Friday 23rd May saw the inaugural Japan Day at Whitley Academy to celebrate the link established between the Academy in Coventry and the Kamokita High School in Hiroshima.
The link affirms the commitment of both schools and cities to the promotion of ‘peace and reconciliation’. Whitley Academy is looking forward to welcoming their Japanese ‘link’ school in November when 50 pupils and 8 staff will make the journey to the UK and to Coventry; YR8 pupils will be at the forefront of ‘hosting’ these pupils, and on the 23rd they experienced a day full of Japanese Art, Dance, Cuisine, Calligraphy, Fashion, Language and Geography.
Whitley Academy is proud to further promote its International status with pupil exchange programmes now established with France, South Africa and Japan.
Tyler Hepworth, a Year 7 Student Reporter wrote:
"On Friday 23rd may YR8 students from Whitley Academy celebrated the established link with Kamokita high school in Hiroshima, Japan.
There were many activities throughout the day including Drama, Geography, Food, Dance, Fashion, Language, Arts and many more; all based on the culture of Japan and its people.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and they can’t wait for the Kamokita students to arrive in November this year.
The day was also rough for the student reporters, who filmed some of the events, because they had a lot of pressure to keep up with; hopefully we can produce a good quality video for the students in Kamokita. Also an interesting fact is that both Coventry and Hiroshima were both bombed during the second world war.
Everyone at Whitley Academy is proud and happy to be linked to a country with such a rich and exciting culture".