Japanese Students Visit Braemar College

Thirty-four students and eight staff from Tokai in Japan visited Braemar College on Thursday and Friday last week.

IMG_4504Their visit is part of the Macedon Ranges Shire sister city program, and the visitors were hosted around the district by Braemar and local families.

IMG_4509The students were welcomed with an official assembly on Thursday morning by the mayor, and the students sung a beautiful song about moving on from the natural disaster of the tsunami several years ago. Some students attending came from this region.

IMG_4519While at school they were buddied up with class captains in the Middle school, and attended classes.

IMG_4540They experienced a football clinic at lunchtime, and presented a cultural exchange to our Year 8 students.

Our Year 8 students are studying Japan at the moment, and the Japanese visitors organised a special session for the students based on cultural interests.

The session revolved around eight tables of activities. This was an enjoyable experience for all involved, with students playing games, listening to stories, and making paper planes.

IMG_4544Our Year 8 students loved the interaction and the session consolidated their classroom learning.

The visitors attended a presentation by Chris Humphreys from Wild Action Zoo, and got to see and handle many unique Australian animals including snakes, crocodiles, lizards, kookaburras, koalas and many more.

IMG_4551The experience was rewarding for both Braemar and Tokai students.

IMG_4550Communicating may have been hard at times at times, but universal smiles and laughter broke done all barriers.IMG_4564

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