YOUR STORY: Classroom turns into Japanese sanctuary
On the 13th October, St Mary's College Year 9 and 10 Japanese students and Year 10 Food Technology students enjoyed a collaborative and interactive Japanese cultural experience.
Tanabata, also known as the "Star Festival", takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year, when, according to legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the Milky Way, are able to meet.
One popular Tanabata custom is to write wishes on a piece of paper, and hang them on a bamboo tree in the hope that the wishes become true.
The Tanabata Star Festival was celebrated in the culturally-rich Japanese classroom complete with a star encrusted Milky Way backdrop, paper lanterns and origami star baskets.
Students of Japanese made a 'wish upon a star' and tied their wishes to the wishing tree.
They also enjoyed delicious Japanese cuisine, provided by the Year 10 Food Technology students under the superb direction of Mrs Peta Allikas.
The audience enjoyed a traditional song and a dramatic performance in Japanese.