Day 2 of the trip witnessed the students experiencing contrasting events, the first being the opportunity to be trained by two great Japanese football coaches, both who have played professionally. The children also played football with their sister school peers and enjoyed learning about the different everyday happenings of another school.
The second part of the day was a mixed bag of emotions for the students as they read to and played with children at the 'Hands of Hope' Charity. 'Hands of Hope' is a non-profit organisation in which children with with physical and intellectual disabilities and their families are given the opportunity to access educational services and support.
DCIS Lions made our school proud and really showed maturity and heart as they gave the 'Hands of Hope' children books to read, with some of the DCIS Lions boys plucking up the courage to also read to the children. We then finished the day with a great buffet, ready for the busy day ahead.
'The greatest part of my day was seeing how enthusiastically our boys behaved at the 'Hands of Hope' charity. I am so proud of how the DCIS students interacted with the children there, for some this was a totally new experience. It was an emotional day for us all.'
Please see the student's quotes that highlighted their day below.
Liam Johnson and Luke Liperis
Quotes from our students:
'I had lots of fun today it’s been busy with lots of travelling on the bus, but we have been singing to make the journey fun.' Zach
'The trip so far has been fantastic we went to the places that were both very different, Northbridge and 'Hands of Hope'. 'Hand of Hope' was full of less fortunate people but we tried making them happier by giving them reading books.' Kien
'Today has been great. Football at Northbridge was an amazing experience especially being coached by Honda Estillo. My team won at the tournament too.' Daniel
'I have been over the moon today. Football training was awesome. At 'Hands of Hope', we donated books to the underprivileged children. I feel very fortunate now that I have seen what other people don’t have. From now on, whenever I complain about something I will think back to 'Hands of Hope', that is what I took from today.' Arayman
'Today’s been awesome. I have enjoyed the Football but what I really enjoyed was the tour of the School. The Charity was interesting too. It made me really happy when I delivered the book to the little girl who had an ear amputed, it made me smile a lot.' Jasper
'Today has been amazing, we went to our Nord Anglia Education Sister School and we played Football with the Grade 5s and the Japanese Coaches that work there. At ‘Hands of Hope’ we played and read with the underprivileged children. I felt anxious at first and taken back but as I started to feel comfortable we had to leave which I was really sad about. Today was a great day but I hope tomorrow is even better.' Lukas
'My favourite experience was visiting our Sister School because I got to meet, eat and play with the Year 6 students. I also enjoyed training with Honda because they were very good Footballers.' Ashley
'The trip has been wonderful today. I was the first one to wake up in my room because I was so excited. I enjoyed the Football, but also the Charity we went to in the afternoon. I initially saw some children who needed help and I thought I was very lucky. The dinner has been amazing too!' Samuel
'I woke up early today because I’ve been excited. Football was good. The school was pretty good, but we beat them. I also enjoyed water polo back at the hotel and the restaurant is really really nice!' Connor
'Today was sensational. Football was brilliant and so was our trip to 'Hands of Hope'. The dinner has been really tasty and I can’t wait for Football tomorrow at HFCA.' Kaelen
'We had an awesome match today at our Sister School and we won, obviously. We brought some books to the Charity and I hope they enjoyed them but I’m sure they will.' Mattia
'Today has been an experience I will remember forever. When we delivered the books at 'Hands of Hope' I realised how lucky I was. I know they will enjoy the books.' Leo
'Football today was awesome especially meeting the other year 6 students and seeing their classrooms and speaking with them.' Charlie
'We met lots of new people today and made new friends. I enjoyed the water polo as well as our Football and I can’t wait for tomorrow.' Samuel
'I enjoyed playing Football with the Japanese’s coaches. I spoke to them in my native tongue and I loved playing the match. I can’t wait for tomorrow.' Shoei
'The day has been phenomenal, I have enjoyed the entire day and all of it has been very different. I’m glad I helped people who are less fortunate than myself and I can’t wait for more Football tomorrow.' Billy