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International Visitors at Stanthorpe State High School

9/08/2018

Students from ​​Cividale del Friuli in Italy

​At the beginning of this term, the Stanthorpe State High School community was very excited about the arrival of students and staff from Ueno High School in Japan. Ten families kindly offered to host the students for their eight night stay in Stanthorpe. The students, aged between 15 and 17, were completely immersed in the Australian culture and way of life. In addition to attending some classes with their host buddies, the Japanese students enjoyed making ANZAC biscuits, crafting a wooden boomerang, painting their boomerang, learning about Indigenous culture and dance, playing sport and touring the school’s farms. English language learning was an integral part of the visit and the students had a noticeable improvement in their English conversation skills after daily English lessons. International visits are an exciting and important part of our school calendar as the students learn to value cultures, differences and recognise the links that make us part of one world.

In addition to the Japanese group, we also have the pleasure of hosting a group of students and a teacher from Cividale del Friuli, in north-eastern Italy, where Stanthorpe High School’s sister-school is located. Teacher Raffaella Marseu, and students Niccolo' Zani, Lucrezia Chiappo and Erika Biasizzo arrived on July 18 and will be part of our community for one month. Host families are looking after the visitors for the duration of their stay. With the aim of improving their English skills, the Italian students are being immersed in mainstream classes and are thoroughly enjoying engaging with the Stanthorpe students in classes and at lunch breaks.

 

 Students from Ueno High School and their Hosts

 
 

 Ueno High Students get a tour of the Farm with Mr Franklin