30th September - 14th October
2017 was the year of another very successful Japan trip.
A group of 17 students; five Marian College girls and 12 SBHS students from Years 11-13, were fantastic ambassadors for the schools.
The students got along together well and were great at trying out new food, immersing themselves in the Japanese culture, and trying new things in general.
It was a full two weeks of travelling with early morning starts and late finishes. This was was tiring but very worthwhile for the students.
We visited Nagoya, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo.
In Nagoya, our sister school, Toho High School, provided us home-stays and opportunities for language exchanges at school; dressing the students up in kimono, organising club activity experiences etc.
Students made very close friendships with their home-stays. Some had hosted those students when they visited New Zealand in Term Three.
Our sister school in Hiroshima, Akiminami High School and our sister school in Tokyo, Meguro gakuin High School, also gave us warm welcomes at whole school assemblies. Lachlan Walsh (Year 13) gave an impressive speech in Japanese and the boys performed the School Haka led by Jacob Preston (Year 12). The schools also organised amazing day trips for us while we were there.
Overall, the trip went very well and I would recommend the continuation of these tours and the fostering of good relationships with Japanese schools.
The next Japan trip is scheduled for 2019.