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Tearful 'farewells' after cultural exchange

There were some tearful ‘goodbyes’ at Blessed William Howard Catholic High School following a recent visit by a group of students from Japan.

The high school welcomed the seventeen 15 and 16-year-old students from Japan whilst they were spending 2 weeks with local host families in Stafford in order to experience the English education system and culture.


All of the students came from Chiben Nara College High School in Nara, close to Kyoto which is one of the oldest cities in Japan.  Many of them had never been outside Japan before.

The students spent two weeks in Stafford living locally and attending Blessed William Howard Catholic High School for normal lessons on a daily basis.  Each student was ‘buddied up’ with an existing student who supported them for the duration of the visit.   The guests rounded off their visit with a classic English tea party where they sang some traditional Japanese songs, gave gifts and received awards.






“Over just two weeks the students formed really close bonds and friendships.  Our students have learnt so much about the Japanese way of life and culture as well as teaching the visitors about theirs.” commented Louise McKie, Assistant Headteacher at Blessed William Howard.  "This is the sort of experience that is mutually beneficial and can really open minds."


If you are interested in becoming a host to future students, please contact Ruth Perrins on 07855 756750.