- Ballarat Catholic Schools Karuta Competition
- Farewell Sho Sensei
Last Friday 13 students from Grade 3-6 represented St Columba’s at the Ballarat Catholic Schools Karuta Competition in three teams. These committed students have been in training for this competition all term!
Against fierce competitors, our teams competed in four rounds of the lightning fast card game that tests students’ listening skills, hiragana recognition, memory and reflexes. The students dressed in traditional “happi coats” and wore “hachimaki” around their heads, pracitised Japanese greetings and bowed to their opponents. They were treated to a sushi morning tea and took home Hakubaku noodles and other Japanese treats.
What a fantastic day!
It is with great sadness that we say “Sayonara” to Sho Sensei as he returns home to Osaka, Japan this week. Sho Sensei has made such a wonderful contribution to the Japanese program this year and he will definitely be missed. From greeting families on the deck in the morning to covering them in colour at the Colour Run, dancing in the School Musical to participating in the Ash Wednesday mass, Sho Sensei has embraced every opportunity to join the St Columba’s community.
A special thank you to the Barlow family, the Seneviratne family and the whole St Columba’s community for opening their homes and hearts to Sho Sensei during his time in Ballarat.
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