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Wavell Vibrates to the sound of Taiko Drumming!

       December 2017

        In December 2017, we had the honour of hosting a Japanese Taiko (drumming) group for two days.
        They were from Mizuma High School, which is in Fukuoka, southern Japan. Read the full report here...


Haiku Competition

December 2017
Congratulations to our four 2017 House Haiku Competition Winners. 

As the trees sway by
In the dark, gloomy graveyard.
There was a young boy

by Aaron Year 9

In aqua they flow
Brushing against foamy waves
I find myself lost.

by Lauren Year 9

Nagasaki dead,
The whole country full of dread,
Japan will live.

by Jasper Year 8

Heavy Footsteps, still.
Then one shrill scream of dismay.
Another, taken.

by Leah Year 9

All 4 winning House Haikus and accompanying illustrations have now been put forward as offical entries into the 15th World Children’s Haiku Contest 2017 – 2018 as organised by the Japan Society  https://www.japansociety.org.uk/43217/haiku-contest-15/

Wavell and Shoei Summer Exchange

On Wednesday 26th July 2017, ten Year 10 students and 2 teachers participated in the University of Winchester’s Cultural Summer Exchange Programme 2017 with visiting students from Shoei High School in Tokyo. Read more...


Second Wave of WJEC Speaking Qualifications Awarded

Friday 3rd March 2017 was another very proud day for The Japanese Club. The second wave of students to pass a formal qualification in the language were presented with their certificates by Ms Rowley, our Head Teacher, and Mr. Greaves, Japanese Club Leader. The students’ achievements were then also celebrated at the Literacy Rewards Assembly on Monday 6th March.


Congratulations to Adam, Kalen, Elizabeth, Ybres, Heather and Rebecca who successfully passed WJEC Entry Level 3 Spoken Japanese – Communicating Personal Information.

We would like to thank the Japan Foundation for providing us with the practical and financial support for us to take the first two waves of tests and the textbooks which help so much with our language learning. The Japanese Club is delighted to announce that we are continuing on in with the programme and further students are now preparing for the next round of WJEC entries in May.


Happy New Year 2017

Ms Rowley, Head Teacher, and Miss Cossburn, Head of Year 10 & Languages Teacher, were delighted to join Mr. Greaves and the members of Japanese Club at our one of our first meetings in the New Year.

We asked Ms Rowley to officially unveil the scroll which we were delighted to receive from our friends at Shoei High School, Tokyo last summer, and is now framed and on display in Reception.

The scroll reads:

ぶいくおんあい (‘buiku on ai’)
“To bring up with tender loving care”
青島 瑠石
あおしま りゅうせき
Artist:  AOSHIMA, Ryuseki

Presented by Shoei Tokyo Girls’ High School
on the day of their first visit 19th July 2016


We look forward to meeting our friends from Shoei again in 2017.


Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu.

Happy Year of the Rooster