Dear The Rikkyo School and all its students,
Thank you very much for allowing the Millais girls to stay at the school for the week, and for treating us to such an enriching week. This exchange gave us the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Japanese culture, practice our Japanese speaking and listening skills and to make friends.
We are so grateful to you for allowing us to come and for taking time out of your days to plan such an amazing week for us. We thank you very much for organizing everything so there was always something fun for us to do, as well as going out of your way to accommodate all seven of us.
I know we all very much enjoyed trying on the Kimonos, learning about the Tea Ceremony, doing the flower arranging, and everything else that we did in the week, and we really enjoyed trying the Japanese food when we had it at dinner.
The whole exchange was really interesting and so much fun. Shadowing our buddies was so interesting too, as we got to see how their school day, life and subjects were different from ours, and in what ways. I found it very interesting to participate in the EC classes, as we could help, and it was a very good sense of achievement. I know we were all very impressed at the standard of English understood and spoken by the students, it was amazing!
Talking to all of the students, and learning things in lessons, like Japanese English, was enlightening for all of us, and we all feel like we have a much better understanding of not only the language, but the people and the culture as well and all around I think it was a trip that was exceptionally worthwhile. I know we all had an incredible time and would gladly spend another week there if given the chance. All of the students were so nice to us, and seemed interested in our life at and outside Millais, and it was great to talk to them, make loads of new friends, and meet so many new people. It is interesting to see how different their lives are compared to ours, as being at a boarding school for a week was a very big change for us.
All of our exchanges were amazing, and helped us so much in the week. I know that we all feel close to our exchanges, and cannot wait to see them again in March, when they come over to us for a week. We all made incredibly good friends with all the exchanges and it really brought us together. We all hope that our exchanges will enjoy staying with us as much as we enjoyed staying at Rikkyo, as we had an incredible time and would love to offer them the same.
All in all, we all really enjoyed this week and we hope that you will offer it to Millais students in years to come, as I know they would love it as much as we have.
Yours Faithfully, Lucy