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The Patch Primary School student Yoni Arad has joined an elite group, being selected to attend the Asian Pacific Children’s Conference (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan.
The APCC is a unique event in which about 250 11-year-old children from the Asia Pacific region share in an international exchange.
The Australia Japan Society of Victoria selects the students who will have the opportunity to take part in a 10-day experience with other students from invited countries.
They will experience family life through home-stay and school visits.
During the stay, they will introduce traditions from their home country to other participants and the people of Fukuoka, through taking part in an exchange camp and a performance vent in Fukuoka City.
The Patch’s Japanese teacher, Jane Capon, said it will be a wonderful experience.
“Yoni is very much looking forward to his trip and has participated in several orientation days with the other five students from Victoria, along with the chaperone,” she said.
“It is a wonderful experience for the children – particularly for those studying Japanese – as not only does it give them a once-in-a-lifetime culture experience and an opportunity to build confidence and resilience, but it also gives them purpose, understanding and motivation in learning Japanese at primary school.”

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