Nichidai Junior High School (Sunshine Coast)

 At the Sunshine Coast campus, we welcomed 20 excited students all the way from Nichidai Junior High School in Yokohama, Japan. They are here for three PACKED weeks where they will learn English through fun activities, explore the Sunshine Coast, and take part in some action packed activities, games, and excursions. A tour around Noosa, beach games, and mountain biking down Mt. Tinbeerwah, are just some of the activities they enjoyed last week. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing times the students have had …

A TOUR OF THE COAST (RAIN, HAIL AND SHINE)!

It was a bit of a miserable welcome to the ‘Sunshine’ Coast, with rain for most of the week. But that didn’t stop a good tour of Noosa! We traveled up north to visit Hastings Street (the place to be in Noosa!), check out the views at Noosa Spit, and finally join the Noosa Nichidai students on top of Mt. Tinbeerwah. Amazingly, the rain actually stopped at each destination long enough for our students to get out and take in the surroundings! Here are some of the highlights …

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With luck on our side we hiked up Mt. Tinbeerwah during a short pocket of dry weather. We finally reached the top to join up with the Noosa crew and be greeted with a breath-taking and misty view of the Sunshine Coast!

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BEACH GAMES (MAROOCHYDORE BEACH)

Maroochydore beach is a favourite spot for our students. Although they have been unable to swim this week due to strong swells, they have been having the time of their lives playing various games on the beach. Here are some of the games they played …

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Then it was into the games! The games included capture the flag …

And frisbee …

Although, some preferred other activities …

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Whatever the activity, a very good time was had by everyone. They couldn’t wait to come back!

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LEARNING THE DIDGERIDOO

Our students were given a treat this week, with our favourite didgeridoo instructor, Scott, coming to teach them how to make some serious sounds on the didgeridoo … and he did not disappoint! Showing them some amazing sounds, breathing techniques, and teaching it all in such an imaginative way, our students very quickly took to the didgeridoo, producing some unique sounds of their own. Let’s take a look at some of the action …

First was the introduction and a demonstration on how the Aboriginals made paint …

We found that you can play the didgeridoo with just about any tube … including a vacuum cleaner!!

Next it was the students’ turn …

As you can see, the students had heaps and heaps of fun and did an amazing job!

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MOUNTAIN BIKING DOWN MT. TINBEERWAH

With the weather not on our side, we ventured out for a mountain biking expedition  anyway. After a safety explanation, a helmet check and a test run on the bikes, we were all set to go. Because the forest was too wet for riding, we followed the road down to the bottom and soon found ourselves on a winding road, cut-off from any traffic. It was all downhill from there! What an adventure and what a fun day out.

First, it was time for instructions and safety, and we all got dressed up (helmets too)!

Next came the test ride, just to make sure everything was okay with the bikes and riders.

Then we were off!

We ditched the vests and made our way down a biking road to the bottom.

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A good way to end the week! Our students were exhausted but had an amazing week or activities.

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Stay tuned to see more of the excitement as our students take a day trip to Australia Zoo, learn how to surf, take a walk along the beautiful Noosa National Park, and practice beach safety and surf life saving. There’s plenty more action to come, and we’re only halfway! Our students are having such a GREAT time, and we trust they will enjoy the rest of their stay. So, what’s next for our students? You’ll have to wait and see …

Until next time …

Owen (Teacher of the Japanese study program)

 

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