Churchlands SHS shares strong bond with Japanese sister school


Churchlands SHS student Jeffrey Chiang with a Japanese
exchange student
Churchlands SHS student Jeffrey Chiang with a Japanese exchange student

CHURCHLANDS Senior High School celebrated its 30th anniversary with Japanese sister school Akashi Nishi this month .

As the longest standing sister school relationship in WA, the two schools have shared exchange programs and teaching relations since 1986.

Thirty-two students from Akashi Nishi Senior High School, a specialist English school in Japan, flew to Perth for a two-week long trip.

Churchlands SHS principal Neil Hunt said Akashi Nishi’s principal Hajimu Uekawa was a former English teacher at Churchlands, who last visited Perth in 1999.

“I took him to his first game of AFL on Sunday, that was a good experience for him,” he said.

“Akashi Nishi is located slightly west of Kobe and Osaka, the two main cities, and the town has around 700,000 people.

“The school has just over 1000 students; they have years 10, 11 and 12 only and are a very academic school.”

Mr Hunt said when the Japanese students visited Perth they went on bush camps and visited primary schools.

He said relationships between both schools extended beyond exchange trips.

“Most of them remain in contact and pursue each other and travels… I always hear stories from the class of 2005 or 2006,” he said.

“The kids of the principal of Akashi Nishi still have friends from Churchlands and interact on Facebook.”

There are 449 students learning Japanese across years 7 to 12 at Churchlands.