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On the 2nd August, 18 Japanese students accompanied by their teacher Ms Reika Cholewinski arrived at Melbourne Airport. They were greeted by their families . Nervous but excited to be in Australia, they began a 10 day learning and intercultural journey.

During their visit, the Japanese students participated in English Language classes, Japanese lessons, visited Mount Macedon and the Melbourne Museum, had a wonderful experience on the farm and with the year 9 students, made Anzac biscuits and finally created  amazing art and wood tech pieces.

Below are a few reflections in English that they wrote in an ESL class with Briffa Sensei.

Koki Saito
I went to the museum and I ate Japanese lunch. I did origami with my host sister.

Tatsuki H
I went to the museum in Melbourne. There were a lot of fossils, so I was excited.

Kayo T
After school, we went to my host sister’s friend’s house. I went to bed early because I was tired.

I played basketball with Xavier. I lost to Xavier. Xavier is a very good basketball player.

Atsuya Furuta
I went to the museum in Melbourne. I saw the Trick Art for the first time. I was very interesting. I ate Japanese food. Sukiyaki, Shabushabu, Atsuyaki Egg and Japan’s rice were great.

Shintaro Ono
I went to the Melbourne Museum. I had a good time with my partner student.

Masaki Tsuchiya
I stayed at my house because my throat was not good

Aya Mizutani
I went to Melbourne Museum with my friends yesterday, After school, I watched anime with my host sister.

Naoko Wada
Yesterday, I went to the supermarket with my host sister and mother. I bought many presents for my friends and family.

Takumi Nonaka
I went to the museum yesterday. It was very good. I went to KFC to eat chicken. I ate a lot of chicken and chips. I played UNO.

Hiroki Uchida
I went to the museum yesterday. It was very wonderful. I ate Japanese food yesterday. It was very delicious. I walked around Salesian College. I was very tired.

Takumi Tajima
Yesterday, we went to the museum, Japanese restaurant, and the movie museum. I slept well in the bus. In the museum, my camera didn’t work. It was boring. In the Japanese restaurant, the rice was half done. It was very bad.

Hiroki Goto
Yesterday, I went to the museum with my classmates. After the museum, we went to a Japanese restaurant.

Noriko Naruse
I went to Melbourne City. It was fashionable and very exciting.

I went to the Melbourne Museum. I saw Australian history yesterday.

Reika Oshita
Last night Caitlin and Rhiannon taught me drumming with a cup. I practiced and I could do it.

Haruka Nishizawa
I’m pleased that I made friends with Caitlin! And I went shopping to buy presents for my Japanese friends.

I went to a Japanese restaurant in Melbourne. I ate Japanese food, but it was not delicious.

The immersion experience was very rewarding for the Japanese students, their hosts and families.


How language is processed by your brain

Last week I read a very interesting article regarding the benefits of learning a language. Below is an extract from that article

(CNN)If you read a sentence (such as this one) about kicking a ball, neurons related to the motor function of your leg and foot will be activated in your brain. Similarly, if you talk about cooking garlic, neurons associated with smelling will fire up. Since it is almost impossible to do or think about anything without using language -- whether this entails an internal talk-through by your inner voice or following a set of written instructions -- language pervades our brains and our lives like no other skill.

In the past decade, however, neurologists have discovered it's not that simple: language is not restricted to two areas of the brain or even just to one side, and the brain itself can grow when we learn new languages.

[While visiting an audience at Beijing's Tsinghua University on Thursday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spent 30 minutes speaking in Chinese -- a language he's been studying for several years. He's not the only well-known person who's fluent in something besides English. Here are some other examples:]

"While visiting an audience at Beijing’s Tsinghua University on Thursday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spent 30 minutes speaking in Chinese -- a language he has been studying for several yet He's not the only well-known person who's fluent in something besides English.

This is the link, if you would like to read it in full.

Where language is processed inside your brain - CNN.com


Intercultural Excursion to the Islamic Museum

As part of the Languages and Religious Education courses, students are asked to reflect on their own identity and other’s responses to intercultural experiences and interactions. Last week, our year 10 and 11 italian students as well as the year 10 CYSMA students visited the Islamic Museum of Victoria.

On Friday the 12th of August the year ten and eleven Italian classes and the year ten Cysma class went on an excursion to the Islamic Museum of Australia. Through this we were able to experience  aspects of the Muslim religion and increase our knowledge on the cultural diversity present in Australia today.

Whilst at the museum, we learnt many new and exciting facts about the religions true meaning and core goal. We were enlightened to learn of the inventions created by people of the Islamic culture, some of which we are reliant upon in our everyday life.  We were also taught many common misconceptions people have about the Muslim religion.

The year 10 Italian class also participated in the La Commedia Dell'arte workshop, which focused on learning the history of Italy's ancient acting form and performing it for ourselves. We were able to try on masks and transform into many different types of characters that are still seen on television today.

Overall, both days were fun and knowledgable learning experiences for both classes and we recommend everyone to see and participate in them for themselves.  Alana  Adamo  and Alyssa Libao