Japanese language and culture program


At Ainslie School, students learn Japanese from Kindergarten to year 6 with the guidance of a Japanese language specialist teacher.

Ainslie’s Japanese program has an intercultural language learning orientation. Through it, students develop new ways of seeing and being in the world and learn more about themselves in the process.

At Ainslie, classroom teachers integrate Japanese language and culture in many ways.


Ainslie School has a strong relationship with the Embassy of Japan. Representatives from the embassy visit each year to support programs, celebrate events and acknowledge the achievements of our students. In return, Ainslie School is often represented at embassy events and students enjoy opportunities to visit the gardens and take part in cultural workshops.

Sister School Relationship

Ainslie’s connection with Japan dates back to 1964 when a sister school relationship was established with Nezu Elementary School, in Tokyo. Our current relationship with Tsubai Elementary School in Nara, was established in 1988. Each year, students enjoy opportunities to build on these international friendships in Japan.

Japanese Teaching Assistants

Ainslie’s language program is enriched by Japanese Teaching Assistants (JTAs), who are students of Kagoshima University in southern Japan. During their stay, they assist in classes and also improve their English skills through interaction with our community. Families at Ainslie School host our assistants.

The Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum underpins, Ainslie’s Japanese program, further information can be found on the ACARA website https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/languages/japanese/ and in each classes term overview.