Exchange program forges solid friendships

Front: Sophie Ram Shaw (yr 10), Jordan Dingwall (yr 11), Akihiro Mondo (16 yrs), Yuki Ariga (17 yrs), Back: From Left: Denise McGuiness (Wanneroo Secondary College), Yoichi Sawada (Principal Mikki Senior High School). Wanneroo Secondary College is celebrating 20 years of exchange with Mikki Senior High School in Japan
Front: Sophie Ram Shaw (yr 10), Jordan Dingwall (yr 11), Akihiro Mondo (16 yrs), Yuki Ariga (17 yrs), Back: From Left: Denise McGuiness (Wanneroo Secondary College), Yoichi Sawada (Principal Mikki Senior High School). Wanneroo Secondary College is celebrating 20 years of exchange with Mikki Senior High School in Japan

Wanneroo SC associate principal Ros Ford said the sister schools exchange program had enriched the lives of students, staff and host families. ‘Over the years hundreds of students and families from Wanneroo and Miki have been involved,’ she said.

‘We appreciate their involvement as without host families and students from both countries this program could not be sustained.’

Head of English Denise McGuiness organised the first exchange 20 years ago.

‘Ms Mac has put in this long-term effort as she values learning of other cultures and establishing international understanding through friendship,’ Ms Ford said.