There was a swimming carnival on March 3rd. I swam freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle relay. In breaststroke and freestyle relay, I was in the second. In freestyle and butterfly, I was in the third. There are people who I have made many friends with through this event.
I talked with many other students at this event and took a lot of pictures. And it was a nice day. I also had conversation with other students in school life and played together during lunch time.
I had a presentation about Japan in the 1800s during my previous lesson. Although it was serious, I was able to deliver it well.
I have had a lot of conversations with my host family. I went my host family's friend's house and helped making a chicken hut, I made it all right. Next time, I am planning to make Japanese cuisine. So I want to work harder.
From now on I will work hard and try hard.
Hello, Mr. Kamakura. How are you? I'm fine. I got used to an Australian life. At first I was filled with anxiety. But my host family said, "When you feel uncomfortable or sad, just tell us." I was touched when I heard it. I helped my host father fixing his garage. I carried wood and iron sheet. And I used many tools. They were all very fun and nice memories.
Australian school life is fun. I didn't understand English well at first. But it was very interesting when I was able to understand about what teachers say in classes. Australian students are very kind for Japanese students. They invited me to play games with them. They taught me about class. They asked me about Japanese words. They were very interested in Japanese culture, so I was happy. I played basketball games with other Australian school students. They are very tall and good basketball players. We played 6 games, but we won only one game. We lost the other five games, but it was very good experience for me.
I went to mountain with host father, host sister and host sister's friend. This mountain is not high, so hiking in the mountain was easy. I enjoyed very beautiful view when I went to the top. It was very exciting. I went to another state. Its name is New South Wales. I attended host parents' friend's funeral. His daughter spread his bones in the river. She and her husband were crying. I was little sad. Other Japanese students and I went on picnic. We saw steam trains. It was so cool. The other day, I went to a science work shop. This place was like SF world. I saw many machines. They were cool.
There are only three weeks of Australian life left now. I hope I will have no regrets about Australian life. I will do my best!!
Hello, Mr. Kamakura!!!!! How are you?
I made lots of new friends. I'm enjoying school life here. I think PE class is the most fun.
Last week, I went to Queen Victoria Market with my host family. This place is very very big. And there were so many people. I bought gifts for my friends in Japan. I ate pizza for lunch. It was very cheap but delicious. After lunch, I went to my host mother's work place. This place is on the top floor of the building. So the scenery from there was the best. After that, I went to Penguins Parade. We saw penguins returning from the the sea to their den. It was very pretty. I had a good time.
Dear Mr. Kamakura
Hi! I'm enjoying my Australia's life. So today, I'll introduce my school and my memories on last weekend.
First, my host school is St. Francis Xavier College. My school has a lot of people. I guess there are about 2000 people... My house at school is White. Other Meiho friends also belong to the same house. In the house, there are many different grade's students. So, I can talk with a lot of people with different ages!
My favorite time on campus is lunchtime! Because after lunch, I often play soccer with a lot of boys. Sometimes I talk with the same class students. And sometimes I take a nap on the spacious ground. So, I'm looking forward to the next lunchtime... After school, I take school bus to home.
Second, I went to a farm near Melbourne Airport last weekend with my Meiho friend. This area has a lot of farms. So, I am able to see a lot of animals! For example, horse, chicken, fox and even dingo!
I can relax in this place because it's so vast. I want to live there in the future (lol). I must go back to Japan in three weeks... I'm so sad but I'll enjoy Australian life until the end of this program. Thank you!
Dear Mr. Kamakura,
Hello, Mr. Kamakura. How are you doing? My English conversation skills are steadily growing. The first, I would like to talk about Physical Education lesson. The first week of the class was studying about how body works, AIDS and schizophrenia. The second week of the class was playing basketball using Heritage school gym in elementary school. The gym is very spacious and we play games after practicing every week.
Second, I'm would like to talk about Mathematics. In Mathematics classes, we always open textbooks on my iPad. The content of the math lessons is calculation, junior high school first grade, third grade content and sentence problem. Two weeks ago, I took a math test. The math test was hard but I was able to answer all the questions.
Third, I would like to talk about Science. The content of science class is an experiment which focuses on looking at the graph of the periodic table, problems of ions, covalent compounds, covalent bonding experiments to the third grader.
