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Students recall term in Japan

In Term 4, 2019 two Year 10 students were fortunate to have the experience of a lifetime after being chosen to spend a full term as exchange students in Japan. Eden Revell and Sam Tilley were selected to study at Linden Hall School in Fukuoka, on the south-western island of Kyushu. They were chosen as…

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Student Diary – Day Three. James Duffy’s account of our day at Nara.

Day 3 (As written and experienced by James Duffy) My third day began again at 7am. Just like yesterday, I went to breakfast and ate toast with jam as well as oranges and orange juice. A slight deviation from my previous breakfast was the addition of two small pork sausages. Small though they were, it…

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Day Three – Nara. Wild deer and a giant Buddha.

Day three saw us depart Kyoto for the countryside. Our first stop was the picturesque Fushimi Inari Shrine. This important Shinto shrine is famous for the thousands of torii gates that trail paths through the sacred mountain. The site is dedicated to the god of rice, whose messenger is the fox whose emblem could be…

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Student Diary – Day One. James Duffy’s account of day one.

Day 1 (As written and experienced by James Duffy) Inevitably, I arrived safe, sound and sleepy on the runway of Osaka airport. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the predominance of English words appearing on signs all around my vehicle. Was it a conspiracy all along? Was Japan just one huge lie conjured…

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Student Diary – Day Two. James strikes again, this time with an account of Kyoto’s shrines.

Day 2 (As written and experienced by James Duffy) I awoke at 7am to a strange beeping sound coming from the other side of the room. As I puzzled out my surroundings I realised that I was indeed laying on a futon in a ryokan in the eastern nation of Japan. After that properly set…

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Day Two – Osaka. Exploring Kyoto

O what a day. Already it seems like we’ve been here for much longer than a day, with the boys making the most of every minute. Today was a day of old Japan, in one of it’s oldest cities – temples, castles, winding streets and narrow stairs. We started with breakfast at the guest house,…

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Students take off for Japan

The 2016 St Patrick’s College Tour of Japan is underway. The delegation of 20 students and three staff members flew out of Tullamarine last night at 6.30, bound for Osaka. There was a stopover in Singapore overnight before a second flight which will land at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport today. From there the touring party…

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Day One – Osaka – Kyoto

The eagle has landed! After departing Melbourne at 6.30 Monday evening, we touched down in Kansai Prefecture this morning at 9.00am. This was followed with our first experience of Japan’s train network, which had us in Osaka by lunchtime. After checking into our traditional guest house (a short stroll from the main Kyoto station) it…

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Start packing your bags!

With three days to go excitement is building! It’s time to make sure you have everything you need as it will probably be too late on Monday. Make your list and check it twice!

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