VALUABLE EXCHANGE: Taabinga student Casey Olsson, Japanese exchange students Kotomi Ohata and Miu Suzuki, and TJ Dunn from Taabinga.
VALUABLE EXCHANGE: Taabinga student Casey Olsson, Japanese exchange students Kotomi Ohata and Miu Suzuki, and TJ Dunn from Taabinga. Katherine Morris

Exchange students say sayonara to Kingaroy

KINGAROY said konichiwa to Japanese exchange students on exchange for the week with Kingaroy State High School.

They were at Taabinga State School on Thursday seeing how Australian students learn Japanese through an online program.

Teacher Tasuhiro Tamashita said the students would be heading to Brisbane and the Gold Coast next week as part of their trip.

Orie Muta said a trip to Australia Zoo had been a highlight so far.

"I liked the zoo and the beach but it was too cold to swim," Orie said.

Narumi Nakajima loved being able to interact with kangaroos and koalas.

For many of the students it was their first time in Australia

Kingaroy SHS has had an exchange program with its sister school in Kazo, Saitama, Japan, for about 25 years.

Students from Kingaroy visited Japan in July.

The exchange students spent the day with the primary school, observing how Australian students learn and doing Japanese activities.

The students will take a trip to the new Kingaroy Observatory to look at the stars before leaving for Brisbane on Saturday night.

They will say sayonara to the South Burnett today with their last day in Kingaroy and a farewell assembly this morning at Kingaroy State High School.

Kazo

  • Kazo is a city in the Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo.
  • It has a population of about 117,000 people.
  • The students are from Fudooka High School in Kazo.
  • The city is known for the creation of carp kites, baseball and udon noodles.