Language News

Travel opens our minds to new experiences, our hearts to stronger emotions and our hands to accept the kindness of strangers. So, in the spirit of engaging with communities abroad there will be two international study tours during the Christmas holidays.

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On 1st January 2015, 21 excited Year 10 and 11 students with three teachers will embark on the Italian Study Tour. The group will spend three and half weeks in Italy and return on the 25th January. Students will have the opportunity to explore some of the iconic art pieces and historical monuments of Venice, Rome and Florence.

Highlights of the Study Tour will include a Papal audience at the Vatican and spending time with our sister school, Liceo Scientifico in Vasto. Here students will get the opportunity to experience life and school as an Italian teenager and to practise their language and cultural skills. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Church St Francis of Assisi built at the start of his journey and to visit Sotto il Monte, the birthplace of Angelo Roncalli, later to be known as Pope John XXIII.

The group will be led by Mrs Melissa Polizzi, Ms Antoinette De Pinto and Mr John Joosten.

The Italian Study 2015 participants are Isabella Gegoff, Therese Guerrera, Caitlin Hackett, Peta Kennare, Claire Knight, Madison Liddelow, Isabella Lyons, Paris MacDougall, Sophie Manning, Quinn McAdam, Kathryn McKinley, Xanthe Muir, Isaiah Oprandi, Hamish Pearce, Kate Psaila-Savona, David Rankin, Seve Russo, Ellie Sinclair, Gina Tripolone, Kiara Vivian and Holly Whitehouse.

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The Japanese Study Tour will commence on Saturday 27th December 2014 when 17 students from Year 10 and 11 Japanese classes and three teachers will fly from Perth to Kyoto to spend the New Year amongst the 200 temples and shrines of this beautiful old capital of Japan.

The most engaging and challenging aspect of the Study Tour will be attending school each day at Joohoo High School in Kagoshima and living with our Japanese host families. Students have spent many hours honing their language skills, learning Japanese customs and etiquette, writing letters, preparing profiles and photo albums to help create a special bond of friendship with their hosts.

The first part of the Japanese Study Tour will include travelling from Kyoto to Shiga Kogen in the mountains, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Miyajima.

The Japan Study Tour coordinators are Ms Glen James, Mr John Lawton and Miss Shane Glass.

The following students are members of the Japanese Study Tour - Maddi Allerding, Chloe Beveridge, Alexandra Jones, Alex King, Breandan Kirwan, Toko Komagata, Rachel Lam, Conor Levy, Natasha Liddle, Rebecca Liddle, Thomas Liu, Alicia McAuliffe, Ella Meinck, Jessica Mitchell, Tessa Pinkerton, Phoebe Snedker and Darcy Stokes.

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The Year Eight Japanese students have been busy in class making origami koalas to create an "Habata". Habata is the phoenix mascot of Hyogo Prefecture and he was created as the symbol of rebirth following the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake of January 17th, 1995. More than 6,000 people lost their lives in the devastating earthquake which destroyed much of the city of Kobe in the Hyogo Prefecture. However, today the city has been rebuilt and the spirit of the people is strong and Habata is a permanent reminder of the positive outcomes of resilience and working together in time of disaster. So students across Western Australia are making origami koalas, one to remember each victim of the disaster. These will be used to design a big Habata that will be unveiled at an evening combining a memorial for the anniversary of the Hanshin Awaji Earthquake and promoting friendship between Western Australian and Hyogo Prefecture will be held on January 16th at Dumas House, Havelock Street, West Perth.

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Buon Natale and Merii Kurisumasu from us all in Languages.

Shane Glass
Head of Learning Area - Languages

School Holiday Sessions 2015