Between the 15th – 28th of March 27 John McGlashan College and Saint Hilda's Collegiate, families took part in our annual cultural exchange with Ichikawa High School from Japan.
On the 15th of March the Ichikawa study group arrived at John McGlashan College to an excellent Haka put on by the John McGlashan College Boarders. The students were then billeted off with homestay families from both schools.
The Ichikawa students undertook ESOL classes every morning and then did activities in the afternoon. These activities included, going out to Penguin Palace on the Peninsular, spending an afternoon at Karitane Marae, visiting Toitu, a science field trip around Dunedin's water ways (thank you Andrew Innes) and going on a tour of three farms organised by Tussock Wilson, thank you Tussock! The highlight of the trip was meeting Highlanders halfback and Japanese International Fumiaki Tanaka, this opportunity was brought forward by Murray Rae and built upon by Paul McLaughlan the Highlanders manager and a father of students at Saint Hilda's and John Mcglashan College .
We would like to acknowledge all the families and students who contributed to the study tour, it was a real team effort! We cherish the relationship with Ichikawa as we believe it is a valuable cultural experience for all involved.
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