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Your name in Japanese

“Kevin” in Japanese characters

In Japanese, foreign names are normally written using the phonetic katakana alphabet. To see what your name looks like in Japanese, just go to this website and type in your first name only and click the “Translate” button. If you like, you can also choose from a few different character styles.

To post your first name in the comments you need to copy the image url and paste it into the comments. You then need to add a little html.

Before the url add <img src=”

After the url add ” />

It should look like this

<img src=”” />

“Kevin” in Japanese characters


Click on the picture below to go to this wonderful website that will allow you to write your name in English and convert it to Japanese.


Speech: Countries of the world (Due: Monday 18th August)

This term you will be required to do a speech on a particular country. Your speech needs to be 4 minutes long and should contain information in the list below as well other information you find important.

You may use annotated photos to assist with your speech if you choose to. It will not go towards your mark for your speech.

DUE:  Monday 18th August

Some things you should include:

  • location on a map
  • population
  • wealth/poverty
  • exports
  • culture
  • festivals
  • How is your country the same as Australia?
  • How is your country different to Australia?
Sophie Estonia
Yonatan Congo
Aswin Tanzania
Amy Poland
Isla Cuba
Johan Argentina
Charlotte Mali
Julia Russia
Zaman Iran
David Belgium
Aarya Hungary
Picus Iceland
Sarah Chile
Dhruv Finland
Graham Ireland
Julia Andorra
Jack Ghana
Takeaki Mongolia
Maggie UAE
Misaki Senegal
Prarthana Vatican City
Alejandro Sweden
Kevin Malaysia
Jennifer Greenland
Ben Egypt
Vivien Ethiopia
Haru Netherlands
Charlie Cameroon
Welit Botswana
Carlos Philippines
Alastair Vietnam


Marking Rubric ( 20 Points)

Time- Limit

  • 4 Points: Presentation is close to 4 minutes long.
  • 3 Points: Presentation is under 4 minutes long.
  • 2 Points: Presentation is 3 or 5 minutes long.
  • 1 Point: Presentation is less than 3 minutes OR more than 5 minutes.

Volume and Speaks Clearly

  • 4 Points: Volumes is loud enough to be heard by all audience members throughout the presentation. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) of the time, and mispronounces no words.
  • 3 Points: Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members at least 90% of the time. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (100-95%) of the time, but mispronounces one word.
  • 2 Points: Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members at least 80% of the time. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than one word.
  • 1 Point: Volume often too soft to be heard by all audience members. Often mumbles or can not be understood OR mispronounces more than one word.

Posture and Eye Contact

  • 4 Points: Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.
  • 3 Points: Stands up straight and establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.
  • 2 Points: Sometimes stands up straight and establishes eye contact.
  • 1 Point: Slouches and/or does not look at people during the presentation.

Stays on Topic

  • 4 Points: Stays on topic all (100%) of the time.
  • 3 Points: Stays on topic most (99-90%) of the time.
  • 2 Points: Stays on topic some (89-75%) of the time.
  • 1 Point: It was hard to tell what the topic was.

Content (Persuasive )

  • 4 Points: Shows full understanding of the topic.
  • 3 Points: Has a good understanding of the topic.
  • 2 Points: Shows a good understanding of parts of the topic.
  • 1 Point: Does not seem to understand the topic very well.

How to Make a Paper Crane – Origami

We had a go at making these papers cranes in class today. If you found it a little tricky or would like to make more at home, you can use the video below to help you.

Assignment: We are going to Japan! Due: 29th August

Task 1 (completed at home) Due: 29th August

Using this and other websites, create a travel itinerary for a one week trip to Japan. It can be like a tri-fold brochure, poster size or on the computer.  

Some things you should include:

  • the route you plan to travel 
  • major cities marked and labelled on a map
  • cities that you will visit
  • main regions (states) of Japan marked and labelled
  • main geographical features labelled (example: mountains, oceans, large lakes, temples)
  • a legend (key) showing symbols used and what they mean
  • A brief description of each place you plan to visit.

Task 2 (completed at school) Relatives have given you $700 spending money for this website only.  You can spend the money on yourself and/or for someone else. You need to buy at least 10 items and any money you don’t spend will be returned to your relatives.

