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By MAY THANASARNTHITI
Great outdoors: Hiyori Kitadai enjoys tramping in the bush and going to the beach.
are not able to choose
what subject they are
interested in: the
timetable is already set
Passion brought her here.
Hiyori Kitadai is 16 years old -- an
exchange student from Tokyo, Japan,
who makes you feel joyful every time
she is around.
With her charming and cute
expression, she could not refuse to talk
Hiyori said her
ambitions are to improve
her English skills and be
a flight attendant.
This made her decide
to apply to a student
exchange via Education
New Zealand has a
she said when asked for
her first thoughts about
She said she really enjoyed tramping
in the bush or going to the beach with
her host family.
Both are the activities that I hardly
get to do in Japan.
But if you ask me what I liked when
I arrived here, it would be New Zea-
landers. I always think they are very
friendly, nice and sporty at the same
Hiyori is a year 12 student at
Taihape Area School.
New Zealand schools have lots more
opportunities compared with Japan,
Japanese students are not able to
choose what subject they are interested
in: the timetable is already set for
She is amazed by the New Zealand
education system, where every high
school student can lead their own
learning and schools
offer more interesting
Her favourite subject
is Gateway, which gives
her the opportunity to do
hospitality work at
Gravity Canyon, Tai-
hape, one day a week.
Working at Gravity
Canyon makes me more
confident to speak Eng-
lish and gives a great
opportunity to meet and serve the
tourists from all around the world,
Before we finished the conversation,
she turned to me, did a little Japanese
bow and said, Arigatou , which means
Thank you .
It made me think: Gee, what a
lovely girl she is!
If you are interested in hosting
exchange students, contact Education
First on 09 302 2079.
Be patient: One of the fathers, Guy Peacock, taught the children how to fish.
Camp smiles: The school's principal Jan Casey, back left, and Heather
Gilbert with, from left, George Peacock, Haymish Lacy, Noah Palmer, Kate
Pocock, Harry Peacock, Vicky Palmer and Jessica Palmer.
Loo demo: Kate Pocock show
how the long drop toilet
works. Vicki Palmer said,
''The hole in the ground for
the toilet was the best thing
and you had to hold onto the
grunt stick so that you didn't
Papanui Junction School had a
great time recently, camping on
their back doorstep near the Tura-
School principal, Jan Casey said
it was an inexpensive option and
one of the real feel good camps.
We camped on the flat down by
the river. When the weather
stopped us from our camping
activities we simply went into the
There were a lot of late nights
and early mornings, lots of food
and lots of fun. The small bunch of
helpers we have made it special.
Jessica Palmer said the food
was fantastic .
The apple crumble was
delicious and the lasagne had
chilli beans in it. We could always
have second helpings. Breakfast
was a big pot of porridge and all
the toast we could possibly eat. On
the last day we had eggs,
sausages, bacon and tomatoes --
Guy Peacock took the children
fishing and eeling and taught
them how to make a bivouac. They
went bush walking, learnt how to
safely cross a river, went spotligh-
ting and horseriding.
Kate Pocock said she liked the
Building the bivouac was awe-
some. We made it out of rugby
ferns and sticks. When we went
across the river, we linked arms.
Haymish Lacy said he liked the
camp because they went eeling
and spotlighting for possums.
George Peacock said he liked
hunting for rabbits and possums.
We did a stream study looking
for little creatures.
Harry Peacock also liked eeling.
My Dad shore two sheep to
show my friends. We spun some of
the wool and did some felting
Noah Palmer was surprised
when everyone joined him to cel-
ebrate his birthday at the end of
When I saw the birthday cake,
I had a big smile.
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