Students trifle with Aussie culture
A LARGE party of Japanese students soaked themselves in Australian culture during a study tour with Banora Point High School this week - including playing cricket and baking a pavlova.
Other activities for the 29 students, two teachers and a guide from Nagasaki Nichidai University high school included an Aboriginal welcome ceremony and dancing, lessons in Australian history and science, art and music.
When they weren't getting to grips with the correct procedure for cooking lamingtons and kangaroo burgers, the students gave presentations about their own city and country, took part in a forum on topical issues for teenagers internationally, and learnt about bush tucker and local Aboriginal customs at Fingal Head.
It is the third time pupils from the school have visited Banora Point Year 9 students and stayed with local families, but for these youngsters everything here was a first.
And the learning was two-way, BPHS Japanese and science teacher Sheridan Hargreaves said.
"The study tour really enriches the BPHS language program and enables students from both schools to practise their language skills," Ms Hargreaves said.
"It's a great opportunity for our local students to make lifelong friendships with our visitors.
"All students from both schools have a great time and spend a lot of time laughing together."
Banora Point student Shelby Boughton said she'd had a wonderful experience and made a lot of new friends.
"It's like learning a whole new world without leaving home," she said.
Nagasaki Nichidai student Karen Okubo also enjoyed the experience, especially the meat pies.
"I don't want to go home. I want to stay forever," a happy Karen said.