Aquinas students are forging connections with their Japanese counterparts ahead of NZ reopening its doors to international students. In a wonderful example of manaakitanga in action, Cultural Committee Captain Thea Smith (Y13) and five others joined Zoom calls with 14 Japanese students from Joho High School in Kagoshima who will be studying in NZ next year.
The Japanese students were supported by their agent Sayaka Saillee Fukushima from Raja Co. Although their plans to study in NZ have been postponed for two years due to border closures, the group is getting excited to travel now that NZ is lifting international education restrictions. NZ and Aquinas College are popular destinations.
We look forward to meeting the Japanese students in person once they begin their international education adventure next year. In the meantime, they and the Aquinas students are continuing to meet via social media to get to know each other better and learn about NZ culture. The other Aquinas students involved are Y13s Jadel Taitumu-Boot and Sarah Fitzpatrick, and Y12s Leilani Horan, Maia Hetutu and Nica Manrique. ご無事で！