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Japanese Exchange School Visit Sep 2017

We welcomed Mr Kondo – Principal of Kaichi Highschool to the school on Friday 8th September as part of our celebrations to mark the 10 year anniversary of the relationship between our two schools.  Kaichi Highschool and Koyo Highschool became our Japanese link schools in 2007 and have been supportive, welcoming and inspirational partners.  Every year our Year 11 and 13 students visit the schools in Wakayama, and stay with families of the students.  Each year in return we host students of Kaichi and Koyo schools in March. 

Mr Oakes and Mr Kondo signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ to commit to continuing and strengthening our relationship in the years to come.  Mr Yabuzoe, who is Director of The Japan Federation for International Exchange, and who works tirelessly to facilitate the exchange between our schools accompanied Mr Kondo.  The day’s programme included meeting with Councillor Rosanna Currans Mayor of Dartford, and Councillor Patrick Kelly to discuss the importance of international exchange for our young community.

We look forward to enjoying many more years of friendship with Kaichi and Koyo Highschools.