On Thursday, the Hiroshima HS students and I headed out to Ballina to spend the morning at Emmanuel Anglican College. After a quick stop for a photo opportunity at the famous Big Prawn, we arrived at the school and were taken to the library for a very warm welcome (in Japanese and English). Then, all the students were paired off with a buddy of the same age and sex, whom they would stay with for the rest of the morning.
The Hiroshima HS students then went with their buddies for their first period, which was an elective class. Some students were in Drama, some Music, some PE and some IT.
After the break time, it was time for the Hiroshima HS students to deliver their presentations to Emmanuel Anglican College’s Japanese class. Some of these students are actually going to Hiroshima later this month so they were very interested in learning more about the culture.
Then it was time to go home. The buddies came and waved us off at the gates and there were lots of photographs and exchange of contact details.
The next morning, the Hiroshima HS students wrote thank you letters to Emmanuel Anglican College. Here are some of the things they wrote:
“I really liked talking with the students. Buddy is very gentle and fun to talk to.” Haruna
“I really liked the music class and I enjoyed talking with my buddy.” Ai
“I really liked talking with the people in your school. I enjoyed playing the instrument.” Itsumi
“Thank you for listening to our presentation. I really liked the people.” Nonoko
“Students who are in your school are very funny. I enjoyed my time with you.” Mikio
“Dancing with students was very fun! We made good memories.” Yuno
“I really liked talking. I enjoyed playing on the computer.” Ryuta
“I played football yesterday. It was fun. Your school students were very kind, interesting and very friendly.” Fuki
“I really liked talking with the students. I want to come to Australia again.” Ryo
“Thank you for listening to us and taking pictures together. I never forget you.” Rei
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