Dear Mr. Kamakura,
Hi. How is it going? I would like to write about this week. Saturday, I and my host father took my host brother to his friend's birthday party by car. The friend' name was Patrick. I had met the msn who is named Patrick three times before. Then I was interested in how to give own child in Australia. So I asked my host father about it. He said "I used internet." I was surprised to hear that and told him how hard it is in Japan.
Sunday, I and my host sister were taken to a huge park by my host mother. After we walked a short while, we took a rest in the shade of a big palm. I had a peaceful and relaxing time there. After dinner I watched the movie version of 'Looking for Alibrandi', which is used in English class in my school, with my host parents. They made many pauses to explain to me for me during the movie. In this movie not only English was used but also Italy. So it was hard for me to understand. I could understand a little thanks to them.
Monday, I played cricket in PE class. I could not understand the rule in this and appreciate it. After dinner we always watch 'BLOCK'. It is like "Gekiteki Before and After" in Japan. My host sister said to me it is very popular TV program in Australia.
Tuesday, we cooked STOCK in Food class. It was easy to cook. We just mixed some vegetables with coconut milk. The taste was....good. It tasted like thick soup. We had to give presentations in English class. The teacher said "Firstly, Kazu, please." I was very surprised. I thought why I was the first. But, I accepted it and handed my USB to her. However, something was wrong with her PC. So she delayed my presentation. I was very lucky.
Wednesday, we fought against BCC (B～Christian College) on volleyball. I made some errors in the game. But as a result we won. Everyone is taller than me here. They were born in 1997. I was born in1996. I am the oldest in my class and one of the shortest boys.
Thursday, I gave a presentation in English class. I talked about the emperor of Japan. I tried being cool and speaking slowly. After that I was happy by good response from everyone. The time limit was 5 minutes but I was talking for 6 minutes 48 seconds. Perhaps, I talked the longest in my class.
Friday, Mrs. Carnie took us to the aquarium. We saw penguins, some small fish, sharks, jellyfish, frogs, and so on. My favorite is green frog. It did not move like a rock. We saw many Japanese high school students there. So we acted like immigrants and talked in English.
I will do my best from now on! From K.S.
Hi Mr. Kamakura! How are you?
Half of the program ended, right? It sure is really fast. I still remember the moment we actually stepped in to Australia like it was yesterday.
This week I set up this one small goal to myself and it was to take a picture with an Australian student. Guess what, I actually did!!
On Friday, I and S. were talking to each other (yes, in English) about taking pictures. We kept saying that we've got to take one with Australian students. What we did was asked some girls we knew if we can take a picture with them. They were very kind and they actually said "Yeah! Of course!" to us. It really needed the courage to step up but I'm really glad that I did. Who cares if it's a picture with girls? The point is that we took a picture and I accomplished my goal. I hope I can get more next week.
Saturday, I went to the city with Z., S., M., and our coordinator Gail. I think someone already told you but M. is an exchange student from Kyoto and she's going to stay here for a whole year. Anyway, the city was great! I've already been there a couple weeks ago but I didn't have much time to actually walk around the city last time. We went around many places. In the city, there was a market called "Fuji Mart". This place sold Japanese food and ingredients for it. I'll make dinner for my family. I hope they'll like it.
About the questions you sent me last week. First you asked me how technology (iPad) is used at school. In Beaconhills, iPad is something that you must get to get on with the class. We all have an app. called "My Beaconhills". When we go to our tutor rooms in the morning, our tutor says to look on our "My Beaconhills" to see what kind of special things we have to do today. Of course our tutor reminds us of some important things but basically we have to check our iPad. Our timetables for the day is on our "My Beaconhills". During classes, many students use the iPad to take notes and do their assignments (which I don't do because the app. that is used as notes is a paid app.). Since we have Wi-Fi going around the school, we do our researches for essays during class. Even at home, students check there iPad to see what kind of homework they have on "My Beaconhills". Also some documents for the lessons are on a web site for the students in our school. Everyone has games on their iPad and they play with it. As long as we do our work, teachers normally just go with it. However, the Wi-Fi that is running has a filter on it and we can't get on SNS services using the school Wi-Fi. Also, we make documents by using iPad. For example, during ethics class, we get an in class assignment. Some students write it on a paper while some students type it up as a document and e-mail it to our teacher. Every student and teacher has an e-mail address for school so we use that.
The second question was about my conversation with my host mother. About that, we talk all kind of things. My host mother has been to many countries on work so she sometimes tells me about it. I guess we talk a lot about different cultures in our countries. We also talk about our day, how it was and what happened. Other than that we just have some random chats.
As I said in the first part, half of this program ended. I think that this month would pass even faster than the last month did. I was able to accomplish this week's goal. I hope I can continue this and show you many pictures of me and the other students. Wish me luck! From H.T.
Hello, how are you? Is Cambodia hot? I am pretty good because this week was awesome. On Thursday, I made Japanese style sushi for my host family. I used smoked salmon. Although it was my first time to make sushi, I did well and my host family really liked it. On Friday, finally the project started. It is to shake hands with one hundred people and get their autographs on my house T-shirt. I shook hands with and got autographs of some student who are in the same tutor group. I also hugged one student. I was very happy! I think it is important to continue this project every day! Yesterday, I went to Melbourne city with Gail (our coordinated), H., Z. and M. (student from Kyoto). We went to the church built more than one hundred years ago which is located near the big train station. It was one of the places which I wanted to go too. It was not only beautiful but also very sacred. We walked around the city and rode the Tram. Although there were some old buildings and some new ones in the city, the city was a very beautiful place and made me feel good. There were also many people who were doing performances like mime (pretending to be a statue). I think that Melbourne is an artistic city. Then we went to the Eureka tower which is the highest building in Australia. From the Skydeck88, we could see all of the city! After we went to the tower, we went to a shop which sold Japanese stuff. There were many different types of food. It cost a lot of money, because I bought a lot of food for cooking and some snacks. Before we went back home, we ate dinner at McDonald's. It was a great day. But if Gail had not come, we would not have had such a great day. So I am really thankful to her.
Today, I showed my host family the Tea Ceremony. It was very difficult to explain. I am thinking I will do it in Japanese class at school. I want to improve my explanation before I do the Tea Ceremony at school.
Yours truly, S.N.
Dear Mr. Kamakura.
I feel so bad that I forgot sending email to you. About a month has already passed since I arrived in Australia. I think time flies so quickly. I gave a speech to all senior school students on 11th Feb. I introduced Meiho students and a Japanese girl. I felt nervous then. We met a student who is the leader of Japanese class. His Japanese is very well. When I met him, I thought I want to speak English very well.
I went to Phillip island with my host family. We stayed at a holiday chalet, saw penguins and went to beach. We went to Subway to get lunch and ate on the beach. I thought there are good way to improve English in Subway because we have to remember many names of ingredients when we order. I used dictionary. If I had remembered them, I would have ordered smoothly. I regret that I didn't study them.
I went to market in Dandenong with Meiho students and Gail, who is our coordinator. There were many things and people who came from other countries. I bought something there. I cooked curry and miso soup for my host family on 24th Feb. Maybe it was good! Host father doesn't like miso soup, but they like curry!
Thank you. From Z.K.