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

Warwick high school says farewell to visiting Japanese party

WARWICK State High School staff and students said 'sayonara' to our visiting teachers and students from our sister-school, Kumiyama Junior High School in Kyoto, Japan.

Host families assembled together at the high school to share stories, jokes and photographs at the 'Sayonara Party' on Tuesday night - and then returned home for one final night together.

Although the stay has been short - only six nights - the experiences at Warwick State High School for both the Japanese students and the Warwick students have been extraordinary.

The visit began with an impressive welcome ceremony at the high school after they arrived.

To experience Australian school life, the students from Kumiyama went to classes with their host students, painted boomerangs in an art class, held chickens and saw sheep and goats during a tour of the school's farm.

They joined Japanese classes, played sport with Year 8s and illustrated many aspects of Japanese culture to primary school students visiting from Warwick East State School.

In addition, the Japanese visitors enjoyed a walking tour of Warwick, visited the council chambers and did some very exciting things with their host families during their stay.

Although it is sad to say goodbye after such a short time, we have made many memories and look forward to visiting our sister-school in Japan next year.

- Contributed by Warwick State High School



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