FIFTEEN students and four tour leaders from Nanto City in Japan have received honorary citizenship certificates during a special assembly at Armidale High School.
Armidale Dumaresq councillor Colin Gadd stood in for the mayor and presented the honorary citizen certificates to the visitors who were in Armidale for six days attending classes and experiencing the life of a typical high school student in Armidale.
Japanese teacher Debra Moore said the 28-year relationship between Armidale High School and Nanto City in Japan was a valuable initiative and an important experience for all the students involved.
“Our visitors from Nanto City come every year,” Ms Moore said.
“This is such a valuable experience, particularly now, because Australia really needs to engage with Asia more.
“During their stay with us they attend school, have home stays and visit the surrounding region.
“Every two years Armidale High School students go to Nanto City for a similar experience.”
Cr Gadd said it was a real treat to hand out honorary citizenship certificates to a wonderful group of students who showed so much enthusiasm and energy during their visit to Armidale.
“The students from Nanto City in Japan were wonderful ambassadors for their country,” he said.
“I would like to applaud the staff and students from Armidale High School for their efforts in making the visiting students very welcome and giving them a taste of life as an Aussie kid in regional Australia.”