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Japan Exchange Success

14/07/2017
During the June/July holidays nineteen students from years 10 – 12 ventured to a land far away to embark on a wonderful adventure to Japan.  The main focus of our visit was to continue and enhance our relationship with our sister school, Fudooka High School. Fudooka High School, located in Kazo City (about 80 minutes from Tokyo) is an exceptional school and we were made to feel very welcome.  Each day we experienced daily life in a Japanese high school.  Students attended classes, such as music, art, calligraphy, culture and other subjects with their ‘buddy’.  We participated in a school assembly (introducing ourselves in Japanese) and were entertained by the school choir, wind orchestra and other performers such as Kendo (traditional martial art) and the Koto (Japanese harp).  But most importantly we made new friends and learnt about a different culture.  
Some of our most memorable experiences:
·         Homestays with a Japanese family – experiencing the real Japanese lifestyle – we loved the food!
· Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo Tower in Tokyo – two landmarks of Tokyo
· Toshogu Shrine at Nikko – amazing – over 55 temples and shrines. Walking up the 200 stairs to view the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
·         Edo Wonderland at Nikko – watched an exciting Ninga and Samurai show. On the way to Edo Wonderland we saw two monkeys crossing the road! They were very cute with red faces and red bums!
·         Shopping and more shopping – in malls, Tokyo, Disneyland and every place we stopped! We even went to Harajuka – very crowded but worth the experience and shopping opportunities!
·         Participating in a traditional tea ceremony and wearing traditional Japanese clothes
·         Visited JAXA – Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency – we saw the control room that communicates with the International Space Station and NASA.
·         Visited Cyberdyne– a facility where people can get in touch with the most advanced robotic technologies. Our students even tried using a robotic arm.
·         Elementary school visit – well prepared and exciting lessons delivered by KSHS students about Australian landscapes, animals, sports, currency and Kingaroy.
·         Visiting Kazo City Council offices and meeting the Mayor. During a break in the rain they let us go on the roof to see views over Kazo City. On a clear day you can even see Mt Fuji.
·         Tokyo Disneyland – the happiest place in the world – we all had loads of fun!
·         Using vending machines – they sell everything in a vending machine!
·         Wearing slippers at school
·         Singing the school song ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ – I think we got better each time!
·         Teaching Fudooka students ‘Home Among the Gum Trees’ and ‘Nutbush’. We are terrific singers and dancers!
·         The view from the 18th floor of the Central Plaza building in Tokyo – amazing!
 
 
The recipient of the Ballin-Takita Award was Millicent Knudson. This award is presented to a student who embodies the spirit of the tour; building the relationship between the two schools by always being committed and passionate about the program, having a positive attitude, embracing the culture, enthusiastic participation in all school activities.
Students who travelled to Japan:
Britney Bethke, Brayden Canniford, Teagan Corrigan, Sophie Forsyth, Emily Hutton, Jayde Kilgour, Millicent Knudsen, Montana Lane, BrittneyMcDougall, Meghann Plant, Byron Scrivens, Brittney Sempf, Jordan Sonter, Sarah Tarlinton, Laura Tessmann, Cohen Treloar, Perlena Wesener, Brianna Wilson, Beth Wright.
Thank you students for the respect, responsibility and resilience displayed throughout the trip. 
Mrs Rebecca Watson, Mr Steven Corstiaans, Miss Briony Hendrickson