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Japanese Culture Comes to Beech House

Monday, 21 March 2011

Beech House pupils are getting a taste of Japanese culture as a Japanese student is undertaking a work placement at Bolton School.

As part of a programme run by the University of Manchester's Language Centre, Yuka Sugawara, a 2nd year student majoring in Economics at Soka University in Tokyo, is spending four weeks at the School working with pupils of all ages.

During her time at the school Yuka has been working with Beech House infants, assisting with play and reading and demonstrating Japanese customs and activities to the children such as the tea making ceremony, making typical foods and tasting, origami or craft projects, Japanese customs, children's stories, and calligraphy. At Hesketh House Juniors she has been taking sessions with students on Origami, brush painting and Japanese writing. She has also been working with Year 8 girls in Geography lessons to help them learn about Japan, Year 7 girls in Art lessons showing them how to write their names in Japanese calligraphy, and helping out with the Year 8 Japanese Club running fun half hour sessions on Japanese phrases, dress, food and film.

Yuka has been studying English for 8 years began her course at the University of Manchester's Language Centre at the end of January. The work placement period at Bolton School began on Monday 28th February and will last until Friday 25th March.

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Japanese Student Yuka Sugawara

Yuka helps out the children with arts and crafts

Japanese Student Yuka Sugawara