Children at Roberts McCubbin begin their Japanese language learning journey in grade 3 and continue through to grade 6. Children spend 1 hour per week in our dedicated Japanese room studying the language and culture of Japan. When children enter this space they are encouraged to move into "Japanese Mode", taking their shoes off in the genkan and putting them neatly on the racks and sitting at lowered tables on zabuton floor cushions.


For up to date information and resources related to our Japanese program please visit our WIKI by clicking on the image of the home page below.













Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss any aspect of our Japanese Curriculum in further detail.





Did you know that the City Library is acquiring a Japanese collection? They already offer 8 Japanese magazines for loan. They are: Kateigaho; Orange Page; Sweet; Kera, Fruits; Ribon; Men's Nonno and Shonen Jump.  The library is happy to accept suggestions from the public as to what Japanese books, magazines, CDs and DVDs they would like to see in the collection. The City Library is a good place to read, study, or just hangout with friends. The library is located very centrally at 253 Flinders Lane. It is open 7 days a week. It is only closed on public holidays such as Christmas and New Year. Opening hours are between 8 am and 8 pm from Monday to Thursday. On Friday they are open from 8 am to 6 pm; Saturdays are from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sundays are from 12 noon to 5 pm. To access the library website go to <http://www.melbournelibraryservice.com.au/




Anyone who has lived in Japan would have tales to tell of their expensive addiction to the One Hundred Yen Shop. These wonderful shops are everywhere in Japan. Similar to our $2 or Reject shops they differ in that EVERYTHING really is 100 Yen- about $1.00 or so Australian (depending on the exchange rate). Recently, a Japanese style 100 Yen shop called TOKUYA opened in the city. I popped in to have a look on the weekend and was amazed to discover that it is indeed a real life Japanese 100 Yen shop playing Japanese pop music and stocking all sorts of goodies, including household goods, stationary, origami paper, cosmetics and lots more. It felt very authentic when I walked in as the shop assistant was chatting to a customer in Japanese.


The only difference is that everything is either $2.50 or $3.50.


You can find TOKUYA underneath iContact Optometrist on Burke Street between Russell and Swanston Streets near the Target Centre and JB HiFi.


They are open 7 days, Sat-Wed 10am-8pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-9pm.


Their number is 9650 9470.


Japanese Folk Tale Performance



This year our traditional multicultural day grew into a week long festival which provided students with a range of opportunities to investigate the way folk stories are used in different cultures to teach positive values.


On Thursday the 24th of March children attended a performance by Anne Norman of the traditional Japanese tale of “The Rolling Rice Ball”. Anne came to us very highly recommended and performed both an educational and entertaining show.


During the festival, the children also made a Japanese rice ball to bring the story to life.



The Rolling Rice Ball By Anna K


On the 24th of March, the students at Robbie Mac went to see a marvelous performance called “The rolling rice ball”. We all went to the hall at 9:30.


I could see already, that all the students were enjoying the show. An actress called Anne Norman performed the show. Just thinking about the name made me feel like this show was going to be great. Anne is a great performer, she really entertained the kids and made them laugh a lot.



The story was about an old man and an old woman. Each day the old woman would pack some rice balls for the man and he would eat them in his field.



One day when he was eating a rice ball, it rolled away into a mouse hole. The mice sang, made rice cakes and said that he could choose out of a small and large box to take home. The man took the small box and said thank you, and went home to tell his wife about the great adventure he had. They both opened the box and inside was lots of money and jewellery. Their greedy, prying neighbors next door heard all about the story. The greedy lady said to the greedy man to go find the mouse hole. So the lady packed some rice balls.


When then the greedy man found the hole he dropped one of his rice balls into it. The mice invited him in, sang and gave him rice cakes but he was rude and didn’t even say thankyou, he just asked for presents. They let him choose between the small and large box. He took both of them. The mice quickly scattered and all off the lights went out. The greedy man was stranded forever underground.


The moral of this story is nothing good comes out of greed.


The Performance by Maddie C, 56D


Anne Norman came to Roberts McCubbin Primary School. Who’s Anne might you ask? Well, Anne is famous for playing a traditional Japanese flute all over the world! That’s right all over the world, and she came to our school to perform. The performance was great, she got all the kids involved, and they all had a ball.

There was a lot of humour going on in there!



