Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism on dis­play at Prossie High

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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