– August 20, 2019
Today, we gave a presentation to some Canterbury College students. My group talked about calligraphy. A lot of people came to our booth, and they looked enjoying calligraphy so much!
When I practiced my presentation, I was afraid that I couldn’t express myself in English. However, I was able to communicate well with the audience. So, I was very happy. I thought that it’s important to never give up on anything.
Also, I took music class in forth class. I was surprised that they didn’t use chairs. We made a circle on the floor. I think classes in Japan are too serious!
The day after tomorrow is last day in Australia. I want to enjoy the rest of two days to the full.
(M.F., M3 girl)
Today, I had the last ESL lesson. I learned a lot of things about Australia in ESL lessons. Learning Aussie slangs was very interesting for me.
In the afternoon, we introduced Japanese culture to Canterbury College students. My group talked about Japanese cuisine and we gave them an opportunity to use chopsticks. Some students were able to use chopsticks well. Other people found it difficult. I am very happy if they have learned about Japan even a little at this opportunity.
At night, we made okonomiyaki and miso-soup for our host family. They were pleased and said, “Delicious!” We were very happy to hear that.
We will stay here only two more nights. So, I want to enjoy living here as much as possible.
(M.I., M3 girl)
– August 21, 2019
Today was the last school day in Australia. The classes in Australia were very interesting to me. My buddy was kind to me, and I enjoyed talking with her!
In the afternoon, I had BBQ with my buddy and my host brother. It was a very good time for me. It is the last day to spend with my host family.
We had a birthday party for Mizuki! We ate pavlova. It was very delicious! I want to eat it again.
I played “babanuki” with my host family. I really enjoyed it. I really like my host family. I really enjoyed my school life in Australia. I really enjoyed spending time in Australia for about two weeks. I think I can speak English better than before coming to Australia. I don’t want to go back to Japan. Thank you for everything.
‘(A.S., M3 girl)
Today is the last day at Canterbury College. Today’s lessons were with my buddy. Today, we had a BarBie with our buddy and some host families. We could look back this exciting two weeks. I was able to spend satisfying days and there were many important experiences. For example, Aboriginal culture, Aussie slangs, beautiful views, Aussie home culture, and Aussie animals. These were not something you can learn in Japan.
Tomorrow, we go back to Japan, but I will not forget these experiences, and I make the most of the experiences.
(R.O., M3 boy)
As I felt the warm breeze ruffle my hair, I looked out into the vast playground of the school. I couldn’t believe that I won’t be coming to Canterbury tomorrow. Unlike the warm breeze, I felt the chilly wind blowing in my heart. When I closed my eyes, memories flooded back into my mind; learning about Aussie culture, hugging a koala, going shopping with my host family, and laughing with my buddy.
The best thing in Australia was the people. All of the people I met here were so warmhearted and welcoming. The students at Canterbury were so welcoming that it made me feel like I was also a student here. The teachers also helped us a lot when we didn’t know something about the school. On the last day with my buddy, I had P.E.. Honestly, I am not a good athlete, and it was my first time playing touch football. As you can imagine, I slipped and fell down. A boy nearby rushed towards me asking me if I was ok. Australia was really warm; not only the weather but also the heart of people.
As I remembered the beautiful memories I made in Australia, it was as if a candle lit in my heart. The candle light warmed up my heart, and the sadness seemed to disappear. If there is a meeting, there is also a parting. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean saying goodbye is always a bad thing. In my case, it’s just a temporary goodbye because I’ve already promised myself to come back to Australia someday.
(K.O., M3 girl)