LOTE - Japanese

Japanese (or as your children should be able to tell you : Nihongo)


The classes are taken by Elphick Sensei who is at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  All children in years 3-6 take part in a one-hour class every week.

During the year students will be exposed to some cultural and geographical aspects of Japan, along with the language.  Emphasis is on oral work, but senior classes will also begin to learn the Hiragana script for both reading and writing.  For the junior classes, only Romaji (our alphabet) will be used.


In Term 1 the children learnt various phrases to be used in greetings and introductions.  A quick look was taken at more traditional Japanese housing, with the children learning some related vocabulary.


While there is no set homework for the Japanese classes, regular revision is advised.  With lessons only once a week, retention of learnt words and phrases is almost impossible without revision during the week.  This is especially so when more than one week passes between lessons (public holidays, school holidays, staff PD days).  A suggestion is for children to take home their Japanese folders, copy new words to paper that is kept at home, and take the folders back to class immediately, so they aren't forgotten for the next lesson.  The more often new words are written and read aloud, the better the chance of remembering them.

The motto for the Japanese classes:  Ganbarimashoo (Let’s all give it our best)!!


Uniform Order Form

Winter Canteen Menu

Online Canteen ordering

Book Club 

School Banking every Friday morning

Payments for any P&C activity is cash only. Please do not make any payments for the P&C to the school bank account.

Hillcrest Primary School

Phone: 9370 2330

2 Bay View Street
Bayswater WA 6053

Kindergarten: 9371 1438

Pre-Primary: 9271 5694

Canteen: 0413 418 037

Dental: 9271 7184


Class Bell Times
First Siren - 8.50am
Morning Tea - 10.25am to 10.45am
Lunch - 12.15pm to 12.50pm
School Ends - 3.00pm

Early Childhood 8.40am - 2.50pm

School Office Times
8.15am to 3.30pm