Re­la­tion­ship cul­ti­vates cul­tural ties

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

JA­PANESE ex­change stu­dents from The High School of the Univer­sity of Hyogo were in Perth re­cently to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of its re­la­tion­ship with Wil­let­ton SHS.

One of the old­est sis­ter school re­la­tion­ships in WA, the bond was es­tab­lished in 1998.

Since then, Wil­let­ton SHS stu­dents have made an­nual ex­cur­sions to Ja­pan, im­mers­ing them­selves in Ja­panese mu­sic, TV, food and way of life.

Dur­ing their twoweek stay in Perth, the Ja­panese stu­dents en­joyed a pic­nic at Kings Park and visit to Caver­sham Wildlife Park.

Wil­let­ton SHS deputy prin­ci­pal Nathan Har­vey said there was a large num­ber of Ja­panese lan­guage enrolments at the school.

“Host­ing Ja­panese ex­change stu­dents and pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to in­ter­act with Ja­panese speak­ers in our own com­mu­nity, we sup­port in-coun­try ex­pe­ri­ences to en­rich lan­guage learn­ing and the de­vel­op­ment of the stu­dents’ in­ter­cul­tural un­der­stand­ings,’’ he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Elishua Bala­sico, Chikara Kuroda, Kian Ng and Hana Takami. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d495285

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