Hotoku Exchange Programme Remains Strong
This week, Christ Church farewell students from Hotoku Gakuen High School, who spent 12 days on exchange at the School. The Japanese students, who were hosted by Christ Church families, enjoyed a packed programme, which included an overnight stay at the School’s outdoor education campus Kooringal.
Along with Mr Yuki, who has accompanied the Hotoku exchange three times to Christ Church, the School was delighted to welcome Mr Ujihara, the Head of Hotoku’s Junior School, who made a special visit to Perth.
Japanese teacher Mike Armstrong, who instigated the exchange agreement with the high school in 1989, said the Hotoku boys had really enjoyed an overnight stay at Kooringal where they were delighted to see the Southern Cross for the first time. “The boys enjoyed a picnic lunch and bush walk where they were able to spot lots of kangaroos,” Mr Armstrong said.
Throughout their exchange, the students attended classes with their host boys along with a number of specialised classes. They attended ESL (English as Second Language) classes with Mrs Kylie Sydney each day as well as some Mathematics classes with Mr Peter Turkich, Physical Education classes with Mr Luke Dwyer and Computer Science classes with Mr Chris Anderson.
Mr Armstrong also thanked Christ Church RENTA, Toshi Okuzaki, who was a great asset throughout the exchange, acting as a translator and supervising many activities.
Last year, Christ Church students visited Japan on homestay exchange with Hotoku Gakuen. In 2012, there will be another opportunity for boys to take part in the successful cultural exchange programme.