Daily Diary Update

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On Saturday the 28th July our visitors from Motoyama Junior High in Seto City, Aichi Prefecture in Japan arrived at Melbourne Airport bright and early at 5am to some much cooler weather (Japan has been up to 40 degrees over the last few weeks!)

Greeted by excited Rowville Secondary College staff and our homestay families with welcome posters. Our exchange students headed off with their families and spent the weekend visiting iconic Melbourne tourist spots including Phillip Island, Docklands, Artvo, Healesville Sanctuary and more; plus feasting on local cuisine like Beechworth Bakery pies and steak and chips.

Our long term friendship with Motoyama Junior High School began 15 years ago and this is our eighth visit from our Japanese friends. We welcome the Principal Takuma Katsuda and his staff; teachers Izumi Yano, Atsushi Ozaki and Tomoko Shimazu. We are very pleased to also have nine lovely exchange students visit us from year 8 and year 9 including Hikari, Yurika, Koharu, Miyuka, Ayumu, Momoka, Satoshi, Aya and Ryoka.

On Monday we held a Welcome Ceremony at the PAC to formally welcome our Japanese guests in front of our year 7 and year 8 students, homestay families, teachers and principal team. Ms Kennedy gave a welcome speech and Mr Katsuda gave a response speech, national anthems were played and gifts were exchanged between our students. This was then followed by a morning tea and a tour of our Eastern campus. Throughout the day the Japanese students participated in Drama and PE classes. Mr Ozaki gave a wonderful and interesting class to our year 7’s on traditional Japanese stamp making and they all got to make their very own stamps. Later in the day the Japanese students presented to our year 7 and 8 students lessons on origami, Hiragana and Katakana calligraphy and Japanese pop culture – anime and manga.

On Tuesday everyone visited the Western Campus and toured the school. The Japanese students participating in a Rowville Secondary College Year 7 and 8 English classes and a Textiles class with Ms Zaal sewing their very own Australia animal; a platypus to take back home. The students also repeated their lessons from the East to our West year 7 and 8 students.

On Wednesday our visitors spent another day on campus at the West. The Japanese students participated in a year 7 morning Art class and then they were officially welcomed at our West school assembly in front of all students and staff. They individually got to stand up one by one and introduce themselves to our school. Then everyone was treated to our school production showcase of three songs including ‘under the sea’.

On Thursday we took our visitors into Melbourne to take in some of the sights. First stop Parliament House with our esteemed dignitary Kim Wells MP greeting our guests and showing them around. Next stops –  Federation Square, Eureka Skydeck, Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Central for shopping and South Bank. Everyone had a wonderful day.

On Friday our guests visited Rowville Primary School to spend time with the local primary school children. Then we held our Farewell Cermony to say goodbye to our guests and thank them for a wonderful week at Rowville Secondary College. Gifts were given as tokens of their Australian visit and a photo slideshow of the weeks adventure played in the background. After this everyone headed to the airport to visit Sydney.  Sayonara to our friends we will miss you!