Ex­change stu­dents get a taste of Oz life

South Western Times - - News -

A group of Japanese ex­change stu­dents has called Bun­bury home for the past two weeks, soak­ing up and learn­ing as much about our culture as they can.

The group of 20 Year 8 and Year 9 stu­dents from Bun­bury’s sis­ter city Se­ta­gaya were wel­comed on Septem­ber 11 and will de­part this Satur­day, hav­ing been hosted by Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar School stu­dents and their fam­i­lies.

Japanese English teacher Ayumi Maruyama said the trip had been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents.

“It’s been great, we’ve been hav­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences ev­ery day,” she said.

The group has been ex­plor­ing some of the South West’s land­marks, at­tend­ing classes at BCGS, go­ing to cul­tural events and hav­ing fun with their Aussie peers.

“Aus­tralia is fan­tas­tic,” Year 8 stu­dent Yui Fuk­a­bori said.

“I have seen kan­ga­roos, quokkas – lots of an­i­mals, I re­ally love them.”

The group ven­tured to Koom­bana Bay on Tues­day to try their hand at pad­dle board­ing be­fore en­gag­ing their hosts in a round of beach vol­ley ball and ven­tur­ing to Welling­ton Dam and Gnomesville.

On Wed­nes­day they vis­ited the Bethanie Maali Se­niors Cen­tre in Carey Park where they were given a tra­di­tional welcome by Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders, per­formed their own ver­sion of Waltz­ing Matilda and gave the cen­tre’s se­niors lessons in origami.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity cul­tur­ally, but also in­ter­gen­er­a­tional – it’s re­ally just lovely,” cen­tre coordinator Kathy Foster said.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Year 8 Japanese ex­change stu­dent Shun­suke Su­genuma tries his hand at pad­dle board­ing at Bun­bury’s Koom­bana Bay.

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