Year 7 Cultural Afternoons
The Languages Year 7 Cultural afternoon is a project which aims at celebrating the French and Japanese cultures. Year 7 students are given an opportunity to experience a cultural aspect of France and Japan. As Year 7 students study the two languages simultaneously, they develop an awareness of traditions and values of each country. Such experience is highly valuable.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
“On Tuesday the 3rd of September, Year 7 students were delighted at the opportunity to take part in a Japanese cultural activity – the Tea Ceremony (called sado). The art of the tea ceremony was perfected by Sen no Rikyu in the 16th century and involves understanding the deeper spiritual beauty within every-day life and maintaining a calm state-of-mind in the tea room. Throughout the day, each year 7 class experienced the tea ceremony, which was performed by a man named Adam sensei. Adam showed a PowerPoint explaining the art of tea, taught us useful tea ceremony phrases, and finally performed the important parts of the ceremony. Much to our delight, we were served with a small Japanese sweet, one that is traditionally served at the ceremonies. The experience was very educational, and gave us a good insight into the traditions of the Japanese culture.”
Rachel Cetrola, Year 7
A French Performance by “Rendez-vous”
“On Friday the 8th of November, during 3B year 7 students had a French performance for them. With fun and laughter, the year 7 students watched this amazing performance, spoken partly in French and English. It was about a 18th century opera singer and her lover, whom she had to find a voice for. With lots of singing and French it was a great show and everyone loved it. It was a bright and colourful performance with stilts and an Opera singer. With lots of squeaks and props a story unfolded in front of the year 7 students’ eyes.”
Rachel Cetrola and Gabby Farfor, Year 7
Year 8 Cultural Afternoons
The Languages Year 8 Cultural Afternoon is a continuous innovation project that enables Kilvington students to engage with other languages and schooling practices.
The program is designed to provide students of all ethnic backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about and partake in other communities and cultures. Year 8 students studying either French or Japanese, and work collaboratively in groups to present a showpiece luncheon.
Tasks include planning a menu, cooking the food and preparing a table arrangement featuring the language and culture of France or Japan. Keiko Ishihara, one of the Japanese language teachers at Kilvington, said: ‘This was a fun activity for Year 8 students, as it helped them to develop their appreciation for the language they have been learning for two years. The students set their tables beautifully in a creative way, and provided a delicious selection of tastes from each culture.’
The Cultural Afternoon allows students to fully utilise their chosen language in a real-life setting, whilst putting the knowledge learnt in the classroom into practice. This enjoyable, intercultural approach to languages helps equip the students for effective participation in a rapidly-changing world. French teacher Sandra Boutselis observed that ‘the program enables students to integrate their study of a language with the study of its culture.’