In October 2017, St. Brigid’s College, Kilkenny in unique cultural exchange programme with Girls High School from Toyko in Japan.
Transition year students from St. Brigid’s College, Callan had the pleasure of hosting 58 students of equivalent ages from Junior and Senior Girls High School from Tokyo in Japan in a carefully planned, one-week cultural exchange programme, which centred around sharing studies, activities and values from their respective cultures.
Despite the unfortunate timing of Storm Ophelia coinciding with the exchange, the groups were undeterred from fulfilling a very comprehensive schedule, which also included excursion trips to Dublin and Kilkenny, where they had an audience with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael Doyle. At the school, the Japanese girls were fully immersed into the curriculum by taking part in classes and activities to gain a greater understanding of studying and conversing in English. In return the Japanese students imparted many aspects of their culture including calligraphy, origami, choral recitals and Japanese games.
Speaking at the closing ceremony Principal (otherwise known as a Kōchō sensei in Japan) of Junior and Senior Girls High School from Tokyo expressed his sincere gratitude to Ms. Mary O’Keefe, Principal St. Brigid’s College, her colleagues and the wonderful local host families for the “unforgettable experience that the school had afforded his students”. As a testament to the success of the programme, Mr. Yamamoto confirmed that the programme would be repeated at St. Brigid’s College again in October 2018.