WCSESC has entered into a “Sister School” arrangement with a Japanese school called Fukuyama-Kita to enable students to learn about another culture through the use of technology. In the future, WCSESC hopes that some Year 12 students will be able to experience the same opportunities for cultural exchange visits as their mainstream peers, travelling to Japan to meet their “penpals”.
The Principal of the Special Needs School in Fukuyama approached WCSESC regarding the possibility of developing a sister school relationship with them. WCSESC were obviously delighted to accept such an opportunity. In May 2013, Principal Carol Clarke and Business Manager Shelley Carter travelled to Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan to attend the Opening Ceremony of our Sister school, Fukuyama-Kita Special Support School.
Together WCSESC and Fukuyama-Kita have established an international partnership. Our Japanese program has been developed with question sheets exchanged each fortnight between the Japanese and Australian penpals, asking appropriate questions to find out about their new friends and their culture. This has not only enhanced our students’ understanding of appropriate social interactions but has also enabled them to discover information about the Japanese way of life and country. All of this compliments the students’ ICT programs and encourages them to use today’s technology in a real-life context eg Google translate, Skype, emails with photo and video attachments and more. WCSESC is delighted with this partnership and very much looks forward to continue working with Fukuyama-Kita going forward.