Te Reo Hapanihi

Through interactive activities, such as role-playing, language exercises, and exposure to authentic media, students not only acquire language proficiency but also develop an understanding of the broader cultural context. Students also learn the Japanese writing systems of hiragana and katakana, as well as basic kanji characters.

For your junior classes, you will get a fun taste of Japanese language and culture. We play games and sing songs at an interactive level.

Meet my neighbour, Totoro! In these 9/10 classes, you will have the opportunity to find out about Anime and Japanese storytelling (and listening). What will you do in Japan? How about communicating with a pen-pal?

Continue on your journey to becoming bilingual. You will gain confidence and motivation as your Japanese vocabulary and cultural understanding increase. You will also have the opportunity to use your skills when you travel to Japan!

Future learning and careers with
  • International Business Consultant
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Educator
  • Cultural Liason
  • Diplomat/Foreign Service Officer
  • International Business Specialist
  • Tour Guide
  • Air Hostess
  • Localisation Specialist
  • Journalist or Correspondent specialising in Japanese affairs
  • Travel Consultant

I've got the best job ever! I have the opportunity to both teach and learn about other languages and I get to travel. Come join the adventure and start by learning a little Japanese!

Eric Lindblom
Where we teach



All aspects of practical learning.

Recently renovated and cleverly designed to maximise a light and airy indoor/outdoor balance, our Technology buildings share open air patio spaces between the purpose designed classrooms.


Events & Activites


The highlight for students taking Japanese is the opportunity to participate in the bi-annual trip to Eniwa, Hokkaido, Japan (Timaru District Sister City). They also get opportunities enter local and regional language competitions, meet Japanese exchange students visiting New Zealand and experience Japanese culture through inter-school-run activities and events.

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