School ski trip with a cultural twist
ABOUT 26 Proserpine State High School students swapped the sun for the snow this Christmas break by taking time out in Japan.
Students spent their first two days experiencing the many exotic sights and sounds of the Land of the Rising Sun as they enjoyed the hospitality of a Japanese host family.
The group toured such historic sites as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Nijo Castle and the Buddhist temple 'Kiyomizu Dera'.
It wasn't all walking tours and war memorials though as the students took to the slopes of Hakuba for five days of skiing and snowboarding.
School bells chimed even in Japan it seems, with five days of fun under their belts, the students took to the books once again at their sister school Asaka Nishi High School in Saitama.
The learning exchange is part of an ongoing agreement between the two schools which saw a group of 16 Japanese students spend time at the Proserpine State High School in 2013.
With their heads full with foreign knowledge, the students spent their last day abroad taking it easy at Disneyland Tokyo before returning home on January 17.
"It was a great opportunity for enjoying snow sports and experiencing Japanese culture as well as visit some well-known sites," Proserpine State High School behaviour support teacher Leanne Farr said.
"[It was] very rewarding seeing and sharing with the students making the most of the experience."
Tears flowed as the students returned to Australia but many remain in contact with their new-found friends via social media.