Japanese students from Yugawara Japan visit Port Stephens for an exchange

Japanese students learning about Aboriginal culture at Murrook (photo supplied and taken by Nigel Dique).


JAPANESE school students from the Port Stephens city sister of Yugawara this week visited the area as part of a one week exchange.

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They attended St Philips Christian College and had an Australian family experience being billeted to families from the school.

The Japanese students were treated to the sites of Port Stephens with a variety of excursions to, for example, Sketchley Cottage in Raymond Terrace, Murrook, dolphin watching, a bush walk on Tomaree Mountain, and partaking in a Mayoral reception.

Mr Nigel Dique, Chairman of the Port Stephens Sister Cities Committee, spoke to News of The Area about the sister cities arrangements.

He said, “Port Stephens has four sister cities.”

“Three in Japan (Yugawara, Tateyama and Kushiro) and one in Washington State (Bellingham).”

“Sister cities relationships provide an opportunity for citizens of the sister cities to get to know another culture through educational, sporting and cultural exchanges, and make enduring friendships in the interests of world peace.”

“Visiting Yugawara students benefit culturally and linguistically through interaction with Australian students.”

“Many have made long term friendships.”

“St Philips students also benefit culturally through interaction.”

This year, six students from Japan visited, three boys and three girls aged 13 and 14.

The sister city arrangement with Yugawara in Japan has formally been in place since 1999.


By Heather SHARP


Enjoying a cultural exchange at the Mayoral reception (photo supplied and taken by Nigel Dique).

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