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Daisho Gakuen - まぜのど こうこうに よ

30 July 2012

Last week, we held a special assembly to welcome all our international guests. Currently, we are hosting two students from northern Italy and also three students from Notre Dame, our Oblate College in Hong Kong. We are especially fortunate, once again, to welcome 14 students and three teachers from our sister school, Daisho Gakuen, in Osaka.

At assembly Fr Michael displayed his language skills and his bravery in welcoming all guests in their native language, showing fluency in Cantonese, Japanese and Italian. Our Mazenod Senior Students then interviewed representatives from all three countries and we were all entertained by their answers.

Fr Michael spoke of the respect that we at Mazenod College hold for all three cultures. Indeed, in a community as multi-cultural as ours it is impossible to recognise our visitors when they wear our College uniform. These exchanges are a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with people from other cultures and to foster friendships that we hope will last for many years and lead to a great understanding and tolerance among different peoples.

I would like to thank our College Captain Sean Paulding and the Senior Students who helped organise the assembly and our visitors who volunteered to speak in front of our College Community. I also appreciate all the support that our Teachers have provided. However, these exchanges would not be possible without the generosity of our host families, who are willing to open up their homes and their lives to young people from a different part of the world. I am enormously indebted to the families of the following Students. None of this would be possible without their generosity:
Sam, Connor & Bailey O’Neill, Jordan Lewis, Tony Tran, Nicholas Johan, Dumindu Weerakkody, Brian Te, Tim Johnson, Eric Le, Anton Le, Marcus Barthelot, Kevin Tong, Adrian & Ryan Lapiz, Parakaash Shreevijayan, Gabriel Ubay, Patrick Cincotta, Anthony Sirianni, Michael Buchanan and Robert Corica.

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