Castell Alun Sixth Form students, Shannon and Luke have won the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in an exchange trip with students in Japan. A number of Flintshire students applied for a place on the exchange by writing an essay explaining why they would love to have the opportunity to travel to the Far East and how they would host an exchange student and be a good ambassador for the local area. Successful candidates were then called for interview, with Shannon and Luke eventually being selected as part of a team of 6 representing Flintshire in the county-based exchange programme.
The Castell Alun Sixth Formers will have the time of their lives when they stay with their new Japanese friends in Murata Town in the prefecture of Miyagi, 300 miles to the north of Tokyo in August. While in Murata, the students will participate in traditional activities such as tea ceremonies and local cultural festivals and will be afforded a first hand flavour of school life also. They then have a stay in Tokyo, during which they will visit museums, temples, shopping arcades, Disneyland and a variety of hot spots for young people.
Shannon was extremely excited about the programme and commented, “When I found out I was just ecstatic as I was actually born in Japan and left when I was 3 so can’t wait to return.” Luke added, “It’s the kind of trip I’ve always dreamed of. I just can’t believe this chance has come my way. I’m going to grab it with both hands.”
The Japanese exchange students will be invited to visit the Castell Alun in June. Asst. Headteacher, Mr Paul Edwards, commented, “We are thrilled for Shannon and Luke and wish to support them in every way as they undertake this challenge. Our Sixth Form is constantly expanding and we aim to offer all of our students the very best possible opportunities.” Members of the public are warmly invited to the forthcoming Castell Alun High School Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 4th February, starting at 6.30pm, during which presentations will be given by staff and students, and all departments in the school may be visited.