Two languages are taught at Kilvington: French and Japanese. French is taught in the Junior School from Foundation (Prep) to Year 6, while in Year 7 students get to experience Japanese and French as core subjects. In Year 8, students continue learning either French or Japanese, giving them the opportunity to study one language intensively as a core subject. In Years 9 and 10, languages then become electives.
Kilvington signs agreement with Saint-Joseph La Salle, Toulouse
In June 2016, Principal Jon Charlton visited France to sign an agreement with Saint-Joseph La Salle in Toulouse, paving the way for an exchange program between the two schools.
Year 7 Cultural Afternoons
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Mr Adam Wojcinski came to Kilvington to teach Year 7 students about the amazing art of the Japanese tea ceremony. He started by teaching the students to do a formal seating called seiza. After teaching us how to bow he continued on to show us what happens when you get invited to a tea ceremony and some interesting facts about samurai and some of the tea masters.
Did you know that one of the tea masters did not like the samurai bringing their swords into his tea hut so he made the door so small that they could not get through with their sword attached so they had to put it on the sword rack next to the entrance!
After teaching us about these interesting things he showed us how to perform a tea ceremony. He started off by picking a volunteer to complete the tea ceremony with him and by cleansing his hands before creating the tea. When he was making the tea he used a lot of precision for where everything was placed. He then gave the tea to his volunteer and she respectfully looked at it and then drank it.
Adam sensei handed out a Japanese sweet to everyone and then gave them some lovely tea. While we were eating and drinking he played a video of a 24 hour tea ceremony involving him and his master.
Zander Von Steigler, 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.’