Wednesday 28 September
We were greeted by happy faces after their first night in home stay, with many of the students having a challenging time but with all of the doing their best to communicate. So many stories about the food, the houses and even their pets! Even those who are feeling a little home sick understand that they are being given the opportunity to grow as young people and to build their resilience. We spent time in prayerencouraging them to make the most of what was being offered to them. We are so very proud of them all! So blessed to have these students here on this trip!
Another busy and amazing day! The immersion classes are stretching the students but the teachers and staff at Minokamo are really helpful.
Many of the staff who are coming to visit us next March are helping our group and this allows us to get to know each other. Mr Hakumaura and Mr Connolly have become great mates; both in charge of middle school, both HPE teachers and both past professional sportsmen! Mr Connelly has picked up a few new ideas for us, watch out students!
The Vice Principal, Mr Hattori patiently waits for our students as we move from one adventure to another while at school.
Miss Mori the Culture teacher has given all our students wonderful lessons. Dressing so many of the students in yukata (summer kimono), was a lot of work for her! But our students were very happy to have the chance to try one such lovely tradiontional clothing.
Today the ever lovely Mrs Matsuda taught the students how to cook Ohagi, a traditional sweet made from sticky rice, beans and sugar. The students were able to eat some and even take a gift of them home to their host family!
Students joined in the after school club activities, half doing Kendo while the others joined in the Tea Ceremony Club.
We left them happily in the acre of their host families and ready for their second night together.