Harrogate school hosts international visitors

Japanese exchange visit to Rossett School (S).

Japanese exchange visit to Rossett School (S).

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Fish and chips, a walk around the York walls, and a trip to the Mayor of Borough of Harrogate’s parlour were on the schedule as a group of Japanese students visited North Yorkshire.

The 20 students, aged between 12 and 15, visited Rossett School as part of an exchange programme set up with Ishigami High School in Japan.

While in the UK, they were hosted by Rossett students and enjoyed traditional Yorkshire family life. Along with their exchange partners, the students visited local attractions including the Shambles and the railway museum in York, and the Pump Museum in Harrogate.

Geography teacher Emma Horsfall, who helped to coordinate the visit, said: “This was another really successful exchange and students from both schools got a lot of benefits from it.

“It was great for Rossett students to be able to reflect on their own culture and share it with their exchange partners. Many of the other students and teachers in the school took the time to learn some simple Japanese words and phrases to make our visitors feel as welcome as possible, which was great.

“We will get a flavour of Japanese culture next February, when our students travel to Japan and will be visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima as well as meeting up with their exchange partners and their families in Nikko.”

Year 10 student Mckenzie Collins said: “It was a great insight into a different culture.

“It was definitely fun to meet the Ishigami High School students and learn about their lives, as well as letting them learn about ours. Although the language barrier was an issue, technology allowed us to communicate with relative ease without a human translator present!”