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Study Tour to Japan

26/08/2016

Studying Japanese, in addition to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), has turned out to be a fortuitous combination for a high achieving student at Warwick State High School. Lillian Rayner has been successful in being awarded a spot on the inaugural 2016 STEM Student Study Tour to Japan. This scholarship was targeted at high-performing Year 10 students who are currently studying Japanese and at least one STEM subject in Queensland state high schools. The tour will provide the eleven students selected from the state with a unique international learning opportunity.  They will be immersed in a language and cultural environment and experience how STEM subjects are taught internationally. Participants will travel to Hiroshima and Kyoto state high schools in Japan to undertake a 10-day in-country immersion program.

Through Advancing education - an action plan for education, the Queensland Government plans to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow. The Department of Education and Training in collaboration with Japanese Boards of Education, will provide participants with an offshore opportunity to see real world examples of the importance of STEM and partnerships between schools and the industry.

 
Lillian will receive return airfares to Japan, homestay accommodation and placement in a senior high school in Hiroshima or Kyoto. She will be given the opportunity to visit places of cultural and historical interest and to see how STEM subjects are taught in Japan. Well done Lillian.
 
At Warwick State High School, the study of Japanese and STEM subjects is highly valued and students have the opportunity to do so from Years 7 to 12. The school currently has three experienced Japanese teachers who are passionate about teaching the Japanese language, in addition to instilling multi-cultural awareness.