Japanese Connections Transcend Language

By April 30, 2018News

Building on longstanding connections, Trafalgar recently hosted a visit from a group of students from Sagano High School in Japan. Located in Kyoto, the school has been designated one of Japan’s Super Global High Schools, meaning it encourages its students to embrace an international mindset so they can become leaders in a global world.

During their visit, Sagano students conducted a brief language lesson, introducing Traf girls to simple Japanese words such as “Ohayo” and “Konnichiwa .” They also shared insights about Japanese food and culture, which includes a deep appreciation of nature.Our visitors led an origami activity that involved creating a crane, the bird of happiness. International Coordinator Fumiaki Ito reports that the group greatly enjoyed the time they spent at Trafalgar, and connecting to their peers at another school.  

Shortly after the Sagano High School visit, Head of School Katherine Nikidis and staff members Patrizia Fanzone and Sharon Cozens were honoured to be received by Mr. Hideaki Kuramitsu, Consul General of Japan in Montreal, at a dinner with guests from Montreal’s Hoshuko School. Hushuko has been running its Saturday programs on site at Trafalgar for several years.

Many Trafalgar students who are currently in Grade 10 students are now getting ready to apply to the World School Program, initiated by Kanto International School in Japan. Each year, girls from Trafalgar represent Canada at the World School’s international forum, which brings together students from around the world to plan their ideal educational programming. In addition to sending participants, Traf also welcomes students from the Kanto School who are touring Canada.

“We are pleased to have these strong, ongoing relationships with our Japanese counterparts, which so enriches our students’ educational experience,” says Ms. Nikidis.