You need to:

  • change the website currency to Australian dollars (top right side)
  • copy the image of the item you purchase
  • label the image and add a short description of the item and how it is used.
  • write a short reason why you purchased them and for whom.
  • the cost of the item
  • create a sum showing the cost of each item and the total money spent

If you plan to use Power Point, create a new page for each item. Fast Finishers

  • add your items to the shopping cart and check the total
  • if you were incorrect with your total, check your work and correct your errors
  • calculate the shipping cost
  • convert (currency converter) the total amount spent to Japanese yen.

Lovely store at Shinsaibashi Dotonbori, Japan, Osaka, Photo by kaka,

What do we know already about Japan? (R$30 000)

This term we are doing a cultural study on Japan. In class we started with a table challenge to help us with some pre-knowledge.  The tasks listed below have been created to reinforce the information we discussed and to get you to try commenting on a more regular basis this term.

  • If you complete Task 1 and 2, you will receive R$30 000 for your effort.
  • One lucky person can earn an additional $20 000, if they are the first to use the mystery word. It is something to do with Japan and was brought up during our table challenge.

Task 1: Write a comment listing 3 things that you already know about Japan.  If someone has already written one of yours, then you will need to choose something different. 

If you are stuck, try and think of something to do with the areas listed below.

  • History
  • People and society
  • Cuisine (Food)
  • Geography

Task 2: Go to Kids Web Japan and find three interesting facts and write them in the comments.  If someone has already written one of yours, then you will need to choose something different.

Daily Life

Task 3: (Optional) Using Kids Web Japan, you can explore more or choose one of the games to play. If you have problems with Java, chose ‘run this time’.

Assembly skit: How to torture your teacher and how your teacher tortures you

Below is the video of our assembly skit ‘How to torture your teacher and how your teacher tortures you’.

Well done everyone, you all did a fantastic job. We missed the iPad one but it all still worked out well. :D


Excursion: Parliament of New South Wales – Wednesday 11th June

Today we will be going on a half day excursion to Parliament of New South Wales for a tour of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council Chambers, this will also  include a role play.

We will enter Parliament House from Macquarie Street through the Security Gate House. All bags are screened – please make sure you do not bring any sharp objects like scissors, etc. Your bags will need to be stored during the tour, so if you do not need to bring one you will find it much easier.

We will be departing School at 10:05am and returning by 1:10pm. You need to make sure you are wearing your full school uniform.

Update: Here a couple of photos from the excursion, more can be found in the Gallery.

Art/Science: Adapting to their environment (camouflage)

For our science unit this term we are looking at Desert Survivors, although we will be looking at Survivors in general and not just those in the desert.  The unit is about living things and how they have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive their environment.

We did a art/science lesson using Lord Howe Island Stick Insect models to show how these insects would have to adapt (focus on camouflage) to successfully live in a school environment. Below are two  examples of the artwork students have completed.


Narrative: Who is Ialocin Seer?

Online Art CreatorIalocin Seer was a young hunter from a lost tribe, in a lost time and on a distant world he new nothing about. His only companion was a computer generated autobot that would pop out from his wristpod every time he mentioned the words Icolainay Eesray. Ialocin was tall, balding and starting to develop a large belly from all the junk food that he managed to hunt down at the local Regrub Gnik. Ialocin was about to begin another hunt when ………

Who is Ialocin Seer?


Task 1:

  • Create a picture of your alternative self using ‘Build Your Wild Self ’ website. Print it out and stick it in your publishing book when you have finished writing your story.

Task 2:

  • Write a short 1-2 page narrative about a character who’s name is the same as yours, except BACKWARDS.
  • You also need to include a Pig Latin version of your name in the narrative.
    Pig Latin-  take the first letter of your name and put it at the end and then add ay. Do the same again to your last and even your middle name.
  • You can backwardify (this is not a word) places and objects.
  • You can, with permission, use your friends name as long as they are written in the same style.

Brainstorm – Write – Self Edit – PeerEdit – MrRees – Publish

Matchstick Puzzles

Puzzle 1: Remove 9 matches so that no square (of any size) remains.

Puzzle 2: Move 6 matches so that 5 squares are formed.

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