Tokai Visit 2016 Was a Huge Success

For the fourth year in a row Braemar College hosted 34 students and 8 staff from Tokai City as part of the Macedon Ranges Shire cultural link with Tokai.

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Students and staff met their host families in a welcoming ceremony at Braemar College on Wednesday afternoon. Families were a mix of Braemar families and local shire families.

Thursday and Friday the students and staff travelled on buses to and from the College and took part in a two-day program here.

There was a welcome assembly on Thursday morning where the Mayor Graham Hackett welcomed our visitors, and gifts were exchanged between the shires and principals.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStudents were assigned a middle school buddy, and it was their job to look after the Japanese students for the next two days.

During the visit they attended regular classes, and completed an art activity together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA visit from Wild Action Zoo enabled them to meet, hold and touch native animals.

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They set up a cultural display, and all Year 8 students were able to experience a range of activities involving calligraphy, storytelling, dance, games, ninja games, and radio exercises. They enjoyed a BBQ lunch and tried their hand at AFL.

We had a farewell on Friday afternoon and each buddy presented a gift to their newfound friend.

Saturday was spent with host families where they experienced a variety of activities around the area and finally there was a farewell ceremony on Sunday after which the visitors headed to the airport.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are so many benefits from this exchange for our students as we have a very isolated and limited cultural diversity at the College.

Students had to show initiative in communication, and all students and staff found the experience very rewarding.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALaughter and smiles are the same all around the world and it was rewarding to see everyone enjoy a wonderful few days together.

The staff from Tokai visited classrooms and enjoyed meeting and experiencing life in an Australian classroom.

Planning is currently underway for a return exchange for some of our Year 8 students in the September holidays.

 

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