Visit to Grade 6 from Otago Girls High School
Friday, September 28, 2018
Today students from Otago Girls High School in New Zealand visited our grade six English class. Otago is Yasuda Junior and Senior High School’s sister school. Eleven students and two teachers came to visit Hiroshima for one week. Even though it wasn’t in their original schedule, we were very lucky to have them visit our Elementary school and share their culture with our students.
At first, two Yasuda students said a welcome greeting in English.
Then Otago students introduced themselves in Japanese. Yasuda students tried to repeat their names back. It wasn’t easy!
Otago students performed a “Haka” dance for us, a traditional New Zealand dance. One Otago student taught us that the Haka dance was used in wartime, but nowadays it is performed before Rugby matches.
Next, they taught us another traditional dance. It’s called the “Sasa” dance. It’s from Samoa, an island country near New Zealand.
Students all joined in together and had a fun time copying the Otago students’ hand gestures. Some of the actions include “Microwave”, “Salt”, and “Duck”.
One student was even brave enough to try dancing in the front of the class!
In the end, we sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” all together. We were happy to hear that they were impressed with our singing.
After class, we went outside during break time. Yasuda students from other grades came up and had fun trying to use their English with Otago students and teachers. Otago students said “They are so cute!” Break ended and Otago students returned to the high school with big smiles on their faces. It was a very special morning at Yasuda.