Japanese is taught from Reception to Year 7 at Belair Primary school and was the first school to teach the language beginning in 1987. Specific instruction time increases in length for students as they progress through the early years. Students from year 2 receive 90 minutes of instruction. Languages are a vital and important part of the IBPY program. The Japanese program is well resourced and well supported by the school community.
Since 1999, Belair Primary School and Momoyama Elementary School in Kyoto, Japan, have been sister schools. It’s main aim is to promote international friendship between Belair and Momoyama students and staff through an exchange program.
Every two years a group of 30 – 40 Middle School students with staff travel to Kyoto for approximately two weeks. The exchange is hosted in families homes and our students attend school each day. In the alternate year, Momoyama students and staff visit Belair. This has become an integral part of the program at Belair and receives strong support from the school community.