Jimboomba State School hosts Japanese students

NEW FRIENDS: Year 6 student Lillian Eldred, Risa Kadokura, chaperone teacher Tomohiro Ishikawa, Moss Xing, Ten Iwabuchi, Chase Denaro, Shaylee Fry and Erika Kidokoro. Photo: Jacob Wilson
NEW FRIENDS: Year 6 student Lillian Eldred, Risa Kadokura, chaperone teacher Tomohiro Ishikawa, Moss Xing, Ten Iwabuchi, Chase Denaro, Shaylee Fry and Erika Kidokoro. Photo: Jacob Wilson

JAPANESE students have made Australian friends and taken a leap forward in their English skills while spending two weeks at Jimboomba State High School.

The students who arrived on February 22 are part of a larger group of 95 split across six schools including Pimpama, Chatswood Hills, Runcorn Heights, Virginia and Gumdale State School.

Japanese students based at Jimboomba were accompanied by chaperone teacher Tomohiro Ishikawa.

Visiting students stayed with host families.

Japanese Language teacher Naoko Mars said the visitors enjoyed learning about Australian culture.

“They were very quiet to begin with but now they are making friends in Australia and getting used to the new environment,” she said. 

“The school organised for year 6 students to be buddies who meet the Japanese students every first and second lunch break so they won’t be left alone.”

“They eat lunch together and have fun together.”

The visitors predominately developed their English skills during their trip, however also participated in music, maths and other general class activities.

Ms Mars said the experience was also a good opportunity for Australian students to improve their japanese language skills.

The students will join a trip to Tangalooma Island resort on Moreton Island before returning home.

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