Fourth, I would like to talk about Music. In music lessons, We listen to pieces of famous artists and sing and create original songs by ourselves. There are guitars and keyboards in the music classroom. The number of students is six. Each student is rich in personality and enjoy the lessons.
Fifth, I would like to talk about English lessons. In English classes, students learn about English history, social psychologists, philosophers, success analysts, educators, psycho economists, writers, authors, cultural theorists, juvenile justice reformers, public attorney lawyers, photographers, human rights lawyers, or designers. We learn by listening to the stories of architects, inventors, and musicians.
Sixth, I would like to talk about Humanities. In social classes, I learn the contents from before World WarⅠ to the end of World War Ⅱ.
Seventh, I would like to talk about Encounter. In Encounter's class, we learn about religion and Luther's Movies.
Eighth, I would like to talk about PC classes. In the class of the PC, we are doing web design. I'm planning to make an announcement about cherry blossoms on the last day of the class. The number of students is nine.
Lastly, I would like to talk about Sports. In sports class, students are divided into basketball or tennis. I play tennis every Wednesday.
See you next week!! From S.K.
Hello, Mr. Kamakura.
I experienced and learned a lot things within two weeks. My family are all Christians, so they have to go to church on Sunday. I learned about Jesus Christ there.
The classes are a little hard for me. Preachers used difficult words I do not know. It was hard to understand the meanings for me. And we sang church song which is so beautiful. The song was sang by just men. I am a member of that. I could make a lot of friends. They are very kind and funny. They always teach me about church and so on. I went to the city with them. I think that the city was beautiful and so big.
By the way, I play baseball in P.E. class every week. I could hit a homerun. So I could make friends in the class. I was happy. My best friends is Jack. He is so funny. He told me I am a good baseball player! I taught him how to play baseball. We could communicate with each other. School is such a good place for me.
I went to a theater to watch movie with my host father. We watched three movies whose names are The Great Wall, Ⅹ-men and King Kong. These movies are action movies. I want to watch these again in Japan. After that, we ate dinner together and it was so delicious.
Dear, Mr. Kamakura.
There were a lot of things at school this past two weeks. First of all, I took a math test at school. However, multiplication, division and addition were very easy and I wondered why testing such simple things. When the test was returned, the teacher praised me "Wonderful!" But it was a complex feeling.
Next is the second swimming competition. The competition was a tournament that only those who left good results at the last competition could go. So I went to the 200 m free style, free relay and medley relay and took first place in everything. But it was on Tuesday. So my Meiho friends went to watch movie with Ruth. I heard they watched ''The Grate Wall.'' I wanted to watch it.
There was canoeing experience and cycling that was on the next day of the competition. Although the canoe was quite enjoyable, the subsequent cycling was hot enough to run out of water. My foot became a muscle ache. I played a game like a rugby that uses Frisbee in physical education class with other students. I heard that the explanation of the game I have not seen before in English, so I was worried. However, because the other students were kind to me, I could enjoy the game. Also, a basketball lesson was held in another physical education lesson. Students in the same class taught us the word ''You are bloody legend.'' I heard that it means "Well done!" We taught our Australian student Japanese word ''Yabai'' in return. It was funny because he mastered it at once.
I went fishing on Sunday. I was very tired because I was on the ship for five hours, but it was good because I got a lot of king george whiting fish. I am going to hike from next Tuesday to Thursday. I'm looking forward to doing it. As I gradually approach the end of studying abroad, I began to feel the flow of time quickly. I would like to enjoy the remaining 2 weeks and a few days.
Hello! How are you doing? I'm good. I feel my English improved. School life is really fun. Every lunch time, I talk with my friends. After school I play soccer with local people. By the way, I won the first prize in Japanese test! It was easy. Everyone admired me about what I had achieved. I was happy. I performed ukulele in music class. It was really nervous but I think it was a really good experience. Australian life is really fun so I don't want to go back to Japan.
Hello, Mr. Kamakura. How are you?
Last weekend, I went to a church with my host family. We go to church every weekend. There are many people there every time. So, I talked with a lot of people there. I have a valuable experience every time.
Last Wednesday, I gave a presentation in class. I talked about Japan in the 1800's. I was very nervous. But everyone seriously listened to me. So I was happy.
