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Blackfriars Priory School Japan Trip

date:Jul 05,2013 source:意腾留学网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

The old adage “the best way to learn something is by doing it” was certainly true for our students when they recently took part in an exchange program to Japan.
The old adage “the best way to learn something is by doing it” was certainly true for our students when they recently took part in an exchange program to Japan.
After a week of sightseeing in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, the group spent nine days participating in a homestay program with students from Nagoya Otani High School.
Despite travelling during the spectacular Sakura season (cherry blossoms) the homestay and school exchange was without doubt the most memorable part of the trip for the 11 students and their two teachers. The Blackfriars group was warmly welcomed, not only by their respective host families but by the entire school community. Students learnt about Japanese culture by participating in traditional green tea ceremonies and celebrations for Budda’s birthday. They watched as Nagoya Otani students practised kendo, and they took part in judo, volleyball and basketball classes.
At home, the boys practiced Japanese as they communicated with their host families while at school they helped the Nagoya Otani students by participating in English classes. The students sang and danced with the school’s brass band and learnt the school’s song in music class. They made traditional Japanese lanterns and took part in Japanese calligraphy or Shodo classes. Students from Nagoya Otani commented that the experience inspired them to learn more English, while the Blackfriars boys returned with a renewed enthusiasm to excel in their Japanese studies.
Although the students recognised significant differences between the two cultures and the two schools, what was most surprising was how much was the same. It didn’t take long for students from both schools to realise the similarities between their values, beliefs, and, most of all, their sense of humour.There were tears from students, parents and teachers as the boys said their goodbyes to their Japanese families, and many promises to return and visit again soon. Although a hemisphere apart the ties between these two groups will remain strong for many years to come.

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