The MFA had a very busy week hosting 12 students and two teachers from Kariya Kita High School. Starting with their arrival last Friday evening, it was non-stop activities for the next several days. Early Saturday morning the students took the subway to Toronto. They then split into three groups to visit the ROM, AGO and Casa Loma respectively. After joining back together, all the KKHS students went up the CN Tower and enjoyed the clear view from the top.
On Sunday morning, they took the bus to Niagara Falls and visited the Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, and the Butterfly Conservatory. While it was a cold day out, everyone seemed to enjoy the breathtaking scenery at the Falls and also had the chance to do some shopping at Table Rock.
On Monday, KKHS students participated in the Maple Program at Bradley Museum and were treated to a special pancake lunch. After visiting Kariya Park and City Hall in the afternoon, the students attended a Brownie meeting at the Dundas Girl Guide Office.
For the next three days, KKHS students attended classes at three local institutions. The first was at their twin school Stephen Lewis Secondary School. On their second day, they attended classes at St. Francis Xavier, while the third day was at the Greater Toronto Language School. Students were able to meet new friends, participate in activities like dance class, and demonstrate Japanese culture to local students.
On Wednesday evening, KKHS students joined our MFA meeting at the Frank McKechnie Community Centre. They gave demonstrations on origami, tea ceremony and calligraphy. MFA members were invited to take part and try their hand at each craft. They also performed a song and dance for the group and everyone was encouraged to join in. Mayor Crombie also attended the meeting, which made it extra special for all the students.
Thursday was the last day of their trip. After attending school for the day, we had a farewell party at West 50 Restaurant. While it was a bittersweet moment knowing they had to leave the next day, it was great hearing about how much they enjoyed their time in Canada. Thank you to all the volunteers for helping out with their visit and we hope to see everyone again!