Farewell, Konko Gakuen
by Michele Sharp, Head of Languages
On Sunday 24 March, we farewelled 22 students and 2 visiting teachers from our Japanese sister school Konko Gakuen. A week flew by so quickly and there were tears at the airport when we farewelled our friends.
I am a firm believer that these exchanges not only improve language development but foster intercultural understanding, something recent world events have demonstrated is more important than ever. Our students are very lucky to have the opportunity to partake in not only our Languages exchanges and study tours, but the wider College offering of exchanges, international tours and Round Square program opportunities.
In addition to attending classes, the students took part in a woodwork and Australian cooking lesson—many for the first time, went on excursions to Gold Creek and Tidbinbilla, used virtual reality equipment in Japanese class to travel around Australia while the Radford students toured Japan, and enjoyed time with their host families.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our host families for welcoming students into their homes and giving the students an experience they will treasure. Your hospitality was very much appreciated.
These exchanges are a community effort with many teachers welcoming visiting students into their classes and some preparing special lessons for the visiting group. I am very grateful for all the assistance received. We look forward to catching up with the students and teachers when 14 Radford students make the reciprocal visit to Japan in the September holidays.