Anne performing was part of Roberts McCubbin’s Culutral Diversity week. Anne performed a traditional story from Japan, called the Rolling Rice Ball. It was so much fun!


Kids were involved like this…


Some kids go up and made background noises, some danced and some just so involved with laughing!


So it all turns out that we all had a great time


By Maddie.C


Japanese News


みなさん、おひさしぶり です ね!

おやすみ は たのしかった でしょう!


Once again I have left it too long between contributions to the newsletter and now have a long list of things to tell you about!




Towards the end of last term Hana of ¾ M was the first ever Roberts McCubbin student to represent our school at the Annual Junior Japanese Speech Competition held at Wesley College in South Yarra. Hana put a phenomenal amount of work into her preparation for the contest, learning a set speech off by heart as well as writing her own speech about her experience hosting refugees from the Tsunami and learning it off by heart. As well as class time and lunch times spent with myself and an assistant teacher from Deakin University Hana spent a number of lunch times working with Mrs Foley leading up to the contest learning to project her voice confidently and many hours at home memorising her speeches. Although Hana does speak Japanese at home it was a new challenge for her to speak in a more formal style of Japanese as required in the contest.


Hana performed her speeches confidently and without the use of notes projecting her voice without a microphone right to the back of a lecture theatre! This really was a wonderful achievement and Hana should be extremely proud.


Thanks must go to Mrs Foley as well as Hana’s parents for their support in helping Hana prepare and get to the contest.




You may have noticed some new faces around our school last term? This year I have been working to build a mutually beneficial partnership with the International Division of Deakin University and Roberts McCubbin and a number of great opportunities have come about as a result of this partnership.


One of which is that four Japanese International students studying undergraduate courses at Deakin have begun spending a day per week each assisting in Japanese lessons, providing students with the opportunity to ask questions of young native speakers of Japanese and of course practise their Japanese! A number of RMPS students are working on interviews with the Deakin students which they will publish in up-coming newsletters, so stayed tuned. Please say hi to the Deakin students if you see them around school and make them feel welcome, they are volunteering their time to share their culture.




Australian National Sumo Championships 2011 and Taiko Drumming

Date: 15th October, Saturday

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00pm

Place: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Hosted by: Victorian Sumo Association

Admission: Adults $5.00 children (under 16) Free


Sumo competitions by weight division for men, women and juniors, also open and team events.

State representatives and athletes from across Australia will compete, also a team from New Zealand and other international athletes by invitation.


New athletes of any nationality or sport are also welcome to compete, contact the Victorian Sumo Association.


Weight divisions:

Men: under 85kg, under 115kg, over 115kg

Boys: under 75kg, under 100kg, over 100kg

Women: under 65kg, under 80kg, over 80kg

Girls: under 60kg, under 75kg, over 75kg


For further information about the competition and training please contact:

Victorian Sumo Association 0411 757 335

Australian Sumo Federation 0400 969 399 http://sumoaustralia.com.au




1 - 6th December 2011


There are a some G rated films this year as well as some PG rated ones that may be suitable 5/6 children.


Check out the website below for more information. The synopsis of the movies is on the website but screening times and dates have not been released yet, though will be any day now. You will need to book tickets quickly once they are released as they always sell out.




This movie in particular has been highly recommended……..





Can you domesticate a Samurai?


A mother and son are forced to look after a samurai who has found himself in the present day through strange circumstances. To earn his keep, the samurai becomes a housekeeper, and stays home to cook, clean and take care of the little boy. The samurai finds he enjoys cooking and discovers that he has a remarkable talent for making extraordinary cakes and puddings which everyone loves. This heart-warming film gives a tongue-in-cheek insight to the blurring of traditional and modern Japanese culture while touching on the ever-changing roles of men and women in modern times.



Recently the Education Minister, Martin Dixon visited Roberts McCubbin PS. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the one thousand paper cranes program that our students have recently been involved in as part of their Japanese LOTE program. The children have been making the cranes in order to support the people and in particular, the children of Japan following the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami.



Following the visit Mrs Pickburn, our school Principal was invited, along with Kelly Vimpani our Japanese teacher to take a small group of students to meet the Japanese Consul General, Mr Kotake. On behalf of the school, the children presented him with over 700 paper cranes that students had made, a book full of messages of support and also the cheque for $711.40 that is what was raised through the gold coin appeal during our Multicultural Week.


Vimpani 先生