The soccer team at Padua College, our sister sister school in Australia, is currently on a soccer tour of Japan. During the 12-day tour, 18 boys and 4 teachers are touring the country to play several friendly matches and to learn about the culture through exchanges and sightseeing. During their visit to Nigawa Gakuin, they played a full match against our high school team, enjoyed a post-match cultural exchange with our students, took a tour of the school which involved a kendo demonstration by our vice principal Mr. Koyama, and had their first Japanese school lunch in the restaurant.
This tour is the first opportunity for most of the students to visit Japan, an experience that is sure to be a memorable one in many ways. Moreover, our students showed a keen interest in not only the match, but also communicating (in English) with their new friends from Australia. Our sister school relationships are sure to offer students at Nigawa Gakuin many more such opportunities to learn about other cultures and deepen their understanding of the world.
Thank you Padua. See you again!!
「姉妹提携校 Padua Collegeとサッカー国際親善試合をしました！」
本校の姉妹提携校であるオーストラリアの男子校 Padua College から１８名の生徒と４名の教員が昨日本校を訪問してくれました！ 現在彼らは１２日間の日程で日本国内を旅行しながら各地で親善試合を行い、交流行事や観光を通して日本の文化を学んでいます。
Padua College の皆さん、ありがとうございました。
Our first ever student to study abroad in Australia began her one-year exchange at the end of January, the start of the school year in Australia. After spending the first few days with her host family, Rena attended her first day of school at St. Mary’s College, in full uniform, where she met her new teachers and friends and underwent an orientation in order to familiarize herself with the new surroundings. She also gave a wonderful speech in English at the opening assembly in front of the entire school! Being the first Nigawa representative at our new sister school is a big responsibility, but we trust she will do well in her new environment and wish her all the best for the year ahead. The noticeboard on the 2nd floor in the high school will have regular updates from Rena along with photos and information about the exchange program with St. Mary’s College.
先月末、本校からのオーストラリア留学生の第一期生である女子生徒が一年間に及ぶ留学生活をスタートしました。オーストラリアに到着し、数日間ホストファミリーとの時間を過ごした後、すぐにSt. Mary’s Collegeでの新学期が始まりました。始業式では、全校生徒の前で英語でのすばらしいスピーチを披露した伶奈さん。St. Mary’s Collegeの制服もとても似合っています。姉妹提携校協定を結んだSt. Mary’s Collegeにおいて、初めての仁川学院生代表として果たす役割も大きいですが、彼女ならしっかりとその期待にも応えてくれることでしょう！ すばらしい留学生活を送ってきてくださいね！ 高等学校二階の掲示板でも、彼女の留学生活の様子やSt.Mary’s Collegeとの交換留学プログラムの情報などを定期的にお伝えしていく予定です。
This January, we welcomed another international student into the Nigawa family. Anna (17) is the first exchange student to join us from our sister school in Australia, St. Mary’s College Ipswich. She is a keen Japanese language student and loves anime. Despite having been with us just a short time, she already has plans to join several clubs including the cooking club, tea ceremony club, art club and ESS. All of us here are excited to have Anna in our school and we hope she has a wonderful experience in Japan.
この１月、私たち仁川ファミリーにオーストラリアからの新しい仲間が加わりました。本校の姉妹提携校であるSt. Mary’s College Ipswichから交換留学生として来たアンナさん（１７歳）。交換留学制度の１期生である彼女は、非常に熱心に日本語を勉強しており、日本のアニメが大好き。本校での生活をスタートしてまだ間もないですが、早くもクッキング部、茶道部、そしてＥＳＳなどを見学し、複数の部活動に参加しようと意欲的です。私たち一同、アンナが仲間に加わったことを心からうれしく思っています。そして、日本での滞在がすばらしいものになりますように願っています。
Our 3 students currently studying at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, USA, have entered the second half of their study-abroad year. After completing their final exams in December, they had two weeks over Christmas and the New Year to spend with their host families and friends. Please check out the international noticeboard at school for regular updates and photos!
現在アメリカ・フェニックスにありますSt. Mary’s Catholic High Schoolに留学中の３名ですが、留学期間も後半にさしかかってきました。１２月に学期末テストを無事に終了した彼らですが、その後はクリスマスとニューイヤーにまたがる二週間の休暇に入り、それぞれのホストファミリーや友人たちとの時間を過ごしました。高校職員室横の掲示板にも定期的に彼らの様子や写真を掲示し、その内容も更新していますので、是非御覧ください！
Our 3 students currently studying at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, USA, have almost come to the end of their adventure. Not only has their English improved immensely, they have made so many new friends, experienced a new culture and most importantly grown as individuals. We look forward to seeing them back at Nigawa in June. Please check out the international noticeboard at school for regular updates and photos!
Yesterday we said goodbye to James, an exchange student from Padua College who had been at Nigawa for the last month. In the short time that he was with us, James left a big impression on Nigawa, he made many friends and learned about school life in Japan.
Good luck back in Australia, James!
This month, the Nigawa community said farewell to Lachlan Woodland, our first ever long-term exchange student from Padua College in Brisbane, Australia.
Lachlan came to us in April with a keen interest in learning about the culture of Japan and to improve his Japanese language ability. While he was successful in both of those goals, he also managed to make many friendships that no doubt will be long lasting. We are going to miss his humor and enthusiasm for life in general, but we look forward to seeing him once again when he returns to Japan.
On October 29 we received a group of students and teachers from Institution Marmoutier. This was the second time that Marmoutier students and teachers have come to Nigawa for a short-term exchange.
Throughout the day, our visitors took part in activities with Nigawa Gakuin junior high and high school students. In addition to numerous activities that included joint classes, kendo and caligraphy, the French students were hosted for 5 nights by Nigawa students, giving them a unique chance to experience Japanese home life. Moreover, the host students had an opportunity to make new friends and communicate with students from abroad in a more relaxed setting outside the school. These friendships have, in the past, been ongoing, with students staying in contact even after the program has completed.
Thank you Marmoutier for yet another exciting day. All of us here at Nigawa Gakuin look forward to your next visit in 2014.
Last week, we were fortunate to have a short exchange program with a group of high school students from Queensland, Australia. Students from Beaudesert State High School and Flagstone State Community College visited Japan for a 2-week study trip, the highlight of which was a homestay and exchange with students at Nigawa Gakuin.
The program was a huge success for students on both sides and we wish to give special thanks to all of the Nigawa families that hosted the Australian students.