Cardijn College has an established relationship with Osaka Seiko High School in Japan. Each year we are proud to host a delegation of Japanese students who have the chance to experience school and life in Australia.
This is a somewhat unique experience and the establishment of this relationship between two Catholic secondary schools builds on our engagement with Asia and fosters a genuine intercultural understanding of our northern neighbours.
Living with a host family during their stay in Adelaide students have the opportunity to live like a local and become immersed in the Australian culture.
The school day allows for the exchange student to experience education in an Australian context and to practice their English skills, while for our community it is a chance to broaden their understanding our the wider world and our relationships with others.
On Thursday 28 November at 9.00pm, 17 weary travellers stepped off a plane at Adelaide airport to be greeted by friends and family. They had just completed the equivalent of a 24 hour journey traveling from Europe, through Dubai and back home to Adelaide.
This group of travellers of course were the inaugural Cardijn College Italian Immersion group who had travelled to Italy to help develop their Italian conversational skills and understanding of the Italian culture.
Having the privilege to travel with the group, I witnessed firsthand the incredible benefit a tour like this can have on both students and staff. The students were exposed to intensive language and cooking classes, informative tours and as part of their requirements needed to demonstrate their ability to converse with the local Italians.
It was amazing to see how as the tour continued the increase in the student’s confidence as they tested their ability to communicate and negotiate their way in a foreign country.
The itinerary was intensive. Starting with a few days in Rome, we then travelled to Sorrento where we visited Pompeii, made our way to the Tuscan country side and spent a few days at a farm house, visited Pisa, spent time in Florence at a language school and completed the tour in Venice; 17 amazing days!
I look forward to the College continuing with the immersion, and it is the intention to keep it going on a biannual basis. So if you are studying Italian in Year 8 or 9 presently, I could not more highly recommend the experience.
I would like to thank the students for their commitment, enthusiasm and excitement. It made for a great trip. I also would like to thank Ms Melissa Phillips and Mrs Eve Lovett for your vision, guidance and support, you were both truly inspirational.