The first group of Japanese students accompanied by Fr Daniel Torigoe SDB from Salesio Gakuin and the vice-principal Mr Hisashi Konishi from Meguroseibi Girls College landed in Melbourne on Sunday 30th July for an exchange experience at Salesian College Sunbury. The group of four girls and four boys were welcomed by their host families, the student exchange program coordinator and the Rector of the college.
The visitors were introduced to the college community on Monday followed by an inculturation lesson. Visiting students tag along their host students in classes for the rest of the day, and the rest of their three-week visits at Salesian College. The exchange students will also have opportunity to visit different parts of Melbourne during their stay.
On Tuesday, Sr Delma Lamb FMA brought Sr Maria of Japan who has been studying in Melbourne in the past two years to meet up with fellow Japanese visitors at Salesian College. After exchanging pleasantries, they were taken for a tour around the college, and observed classroom practices.
Fr Daniel and Mr Konishi returned to Japan late on Tuesday evening after leaving the students at the safe hands of the host families and the college community. They were fare-welled by the acting-principal, Mrs Angela Romano, and some key staff members at a restaurant in Moonee Pond.
First round of exchange program has yet to be completed. Both schools in Japan and the Salesian College Sunbury are looking forward to extending the program further.
A group of students from Salesian College Sunbury visited and took part in the exchange program in Japan in January 2017.