ON THE afternoon of the Gladstone Show Holiday (August 10), 13 Japanese exchange students from Jonan State High School arrived.
While exhausted by their long journey, the students were very eager to experience Australian culture.
They were greeted by a traditional Australian barbecue and their host families, with whom they would spend their time with for the next four days.
Thursday was their first day at Toolooa State High School at which they were welcomed by a parade consisting of speeches by Matt Burnett, acting principal Justin Harrison and Toolooa students, gift exchanges and fantastic performances of music, and Indigenous traditional dance. The Jonan students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Throughout the day, they received countless konichiwas from around the school. They were extremely surprised by the number of times students say 'hello'.