Pupil visitors learn Tweed-style

Luchia Chio, Zoe Smith and Sarah Kim, of South Korea, are visiting Bogangar Public School.
Luchia Chio, Zoe Smith and Sarah Kim, of South Korea, are visiting Bogangar Public School. John Gass

STUDENTS from South Korea have been visiting Bogangar Public School and joining in classes and home life with students.

The group of 21 arrived last Sunday and range in age from eight to 13 and are staying with families and teachers in the area.

The visitors were introduced to their temporary classmates and attended their first Australian assembly at the school's hall on Monday where they had a Welcome to Country ceremony by Magpie, a representative of the local Indigenous tribe.

Their agenda includes a morning planting trees with Dune Care , a number of workshops led by Magpie, a visit to Seaworld, horse riding and shopping.

However, it isn't all fun and games for the visiting students who will be integrated into normal classes and receive english second language lessons three times a week.

School principal Cath Lalor said the visit was a really big thing for the school and community and it was "very exciting" for the students and teachers.

The Korean students said school in Australia was very different from home where they were taught using books in classrooms, while in Bogangar they learned by doing lots of fun things.

The students were impressed with their hosts and said it was really easy to make friends.

Although it was very different from what they were used to, they loved the local food, people and surroundings and would come back if given the chance in the future.

Expectations weren't always met, however, with a number of Korean students explaining they expected to see kangaroos hopping around everywhere and hadn't seen any yet.

Their stay at Bogangar was organised by the South Korean YMCA and many of the students met each other for the first time at the airport in Korea before they left.

They had not stopped making new friends since they left and had almost forgotten about home and their parents altogether.

Ms Lalor said many simply hadn't called home at all and one student who was supposed to stay for only one week had asked her parents' permission to stay the entire three weeks.

Once their stay comes at an end the students have a serious trip ahead of them with stops at Brisbane, Sydney and Japan as part of their tour.

They were looking forward to their stop-over in Sydney and hoped to visit the Opera House, Darling Harbour and take a ferry to Manly to visit the aquarium.

Topics:  bogangar public school, education, south korea, students



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