Warm welcome for Japanese students
PROSERPINE State High School is playing host to Japanese exchange students and teachers from their sister school in Japan to help them learn about regional life in Australia.
A group of 16 students and two teachers arrived from Asaka-nishi High School in the Saitama Prefecture, Japan, on Sunday.
The new arrivals were greeted by their host student families before settling into school the following day.
For the duration of their 10-day visit, students will participate in daily school life and a range of local attractions including ocean rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, Whitsunday Crocodile Safari and the Proserpine Museum.
Proserpine State High School Japanese teacher Michael Doherty said the exchange program broadened student horizons, enhanced the language program and broke down cultural barriers.
He said the school has hosted over 200 students from Asaka-nishi High School since 1999.
Year 12 Japanese student Josh Whatmough is hosting Year 10 student Kazuya Aizawa for the 10 days, welcoming him into his home and showing him what it is like to be a student at Proserpine State High School.
“It’s a really good learning curve because it improves our Japanese and their English so it is mutually beneficial,” he said.
“I would recommend learning a language and helping host a student to anyone.”
Proserpine State High School senior students proved they were the best Japanese linguists in the world when they took out first place at the Language Perfect World Championships 2013 ear- lier this year.
A number of students achieved exceptional individual results, particu- larly Year 11 student Eva Lorenz who placed 37th in the world for Japanese.
Students and teachers from Asaka-nishi High School will be returning to Japan on Wednesday, July 31.
NEW ARRIVALS: Asaka-nishi High School students Momoe Miseki, Ayano Sato, Yuki Yoshida, Mizuho Miura, Yuki Yamada, Ayaka Takeishi, Ayumi Imazawa, (back) Daigo Nakata, Rio Ichikawa, Minano Mori, Momoka Yomogida, Ayne Naito, Sarasa Tanaka, Sarasa Kaneko, and Kazuya Aizawa with teachers Takayuki Maehara, Makiko Hasegawa and Japanese Teacher Michael Doherty at Proserpine State high School on Wednesday.