Multiculturalism on display at Prossie High
PROSERPINE State High School is embracing multiculturalism and recently hosted 15 Japanese students from its sister school in Asaaki-nishi Senior High School (Saitama).
The exchange students were housed by local families as part of a program which has been running since 1999 and has seen more than 200 students billeted.
Since they have been here the Japanese students have participated in ocean rafting, stand-up paddle boarding and attended trips to the reef and the Proserpine Museum.
The students were impressed by how spacious and green the school’s grounds were which was different to their busily congested country.
Asaaki-nishi’s group departed on Wednesday morning and Proserpine High is planning to repay the visit next year.
Proserpine High is also currently hosting Italian student Chiara Betti.
The 17-year-old from Milan is staying with Eva Lorenz’s family for three months.
Having studied English since she was six, Chiara is enjoying her time in Australia.
“It’s really good and the people are really nice,” she said.
“The weather is great, the beaches are good and I love the animals.”
Chiara hopes to return to Australia in the future, but for the time being she will remain in Proserpine for another two months.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Proserpine High School Japanese teacher Michael Doherty and Asaaka-nishi Senior High School Students Chihiro Sasaki, Mizuki Kamiya, Miyuki Tani, Tsuyoshi Kato, Rino Miyata, Marika Suzuki, Kakeru Kunou, Sekiya Miho, Mako Takeda, Nozomu Koshitaka, Fujitomi Himawari, Yuuna Takahashi, Hina Sugawara, Nao Kajima, Arisa Kamishima and teachers Ms Onishi and Ms Yoshida.
EDUCATIONAL HOLIDAY: Italian exchange student Chiara Betti and Proserpine High School's Eva Lorenz. Chiara is in the middle of a three month stint in Australia.