Warm wel­come for Ja­panese stu­dents

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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