The pace in the Languages Faculty has not slowed since the annual cultural events of Term 1 including Minmin Huang celebrating her wedding day! To complement the daily classroom learning there have been a myriad of excursions, cultural activities, visits from our sister school in Japan and this year it was the German students’ turn to travel abroad for a jam-packed learning experience in Germany!
Japanese Assistant teacher Term 3
Ayana Yamamoto joined the Pulteney Japanese classes in term 3 from Shoin University in Kobe Japan. She really enjoyed contributing to the Senior Japanese classes and doing Gyoza cooking with the Middle School students and traditional scroll making and calligraphy with the Yr 10 class. The Year 12 class enjoyed the time spent chatting in Japanese and gaining first hand knowledge of their In-depth Study.
Himeji School visit
At the start of Term 3, several families from Years 10 and 11 hosted students from Himeji High School. Activities included excursions to the Adelaide Museum, Rundle Mall, and Cleland Wildlife Park. The students also took part in a cultural lesson for Humanities and an Austrailan Art lesson where they learnt more about Aboriginal culture.
Japanese Film Festival
In Week 4, students from the Year 9 classes will attended the Japanese Film Festival. This involved participating in a fun quiz session and then watching the new movie ‘今日も嫌がらせ弁当’.
We are delighted that Maximillian Soester and William O’Dea will head to Alzenau in November after receiving exchange scholarships from the The Josef Landherr and Hermann Thumm Foundation to attend school over Summer. Hugo Howell-Meurs has also been awarded a two month exchange with the SA-Bavarian Student Exchange Program for German immersion, and we look forward to the arrival of his exchange partner next term.
Meanwhile, we have been lucky to host 5 German exchange students during Terms 2, 3 and 4, all of whom contribute valuably in our languages classes.
Hosted by the Neuhaus Family, Annabelle Wettmann, is currently making the most of all that’s on offer while here from Aachen. A keen equestrian rider, Annabelle is fortunate to train and compete during her three month stay, but has also jumped straight into our broad Year 10/11 curriculum.
The South Australian German Teachers’ Association (SAGTA) awarded Charlotte Moseley the Goethe Prize for top German Student in South Australia for 2018!
Dumpling Lunch (FL & ZW)
At the start of Term 3, delicious fried dumplings were cooked to welcome new international students and a short-term-stay student from China and to say good luck to Year 12 international students with their final semester at Pulteney.
Mooncake Making Activity
In Week 8 Term 3, our Year 7 Chinese students made some mooncakes with help from Chinese students and parents to celebrate Mid-autumn Festival. All students enjoyed the session because all the mooncakes were gone!
Lantern Making Activity (MMH)
The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, takes place each year on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, which fell on Friday September 13th this year. To celebrate, the Kurrajong students made paper lanterns during their Mandarin class. Lanterns have been associated with the festival since the Tang dynasty, and symbolise family reunion and good fortune. Like many traditional festivals in China, Mid-Autumn Festival has an associated legend. Our Kurrajong students enjoyed listening to the story of Chang er and Hou yi, but felt sad as Chang er was flying to the moon.
Our exchange students, Benedict and Karoline (above) cooking up a storm for the senior language students - including Year 10, who loved their Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian pancakes)!
German Day Out at the University of Adelaide
While 11 senior students ventured to Germany in September, 13 others enjoyed a midweek language immersion with 250 other SA students at the biennial 2019 German Day Out. Held at the University of Adelaide, our students valued hearing the breadth of overseas study and tertiary exchange opportunities on offer from four current uni students who have advantageously tied their (advanced or beginner) language studies with degrees such as Economics, Engineering, Psychology and Law. Following the guest speakers, Frau Chapple hosted the traditional quiz and our students enjoyed a full program of German film, food and language workshops.
Recently, the Year 9 students were taken to Mugen House, a local Japanese restaurant for lunch. They were able to try some delicacies such as tempura, sushi and yakitori. Additionally, students had the opportunity to drink green tea.
We are very proud of our Year 12 Language Students who have all proven themselves to be resilient, empathetic and globally focused learners.
The Pulteney Languages Team
Learning Area Leader Languages
Elizabeth Simpson Smith
Mandarin Teacher (R-6)