Last week we saw 21 students and 4 staff from Mimisaka City Japan join us on a 5 day study tour of the Yorke Peninsula. I was fortunate enough to have a young student billet with my family and I for the duration. We spent time on the farm yarding lambs as well as time showing him all the sights our wonderful part of the world have to offer us.
As we said our goodbyes on the last day it amazed me how students from such different cultures, could form such an emotional attachment to their host student and families. I know that our students will have long standing friendships from this visit.
It is a real learning opportunity not only for our host families, but our community as well. We have already decided that next year, Central Yorke will be sending a group of students off to Japan to partake in and experience all the sights and sounds a different culture has to offer. I also encourage families to think about hosting a student next time the Japanese visit us. There are so many positives to opening up your home to visitors from another culture.
I sincerely thank all of our host families as without them, this exchange each year would not be able to go ahead. At 5am last Monday morning the smiles on the faces of 21 tired, yet excited foreign students proved to me that these families showcased our community in the brightest of lights and will have the Japanese talking about Maitland Area School fondly for the rest of their lives.