August 16, 2018
Today, I took an ESL lesson at school. I introduced my host family. After that, I cooked ANZAC biscuits. It was a little bit difficult to make but the biscuits were very delicious. After that, I ate lunch. In the afternoon, I watched a music performance. The performer used strange musical instruments but the music was very nice. At host family’s house, I played with “Kinetic Sand” with my host family.
(S. A. M3 girl)
Today, I took an ESL in the morning. I practiced introducing myself.
After morning tea, I cooked sausage rolls. They were crunchy and delicious. I ate so much that I ate only a little bit of my lunch. After that, I enjoyed a performance by Linsey. He used vegetables and some other tools that you would never use to play music, like gardening tubes and a chair. I joined in the performance. I was a little nervous, but it was a lot of fun.
(B. K. M3 girl)
Today, I took an ESL lesson until 10:00 a.m.. We talked about our host families in the group. Then, we learned about the ecosystem in Australia. I was specifically surprised at koala not being a kind of bear. They are marsupials, so they are the same similar to humans. Can you believe it? It is true though. I find it unbelievable that the koala is the same species as us.
At lunch time, I had a lunchbox which my host mother made. There were things like spring rolls in the lunch box. They tasted very good. I think, sure enough, she is a really good cook. I had lasagna at dinner time. It was very delicious too. Today was a good day! I am looking forward to tomorrow. Good night. See you tomorrow.
(S. M. M3 boy)
August 14, 2018
Today, we were able to experience a lot of things in school. We had a lesson about Australian football in the morning and also learned about the aboriginal culture in the afternoon.
However, the event that had the greatest impact on me was experiencing the regular classes held in the school. It was very interesting overall, but because everything was unfamiliar, I was kind of confused and somewhat lonely.
It reminded me of my first day going to the kindergarten overseas, and because I was able to adapt into that environment, I am hoping that I am able to do it this time too.
(Y. S. M3 girl)
We played the Australian football today. We used a rugby ball, but since it was my first time playing with it, it was very difficult to control the ball.
I also had my first ESL lesson today. The teacher was very funny, so it was fun.
I learned about Aboriginal culture, but I suddenly had a bad stomachache halfway through the lesson, so I couldn’t learn all of the things in the lesson. I really regret it. When I had a stomachache, the teachers looked after me, and my friends worried for me. I was very delighted for their thoughtful actions.
(E. T. M3 girl)
Today, I went to the school farm. I saw a few sheep, chickens and an emu. I fed the emu and sheep. The sheep ate bread and mandarins. They were very cute.
In the afternoon, I learned some Aboriginal culture. First, I listened to an explanation about Aboriginal culture. I was surprised that they killed many animals with boomerangs. Second, we painted a picture. I painted a big turtle and a baby one. Then, we painted dots on our face. My friends painted lots of dots on their faces, arms and legs. It was very interesting and funny. After that, I played with a boomerang. It was very difficult.
I want to tell my family about Aboriginal culture when I go back to Japan.
(M. M. M3 girl)
Monday 13th August, 2018
We went to Australia Zoo today. It was huge and there were so many animals which can’t be seen in Japan. They were so cute, but I found them a bit dangerous because I couldn’t guess what they would do. The zoo has a big show called Crocoseum. I have never seen a building like that in Japan.Thus, I thought Australia has good places that Japan doesn’t have.
While I was eating in Crocoseum, I broke my lunch box because some birds flied near us and I was surprised then. However my host forgave me for breaking it. I was relieved.
After we got home, we spent time like Australians normally do. I am adapting myself to living in Australia.
I hope I can enjoy the rest of my stay in Australia!
(K. M. M3 boy)
Today, we went to Australia Zoo. It was very huge, and there were many animals there.
I saw many koalas. I think the koala is the most famous and cutest animal in Australia Zoo. We saw a crocodile show at lunch time. I was very surprised that two birds flew over my head. The crocodile was very big and cool. I’ve never seen such a big crocodile. I was very impressed.
(H. Y. M3 boy)
Today, I went to Australia Zoo. When I went to the zoo, it was the koala that I first saw there. I saw one for the first time, and it was fluffy and very cute. It was also my first time to see kangaroos. They were quiet but very cute. At noon, I saw the crocodile show. It was very exciting. I thought the zoo was different from ones in Japan.
(R. T. M3 girl)
Saturday 11th August, 2018
Today, I watched my host sister’s basketball game with my host mother and my host friend. My host sister was very good at basketball.
Next, I went shopping with my host mother and my host sister and my host friend. The vegetables sold there were bigger than Japanese ones. My host friend and I enjoyed looking around the store.
After coming back home, I went to a temple with my host family, and I ate some cakes and drank Chai tea. The temple was very beautiful and mysterious. I felt very calm there.
W.R. M3 girl
Today, I went to see my host sister’s net ball game. After I got home and ate lunch, my host father took us to the temple and we took a walk. At night, I baked and ate marshmallows with my host sister. It was a very fun day.
Y.F. M3 girl
I climbed Mr. Coolum with Shamala’s grandson. He was a shy boy. He was good at climbing the mountain so he led us to the top of the mountain easily. I am looking forward to spending more time with him!!
A.I. M3 girl
Sunday August 12th, 2018
In the morning, I played card games with my host mother. It was so fun. At noon, we went to church which was the first time in my life. It was very precious experience for me. In the afternoon, I went to the beach with my host mother and her dog to see the sunset. I took many pictures of the sunset because it was very beautiful. I was glad to see the sunset. I want to see it again someday.
S.U. M3 girl
Today we went to beach. It was very cold and the waves were very high. When we jumped into the sea, the water was so cold. But, we got used to it slowly. Then we played in the waves. I learned how to catch the waves from my host family. We were able to get the waves with our back. If we caught the waves with our stomach, it hurt. We learned one more thing. If the waves are very high, we can dive under them. If we swim over the waves, we will be swallowed by them. We played in the sea safely. We had a lot of fun.
After that, we played beach volleyball. I played with my host family and the other families. The host fathers were very good at it, and they could throw the ball very high. We couldn’t get their balls. It was also fun.
When we got in the car, we fell asleep. We were very tired.
I want to play in the sea with my host family again. Next time, I would like to surf with them.
N. S. M3 girl
Today, I went to beach with my host family. We went by car and arrived at the beach at about 10:00. I entered the sea with N and my host sisters, Darcy and Bronte. We swam and played in the big waves. Then we played beach volleyball. It was fun.
Next, we went to have a barbecue. There were a lot of Hiroo Gakuen students there. I ate lunch with my host family. Then, because I was wearing my casual clothes, I entered the sea only up to my knees. I also had friends there, so it was a lot of fun.
After going back home, I watched Harry Potter with N and my host sister over dinner. I like Harry Potter, so I was very happy.
Today was a busy but great day.
N. O. M3 girl