GROUP VISITS – March 2018
Kanagawa High School in Japan – We welcomed 40 female students from Kanagawa High School for a short three day visit in early March. This had them billeted throughout the community with our wonderful host families, enjoying the kiwi lifestyle, sights and activities. Then they joined us for a day at school, where they enjoyed Maori culture, a powhiri, arts and sports. It was a brief, but enjoyable, taste of school life. They are keen to come back!
Keiai High School in Japan – Students stayed for 14 days and again enjoyed being in class with their special buddies. They took part in PE, Hospitality, Crafts, Maori Culture and many outings. A highlight was a visit to the Antarctic Centre, where they spent time with the huskies and saw little blue penguins.
Universal Cultural Exchange from Thailand – Students stayed for 20 days and were also involved with class integration with selected buddies and took part in many activities. PE, Crafts, Hospitality and Dance were enjoyed by all. The group had a visit to a working 1500 hectare sheep and beef farm which gave them an appreciation of open space and size. To run up a ‘big’ hill and be in the open space, playing in the grass and being with animals, was a huge highlight for many, as well as learning backyard cricket, brushing a horse and drenching a sheep. Other visits included Willowbank, Canterbury Museum and the Botanic Gardens.
All our groups enjoy learning about our diverse culture, as well as being able to promote their own through exhibitions and information.