A feature of our school is the Japanese Cultural Exchange Program. Japanese has been our Language Other Than English subject from 1990 and it involves every child in the school. Since 1997 we have had an intensive exchange program with our sister school Minami Aiki. Minami Aiki school is located in a small village in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture. Like us it is only a small school. Every year its year 6 class visits Sandy Creek. The children are billeted with local families and the children of the two schools share learning together. Every second year our senior class has the opportunity to visit Japan and likewise be billeted with local families in the village.

Also as a part of the program the opportunity exists for our staff to be employed for a year in the village school teaching English. So far two of our staff have enjoyed this experience with their families in what they say has been the experience of a lifetime. Other SA teachers have also enjoyed this opportunity in the years where no Sandy Creek teacher is available to work in the village. Another part of the program enables young adults from the village to spend some time at Sandy Creek working with our teachers.

With all of this rich exposure to Japanese language and culture it is little wonder that our children have performed excellently in Japanese language competitions each year.

Minami Aiki Village