Ja­panese stu­dents visit

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A group of Ja­panese stu­dents got a taste of lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity dur­ing a nine day ex­change in Toko­roa re­cently.

The stu­dents from Misatokita High School near Tokyo were bil­leted to the homes of For­est View High School stu­dents and vis­ited sev­eral of New Zealand’s tourism hotspots dur­ing their stay.

For­est View High School deputy prin­ci­pal Steve English said the ex­change was part of an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with Misato-kita High School which goes back more than 15 years.

‘‘They bring a del­e­ga­tion of stu­dents over to us and the fol­low­ing year many of our stu­dents then go over to Ja­pan as the con­tacts have al­ready been es­tab­lished,’’ he said.

English said the stu­dents vis­ited Taupo, Ro­torua, and Wait­omo dur­ing their short stay.

‘‘They also go to the same classes as their bil­let but we do try to change them slightly so they are get a more prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause if their English is not very good there is no point in putting them in a class where it is all talk­ing,’’ he said.

The Ja­panese stu­dents were also wel­comed into the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil cham­bers by mayor Neil Sin­clair who said it was a plea­sure to have them in town.

‘‘One of the im­por­tant things that my coun­cil be­lieves in is that stu­dents, as they swap and change, meet and make new friends and we will all be the bet­ter be­cause of it,’’ he said.

PHOTO: LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

South Waikato mayor Neil Sin­clair wel­comes stu­dents from Ja­pan’s Misatokita High School in the coun­cil cham­bers.

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