Taieri College principal David Hunter with the Kyotamba
Exchange group, (back from left) Becky Parker, Jade Knapp,
Jessica Scammell, Jaimee Murdoch, and staff members
Kimberley Buchan and Glenda Mann, and (front from left)
Samantha Offen and Ashlee McLeod, before heading for Japan
this week. Photo supplied.
Mosgiel Intermediate has been gone for nearly a decade,
but parts of the school's culture and some of its international
Nearly 20 years ago, the school established the Kyotamba
Exchange as an interchange between itself and Wachi Junior
Since then, Mosgiel Intermediate has amalgamated with Taieri
College, which has continued the school's tradition of
annually hosting pupils and teachers from Kyotamba, and vice
Taieri College principal David Hunter said year 11 pupils
Jessica Scammell, Jaimee Murdoch, Samantha Offen, Jade Knapp,
Ashlee Mcleod and Becky Parker had been selected to accompany
two teachers on a week-long visit to Japan to experience the
culture they have been studying for the past two years.
They will leave this Friday and as soon as they touch down in
Japan, they will put to use all the skills they have
accumulated in the past year, he said.
''They have created a presentation of New Zealand and Taieri
College culture, including the school song and haka, and they
will be delivering speeches in Japanese to the Kyotamba
Council and host schools.
''Their adventure will also include negotiating international
airports, attending school, eating and living in the Japanese
''The students will be immersed in the language and culture
by living with Japanese families and studying at a variety of
schools, including middle schools and forestry schools.''
Mr Hunter said the 2013 exchange also contained a first.
Japanese pupils took part in a drama lesson during their
visit to Taieri College in July, and the accompanying
teachers were so impressed by it that the Taieri College
teachers leading the exchange have been asked to teach a
drama lesson to the entire student body of Mizuho Middle
''This will be a new experience for all students, as they do
not have this subject in Japan.''
Mr Hunter said the Kyotamba Exchange continued to provide
enriching experiences for all involved, and would help to
ensure the college was a more diverse, connected place in the