“Sayonara” and “Arigato”, Waka-san


Earlier this year, we reported on the arrival of Waka Ueta to our school community. Waka, who hails from the Japanese city of Muroto, chose to volunteer in our Japanese languages classes. After a two-and-a-half month stay in Port Lincoln, Waka flew to Western Australia this morning for work opportunities; we would like to sincerely thank Waka for her wonderful contribution to our school.

During her time with us, Waka was involved in many cultural and language learning activities, including calligraphy, cooking and language games. She has also been of great assistance to our senior students, better preparing them for their various assessment tasks. She taught our Year 9 and 10 students to make onigiri (rice balls) and made norimaki (sushi) with the Year 8’s.

Our students greatly enjoyed the opportunity to practise their language skills with a native speaker, and learned a lot about Waka’s home town and nation in the process. We wish her all the best in her travels around Australia and hope to meet her again one day soon.

~ Mrs Tanya Booker (Japanese Teacher)

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