Kolbe’s continued connection with Japan

05 March 2024

Nine students from Kolbe Catholic College were fortunate to embark on a two-week school trip to Japan, immersing themselves in Japanese culture under the Japanese Cultural Exchange program.

The College has been participating in this program for years but had taken a three-year break in 2019 due to the pandemic. Last September, students from Kolbe’s sister college in Tokyo, Keio Futsubu School spent five days with the Kolbe community under the same program.

Students had various opportunities to expand their

cultural and historical knowledge by participating in activities, including crafting their own Japanese confectionery, mastering the art of traditional knot-making, learning the language, and exploring historical and popular landmarks.

The Kolbe students experienced first-hand Japanese schooling by attending classes and interacting with Keio students during lunch breaks and after-school activities. The bond between the students from both schools was further strengthened during a visit to Tokyo Disneyland, where magical and fun moments were shared by all.

Year 11 student Baxter said, “This trip was so fun, and I learned so much. It was the perfect opportunity to put to practice the Japanese language skills we studied for the past four years.”

“I feel I improved in my language skills. , I experienced all this country had to offer in a short amount of time and grateful that me and my peers have forged lifelong connections across the globe.”

The College is already planning for the next tour in 2025, which will be open to Years 10 and 11 students.

To read about the visit by the Keio Futsubu School to Kolbe in September 2023, CLICK HERE

Slideshow - Kolbe Catholic College in Japan.

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