Japan trip undecided

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Japan trip undecided

Oriental experience: Leongatha students (from left) Kate Ball, Kate Trotto, Sabrina Jansen, Alex Bayer, Bentia Eygenraam, Megan Rosser and Kayla Jolly at Toyama Dai Ichi High School during a trip in 2009.

LEONGATHA Secondary College is unsure whether a planned exchange trip to Japan will proceed this year in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in the country.
Assistant principal Tracey Summerton heads the exchange project and is waiting to make a decision on the trip.
Leongatha’s sister school Toyama Dai Ichi High School was the destination of the trip that may be cancelled. This is despite the fact the school resides on the west coast of Japan and not the east side that has been tragically affected.
The college community was quick to make connections with their sister school to make sure everyone was safe and well.
“We’ve had good contacts with teachers and friends in Toyama as well as Tokyo since the disaster,” Mrs Summerton said.
She said the program would continue and the connections between Leongatha and Japan would remain strong.
“We’ve contacted the DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Tourism) about continuing with the trip and are waiting for a reply from them,” Mrs Summerton said.
“But at this stage Japan doesn’t seem like the place to be taking a group of young students, because their safety is the main concern.
“The trip isn’t until September so we still have hope that it can go ahead and the country is deemed safe when the time comes to decide.
“All we can do until then is stay well informed and wait.”
With the predicted low levels of tourism in Japan, the school can afford to wait until after Easter before having to make bookings.
“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the people of Japan,” Mrs Summerton said.
“Because of all this dire information coming out of the area at the moment we can’t help but be worried”
“Two years ago Victoria was deeply affected by the bushfires and our friends in Japan sent lots of good wishes. Now the time has come where we send our good thoughts to them.”

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