Friday marks the final full day of school at Minokamo with our newfound friends. Genesis students were already lamenting this fact as they arrived this morning, determined to enjoy their interactions today to the full! While Aimee C was sent on a spurious errand, Mrs Shimizu quickly set up a small cake, a selection of lollies and a ‘happy birthday’ banner. The students gathered together and surprised Aimee with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ when she returned to the homeroom.
We sent our birthday greetings with her as she celebrates with her host family on her actual birthday tomorrow!
After a morning spent in class with their buddies, Mrs Matsuda taught our students how to make a traditional New Year’s dish (ozoni) and the students discovered just how smooth and elasticised mochi (rice balls) can be! Perhaps they can recreate this dish for their family when they return to Australia!
Today offered one last opportunity to participate in a formal ceremony with our Minokamo community. The students received certificates commending them for the exchange program they have completed at Minokamo from Principal Akasaki. Oriana and Lauren gave a lovely speech of thanks and the team sang a song that expressed their feelings of regret over having to leave and their heartfelt thanks for the time they had been given in Minokamo. For our final act on the stage Miss Roche explained we would sing a reworded version of the popular song ‘Heart to Heart’ with suitable lines to describe our time with them.
Mr Connolly presented a short speech of thanks for the hospitality and kindness we have been shown, as well as our hope to return in 2020. The weekend will be spent with host families before departing early Monday morning for the next part of our adventure. We are sure the students will have much to report about their weekend come Monday!