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Japanese students


Our annual visit by students from our Japanese sister city, Shiwa, has just ended. It was great to welcome back the teachers from previous visits as well as ten students who were quiet but enthusiastic about visiting Stanthorpe. The group gave a presentation to each year level, explaining their day at school. Our students realised how different it is in a Japanese school. The students explained their roles as lunchtime cooks and school cleaners as well as attending classes and club involvement for 10 hours each weekday and club activities on a Saturday. Our visitors answered questions such as "What is Cram school?" and "Is lunchtime really only 10 minutes?". There were discussions about sport, food and holidays. The Shiwa students enjoyed learning about the Australian way of life while living with their host family and touring about the Granite Belt. This cultural exchange is rewarding for our students and our visitors. As always, the group's departure was filled with tears as well as exchanges of emails.  Thankyou for visiting, Shiwa. Keep in touch!