We are very fortunate here at Woodend Primary to have a long-term Sister School relationship and exchange with Myojo Elementary School in Tokyo.

Myojo students and staff have been visiting Woodend since 2008, when we began the home-stay program. We have been very well supported by our Woodend families who have hosted Myojo students for around 10 days in March each year. With Covid, we have missed having students come out to Woodend for the last 3 years.

We are thrilled to announce that the exchange can start up again! In March 2023, we have 23 enthusiastic Year 6 students ready to join our Woodend community for a 10 day home stay.  In order for us to be able to do this, we need to have families willing to host a Japanese student while they are here with us. Your child does not need to be in Year 6 to host. This opportunity is open to all year levels.

There are many benefits for host families, including getting an insight into another culture, creating long lasting friendships, demonstrating the similarities and differences between cultures, having fun and enjoying a new experience as well as children learning the fun and simplicity of learning another language.

If you are interested in hosting a Myojo student in 2023 please email me or respond on this post.

We will run an information session for those interested families in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email, pop in for a chat or a call to school (8322 6422).

arigato ありがとう Thank you

Sarah Vinall (sarah.vinall740@schools.sa.edu.au)