Schools welcome Japanese students

Japanese students spent time at Southland schools yesterday as part of the annual Kumagaya Friends Association trip. 

The annual Kumagaya Friendship Association trips have been occurring for more than 20 years.

Sixty students from different schools in Kumagaya, aged 12 to 17, were split into groups of 20 to spend time at James Hargest College, Southland Girls' High School and Southland Boys' High School. The students who were at James Hargest had been rock climbing, played a game of squash, shared a hongi with principal Andy Wood, and were treated to a performance by the school's kapa haka group.

Today they would visit a dairy farm and a sheep farm before heading to Queenstown tomorrow.

They arrived in Invercargill on Saturday and will head back to Kumagaya on Tuesday.

The Southland Times