Short Stay Programme

Westland High School Short Stay International Programme

Each year in July – August Westland High School welcomes 20 students and 2 leaders from the Edogawa City Youth Wing for a  9 – 10 day exchange.   

Edogawa is a ward in Tokyo and we have had a relationship with them since 2003.  Every few years we send a group of WHS to them. It has been a very successful partnership.

The WHS programme is ably organised by Mrs AnneMarie Greig, Short Stay Co-ordinator,  and includes:

  • The students and staff are homehosted. The students usually are hosted in pairs.
  • All students are allocated a buddy who introduces them to WHS.
  • The programme consists of
    • a Pōwhiri welcome
    • time in class with WHS students  (for example: Whānau class, PE, Homeroom, Māori Culture, Textiles, Science and in class with buddies). Each year’s programme depends on classs that are available.
    • English sessions by themselves
    • visits to the town, Franz Josef Glacier, Punakaiki, Fire station
    • Mayor Bruce Smith welcomes them to Westland with a mayoral reception.
    • A welcome and a farewell party for hosts, students and buddies.