As a part of Japanese education at Woodend Primary School, we give our students various kinds of Japanese educational opportunities where possible.  This year Woodend Primary School hosted a very popular Japanese event called ‘Years 4/5 Obento Master’, a Japanese style lunch box making event.  This annual event is run by JLTASA (Japanese Language Teachers Association Board of South Australia) and only 8 students from one school are invited to participate.

Students were shown some photos and a video clip about Obento.  Then, in groups of two, students made an obento ( Japanese style lunch box) and did some learning activities. In their obento making activity, they were given a small box filled with rice and they used a variety of Japanese foods to design an obento.  The students made fabulous obento!  They learnt some obento related words and Japanese eating rules/manners in their learning activity including how to use chopsticks.

Students had a great time assembling their obento as you can see in those photos.  Some of them practised their possible obento at home prior to the event.  All the 8 students made a wonderful obento, and I am absolutely thrilled to say that Amelia H and Trent M won the first place and Ellyse M and Jessica N won the third place!

Congratulations to all the students and their families. An excellent effort and a job well done!

Woodley Sensei