Sports Day Gallery

Here are some more photos of the day.

Sports Day

Our Sports Day was inspired by Allen Say’s book, ‘The Bicycle Man’.


Sports Day

Our sports day this year had a Japanese theme!  Allen Say’s book about growing up in Japan after the second world war gave us some ideas.  His story, ‘The Bicycle Man’ is about a sports day at his village primary school.  We were inspired by the story and his illustrations to create our own Japanese style event.




Roger Day: More Photos

Here is a gallery of Roger Day’s visit.


Roger Day- Storyteller

Roger Day the storyteller came to school to tell us stories from Japan.  He visited every class and told each one a different story.  Not only did he tell us stories he left us with a challenge: retell the story in your own way, using whichever medium you wish.

We set about turning his stories into our stories!  Roger spent two days in school with us, plenty of time to tell lots of stories.  All of his stories were traditional stories that would be known to Japanese children.  This connects with our Big Read project.  We based this project on ‘Japanese Children’s Favourite Stories’ by Florence Sakade.  Roger does not read stories, though.  He ‘tells’ stories.  This is an important part of his work.  He believes that stories work best when they are spoken. We became storytellers, too, by working with Roger.

Roger at work!

Roger at work!

We have been so busy!

It has been a while since we added a blog entry but we have been very busy working on our Japan Year at Holbrook School.

In this and the next few posts we will bring you up to date with our work.  The most important news to report is that our friends at Hitachi in Trowbridge arranged a visit to us from Yoko who works for Hitachi at their London Head Office.  Yoko came to school to take part in our Japanese lessons.  She was accompanied by Joy from the Trowbridge office.

Joy and Yoko visited school. They are pictured here with Duke Sensei (centre)

Joy and Yoko visited school. They are pictured here with Duke Sensei (centre)



In the News!

We appeared in the Wiltshire Times!  Here is the full text.

Wiltshire Times

AFTER being shortlisted as the only primary school in the UK to be in the Japanese Foundation UK Awards, Holbrook Primary School in Trowbridge is celebrating achieving third place.

Since September, the children have been learning the Japanese language and the whole year has been designated Japan Year so that children, staff and parents can learn more about the country.

After receiving their awards, the 10 schools were then invited to give a short presentation to guests from the British Council, the Association of Language Learning and the Japan Foundation. The four youngsters from Holbrook chose to do theirs as a short drama presentation.

As well as a trophy they also received gift tokens, books and CDs on Japanese and origami paper, which headteacher Roger Whitewick said is going to come in useful as they are working on a project to create 1,000 cranes using the paper and have so far made 300.

Once completed they will go on show in the school before being given to Japanese company Hitachi, which has its headquarters in the town.

Presentation at the Japan Foundation Award Ceremony

Ayman, Chloe, Tommy and Annabelle went to London to collect our award on behalf of the school.  We were asked to give a short presentation about our blog and website and they decided to do this in the form of a short drama.  You can see from the pictures that they were quite dramatic.


Bronze Award

Here are some photos of our pupils accepting the Third Place award in the Japan Foundation Website Awards on 28th March.  Tommy, Annabelle, Chloe and Ayman went to London to the Institute of Education to accept the award on behalf of the school.

Third Place!

Holbrook was nominated for an award by the Japan Foundation for our blog!  At the ceremony in London on 28th March we were presented with the trophy for third place.  We also received a cheque for  £100.00 and many prizes.  Look out for the next few entries when we will tell you about our day out in London.