This week we welcomed our new Japanese assistant, Miss Mai Okamoto. Mai is with us only for three months, so I hope our students welcome her and make the most of her presence in class. Mai has come from Hiroshima, Japan, and is a former student of the previous St Joseph’s Japanese teacher, Mr Junichi Hatai.
Preparations are continuing for the Japan Trip. A gentle reminder that all monies should be paid by the end of this term please. Meetings are still being held with the students involved every fortnight to prepare them for the many new things they will encounter. There will be another parent information night towards the end of this term.
Students are well into their language study as we move towards end of semester exams. Students should be making the most of the wide array of resources to maximise their learning opportunities. Education Perfect has formed a large part of our homework program in particular, as it allows students to work at their own pace and to focus on individual areas. All language students should be spending a minimum of 20 – 30 minutes per week on tasks set by their teacher, and if necessary, extra to reinforce particular areas. A simple check of emails will outline tasks set by individual class room teachers.
The biggest change to come our way in languages is courtesy of the new syllabus for Year 11 students. It is vital that students take advantage of opportunities to prepare for the upcoming major assessment piece (covering listening, reading, writing and speaking skills). If further help is required, please ask Mr Murtagh, for French, and me, for Japanese – it might be the ideal time to invest in some extra tutoring available here at the College.