2013 Japan Tour
created by M Carr
Music: Burn, Ellie Goulding & On Top of the World, Imagine Dragons
On Saturday September 21st, 11 of our students across Years 9 to 11 participated in a 12-day tour of Japan. This experience provided our Japanese students with the perfect opportunity to help solidify the language skills learnt in class and for them to experience the wonder and beauty of Japan first-hand.
Our tour was jam-packed starting with a very busy three days in Tokyo where we visited Sensoji Temple and the Asakusa markets, shopped in the frantic Shibuya and Harajuku districts and took in an amazing 360o view of Tokyo from Tokyo Tower. On our last day in Tokyo we headed to Disneyland! It was a fantastic day and certainly a highlight of the tour.
From Tokyo, we headed south to Shizuoka where the students participated in a 4-day homestay program. During this stay, students experienced what it’s like to be part of a Japanese family and also spent time studying at Shizuoka-kita High School. This proved to be an incredibly valuable learning experience culturally, linguistically and socially, with many new friends made. The staff at the high school were fantastic and ensured our students had the best experience possible.
After a teary goodbye with homestay families and school staff, we headed to beautiful Kyoto where students and staff alike shopped up a storm! We also visited Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nijo Castle and The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji).
Finally, we travelled south to Hiroshima where we visited the Peace Park to pay our respects and also spent a magical day on Miyajima Island. Another amazing highlight of the tour!
The tour was a great success and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the planning and execution, especially Miss Hyland-Reid who also gave up her holidays to accompany us.
I would also like to send out a huge thank you to the students who were incredible ambassadors for our College and for our country. They represented us very well, seizing every opportunity to get the most out of the experience. I am extremely proud of them and could not have asked for anything more.
Our next tour will be in 2015, however, parents and students are reminded that the opportunity is only open to students of the Japanese program. If you’re interested in knowing more about the next tour, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Maree Carr) here at the College.
To see all the photos from the tour, please log on to the SCCC Japanese Facebook page.