Friday, 15 May 2015

Japan Day


Origami, Calligraphy, Teriyaki, Sumo, Kendo – you name it, we had it… and all in a very Japanese way tocelebrate Whitley Academy’s second Japan Day on May 15th 2015. Teachers and pupils worked together to produce some wonderful work which is now showcased in the school and on our website; the day started with an assembly to highlight the importance of the link between Whitley Academy and the Kamokita High School in Coventry’s twin city of Hiroshima. The Japan Day for Year 8 also complimented the inaugural visit from the Japanese school to Coventry which took place in November last year, where 50 Japanese students were hosted by Whitley and experienced the very best in UK hospitality, as well as a visit to our beautiful and historic city centre.
Our Japan Day progressed last Friday with more experiences of creating artwork and reflecting on the similarities and differences in our two cultures as well as appreciating what a traditional school day would look like for a student in another country. From Geography to Catering; from Art to PE, the day culminated in a showcase of the excellent work produced and an opportunity for confident and brave students to share their experiences with their peers holding aloft examples of their hard work.

We are looking forward to welcoming the Kamokita High School again in November 2015 and students from current Year 8 will be their hosts; many thanks to all staff involved, to the student reporters and to Year 8 who worked extremely well and showed respect maturity and an understanding of another culture in a purposeful way.