In partnership with the Australian Institute of International Understanding (AIIU), Heritage College hosts students from Japan as part of the popular ongoing Cultural Exchange program.
Hosted by families from within the school community, Exchange Students study with the Year 10 cohort and engage in varied lingual activities, and learn from the Australian curriculum on campus. While off-campus during their downtime, students learn about Australian culture and lifestyle, foods and recreational activities.
Amidst their studies, Exchange Students practice English with the AIIU Coordinator. This takes the form of practical activities and regular outings to practise speaking to the public or to gain information that they can come back into school and talk about.
For the last several years, AIIU Coordinator, Ms Jenny Topperwien has helped Exchange Students settle in at Heritage College and derives enjoyment from her work. “I enjoy teaching as it gives me the freedom to be creative and the power to be guided by the students. I also meet new families and make new friends”. Ms Topperwien is also quick to praise the culture of the college, saying “I love how the staff at Heritage College see the good in everyone”.
The students spend the last few days of their time celebrating their experience with the Year 10 cohort. Host Families are invited onto campus, a special Secondary Chapel is held and the Year 10 students host a Farewell party for their outgoing friends.