Shibakashi Day 2018

Our Global Community

Celebrating 18 years of deep human connection with our Japanese friends
The new education must be less concerned with sophistication than compassion. It must recognize the hazards of tribalism. It must teach man the most difficult lesson of all—to look at someone anywhere in the world and be able to see the image of himself. The old emphasis upon superficial differences that separate peoples must give way to education for citizenship in the human community. - Norman Cousins

Norman cousins would have been proud of the human connection and understanding shared on Shibakashi Day, 2018. The Redeemer community welcomed 300 Japanese students and staff for this annual event, celebrating community, culture, friendship and an 18 year strong association with our Japanese friends.

The day began with an opening ceremony where students from Shibikashi sang their school anthem and Redeemer students shared the Redeemer school song. Mrs Tanya Crooks, Principal, warmly welcomed the Shibikashi staff and students and Mr Nomura, Principal from the Shibikashi school, shared his gratitude for our long standing friendship and urged students to work together on a global scale to make a difference.

Students from Year 5 and 6 joined us for the ceremony and Year 5 students performed a traditional Soranbushi dance. This proved to be a wonderful moment of unity, as Shibakashi students encouraged our students by singing along to the chorus. Our student visitors also shared a Japanese – English quiz which gave us a better understanding of the Japanese language and humorous cultural idiosyncrasies.

Students shared a variety of cultural experiences during home group time and connected with each other on a more personal level during activity time.

The sporting prowess of both schools was on show as they competed in friendly games of ultimate disc, volleyball, basketball, soccer and dodgeball. The Hospitality students and staff cooked an all Australian lunch of steak burgers and Tim Tams devoured by our guests.

In the afternoon concert, Shibakashi students performed an energetic hip-hop dance routine and the Redeemer Stage Band and Senior Singers showcased our musical talent. It was then time to farewell our dear friends. It was sad to say goodbye, as our time together was short, but so sweet! Redeemer is proud to continue this annual day of cultural immersion which gives the students an opportunity to learn about our cultural similarities, differences and most importantly, to “look at someone anywhere in the world and be able to see the image of themselves”.

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