We have had a wonderful two weeks at Myojo Gakuen. As usual our host families and the staff and students at Myojo have been extremely caring and have gone out of their way to give our students an amazing experience. In the second week of our study tour our students were supporting the teachers of English in Myojo by attending their lessons and helping to create authentic conversations around the content of these lesson. Our students also conducted their prepared lessons in Japanese to their host classes. In addition our students had a Taiko drumming lesson, did some indigo leaf printing and learn a dramatised version of a Japanese folktale which they performed at the final assembly.
On Thursday 15 September there were many lovely moments of friendship and joy as we were farewelled. Myojo principal, Mr Fukuda presented Brian Marshall with a special gift for our school, to acknowledge the 10th Anniversary of our friendship. Brian was also recognised by the Myojo school community for his role in this program and best wishes were expended to him regarding his forthcoming retirement.
We all arrived back safely at Adelaide Airport on Friday 16 September, to the warm welcome of appreciative Woodend families. The students were acknowledged for their terrific participation in all the challenges that such a trip presents. The staff, Sarah Vinall, Vicki Gregory and Brian were acknowledged by parents for their efforts. Sarah was particularly acknowledged for her superb organisation and management, which resulted in all aspects of the trip running smoothly and impressively.
In a coming newsblog post, students will report on their learning experiences during this fantastic trip.
Here are some photos from the second week of Woodend @ Myojo 2016:
Woodend student lessons in Japanese
Studio Ghibli visit
More lessons in Japanese
Taiko drumming lesson
leaf printing with support from a yr 1 Myojo class
The host families were very lovely and caring.
Principal Fukuda presents Mr Marshall with a gift from Myojo Gakuen to Woodend Primary school, to make the 10th Anniversary of friendship between our schools.
last farewells at Myojo
Adelaide Airport wrap up…