Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August, 2018
Today, Emma visited my host family’s house. Emma is my host sister’s cousin. She likes to draw pictures, and she showed me a lot of her drawings. I was impressed with her butterflies, horses, elephants and flowers. Among them, I liked the butterfly picture the most.
After that, I ate lunch with Emma and my friend. It was delicious. After having lunch, I took a walk with my host sister and Emma on the farm. The farm is so large that we take a buggy when we take a walk. I touched a horse and a cow. I heard horses bite people, but it was very pretty. We got off the buggy, sat on the lawn and ate snacks. I talked only in simple English, but I enjoyed it very much. It was a very active Saturday. I want to talk with my family about this homestay when I go back to Japan.
(R. Y. M3 girl)
Today was the best Saturday in Australia. I went to Eumundi Markets. There were many stores and many people. I didn’t buy anything, but it was exciting. After that, I went to a big shopping mall for lunch. I ate a hamburger. It was delicious. I bought some snacks as a present for my friends. I enjoyed shopping very much.
In the evening, I went to Mooloolaba Beach to do BBQ with my host family. While Maree (my host mother) was cooking sausages, I took a walk along the coast. The view was beautiful, so I took many pictures. Of course, dinner was wonderful, too.
I watched an AFL game after I got home. The game was between Brisbane and Gold Coast. I couldn’t watch the whole game because I had to go to bed at 9:45 p.m. I hoped Brisbane would win.
(N. Y. M3 girl)
Today, there was another guest staying at my host family’s house. They are my host sister’s friends, host mother’s brother, his wife and his daughter. In the morning, I talked with Emma, my host sister’s cousin. She is a wonderful artist. She drew my host family’s pets and flowers blooming around the house. Also, she showed me a lot of her paintings and art works. These were all great.
After lunch, we rode a buggy in the host family’s farm. My host sister taught to me how to drive a buggy, and I drove it. It was my first time, and I enjoyed that.
After that, we had a picnic at the farm, and we played hide-and-seek. It was a bit different from the Japanese version, but it was also fun. I was able to talk with a lot of people, and I enjoyed the day.
(M. K. M3 girl)
I climbed Mt. Coolum with my friends and their host family in the morning. It took about 30 minutes one way, and it was very hard for me. It had a great view at the top of the mountain.
At night, we went to the Mooloolaba Beach and ate seafood dishes at a restaurant. I ate shrimp, oyster, salmon, scallop and tuna. They were all delicious, and I had a lot of fun. I would like to eat them again someday.
(R. K. M3 girl)
Today, I climbed Mt. Coolum with my friends and host families in the morning. The view from the top was very beautiful. My host father gave me a stone, and it is a souvenir to take back to Japan.
After lunch, we got home. I watched “Project Runway.” It is a famous American show in Australia. I like that program and I watch it every day.
In the evening, we met our friends again at Mooloolaba Beach. After that, we went to the fish store to eat dinner. The oysters were the most delicious. I ate a lot until my stomach was full.
Today was a very fun day.
(M. K. M3 girl)
Today, I went to Mt. Coolum with my host family and my friend. I was a little tired, but the scenery was very beautiful. We got a lot of breaks while we were climbing, so I wasn’t very tired. I could see the beautiful sea from the top of the mountain. When we came down the mountain, I felt a little sad that my new shoes were dirty with sand.
After I got home, I took a little rest and ate fruit for a snack. I ate a lot because they were delicious and I hadn’t had lunch.
In the evening, I went to have dinner with my friend who climbed the mountain with us in the morning. We took a walk before eating dinner. I saw beautiful sunset there. The sunlight was reflected on the surface of the water and it was beautiful. I ate fish and chips at dinner. It was delicious, but it was so big that I got really full. After dinner, we played in a nearby park. There was no one there, so I played freely. It was a little cold, but I enjoyed the time. I have made lots of good memories today.
(M. N. M3 girl)
Monday 20th August 2018
Today we went to Marinatha Recreation Camp. I was looking forward to it, but my host mother told me that I shouldn’t go there because I was sick. I thought a while, but I decided to go to the camp.
First, our team did the mid-ropes. I took many pictures there. My teacher asked me if I want to do it too, but I said no to take care of myself. Then, we had morning tea. My classmates were worried about me. How kind they were! After that, we made a bridge. Making the bridge made me tired, so I stayed at the camp’s facility to have a rest. When my classmates came back, they gave me some lemon leaves. When I left there, S carried my bag, and everyone took good care of me. I’m really happy to be in the international course.
When I reached the school, Mr. P took me to the nurse’s office. He was very kind, and the nurse said, “You should have a rest.”
