Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion – Harmony Day 2023

On Friday the 24th of March our school celebrated Harmony Day, showing our support for an inclusive community. Students dressed in orange or items of cultural significance, participated in international games and took part in a school picnic with our… Continue Reading →

Welcome to our sister school, Myojo Gakuen

On Tuesday evening we welcomed 23 students and 4 staff members from Myojo Gakuen, our sister school in Tokyo, Japan. After waiting 3 years, it was so wonderful to see the joy on the faces of both our students and… Continue Reading →

Myojo Sister School Homestay Opportunity March 2023

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… Continue Reading →


What a wonderful 10 days we have recently enjoyed with our 19 Myojo students and 3 staff joining our Woodend community. This year was the 13th visit for Myojo Gakuen students and staff. All of the Myojo students were visiting… Continue Reading →


What a fantastic experience for 15 of our Year 6/7 students! We left Adelaide on Saturday, September 8th with a group of excited students. Arriving in Japan at 5.30 in the morning and being greeted by hot, humid weather, we… Continue Reading →

Myojo…here we come!

16 very excited students and 3 almost as excited staff have safely flown out from Adelaide airport this afternoon bound for Myojo school in Tokyo. This group of students and staff have been working hard for months planning, refining their… Continue Reading →

Myojo Highlights March 2017

What a fabulous 9 days we had with our visiting Myojo friends. The students were welcomed into our classrooms and made to feel very welcome. They enjoyed Sports Day, an excursion to the Adelaide Central Market with the Year 6/7… Continue Reading →

Myojo Family Barbeque

Thursday night was anther lovely night where over 100  children, parents and staff enjoyed a BBQ dinner together with our Myojo visitors.  Thanks to our host families, who are extremely generous with their time and care for the children they… Continue Reading →

Welcome to our Myojo visitors!

Today we had a Welcome Assembly for our Myojo visitors.  This year is our 11th year of association with Myojo School in Japan and we enjoyed reacquainting with Jun and his staff as Jun has been one of the founders… Continue Reading →

Only 6 More Places For Host Families for Myojo@Woodend 2017…DON’T MISS OUT!

We thank those families who have already expressed an interest in hosting a Myojo student during their Myojo@Woodend visit in March 2017.  The interest has  been great.  Vinall Sensai will be working through the host family selection process over the next few weeks…. Continue Reading →

Myojo @ Woodend … 10th Anniversary Highlights

We Farewelled our friends  from Myojo  last Wednesday.  After 10 years of visits it still doesn’t get  easy to say goodbye.  We are sure that  they feel the same, back in Tokyo. We thank our wonderful host families for make… Continue Reading →

Welcome to our Myojo Buddies

This year marks our 10th year of participation in the Myojo Homestay program and we are excited to welcome 3 staff and 12 students from Myojo to Woodend this week. Thank you to our host families who make this possible by providing… Continue Reading →

Hanami Picnic and Harmony Day … Friday 1 April… NO JOKE!!

An Hanami Picnic is  planned for 12:30 pm  on 1 April to Celebrate Harmony Day and the 10th anniversary of our friendship with Myojo Gakuen.  We will signify the events by also having a Casual Day.  Students are invited to wear either white, red,… Continue Reading →

Like To Become A Host Family For Our Japanese Students in 2016?

It’s very exciting to be talking about our next interactions with our close friends at Myojo Gakuen in Tokyo.  Next  we will not only host them for the 10th time but we will  take our third group of Woodend students to … Continue Reading →

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