Cultures shared, memories made as local high schools welcome Japanese students

Japanese exchange students are welcome to Simcoe County
Eastview Secondary School Principal Jane Seymour (left) exchanges gifts with Kasukabe Kyoei JHS Vice Principal Yoshihiro Hoshi and teacher Miyuki Akamatsu during a Welcome Ceremony.

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) officially welcomed Kasukabe Kyoei Junior High School students to its secondary schools on February 2. Five SCDSB secondary schools are hosting the Japanese exchange students, with approximately 24 at each of the following schools: Barrie Central Collegiate, Barrie North Collegiate, Bear Creek Secondary School, Eastview Secondary School and Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School. This is the ninth year that the group has visited our schools.

Last week, each of the five host schools held a welcome ceremony for the group with presentations given by teachers and administrators from SCDSB and Kasukabe Kyoei JHS, and representatives from coordinating agency Muskoka Language International. The exchange students then shared their culture through fairs at each of the schools, showcasing traditional Japanese crafts, games, arts and dance.

The Japanese students will be staying in Simcoe County for the month of February. While here, they will have the opportunity to integrate and live the life of a Canadian high school student while also taking ESL courses.

“This experience provides a great cultural exchange opportunity and lifelong memories for the students of Simcoe County and Japan,” says International Student Program (Kasukabe) Coordinator Chris McCafferty. “We thank our school communities for being welcoming and inclusive environments for our international friends and colleagues.”

For more information about the program, please contact:

Chris McCafferty
International Student Program
(705) 817-0094
cmccafferty@scdsb.on.ca 

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