(J. I. M3 boy)
Today, I went to a camp. As soon as I arrived, I did the climbing activity. It was very exciting, but I was very scared because it was very high.
After morning tea, I made a simple bridge with my group mates. It was very hard work but fun. After that I had lunch.
Today’s lunch menu was tacos. It was very big, so I couldn’t finish eating so quickly. After lunch, I did an activity that was like bungee jump. It’s very exciting and fantastic. I felt like I was flying in the sky. I want to do it again.
After that, I had some time left. I played tennis with my friends at the nearby tennis court, but the racket and ball which were put on the tennis court were difficult to smash.
Today was a very satisfying day.
(T. M. M3 boy)
Today, I went to Maranatha Recreation Camp. I am afraid of heights to I didn’t look forward to going there. I experienced three activities. They were lots of fun. It is true that I felt scared. However, I enjoyed them. I would like to go there again with my family.
At night. I ate tacos. I had never eaten tacos. I had five tacos, but I was not full. After dinner, I ate dessert, but I was still not full. After taking a bath, I ate some chocolates, but yet I was not satisfied. I have got an incredible appetite.
(S. K. M3 girl)
Friday 17th August, 2018
Today, we went to the retirement village. There were many old people.
We introduced the Japanese art form of the Origami. The old people who listened to our presentation were enjoying it. We could do our best and I will do my best in the primary school too.
After that, we sang 手紙 for the old people. I couldn’t sing well, but I think our voices were very good. We ate some cakes, sandwiches and fruit for morning tea. They were very good. At that time, we talked with two old people who have been in the village for 9 years. We heard many things which are good for our experience. We have 5 more days. So I will try to speak English and enjoy this program!!!
(S. N. M3 boy)
Today, I went to retirement village. I made a presentation to the residents there. They listened to our presentation so well. I was glad about that. After that, we ate morning tea with them. We talked with some people and asked them questions in English at that time. In the afternoon, we returned to school. I learned about reading skills. Also today was one of my friends’ birthdays. We celebrated her birthday and we ate cupcakes. In the evening, I went shopping with my friends. I bought snacks for my family then. I thought that I still don’t want to go back to Japan.
(Y. M. M3 boy)
Thursday August 16th, 2018
Today, we went to Mooloolaba Beach. We learned safety rules which we have to observe when we go to the beach. After being taught about it, we played by the sea. We played beach volleyball. It was very difficult. I couldn’t move well because of the sand, but I had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. We also had a BBQ. It was very nice to eat and talk with my friends. I want to do it again. We went shopping after eating lunch. I bought some souvenirs and ice cream. It was really fun. I’ll give my souvenirs to my family. I’m looking forward to seeing their faces when I give them the souvenirs.
(K. H. M3 boy)
We went to Mooloolaba Beach today. I played beach volleyball, and it was a lot of fun.
After playing at the beach, we had a BBQ. I had a lot of french fries. We went back to school. I played badminton with my friends at the after school care. I hope tomorrow will be another good day.
(S. F. M3 girl
Today, I went to Mooloolaba Beach. It was the second time that I visited the beach. I played with my friends, and I took a lot of pictures at the beach. It was a lot of fun. However, the sunlight was so hot that I got tired quickly. That said, I really enjoyed the day, and I want to go there again.
(S. A. M3 girl)
August 16, 2018
Today, I took an ESL lesson at school. I introduced my host family. After that, I cooked ANZAC biscuits. It was a little bit difficult to make but the biscuits were very delicious. After that, I ate lunch. In the afternoon, I watched a music performance. The performer used strange musical instruments but the music was very nice. At host family’s house, I played with “Kinetic Sand” with my host family.
(S. A. M3 girl)
Today, I took an ESL in the morning. I practiced introducing myself.
After morning tea, I cooked sausage rolls. They were crunchy and delicious. I ate so much that I ate only a little bit of my lunch. After that, I enjoyed a performance by Linsey. He used vegetables and some other tools that you would never use to play music, like gardening tubes and a chair. I joined in the performance. I was a little nervous, but it was a lot of fun.
(B. K. M3 girl)
Today, I took an ESL lesson until 10:00 a.m.. We talked about our host families in the group. Then, we learned about the ecosystem in Australia. I was specifically surprised at koala not being a kind of bear. They are marsupials, so they are the same similar to humans. Can you believe it? It is true though. I find it unbelievable that the koala is the same species as us.
At lunch time, I had a lunchbox which my host mother made. There were things like spring rolls in the lunch box. They tasted very good. I think, sure enough, she is a really good cook. I had lasagna at dinner time. It was very delicious too. Today was a good day! I am looking forward to tomorrow. Good night. See you tomorrow.
(S. M. M3 boy)