Our traditional welcome assembly was held on Thursday, August 4, in the PAC.
The building was jam-packed with students, staff, Japanese guests, families, community members as well as the fifty strong Combined Schools Concert Band.
The assembly began with the Australian National Anthem played by the band, the Acknowledgement of Country and the Japanese National Anthem sung by the exchange group.
The Concert Band played it's Balaklava Eisteddfod repertoire which included, appropriately enough, two Japanese pieces.
Principal Grant Keleher talked to the group - in both languages - about the importance and value of the Exchange. The Japanese students were then introduced and each student made a short statement in Japanese.
The students sang a beautiful old Japanese song, accompanied by the piano. Our guests received special gifts then each school group made a presentation about their school and area in Mimasaka.