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From 27 July to 2 August, 17 students from our Japanese sister school Tokorozawa Nishi High School visited Footscray City College.
During this time, our visitors had the opportunity to stay with a local host family and join in classes with FCC students who are studying Japanese. We enjoyed a combination of language games in both English and Japanese, and FCC students had the opportunity to brush up on their Japanese conversation skills. We also learned some Japanese arts and crafts such as origami and shodo (calligraphy).
We enjoyed a BBQ feast for the farewell party on 1 August, where both FCC and Tokorozawa Nishi students performed songs in Japanese.
Our students learned a great deal about Japan and intercultural communication from the visit, and I know that the 20 students who are departing on the Japan trip on 12 September are now even more excited about the adventure!
Thank you to Will Blakeley, Rob Cust and Adam Taylor for your help, as well as all the students who kindly volunteered to be buddies to the students from Tokorozawa Nishi.
Amelia Hawkins, Japanese language teacher