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Japanese Study Tour Visit

During Term 3 we welcomed 15 junior high school students from Minato-ku in central Tokyo. These students were selected for the week long study tour and were hosted by Year 7 – 9 Japanese and Chinese Language students and their families.

During their time in Perth they participated in a range of classes at the College which included making Anzac biscuits in a cooking class, dot painting in art and video making in media. The students thoroughly enjoyed their time in those classes and were impressed with the facilities at the College.

Another highlight of the tour involved host students competing with their Japanese visitor in a game of bowling followed by laser tag at Darklight. Unfortunately they didn’t get to enjoy lunch at Neil Hawkins Park that day, but did get to see some terrific wintery weather instead!

All host families congregated at a farewell party where the Japanese students put on a fantastic display of Japanese culture including art, music and dance. While their farewell was sad emotionally, the moon came out from behind the night sky to help say goodbye. Thank you to all students, host families and staff that were involved in this event.

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Having a Japanese student is a wonderful and exciting experience. My student’s name was Miyu and she was a pleasure to have stay in my house. She spoke very good English, was polite and loved western food. When she was here we went to AQWA, Kahuna Wildlife Park and Hillarys. She loved them all. It is something I look forward to doing again. Miyu loved Australia and I think all of the other students did too. It was a great experience for both the Japanese students and the host families.

Vanessa S (Year 7)