday 28 October.

The competition was administered by the Japanese Teachers Network Tasmania (JATNET).

“Each student took their turn going to a judging room to say their memorised speech in front of a panel of three judges,” Mrs Kumashiro said.

“The judges listened carefully for accurate pronunciation, intonation, fluency and good memorisation of the speech, and watched for good use of body language, like the occasional smile and a bow at the beginning and end,” she said.

“It was a challenging extension experience. Nerves were high but students returned to our group stating that their judges were kind and encouraging.”

Students achieved excellent results in their year levels.

Mrs Kumashiro especially congratulated year Zoelle Lin, year five, Sarah Wright, year six, Jak Gutteridge, year eight, and Benjamin Dowling, year nine, for their awards of honourable mention.

Year nine student Rosaline Alo claimed first prize and year six student Anit Saju took home third.

“Omedetou gozaimasu (congratulations) to all members of the speech contest team for 2016. Yoku ganbarimashita (You did a great job),” Mrs Kumashiro said.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the quality of teacher was key to the success of any language program.

Mrs Kumashiro and her family returned to Tasmania in 2015 after teaching and developing language curriculum in Japan for more than 10-years.

“Belinda has been astonishing in her work with our students,” Mrs Gilligan said.

“Her former principal said that she spoke Japanese with greater command than many of his Japanese national teachers. She is an amazing and gifted educator.”

Caption: Belidna Kumashiro with students who received prizes and commendation at the recent Tasmanian Japanese Speech competition. They are, back row, from left, Rosaline Alo, Benjamin Dowling and Jak Gutteridge, and front row, from left, Zoelle Lin, Anit Saju and Sarah Wright.

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