On 3rd November All Saints’ Academy welcomed 40 students from Shukutoku Sugamo High School in Tokyo, Japan.
The whole school (420 students) were on a visit to the UK with Cotswolds Wind Academy for 5 days. Students were spilt up into year groups and visiting different schools and areas of interest. The students were also taking part in home stays with UK host families to get a taste of UK living. The students that visited All Saints’ Academy did a presentation on Tokyo to our students as well as perform some typically Japanese dance routines that our students then got involved with.
Following the presentation the Japanese students ran culture workshops with All Saints’ students in; origami, calligraphy, using chopsticks, statues, cup and ball and how to write your name in Japanese.
All Saints’ Academy students loved taking part in the different activities and learning about their culture.
Aska Holtz from Cotswold Wind Academy said ‘The day has been wonderful. It was fantastically organised by Julie Parr and was great to have such a brilliant response from the students at All Saints’ Academy. ‘
All Saints’ Academy student Clarissa Evans said ‘It has been really interesting, to learn about their culture and what they wear. I have enjoyed taking part in the activities too.
Ben Talbot added ‘The Japanese students have some awesome dance moves!’
Year 7 student Alyssia Wright particularly enjoyed the workshops ‘My favourite activity was the origami workshop, it was fun.’
Pastoral Manager Julie Parr helped organise the day and said ‘We were delighted to welcome the students from Shukutoku Sugamo High School. Our students enjoyed the presentation on Harajuku (Tokyo) in Japan [a district known for its street fashion] where everything is “kawaii.”
All Saints’ Academy students particularly enjoyed learning the Japanese fisherman’s dance and now have a better understanding of Japanese culture.’