TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN YEARS 4 – 5
Konnichiwa, the school is now calling for final expressions of interest in the Japan home stay program for 2020. The initial form was distributed last year, following the information session, where we heard from the 2018 participants. Details regarding the Japan tour are not able to be provided at this stage; however I can say that the tour will occur in April/May 2020 for a period of approximately 10 days. The cost will be in the vicinity of $2,700 – $3,000.
A brief overview of the itinerary is as follows: We will depart Melbourne and fly to Nagoya where our group will be met by delegates from the City of Obu. We will be transported to a hotel where the children and our staff will stay overnight. The following morning we will be collected from the hotel by staff from Ishigase Elementary School and taken to school where the children will join their classes. The host families will collect the children from school that afternoon and our children will then commence their 5 day home stay visit. The home stay visit will include a weekend. Following our 5 day school stay our group will travel to Kyoto where we will be based for 3-4 days. We will see many of the sights in Kyoto and travel to Nara for a day to see other sights of interest. We may also consider including Tokyo/Osaka as part of our next tour. The days are all incredibly busy and we take in as many wonders of this exceptional country as we can manage.
I have been on 8 trips to Japan with children and I truly believe the tour is an incredible opportunity for them. I have seen their social skills develop, resilience build and confidence soar. The groups have bonded exceptionally well during the previous trips and I have no doubt that this will once again occur.
If you are interested in your child being considered for participation on the 2020 tour to Japan, please fill in the form below and return to me, Sue Higgins, by Friday the 1st of November.