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To Japan and back

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

The Willyama High School students with teacher Katherine Harris and School Principal Grant Shepherd at one of their many stops on their trip to Japan. PICTURE: Supplied The Willyama High School students with teacher Katherine Harris and School Principal Grant Shepherd at one of their many stops on their trip to Japan. PICTURE: Supplied

By Emily Ferguson

In September, fifteen Willyama High School students embarked on the excursion of a lifetime when they travelled to Japan. 

The Years Nine and Ten Japanese language students travelled to the country with their teacher Katherine Harris and School Principal Grant Shepherd. 

They said their favourite parts of the trip were the food, the shopping and the bullet train. 

They also enjoyed the more traditional experiences such as the Japanese baths and staying at a Ryokan, an old Japanese Inn. They also enjoyed meeting some primary school children, to whom they introduced themselves in Japanese. 

The students did their best to interact with the locals and the most used phrases were “Sumimasen” which means “excuse me” or “I’m sorry” and “Arigato Gozaimasu” (thank you). 

They were also delighted at how polite and respectful everyone was, and noted that despite Japan being so densely populated, there were few rubbish bins yet not litter in the streets. 

On the excursion the group used a buddy system, as well as the students being numbered from 1 to 15, and having a teacher in front and another behind at all times to ensure they didn’t leave anyone behind. 

“We did a lot of counting to 15,” said Mrs Harris.

“I am really proud of how they conducted themselves and Broken Hill should be proud of how they handled themselves... they represented the town well,” she said. 

Mrs Harris and her students thanked the Broken Hill community for their donations and support for the excursion. 

All of the students said they would love to do it again and recommended a holiday in Japan to everyone.

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