All students from Year 4 to Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in Japanese classes.
The LOTE program (Language Other Than English) is taught from Year 4 and the students study a mix of Japanese language and culture. As the focus is on communication, lessons are based on speaking and listening skills with some written language.
Students begin learning hiragana characters - the basic Japanese alphabet. By Year 6, students are able to distinguish between, and use, all Japanese scripts (romaji, hiragana, katakana and kanji). Upper year level students develop their Japanese literacy by learning gradually more complex language to express themselves, in a variety of purposeful tasks.