Sweet side of Kiwi life

02:18, Sep 04 2012
Japanese students
Students from Jissen Gakuen warm up before a football game against the Marlborough Boys' College junior team

Exchange students at Marlborough Girls' College downed Jaffas, Pineapple Lumps and L&P as one of their first sweet tastes of kiwi culture.

Marlborough girls' and boys' colleges in Blenheim are each hosting 30 year 10 students from partner school Jissen Gakuen, in Tokyo, Japan for a week.

Jissen Gakuen students at both colleges are teaming up for several jaunts: a trip to Ship Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound, a sports day at the Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre, and a sayonara party.

Learning the haka was also a feature in the jam-packed schedule for Jissen Gakuen students at the boys' college.

Marlborough Girls' College international director Chris Bamber said the visit allowed Jissen Gakuen students to improve their English and learn about another culture.

Jissen Gakuen teacher Yuki Yamashita, who was visiting Marlborough Girls' for the second time, said she wanted her students to experience New Zealand culture, but also to teach others about their own way of life.

The Marlborough colleges' relationship with Jissen Gakuen Junior and Senior High School, has provided for annual student exchanges between the schools since 2008.

The colleges took part in several programmes, including a year-long exchange.