Japanese sister school visit Abbotsleigh
Between 1-5 August, Abbotsleigh hosted 20 Japanese students from our sister school, Ohtani.
Ohtani Junior and Senior High School is situated in Osaka in Japan. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. It has about 1400 girls from Year 7 to 12. It has a kindergarten and University as well.
The girls have been coming to Australia on a study tour every year since 1993. Abbotsleigh's relationship with them started in the mid 1990s and Ohtani did their first homestay with us; and we conducted our first one in 1999. Normally the school will bring about 20 Year 9 and 10 students. The other 20 students go to St Catherine’s which is another of their sister schools.
When Ohtani girls come to Abbotsleigh, they are billeted by Abbotsleigh families and they come to school with their host sisters. They have some English lessons before recess, special lessons, such as Arts, Design and Technology and Drama organised that I organise; and they go on a picnic to Featherdale Wildlife Park with their Abbotsleigh host sisters where they enjoy an Australian sausage sizzle. During the week, the our girls joined the Ohtani students on stage for a traditional Japanese dance to a fishing song.
The educational aims and outcomes of the visit are to learn English, to experience a different culture and have a better understanding of how to become a global citizen.