Business as usual…!
The students met together at school this morning with an enthusiastic air of business-as-usual’ as they settled into Japanese life with their host brothers and sisters. Still bubbling over with interesting stories of their adventures with their host families the night before, the students spent the first half hour of their school day in homeroom trading experiences with each other.
Then it was time to join their buddies for another round of immersion lessons in various subjects. Shae had a unique opportunity to participate in an interview conducted fully in Japanese which was broadcast through the school’s radio station during lunch time. She conducted herself with such warmth and composure in the face of a somewhat daunting and last minute challenge. She should be very proud of her accomplishment. We will be sharing an audio file and transcript of her interview here on the blog later in the week (if technology allows).
Minokamo will be mounting a sports carnival tomorrow and Genesis students will form the purple, ‘Sparkle’ team. With six-legged races and giant jump rope events planned, Mr Connolly ran the students through a practice run in the afternoon.
The day ended with a formal lesson in the Japanese art of the tea ceremony in a beautiful washitsu heya (traditional room) with culture teacher Ms Mori. While the flavour of the seasonal sweets and matcha tea was a little challenging for some students, the time spent appreciating the quintessential Japanese spirit was well worth it!
The students were sent home with custom made purple team shirts for tomorrow’s sporting endeavours and a reminder to get some solid rest tonight.