On Monday morning, I moved to a school called N.E.G.S.(New England Girls' School). I'll stay here at least for a month and assist the teacher in the Japanese class. Also I'll work as a duty mistress and look after the boarding students in dorms.
Well, I feel I am such a lucky fellow to be accepted here. N.E.G.S.is one of the sister schools of my high school (Kichijo Girls' School)in Japan, and my Aussie friend Louise came over to my high school 4 years ago as an exchange student from N.E.G.S. We've been keeping in touch with each other after she stayed with my family. When I decided to come to Australia as a working holiday, I thought up to visit N.E.G.S. as Louise had done at Kichijo. The teachers in Kichijo and N.E.G.S. kindly accepted me as a temporal assistant from the new term beginning from this Tuesday. I am allowed to stay at N.E.G.S as long as I want until when I have to move to Brisbane in October! I've never expected that the connection between the high schools would result in such a wonderful opportunity 4 years after my graduation! I really appreciate it.
I am settled down in a dormitory with other GAP students. They are from many different countries such as Germany, Canada and Australia of course. They are here to assist teachers in classes as well.
The classes have started on Tuesday. I'm working under the Japanese teacher Dr.Fujimori, and I went to some of her classes. At Year.8 class, I was surprised to see the students. They are so active!! They don't listen to the teacher, lie down on the floor, and they even shout! Dr.Fujimori said that this was one of the noisiest classes she'd ever had. Well, I enjoyed the class very much anyway though. At Year.11 and 12, I listened to the students introduce themselves in Japanese. I also asked them some questions in Japanese and they practiced answering them. I was impressed by the way Dr.Fujimori explained the Japanese Grammar and how the students make a sentense connecting the words together. I realized that the Japanese language is quite complicated.
At the assembly, I was introduced to the whole school and I had to speak in front of everybody on the stage! I felt nervous but I think I did alright. I gave a present to school, which was an ornament made of a set of clam shell. Beautiful Japanese traditional pictures are painted on each shell. I also gave some Japanese sweets to all the teachers as a souvenir. I'm glad they all liked my presents.
I'm very happy to be able to stay here with so many kind teachers and lovely students.