Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 Award Ceremony on March 28th! It was an absolutely wonderful day and it was fantastic to see so many students, teachers and supporters there.
You can read a full report from the event on the Japan Foundation London website here . Additionally, there are more photos from the event on our Facebook page, and even a story about the contest on the Wiltshire Times website!
In summary, the winning schools were as follows:
- GOLD PRIZE: Hockerill Anglo-European College – "Japanese at Hockerill"
- SILVER PRIZE: Greenford High School – "Admire Japan"
- BRONZE PRIZE: Holbrook Primary School – "Japan Year at Holbrook Primary School"
- PRIMARY SCHOOL PUBLIC VOTE AWARD: Prince Rock Primary School – "Japanese Club"
- SECONDARY SCHOOL PUBLIC VOTE AWARD: Bexley Grammar School – "Bexley Grammar Japanese Website"
A huge OMEDETOU GOZAIMASU (Congratulations) to all five schools on their success!
Make sure you take a look at all 20 fantastic entries to the Webpage Contest here.
About the Japan Webpage for Schools Contest
We know that many schools are teaching Japanese or doing other projects about Japan, and we want to hear more about it.
This contest is open to any UK school that is teaching Japanese or doing any kind of project related to Japan. Your school does not need to be teaching Japanese to enter the contest.
To enter the contest, all you need to do is make a simple webpage about the work that your school is doing with Japanese or Japan. This could be a blog, a wiki, or a page that's part of your school's website.
Your webpage could feature:
- A project with your Japanese partner school
- A report on your school's visit to Japan
- A report on your school's Japan Day
- Japanese or Japan-related resources that you have made to help your students
- Japanese language work made by students
- Other Japan-related work by students, e.g. from geography, history, art, sports, music, intercultural understanding, cross-curricular lessons
- Students' experiences of learning Japanese or about Japan
- An overview of Japanese at your school
...and much more. Click here to see winning entries from the past contests.
All entries to the contest will be featured on this website. You will also have your chance to vote for your favourite shortlisted entries, in our online voting poll.
Cash prizes and other prizes will be awarded to the best entries. Click here for more information.
The aims of the contest are:
- To showcase the various Japan-related projects that UK schools are doing, in order to inspire teachers in other schools, and promote the teaching of Japanese and about Japan to the wider community.
- To raise the profile of Japanese and Japan within the school, and motivate schools already teaching Japanese or doing Japan-related projects to continue this excellent work.
- To motivate the students who have been involved in learning Japanese or about Japan at the school.
We hope that the contest will benefit participating schools, for example by contributing to teachers' and students' intercultural understanding, cross-curricular awareness and ICT/Computing skills.
The contest is organised by the Japan Foundation London. The Japan Foundation is Japan's principal organisation for promoting international cultural exchange.