Lake Joondalup Baptist College gets visit from Japanese sister school’s students


Students from Hanazone High School in Osaka with students from Lake Joondalup Baptist College. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472287

Kokoro Hasegama from Hanazone High School in Osaka with Peter Hunt from Wanneroo Martial Arts. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472287

Mizuki Mori and Hana Fujimoto from Hanazone High School in Osaka with Shakira Tran and Kate Winton from Lake Joondalup Baptist College and Japanese language assistant Mari May. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472287
Students from Hanazone High School in Osaka with students from Lake Joondalup Baptist College. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472287 Kokoro Hasegama from Hanazone High School in Osaka with Peter Hunt from Wanneroo Martial Arts. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472287 Mizuki Mori and Hana Fujimoto from Hanazone High School in Osaka with Shakira Tran and Kate Winton from Lake Joondalup Baptist College and Japanese language assistant Mari May. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472287

STUDENTS from Japan recently visited their Joondalup sister school for their biennual, two-week trip.

Seventeen students from Hanazono Senior High School came to Perth to visit Lake Joondalup Baptist College, an exchange that takes place every two years.

Japanese teacher Aimee Webber said local students also travelled to Japan every two years, and their families hosted the visitors.

Mrs Webber said the Japanese students participated in buddy classes, immersed in English, and had specialist English lessons.

“(The students) participated in incursions with our Australian students to celebrate ‘Languages Week’ and have done activities such as karate, origami, Japanese calligraphy (and) cooking,” she said.

Mrs Webber said the college offered Japanese from year 7 to 12 and had ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) and certificate courses available for all levels of language learners.

“We are passionate about the real life language learning, friendships and professional connections that are made from having a sister school relationship,” she said.

“The students are not only developing an understanding and respect for another culture and their language; they are also making memories that will last a lifetime.

“We are currently planning our Japan Tour 2018 and will be taking 20 students to visit Japan in December 2018.”

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