Year 7 Fun and Learning
This term the year 7 cohort has been treated to two full days of cultural activities relating to Quandamooka and Japanese culture. Students rotated through different activities during the day. The first day focussed on Cultural arts where students formed a yarning circle and the importance of the bay was spoken about and how indigenous people had animals that were totems that they had to protect. Origami, koinobori (carp wind sock) and cooking were other activities that kept students busy and engaged with all day.
Our second cultural day had a sport focus. Traditional sports from Japan were demonstrated to students. Many thanks to Clem Sturgess and Craig Dinte from Redlands Aikido and Nathan Bastin from Asia Pacific University who demonstrated Iaido. Students then participated in a couple of traditional indigenous games from different parts of the country. The idea of men’s and women’s business was discussed and the games reflected this, where only the girls played one of the games and the boys played a different game, both groups came together at the end to compete against each other. The end of the day concluded with a Sumo suit challenge between students. This was hilarious to watch, when they were down they found it very difficult to get back up. Students really enjoyed the days.
Both days were extremely successful with a lot of students increasing their engagement in Japanese and ICS and achieveing a better understanding and level of tolerance for other cultures. Many thanks to the incredible LOTE staff for all the time and effort put into planning the day, Sharon Scheiwe, Bernadette Mollison, Nadia Barclay and Alison Sturgess. Thanks to all the teachers who assisted with supervising and running a class. A mighty thank you to Nicole Smith, Liam Boreham, Danielle Robinson and Illyana Henderson who helped to run the tradtional games.