From Sunday, 12 April until Monday, 27 April 2015 eight of our students in Years 10-12, three staff members and one guest of the College embarked on a cultural study tour of Japan for 15 days.
The group formed a strong, cohesive team in their travels around Japan. Highlights included Tokoyo, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Disney Tokoyo, Mt Fuji, the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Mijajima Island, Kiyomizu Temple and our sister school Sonobe in Kyoto. We also visited a Buddhist school in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Peace Park to lay 1000 paper cranes on behalf of the College. Our experience also included enjoying the hospitality of a two-night homestay experience at our sister School Sonobe High School.
Please click on this link to our Japan study tour blog to share our experiences of this remarkable opportunity.
What students say about the Japan Study Tour
"At first I was quite worried about meeting my host family, but at the end of the homestay experience I must admit I did not want to leave. My family was unbelievably kind and with them I made a lot of fun memories which will stay with me forever. My host family was also very helpful when it came to understanding the differences between Australia and Japan. To me, the homestay is, was, and will continue to be the most important part of my Japanese relations and adventures."
Jacob, Year 10 student
"My favourite highlight of the Japanese trip is when I stayed at the host family's place and I got to see my host sister Minori. We both went out to a famous shopping mall with my exchange sister Naho and spent majority time talking and getting to know each other more and did a lot shopping which was fun."
Nanthicha, Year 10 student
On Sunday, 14 April until Saturday, 27 April 2013 eleven of our students in Years 10-12, four staff members and two guests of the College embarked on a cultural study tour of Japan for 15 days.
Some of the places we visited were Tokoyo, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Disney Tokoyo, Mt Fuji, the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Mijajima Island, Kiyomizu Temple and our sister school Sonobe in Kyoto. We also visited a Buddhist school in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Peace Park where we layed 1000 paper cranes on behalf of the College. Our experience also included enjoying the hospitality of a two-night homestay experience.
Please click on this link to our Japan Trip blog to share our experiences of this remarkable opportunity.
“I found that the Japanese people have the utmost respect for their culture, and this made me want to try hard to uphold the same respect whilst in Japan. I felt extremely privileged to be welcomed into a Japanese family and for them to allow me to share their home. The homestay would definitely be the highlight of the trip for me and I also enjoyed the independence I experienced on the trip.”
Liam, Year 12 student
“The highlights of the Japan trip were definitely getting to experience Japanese culture through things such as their temples and delicious food. Disneyland was also a fun day."
Sian, Year 11 student
“The highlight of the Japan trip for me was the high school visits as everyone was so kind. And the second highlight for me was the gate floating on water as I was able to see how pretty it was and also take lots of good photos.”
Emily, Year 11 student
“The Japanese Trip was such an amazing experience for me. It’s always been a dream of mine to go to Japan and I’ve finally gone and experienced the wonders of such a marvellous country. Australia and Japan have their similarities, but there are quite a few differences between the countries and it was fantastic that I got to experience those differences for myself.”
Courtney, Year 11 student
“I really enjoyed my home stay experience. I appreciated the effort that was put in to make me feel welcome in my homestay families’ home. They also went to a lot of effort to show me around the local area.”
Justin, Year 11 student
“Tim, who is in Year 11, has been looking forward to this trip to Japan since he was in Year 8 and came back “bubbling with joy” from the experience. The very special support he had from all the teachers (especially Jo Matthews) enabled him to grow in confidence, responsibility and independence, exploring a beautiful culture and sharing in building new friendships within unique circumstances. It has enriched his life and he plans to return to Japan in the future.
I would like to congratulate Pam Ronan, Vanessa Grave and Simon Nicholas for such a well organised tour with so many wonderful moments and providing our kids with a secure basis from which they were able to thrive over the 15 days they spent in Japan.”