For the last several years Seaholme has welcomed a number of Japanese student teachers from Nagoya University. The university is located 264km west of Tokyo. These students are studying Child Education at university and the study tour provides them with a teaching experience, observing the western way of teaching methods and school systems and improves their English skills as they introduce Japanese culture to Australian children. They have been coming to Hobson’s Bay area for the last several years and Seaholme has been a regular hosting school. Our school families volunteer and open their homes to our visitors for about 2 weeks. This has proved to be an enriching experience for both the Japanese students and the children’s families. Families take the opportunity to showcase our state and many of the tourist attractions we have to offer while the students themselves become the tourists and expand their knowledge of our western society.
The students participate in English classes every morning before working in our classrooms.
The Japanese students plan a Cultural Day at the school as part of their “teaching” experience. Seaholme students & staff are invited to dress in traditional or themed Japanese character as our visitors instruct all day teaching such things as Japanese calligraphy, traditional games and Japanese celebrations. Their visit culminates with a “thankyou” concert at the Williamstown Town Hall to show their appreciation to their host families and schools.
For expression of interest in hosting a student, please fill out this form: Homestay Family Wanted Form 2017
Below are some of the highlights.