Bags were packed early this morning as we all arrived to meet at Inage. Students attending a final couple of classes with their home-stays before we said our final goodbye. A last photo on the stairs of the school before boarding the bus to Narita Airport. And we’re now on our way home! Waiting by the gate, some students are finishing writing in the journal a few last reflections on the experience. We will be collecting a select few entries from those journals in the next couple weeks to gift back to Inage school.
It was a memorable experience, to be sure. And here are a few ways to remember the trip! Feel free to share the following video. And lastly there is a link below to a large collection of photos taken by the teachers throughout the trip.
Mr. Barrett, Ms. Marshall & Ms. Hislop
Today, Handsworth students spent the day attending classes with Inage students. But even before our day had really begun, we discovered that our official visit to the mayor’s office had already been published in the local paper!
At Inage, students participated in and assisted with English classes, cooking class, crafts, kendo and judo as well as a special homeroom class of activities especially for us.
At 4:30, after school, everyone went down to the main hall in the school for a farewell party. The Inage parents had prepared a wonderful buffet for everyone. Mr. Barrett had also prepared a brief flashback video to October when the Inage students had visited Handsworth.
Jenelle and Connor gave a farewell speech on behalf of the students. Everyone was presented with a certificate from the Inage Principal for completing the exchange.
Finally, the Handsworth students got to present their performance of “Canadian, Please”, while looking sharp in the red Canada shirts! Only one student (who will remain nameless 😉 ) forgot to bring their shirt… but fortunately we had extras!
Tonight we spend our last night with the host families. Tomorrow its a long journey back to Vancouver!
Today students returned to Inage High School with stories of their first night at their home-stay. What the house was like, what they had for dinner and what the commute was to and from school and home were all topics shared.
Students attended homeroom class where they introduced themselves. We then all promptly hopped on a bus for our tour of Chiba. The first stop was Qiball, a sort of Japanese version of Science World. Here students learned all sorts of scientific know-how and wizardry from how a car works, to the science of an earthquake, to even participating in challenges which tested their brain power.
Our second stop was a formal visit to the reception chamber of the Mayor of Chiba. This was our official visit as representatives of North Vancouver. Speeches were made, gifts exchanged and students had the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with the mayor himself. Afterwards, commemorative photos were taken and a few of the students, Charlie, Grace and Copeland were even interviewed by local TV and newspapers about their experiences in Japan.
Lunch was spent in a brand new mega-mall that just opening in Chiba in December. It was enormous! Students were able to find some gifts for home and grab some food before returning to the bus.
Our last activity of the day was back at the school where students participated in Ikebana, or traditional flower arrangement. The three finest examples of flower arrangement were chosen by the teacher, and they were from Karina, Lucas and Connor. All the students were able to take their arrangements home to their host families.
Tonight is another exciting night with the host families, and tomorrow is our first chance to explore the huge metropolis that is Tokyo!