Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Welcome to 2011! The Year 7 students have been learning various greetings and different set phrases. These greetings are known as “aisatsu” and are used in daily conversation in Japan. These “aisatsu” are shown below:


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Colorful Kimono

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

During Term 3, the students in Years 3 and 4 were learning vocabulary about clothing. One day, Sensei Blomeley brought some yukatas to school and everyone had lots of fun dressing in traditional Japanese clothing.




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The Emperor and Empress

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

As part of our LOTE Day celebration, students used colorful papers to make their own version of the Emperor and Empress of Japan. This idea came from a display of student work in a shopping arcade in Japan.

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It’s One Year!

Friday, June 11th, 2010

This blog, “Beyond The Mount” has been operating for just over one year. In that time, we have had 556 visitors from various places around the world. That means that over 500 people now know where Derrinallum P-12 College is and they have seen the wonderful work done by the students of the college!

The map below shows the location of our many visitors up until May 14, 2010.

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Our new map for this year is located in the side panel.

Japanese Day

Friday, June 11th, 2010

What a wonderful day! The students had lots of fun taking part in the various Japanese activities and trying out new things. you can see some more photos of our Japanese Day below:


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Japanese Day

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

On Monday, sudents from Derrinallum College and Lismore Primary School joined together for a day of Japanese activities. The day commenced with a demonstration of KENDO by Gary and Pete from the Ballarat Kendo Club. The students then broke into groups and took part in activities including a kendo workshop, making hachi maki (headbands), exploring Japanese toys and a papercraft activity. At lunchtime, students enjoyed a delicious Japanese lunch. It was an enjoyable day with lots of activity!


Monday, April 12th, 2010

Our new LOTE blog called “JUST JAPANESE” is now up and running. This blog will be a teaching tool containing work for the students in LOTE classes. The students in Years 5 and 6 are currently working on the first task, which is to research some of the places visited on my trip to Japan. Please have a look at the blog and the student responses by clicking on the link in the side column.

Welcome to 2010!

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Welcome to 2010!  This is the “Year of the Tiger”.

During Term 1, I spent three weeks travelling around Japan.  I visited the main island, Honshu, and the islands of Kyushu and Shikoku. It was a wonderful trip. I have created a page titled “Japan 2010″ and if you are interested in seeing more of this beautiful country, have a look at the photos on this page.

My role within the school has changed this year. I am no longer teaching Library and ICT but I intend to continue this blog to showcase my student’s work and skills in Japanese. I also intend to use the blog as a teaching tool and will soon be linking a classroom blog to this site. Please feel free to look at the new blog and see what the students are learning in their Japanese classes.

Manekineko brings good luck.

Manekineko brings good luck.

iPods in LOTE

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

 Over the past few weeks, the students in Years 4 – 6 have been using our new iPod Touch to help them learn the Japanese characters. The students can learn about the characters on short videos, listen to hiragana songs and practise the characters by using applications on the ipods. The students have been really interested and seem to be enjoying this new way of learning the hiragana characters.



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Our School

Friday, July 31st, 2009

During LOTE, the Year 6 students have been using the Flip video cameras to make a short introductory film about Derrinallum College. The following film shows various aspects of the school and is narrated in Japanese.

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