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BC Fremantle has had a close relationship with Torei Gakuen Fujisawa High School since 1996. CBC and Torei Gakuen visit each other regularly and exchange cultures and friendships.
This year, a group of two teachers and fifteen boys from Torei Gakuen came to CBC from 21 s l March to 2 nd April. They participated in our classes to experience Australian school life and also had additional lessons to improve their English.
The group went on several excursions to places such as Perth City, Fremantle, Rottnest Island , Tumbulgum Farm and Marapana Wildlife Park.
All the students were billeted to host families related to CBC. The host families welcomed the Japanese boys with warm hospitality and gave them the opportunity to experience the Australian home life style. A very big thank you must be given to Mrs Akiko Danker for organising the exchange.
The following story is written by Yasuhito Kawanishi, one of the Japanese students who wrote about his visit:
I was very nervous and worried about the visit before coming to Australia, because this was my first trip overseas and first experience of home stay.
On the first day in Australia , I met my host family. When I said "How do you doT to them softly, they replied "Hello!" to me so cheerfully and shook hands with me! I was not nervous any more after that. They were very kind and pleasant. I had a wonderful stay with them and the time passed very quickly.
I got the impression that Australia is a marvellous country full of beautiful nature and the people here enjoy their lives very much. I learned from this trip that we understand each other through our hearts even if we are not able to communicate well through languages. I would like to thank everyone at CBC because I will not forget this experience for the rest of my life. 57