– 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)
– August 19, 2019
Today, I learned about Aboriginal culture. Firstly, I learned about buildings. There are various buildings in Australia. For example, Q1, a high-rise apartment, Parramatta and Government House built in 1800. I found that there are both new buildings and old ones in Australia.
Secondly, I learned about food. It is different from Japan, especially about BBQ. Most people in Japan enjoy BBQ in summer, but Australian people enjoy it every weekend. I’m surprised at this.
Thirdly, I learned about boomerangs. A boomerang is painted in various designs. They express Aboriginal mythology, Dreamtime stories. That left a strong impression on me.
I found that Aboriginal culture has come down to us in this class.
I am enjoying this study abroad program!
(A.T., M3 girl)
Today, we learned about Aboriginal dot painting, Australian buildings and cuisines. Aboriginal dot paintings were created to tell stories about their Dreamtime spirits, so I thought I would draw on my boomerang painting that has a story. However, I could only use dots. Therefore, it was hard.
Next, I studied Australian famous buildings and food. I will write one thing that I was impressed with. My English teacher, Mrs. Bonica, showed us Vegemite. Because I didn’t have water, I didn’t try it, but most of my classmates said that it was not tasty. I think Japanese are not used to eating Vegemite.
Finally, the central part of Australia is mostly deserted, and some Aboriginal people live there. I felt Japanese transportation is very developed.
(R.S., M3 boy)
– August 18, 2019
Today, I went shopping and something surprising happened to me. There were many Japanese words in Daiso, and most of the goods there were sold there were made in Japan.
In a big supermarket, I needed to pay for bags to put things that I bought. I thought it is good for the environment and Japan should imitate this.
In the evening, I had hot dogs, salad and Australian Bavarian cream. The hotdogs were really good, so I ate too much.
I want to enjoy the rest of my stay in Australia.
(N.I., M3 girl)
This morning, I was going to go shopping, but we had to go to my host mother’s friend’s house first. She is a high school principal and has four dogs. One of them had six babies in her stomach. The dog was having this morning,. My host mother has helped a dog which was having babies before, so we went to her friend’s house to help the dog. When we arrived at her house, three puppies had already been born. The mother was sleeping. I saw the three puppies, and they were so tiny and very cute. Also, we saw the scene of birth. Maybe, many people don’t like it, but it was interesting for me.
After that, my host grandfather came to pick us up, and we went shopping. I was anxious about puppies all the time. Then, when I got home, I asked her about them. “5 boys and one girl. They are alright,” she said I was relieved to hear that.
This experience was very good for me. I’ve seen it on TV, but I’d never seen it before. So, I will never forget it.
(M.S., M3 girl)
– August 19, 2019
Today, I went to the kindergarten library to meet kindergarten students. It was good to hear the kindergarten teacher read the book to the kindergarten children and to see them interact. I enjoyed watching them and listening to the story as well. Being a student from Japan and eager to learn English, I found the experience to be valuable and enjoyable.
Learning with children really helps to learn English, I am glad the school provided this
opportunity. Thank you to Canturbury College.
(H.K., M3 boy)
The weather in the morning was foggy. It was so bad.
We studied grammar, conversation, and vocabulary. We also learned Aussie slangs in the first lesson. This was the most difficult in today’s lessons. In the second lesson, we watched some movies about Australian money. After lesson, I went to canteen. I bought Nacho’s there. Some boys bought one too. It was made with corn chips, salsa, sour cream and avocado. During the third lesson, we drew a surfer with my group. I had a nice day.
(R.A., M3 boy)
Today, I had the first ESL lesson. I learned a lot about Australian culture. For me, learning about Australian money was very interesting. In Japan, notes are made of paper while Australian notes are made of plastic. So Australian notes will be not damaged if you had accidentally washed it. I was very surprised.
After school, we went to Woolworths. In Australia, there are big shopping carts. Because Australians don’t go shopping every day, they buy a lot. One thing I was surprised at was there were two ways to use the shopping basket. I can use it like a shopping cart or carry it in my hand. It was very useful to use it like a shopping cart, so I wanted to use it in Japan too.
At dinner, we ate meat cutlet. It was good. It has been 12 days since I came to Australia, and I am getting used to using a knife and fork.
After dinner, we watched Australia’s Got Talent. First, I was too shy to talk to my host parents, but now I can say my opinions very easily, and I’m very happy about it. Today, I laughed a lot by having a lot of conversation with my host family. I think this is the result of my efforts, and I have improved a lot more than I imagined. So I don’t have any regrets. It was a very good experience for me. There are only a few days left, so I will try my best to talk to my host family.
(Y.N., M3 girl)
– August 18, 2019
Today, we went to the zoo and saw koalas the kangaroos. I have seen them in a Japanese zoo, but they were put into a cage and there is usually a space between them and us. However, we were able to hug a koala and gave kangaroos some food today. It was a valuable experience for me and I was impressed.
After that, we went to the beach and had a walk. The sand was superfine, so it made a noise when I walked over it.
This is my first time to travel abroad, and I have experienced a lot of differences between Australia and Japan. We had a lot of fund, and I’ll try to keep doing my best.
(M.T., M3 girl)
Today, we went to Gold Coast as an excursion.
First, we visited a zoo which is called Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. There were many kinds of animals in this zoo, and we took many pictures of them. I held a koala and fed a kangaroo. They were much cuter than seeing in the pictures. Some birds flew over my head in the bird show. I felt the birds in this zoo were very smart because they flew according to human directions. Trains were running in the zoo, so I thought the land was very large!
Next we went to the beach around 13:30. I saw the horizon. This is a rare opportunity in my life. A pleasant breeze was blowing, and the sea was cal m and much cleaner than Tokyo Bay. By having the experiences above, I was able to lead a fulfilling day.
(K.T., M3 boy)