Natori Students’ Memorable Visit to Mount Waverley Secondary College

We are thrilled to share the exciting highlights of the recent visit from our friends from our sister city Natori, Japan! The program provided an enriching cultural experience for both our local students and our visitors from afar.

The journey commenced on Wednesday 20 March, as the Natori students arrived at MWSC. They were warmly welcomed by their host students and immediately immersed themselves in the vibrant school environment. From attending classes to joining a Welcome Assembly, our guests quickly felt at home within the MWSC community.

Thursday 21 March brought a unique adventure as the Natori students, along with their host students, embarked on a trip to Healesville Sanctuary. While the eagerly anticipated bird show was unfortunately canceled due to a wild eagle sighting, the unexpected encounter added an element of excitement to the day. Witnessing a wild eagle in its natural habitat was an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

On Friday 22 March the Natori students had the opportunity to explore the Senior Campus, participate in Japanese lessons alongside MWSC students, and engage in classroom activities.

As the weekend approached, the Natori students delved into Melbourne’s diverse offerings with their host families. From riding the iconic Puffing Billy Steam Train to cheering at a thrilling football match at the MCG, their itinerary was filled with memorable experiences. Venturing to Phillip Island to witness the enchanting penguin parade and exploring the picturesque Mornington Peninsula further enriched their Australian adventure.

The visit concluded with fond farewells as the Natori students bid goodbye to their MWSC host families, cherishing the memories created during their time together. The exchange program not only provided a platform for cultural exchange but also fostered lasting friendships and invaluable learning experiences for all involved.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to making this exchange program a resounding success. The bonds forged between the students of Natori and MWSC exemplify the spirit of global citizenship and cultural appreciation that we strive to cultivate within our school community.

Here’s to many more enriching exchanges and memorable experiences in the future!



Ms Michelle Lukaczynski
Head of Japanese