FORGING LINKS: A party of 13 students and three teachers from Kumiyama Junior High School in Japan visits the Southern Downs Regional Council offices.
FORGING LINKS: A party of 13 students and three teachers from Kumiyama Junior High School in Japan visits the Southern Downs Regional Council offices. Erin Smith

Japanese sister school visits

FOR almost a week 13 Japanese students and their three teachers have been experiencing life in Warwick.

The group travelled from Warwick State High School's sister school Kumiyama Junior High School.

Warwick State High School Japanese teacher Lucian Giles-Duffy said the exchange program had been running for 20 years.

"They visit us every second year and then a group of our students visit them the other years," Mr Giles-Duffy said.

"The students and teachers get billeted out to other families while they are here."

During their one-week trip the students have attended classes at Warwick State High School, had visits from primary school students, visited the Gold Coast and even had a tour around the Southern Downs Regional Council building in Warwick.

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell and the councillors presented the students with a range of gifts which included an SDRC cap.

Through Mr Giles-Duff as an interpreter, Cr Blundell told the students a little bit about his job as mayor and what the councillors did.

He said it was great to have them come and visit and a great thing for local students.



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