Ja­panese en­joy ‘freestyle’ school

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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.

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