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Queenswood Haiku Challenge

Thursday 4 March 2021

Here are some of the entries for this year’s Haiku Challenge launched by the Japanese department last week. Pupils and staff were invited to write a poem about the easing of lockdown restrictions, our return to school and the first signs of spring.

Haiku usually contain a kigo, or seasonal word, which is a word or phrase linked to a particular season. Can you spot them in these Haiku?


Spring is really here!
All flowers blossom and bloom
The sun has arrived
Anna B
Year 7

Students and staff back
The grass of Trew lawn awaits
Sport in the spring sun!
Miss Bassett
Head of Year 7 and Teacher of PE

Online learning done
It's time to get together
Cup-a-soup awaits!
Mrs Kelley
Director of Drama

Dwarf Iris appears
Hibernation is ending
No more Google Meets
Ms Moore
Teacher of Japanese

Spring is almost here
Return to friends and learning
New shoots all around
Grace H
Year 7

Freedom at long last
Spring has sprung into action
Like blooming blossoms
Anne-Marie U
Year 11

Quarantine ended
Schools are opening with joy
And trees are blooming
Nesil G
Year 7

Happiness returns
New life is beginning as
Gold daffodils bloom
Mrs Looker
Head of Geography

Shoots push through the earth
Emerging from winter's grip
Sakura sparks joy
Ms Eastwood
Teacher of EAL


This week in Japan, girls have been celebrating Hinamatsuri – Dolls Day.

Hinamatsuri is a festival, on 3 March (03/03), to celebrate the health and happiness of girls. It is common to see public displays of ornamental dolls dressed in Heian-era fashions.

This week, pupils of Japanese have been introduced to the Doll Festival and its associated foods, decorations, and customs. Why not try your hand at some karaoke and sing along to this traditional folk song in Japanese about the festival (lyrics provided). 

You could also try your hand at some traditional Japanese crafts:

Japanese Doll Bookmark

Hinamatsuri Doll  

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