KIZUNA- Message of Hope!

Last week, Miss Y sent a special message out to the teachers at our school about a special project:

 KIZUNA- A message of hope.  

KIZUNA is the Japanese word for “solidarity” or “tie”. 

UNESCSO is asking school children from around the world  to write a message of hope on a postcard, to both teachers and children that have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.  They hope the postcards will be a sign that we are with them and thinking of  people of Japan.

Over 7000 schools were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami.  UNESCO needs 30,000 postcards to be sent.

Mrs. Mosbauer and Ms. Tieppo and other classes at our school, decided to take on the project. 

We had a mini focus on Japan in our own classroom so that we could understand more about the special place that Japan is. 

 First we invited a guest speaker.  Haruna from Year Four is from Japan and she told us about Japanese culture and why Japan is such a beautiful place. 

We then wrote our messages of hope and made our own postcards.  We tried to include happy pictures and symbols to try to cheer up the children and the teachers in Japan.  We have included some of our messages in our slideshow.  Miss Y will be posting all our postcards before the 31st July.

Mrs. Mosbauer helped us with all the Japanese Art activities.  We made some origami pets and crumpled pink paper to make Cherry Blossom trees.  We will keep the Cherry blossom trees on our prayer table to remind us to keep the people of Japan in our thoughts and prayers.  We also made our own mini fact book about Japan using some information books from our LRC.  It was also fun folding paper fans which were heart shaped.

We will always think about this special project and hope that we can bring a smile to the children of Japan! 

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8 thoughts on “KIZUNA- Message of Hope!

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  2. Konnichiwa 2TM,

    Didn’t we have fun doing the different activities. I had to scratch my head of few times when trying to work out the origami activity.
    Marc, I am pleased you liked working in a group when making the cherry blossom, it is nice to work with different people and you are a good team member.
    We were lucky to have Haruna come to our class and speak to us about Japan.

    Sayonara Mrs. Mosbauer

  3. Hi Ms Teippo and Mrs Mosbauer,
    I had fun making the cherry blossom because we got to work with a group. I like the origami, we folded the paper in a triangle. We folded the things we made from the paper
    with the white paper and for the penguin started with the coloured side.
    I learnt that Tokyos train is the fastest train in the country.

    Tokyo has lots of lights in their city.
    From Marc 🙂

  4. Konnichiwa Miss Y,

    Thank you for leaving us a lovely comment on our blog. Our Japanese week was lots of fun.

    Matthew G loved making the cherry blossom trees. Mitchell was interested in how we make origami from a square piece of paper. We also learned that Belen has her own kimono.

    How is your blog doing? How is the new library going?
    Riley is wondering what your library will look like!

    Sayonara from all of us in 2TM 🙂

  5. Dear 2TM, Mrs Mosbauer and Ms Tieppo

    Thank you so much for participating in the “Kizuna” postcard project. The beautiful messages on your postcards will bring hope to the hearts of many Japanese children and big smiles to their faces when they know you have been thinking of them all the way in Australia.

    What a wonderful week you have had learning about Japan! I’m sure Haruna had lots of interesting information to share with you. Your cherry blossom trees are so delicate and it’s a lovely idea to keep them on your Prayer table. I loved your heart-shaped fans and your origami pieces were very creative!

    What did you enjoy most about your week of Japanese activities?

    Miss Y 🙂

    PS I will make sure I post your postcards on time!

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