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Study strengthens ties with Japan

4th Sep 2017

Rockhampton Grammar School students have deepened their international relations and acquired a broader insight into Japanese culture as visiting students from Ibusuki, joined RGS girls and boys in classes across the campus last week.
Ibusuki, Rockhampton’s Sister City, first visited RGS 37 years ago when the cities’ relationship was originally established. RGS strengthened the relationship in 2001 with tours between RGS and Ibusuki being held every two years.
The Japanese city will host RGS students in December this year.
RGS Year 11 student Navindu De Silva will be among those travelling to Japan on the exchange.
“I look forward to further immersing myself within the rich Japanese culture,’’ Navindu said.
“I, like most of my peers, can’t wait to have Japanese food and participate in Japanese traditions.”
“What I have learnt is that each culture has its own uniqueness and is important.”
Navindu, who has studied Japanese for the past five years, welcomed the Ibusuki visit and an opportunity to further practice his Japanese language skills. 
“I am fortunate,’’ Navindu said.
“Grammar is a cultural melting pot, as it teaches students of different cultures, and allows us to truly appreciate and respect everyone.”
RGS Coordinator of Japanese Mr Jay Killoran said all the students learn from each other and  gain mutual respect and understanding for new cultures.
“RGS students also practice their Japanese language skills and introduce Japanese students to our Australian way of life,’’ Mr Killoran said.
“Life-long friendships are formed.”
The Ibusuki visitors not only attended various classes with their RGS “buddies” but also visited local sites including the Botanic Gardens and Heritage Village.