PUPILS at Windsor North School are being immersed in Japanese culture.
Teacher Sarah Fitzgerald said all of the senior school, 150 pupils, were taking part in the Asian Language Learning In School (ALLIS) programme.
More than 200 schools throughout New Zealand were taking part in the programme, which taught Mandarin, Korean and Japanese.
Mrs Fitzgerald was mentored by Midori Sasaki, who was based at Southland Boys’ High School.
Normally run in high schools and colleges, Windsor North School was the only primary school in Invercargill running the programme which came under the umbrella of Southland Boys’ High School, which was also using ALLIS.
As well as learning some Japanese language, the pupils were also learning other aspects of the culture, such as making sushi last week, with a variety of characters being made from the rice including cartoon character Hello Kitty and fish shapes.
Pupils had also learnt about Japanese houses, school, songs and would be taking part in Children’s Day celebrations at the end of term, Mrs Fitzgerald said.