For the past two and a half weeks, NGSC has been hosting a group of 15 students from Japan. These students chose to come to Australia during their school summer holidays to improve their English and experience life beyond their normal horizons.
They have joined our students in their regular schedules and also experienced Geelong and Victoria through excursions to Torquay, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum and the State Library of Victoria. They have also had many interesting experiences through their host families who opened their homes to these students and shared their daily lives. Our host families also took great care to show our visitors more of Australia outside of school hours.
They have learnt a great deal over the past 18 days and shared some of the things that surprised them, that they liked, and that they learned while in Australia.
“I really enjoyed the natural environment feel. Everyone was really friendly and very kind. The dingo pups were very cute. The baby wombat was even more cute. I was really impressed by the amount of freedom in classes. I could not believe how much Australians use computers and iPads. It is impossible in Japan. The houses are really big in Australia.”
“I was surprised by the way Australian schools use whiteboards not blackboards. We only use blackboards and chalk in Japan. The volume of food at meals was very large. The classes have a lot of freedom. I was surprised by how many homes have pets of all kinds - dogs, cats, birds. Everyone has been very friendly at my home stay and at school. My host mother has been really kind.”
“The land in Australia is very large and flat and there are great views. There are many animals. There are many kinds of people. There were lots of people of tattoos. Many foods are very big sizes and very cheap. There is farmland very close to the road. I like Australian beef.”
“Australian people are very tall. Australian people do not eat much breakfast. There is not much traffic.”
“Movie theatre chairs are so big. Australia has so many handsome guys. Bottled water is very expensive.”
“Your blood alcohol content can be above absolute zero and you can drive surprised me. I can see cows and horses and sheep on the way to school. The way Australians eat hot chips is different. I really liked fish and chips.”
“In Melbourne there are many skyscrapers, but go just a little away from the center and all the buildings are single storey. Everyone goes by car everywhere. Koala fur was more soft and fluffy than I imagined, and very cute.”
“There is a lot of grafitti. Australian people are very kind.”
“I was surprised that there is a Chinatown everywhere you go in the world. The colossal squid was amazing. There is so much in Melbourne to see.” Mr Cool Sunnies
“There is a great amount of freedom in the Food Technology classes. Compared to my school in Japan accepting exchange students, NGSC was more open.”
“Lunch time, everyone is outside playing, having a great time. Everyone has been really kind and anytime I did not understand something in class, the people around me would explain it clearly and carefully.”
“Australian school system is very different to Japan. You have electives.”
“I was surprised that you have Breakfast Club.”edfjlk