Japanese enjoy ‘freestyle’ school
The mess and chaos of Mosman Park Primary Schools’ Colour Run fun day had Japanese exchange students wondering about this strange cultural phenomenon.
Parents pelted their children with brightly-coloured cornflour (non-toxic of course) while they ducked and weaved doing teambuilding activities.
“The colour run was really fun because we don’t have that kind of festival or event in Japan,” Akari Ikeda (11) said.
“I thought it was fun but some of the girls were a little worried about getting their clothes dirty.
“I think Mosman Park is very freestyle compared to my school in Japan.”
Akari was one of nine Year 6 students on exchange from the Gunma Kokusai Academy (GKA), an international school in the city of Ota, about two hours west of Tokyo.
The eight girls and one boy lived with host families and attended classes for 2½ weeks.
It is the fifth year that the GKA students have visited the school and selected Mosman Park Primary School students also attendGKAforaweekeachJanuary.
Mosman Park Primary School Japanese teacher Fiona Blair said GKA students did half their schooling in Japanese and half in English.
“Their English language skills are among the best of all the exchange programs I’ve been involved with over the years,” she said.
Eleven Perth schools host full-immersion programs for GKA students, with Dalkeith Primary School, Wembley Downs Primary School and Kapinara Primary School among other local host schools.
Mosman Park P&C president Hannah Adams said it was an unexpected bonus that the exchange students were part of the school’s first colour run, organised by parents so children could have some Friday fun outside tackling obstacles and doing problem-solving.
“And for the grand finale at the end, all the Year 6s and the exchange students got to join the parents throwing the coloured powder over everyone,” she said.
The event helped to raise money for two outdoor pingpong tables.
Japanese exchange students Minori Monden (12), left, and Akari Ikeda(11) join in the Mosman Park Primary School’s Colour Run.