Dear Mr. Kamakura.
I will talk about my experiences. Yesterday my host father took us to Phillip Island. First, my family walked around the field. There are many snakes but I did not see any. I was shocked. A few hours later, we arrived at the beach. I was swimming in the sea. I could see fish and dive in the sea. Sea water was very clear. At lunch time, we ate fish and chips. I knew that it was delicious.
Today I made a cup with my Meiho friends and so on. It was good for me to make it. After we finished that thing, we went to a lake side which has museum that Wizard of OZ was being performed. We ate lunch there. Our lunch was chicken and chips. It was very delicious. When we finished eating, we walked around the lakeside. Today was a good day.
Hello! Mr. Kamakura.
It is now less than three weeks before I go back to Japan. Time flies! Last Friday, I went to the city and stayed at Clown hotel. Clown hotel was a very nice place. I was able to see nice views from the window. The next day, I went to the hotel's pool soon after getting up. I got tired because I swam for an hour. After that, I went to Moomba festival. There were a lot of stalls. It was crowded with a lot of people. And then, I did some shopping for three hours! It was a lot of fun! I got tired because I walked a lot.
Dear, Mr. Kamakura,
Hi. Mr. Kamakura! How's your day? I have lead a full life! I've experienced a lot of new things and learned from every-day life. Nonetheless it has been six weeks since I came here, I don't want to go back to Japan!
Let me introduce my ways to study English here. If the students who will come here next year read this report, I want them to try in this way. I think it will must avail you surely. I know two good ways. One is quite simple way, which is just talking a lot with host family, friends and teachers. That may be the most efficient and easiest way. I can improve my English pronunciation and learn many vocabularies. What is better, I can be very sociable!!
The other one is a little bit difficult but I believe that this is so effective to increase my English vocabulary. At first, I need to read my notebook for English words whenever I can do that (I've read a notebook for the STEP Test every day). And I must find some words that is hard to remember. Then I use those words by compulsion when I speak with native speakers. I become so glad when I can make myself understood and I'll never forget those words. In these ways, I learn English every day. I'll continue to make effort.
By the way, I went to various places with my host family. We visited a plane show last weekend. There were a lot of planes and weapons used during World War I. I was explained how to use them by a little boy. He looked young but he knew well about the story. And we could watch planes and helicopters flying very fast. It was pretty cool!
Every Tuesday, I go out somewhere with our group coordinator and other Meiho students in my school. We went to Melbourne Zoo last Tuesday. We saw many kinds of animals. I enjoyed that, especially I really liked little penguins because they were so cute. But when I told my host family about that, they laughed at me because I can see them in Japan as well. They thought there aren't koalas and kangaroos in Japan. They were surprised when I told them.
I've still made my friends more in these days. The other day, we played soccer in P.E class. Some students play soccer for team showed me ball-lifting. And then I also showed them ball-lifting. It was very excited. And we became friends together. I think playing sports together is one of the most effective ways to make friendships with foreigners.
I really enjoy school life and time with host family. I'll make many more memories with them!!
See you next time!
With best regards,
Hello. Every day is very fulfilling. I am going to write about my life.
At the host family's home, I watch movies with my family and play games with my host brother. On Friday evening all family members play board games. On weekends, we go to the sea and play together. At school, there are many activities to do outside, for example, camping and canoeing. I had a lot of opportunities to communicate with students at the camp. It was a lot of fun. Every Tuesday, I go to a shopping mall and a zoo with my local coordinator and other Meiho students. Every day is a lot of fun.
Hello, Mr. Kamakura!
How are you doing? I am enjoying Australian life. In Beaconhills College, I have many friends and they are all good guys. Last week, I had Personal Development class. In this class, we went to a small lake to run around. On the way to the lake, I talked with my friends. It was sooooo fun. When we arrived at the lake, we started running. It was hard but a good exercise. On the way to back to school, I talked with two girls. We talked about Australian food and we sang Bruno Mars's song! Do you know Bruno Mars? He is very popular all over the world.
By the way, Meiho friends and I are going to hold a small party in Beaconhills College for our host families. We have to say thank you to them. It will be held on March 28th.
Anyways, there are only two weeks left in Australian! It's sooooo sad ... but I wanna study hard and enjoy more!