Col­lege wel­comes Ja­panese stu­dents

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St Brigid’s Col­lege Hor­sham marked the start of its sixth Ja­panese cul­tural ex­change with Mat­sudo In­ter­na­tional High School at a wel­come cer­e­mony on Mon­day.

Staff and stu­dents of­fi­cially cel­e­brated the start of a three-week visit from 15 in­ter­na­tional ex­change stu­dents at a whole-school as­sem­bly.

Ja­panese lan­guage teacher Jeni Allen said the stu­dents ar­rived in Aus­tralia at the week­end, and would leave on Au­gust 8 – the open­ing night of the col­lege’s The Wizard of Oz.

She said the stu­dents were ex­cited to see the mu­si­cal in its fi­nal re­hearsal on their last day, as well as par­tic­i­pate in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a Roses Gap camp.

“They’re look­ing for­ward to camp. They’ll go with their Aus­tralian host brothers and sis­ters and try ab­seil­ing, bush­walk­ing and ca­noe­ing,” she said.

The Ja­panese stu­dents’ three-week itin­er­ary will also in­clude Aus­tralian cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties such as boomerang mak­ing and paint­ing, as well as vis­its to Nara­coorte and dis­trict farms.

Ms Allen said stu­dents were also ex­cited to ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent school life in Aus­tralia, in par­tic­u­lar, re­cess.

“They don’t have re­cess in Ja­pan,” she said. “They have a 50-minute les­son and then a 10-minute break, but there’s no re­cess, cer­tainly no eat­ing be­tween lessons. But they do have a 40-minute lunchtime.”

Ms Allen said 20 Aus­tralian fam­i­lies will host the stu­dents for their visit, be­fore col­lege stu­dents em­bark on their own ex­change in Ja­pan in about six weeks.

She said host fam­i­lies made the ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble and con­grat­u­lated peo­ple who had joined the ex­change pro­gram for mul­ti­ple years.

“We’ve got 20 host­ing fam­i­lies one way or an­other be­cause some fam­i­lies can’t do it for the whole three weeks,” she said.

“But noth­ing like this can hap­pen if we don’t have these host fam­i­lies.”

NEW FRIEND­SHIPS: St Brigid’s Col­lege stu­dent Sean Mcdon­ald, front left, wel­comes Toshi­hisa Ko­jima and his Ja­panese class­mates from Mat­sudo In­ter­na­tional High School fol­low­ing a whole school wel­come as­sem­bly. Picture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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