Visiting students from Japan

From 4 to 18 March, Westlake Girls High School hosted 18 Japanese students from Shinagawa Junior High School in Tokyo for a two-week study programme.

The Kapa Haka group welcomed the students and the Japanese students replied with songs. (Photo is of the two groups Kapa Haka and Shinagawa Junior High School)

In the mornings, the students attended English classes and in the afternoons, they followed an allocated buddy’s timetable. The context for their study within the English Programme was Tourism – Sustainable and Unsustainable. It included reading for a purpose (research), writing to summarise text and events, identifying and selecting a place of interest for tourists, and summarising information with a slide and oral presentation. The final part of the study was choosing a view of Auckland that appealed to them and completing a painting on canvas to take back to Japan as a memento of their visit to New Zealand.

On Wednesday, 6 March, and Wednesday, 13 March, the Japanese students visited the Auckland Zoo in the morning and the University of Auckland in the afternoon.

We hope the Shinagawa students enjoyed their overseas study experience just as much as we enjoyed having them.