Land of the Ris­ing Sun’s his­tory beck­ons

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Lo­cal high school stu­dents will get a lit­tle slice of his­tory when their stud­ies take them all the way to Ja­pan next week.

A group of 35 Broome Se­nior High School stu­dents will em­bark on the third con­sec­u­tive over­seas trip as part of their “big his­tory” cur­ricu­lum, a course taught all over the world which ed­u­cates stu­dents about the his­tory of the uni­verse.

The lucky learn­ers will en­joy sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties and events in Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima, in­clud­ing dis­play­ing 1000 cranes at Hiroshima Peace Memo­rial Park. A to­tal of 25 Year 7 stu­dents, who are part of the ex­ten­sion pro­gram, will be joined on the 10-day trip by Year 10 lead­er­ship men­tors and four teach­ers.

Or­gan­iser and his­tory teacher Hay­den Brown said this would be a valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The best way to learn is by ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“We take the stu­dents to Ja­pan be­cause it’s a place that is truly mod­ern.

“Its new technology is blended with an­cient cul­ture.

“In con­junc­tion with their course, the stu­dents will ex­pe­ri­ence the present in a full-on, mod­ern way, then come back and make pre­dic­tions about the fu­ture of Broome and (the) planet in gen­eral.” While stu­dents are ex­cited about the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, they said Tokyo Dis­ney­land was the ac­tiv­ity they were most look­ing for­ward to.

Mr Brown, who also runs the ex­ten­sion pro­gram, said he was look­ing for­ward to tak­ing the chil­dren on the ad­ven­ture of a life­time. “I can’t wait for it,” he said. “The pro­gram is in its third year and we’ve sought feed­back and fine-tuned it, so this year is go­ing to be the ul­ti­mate trip.

“We’re re­ally mak­ing the most of what Ja­pan has to of­fer.”

The trip starts on Septem­ber 19 and the stu­dents will re­turn on Septem­ber 29.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Guisela Mo­rales, 13, Anna Martin, 12, teacher Hay­den Brown, Re­gan Tier­ney-Johns, 12, Mark Scorer, 12, and Matthew Pipe, 12, are ex­cited about the up­com­ing Ja­pan trip.

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