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Visit from Shanghai Xiangming Junior Middle School

Visit from Shanghai Xiangming Junior Middle School

Dapto High has a flourishing exchange program and this presents students and families with opportunities to make new friends, learn about other cultures and make international contacts.

The students and staff really enjoyed hosting Shanghai Xiangming Junior Middle School for two days this week.

Our student ambassadors were magnificent and the teachers who volunteered to run special lessons had designed truly enjoyable learning experiences for our guests. The students had science, agriculture, marine biology, chemistry, design and history lessons. They also learnt to throw a boomerang and listened to the didgeridoo.

Next Year

Students and families currently have an opportunity to travel to Italy or Korea next year and anyone interested should email Maria.Capilli@det.nsw.edu.au or Daniel.Inness@det.nsw.edu.au for more information.

 

Our School Exchange to Italy

Our School Exchange to Italy

In the April Easter holidays, seventeen excited students from Dapto High School, Mr Moore, Mrs Capilli and Ms Morgan (Figtree High School), travelled to Italy for an Italian School Exchange Program.

We left Sydney airport on Saturday 4th April flying with United Arab Emirates, and returned on Saturday 18th of April.

Once we landed in Rome, we were very happy and relieved as it was such a long flight. We then boarded a coach which took us on a two hour trip to Perugia, our home for the next eight nights. We arrived at the ‘Centro Internazionale Montessori’ which was to be our school for the week. Our host families were just as excited to meet us as we were excited to meet them.

Emma Thirkettle and I stayed with the same host family. When we got home, we were greeted by lots of family members. It was ‘una festa’ (a party). Our host sisters were Adele and Margherita.

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Emma and I experienced eight days with the family. We were immersed in the Italian culture. We ate Italian food and, we practiced our Italian language skills while we attended lessons at the school. It was interesting to see the culture of an overseas school. It was very different to Dapto High School.

Our host family took us on day trips to Rieti and Central Perugia. We took part in a Karaoke session with both Italian and English songs. We also went on day trips to Florence, Assisi and Gubbio. As we came to the end of our wonderful stay with our host families, we were sad to leave. We are heavily relying on our modern technology to stay in contact with our host brothers and sisters.

Our last three days were spent in Roma which was crazy and rich with history and art. We stayed in a hotel and went out sightseeing for the day. We visited the Colisseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, the Pantheon and many other famous places. Emma and I also visited the Keats Museum with Mr Moore and Sarah. We did some shopping and we ate lots of pizza, pasta and gelato.

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On our final day, the students and teachers had a tour of the Vatican City. We returned to our hotel where we freshened up and then headed for L’Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci. We boarded our flight to Sydney and we were very happy to be back with our families in Dapto.

By Tegan Ryan (Year 11)

Italian Exchange

Italian Exchange

Seventeen students and two teachers had a wonderful exchange to Italy during the school holidays. The main purpose of this visit was to assist HSC students to improve their Italian prior to the oral exam in August.

The students spent eight nights with families in Perugia located in the region of Umbria about 150 kms north of Rome. They participated in family life and were shown the local sites. They attended lessons at school too.


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The group also visited Assisi, Florence and Rome. Highlights included walking the streets eating gelato, seeing the Vatican, Spanish Steps, Coliseum or Colosseum (it can be spelt either way ;).


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Mrs Capilli organised the trip and is hoping that more prospective students will travel to Italy next year as well. The trip may be broadened to included Pompeii and Herculaneum which will suit Ancient History students.

Homestays in 2016

Students interested in homestays have three potential opportunities in 2016.

The school will return to Seowon High in Korea but will also propose exchanges to China and Italy. Information will be available for students, families and teachers in terms 2 and 3 about these trips.

See the deputy principal, Mr Moore, if you are interested.

A Wider World View: Korean Exchange Program

A Wider World View: Korean Exchange Program

Our Korean guests depart from Dapto High tomorrow.

Thirteen students and one teacher have had a wonderful time exploring the south coast and living with Dapto families. They have had lessons about mapping, our farm, cooking ANZAC biscuits, Aussie slang, forensic science, drumming and much more besides.

Thanks to all the teachers who provided these lessons – Ms Moran, Ms Peters, Ms Law, Ms Mathein, Ms Swan – and a special thanks to Ms Jones and Ms Seberry who organised gifts and the day trips. Mr Sherack drove the bus skilfully. Your work is highly appreciated.

 


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This is the second time Ki Jeong, the Korean teacher accompanying the students, has visited our school. We thank her for the calm, positive way she helps the students to enjoy their Australian experiences. Our school looks forward to seeing her again, in Korea, in 2016.


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Our farewell dinner, at The Anglican Cafe was a joyous event. The food was very Australian and kangaroo, lamingtons and pavlova were highlights. There was gift-giving speeches and laughter. Yoo-Jin sang beautifully, in Korean and English. Sean, Claire and Rhianna provided wonderfully ‘twinkling’ dinner music. Taylor Glover and Athena Wadey gave fine speeches, as did Ki Jeong.

A special and very large thanks must go to all the Dapto families who welcomed our Korean guests into their homes and lives. The students who hosted the Koreans were fantastic. Thanks to all the parents who just made it work. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Dapto High will return to Seowon High School in 2016. Students, parents or staff who are interested should contact Darcy Moore. The likely time for the exchange will be the April school holidays.

More information will be available next term.

Travel safely!


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