As mentioned in a previous post, we had 2 teams from Woodend place 1st and 2nd in the district Hiragana Reading Competition in September, last term.

The Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of SA held a State Hiragana Competition, inviting those teams who placed in the top 3 of their district event.

Our 2 teams, Woodend  Sumos and Woodend Samurais were invited to represent our school and district. All 8 students, Jaxon, Kyara, Malaika, Zack, Genevieve, Lucas, Sophie and Spencer were excellent ambassadors for Woodend.

Samurais competing

Sumos competing

Our teams competed in both the first and second rounds, reading single hiragana characters and then 2 character words. They held their own while competing against some very strong competition. It was impressive to watch their skills.

The competition was extremely close with our students doing an excellent job in a highly competitive situation. It was wonderful to see our students not only being fierce competitors but also showed good sportsmanship throughout the whole competition.

After the first 2 rounds the top 6 teams went on to compete in the finals. Our Samurai team made it through to the Championship Round. This round consisted of 3 and 4 character words. After 2 rounds the total scores were added up from all rounds.

Congratulations to our samurais for placing 4th in the State.

4th places samurais

Well done sumos

All 8 of the Woodend students held their own during the whole competition and were excellent competitors and can hold their heads high and be very proud of their achievements.


Well done everyone.  たいへん よくできました。