This morning we were greeted by the happy and excited chatter from our students sharing their reports of the first night with their host families which were overwhelmingly positive, giving their newfound family members rave reviews!
The students have had such lovely things to say about their interactions with Minokamo staff and students so far as well.
While Queensland is at the halfway point of the school holidays, school is very much in session here in Minokamo. Today was the first opportunity for our students to join morning classes with their new friends. Students returned to homeroom before lunch with tales of their bilingual feats in Maths, Geography and Japanese Classics (just to name a few).
The afternoon was spent in Japanese culture lessons, with students rotating between calligraphy with Ms. Ido and yukata-dressing (cotton summer kimono) with Mrs. Matsuda.
Mrs Burgin, Mrs Ellis, Ms Ruse and Mr Hannah were also given the opportunity to wear yukata.
As I type this in the budoukan (martial arts hall), the air is filled with the sound of kendo ‘swords’ hitting their mark and the victims of judo throws landing safely on the mats below them. Martial arts are not for the faint of heart! – Miss R and Mrs S