Good evening. How's everything? Last week, I had many events. On Wednesday, I went to Kris's auntie's house. Kris is a student from China and he is staying with the same host family. Having wanted to experience another culture, I went there. Also the neighbors came there, but all the people were Chinese! We had BBQ and ate some Chinese food. I had great time.
On Friday, we had a swimming race held by Beaconhills College. I did 50m freestyle C, which was same race as H. and 8 people swam at the same time. I came in 5th place. Finally, our house won! It was so exciting!! Although I had hesitated to join the race at first, but I thought this challenge would be very good for me.
Yesterday I went shopping with Kris. When we were on our way home, we took the wrong bus. But we continued riding the bus. We nearly reached the sea at one time! Finally we got home safely after it got dark. Seeing the stars in the night sky, I felt that the day was not so bad.
Today is my little brother, Nathan's birthday. I gave Jinbei to Nathan and Sean. They looked so happy. So I am also happy.
At school, I am gradually making friends. I think it was really good that I joined the swimming race! It will help me make more friends!
Yours truly, S.N.
Hi Mr. Kamakura! How are you?
Second week of school and I'm starting to fit in. I still might be hanging with Meiho guys during lunch but I try to use English and I also try to hang with the other people.
Last week I forgot to write about my classes so I'll write some about it now. Right now, I'm taking Ethics, Commerce, History, Healthy Body Healthy Mind (Physical Ed), Japanese, and ESL. You might have thought why Japanese. Yes, I did think that too. However I discussed this with my Japanese teacher and the head of senior school. They said that this class would be good for both us exchange students and Australian students. We can get some connection with them while they feel the real life Japanese. This class actually did help me to fit in to this school
I also took some challenging classes. Ethics is pretty hard. During this two weeks, we learned about human relationship. We read some articles and discussed about marriage and divorce. This class uses lots of hard words and I am having a hard time catching up. Writing a 200 words essay in 20 minutes isn't easy for me.
I've got to work hard on these hard classes.
As I wrote in the beginning, I am starting to hang around with other people. On Wednesday I played in a basketball game with year 12 people. My host family's cousin invited me to play in her friends' team because they had a missing player. It was a have fun game and I really enjoyed it. I might be able to play with them every week! It was nice of my cousin to invite me and I'm very thankful.
On Friday, we had a swimming carnival and I did the 50m freestyle and freestyle relay. I was able to talk with some people in my house. It felt really nice after the relay when one of my teammate said " Hiro is my Hero".
This weekend, I stayed at my cousins' house. Our host family has three cousins. Chloe is the one who invited me to basketball. She is the oldest and she is in year 12. Adrian (we call him Ace) is in the same grade as me. We played the Xbox together. Isabelle is the youngest and she is in year 7. I slept over at their house on Saturday. We watched some movies that was on TV and also played with a game called "4 pictures one word". It was very nice spending the weekend with them. We all go to the same school so I hope I can hang with them, especially with Ace. I've put on a picture of me and the guys I played basketball. I hope I can get more pictures with my friends.
This week, I felt that sports is a good way to communicate with people. I haven't play with year 10s but I was able to talk with some people about NBA. I hope I can get used to them even more, and I think I can do it. See you next week!
Hi. Mr, Kamakura. Sorry for delay. Something was wrong with my PC.
I adapted to life in new school soon. But, any classes are so difficult that I can't keep up with them in them. We also have many homework and must give two presentation a week. However,I enjoyed everyday now.
I am surprised at difference between Japan and Australia every day. I want to have more experiences.
Last week was fantastic, particularly on weekend. What I felt this week was Nunawading students and teachers are very nice people! I'm trying to make new friends, but I haven't talked with all of them yet. So, I have to speak to the students having a positive attitude. Also, gradually my homework is increasing. The homework is very hard for us! I waste some time for homework at host family's house.
On the weekend, I went to the church, city, and river, many places. I would like to thank to my host family. We went to the city in the evening, which was quite fantastic! The scenes I saw was better than the daytime. I have attached three photos to this email. The first picture is I took with some friends at Nunawading. I couldn't take a picture with girls. But, I will. The second one is I took at night in the city. Maybe, it is night version of the picture I sent before. The third one is my host family took when we went to the river.
Warm Regards, H.T.
Hello! I have three host brothers. They are gentle. They are 10, 15, and 18 years old. My youngest host brother is kind. My middle host brother is the tallest of him family. He plays basketball. But T. can play basketball better than him. They usually play Xbox360. My coordinator said me that Don't play Xbox. I often practice swimming at home.
Today, I went to market with My coordinator, N., T. and Z. There are many shops. There are vegetable shops, meat shops, closes shops, toy shops. Electronic shops were interesting. These shops' clerk usually were Chinese. They sell Chinese company's products, Korean company's products and fake products. I wanted to buy a headphone. They sold just cheap headphones. So I didn't buy a headphone. T. bought a fake headphone. Its true headphone is more than $200, but it was $15. I saw illegal copied games. These were $10. However we can't bring fake things into Japan. I don't know that T. knows it.