The Thomas Hardye School

First Ever Japanese Exchange with Thomas Hardye

japanese exchange


At the start of July, the Thomas Hardye School was lucky enough to welcome students from Japan in our very first Exchange with that country. Some of our own students are now benefitting from learning Japanese with Mrs Yoko Leedham, who also arranged this exchange. This was a perfect chance for them to learn about Japan. And our school did its best to give the visitors a taste of Dorset!

Arriving via London on Saturday 30th June, where they had a chance to visit the Natural History Museum, Sunday saw them arrive in Dorset. This was then their first chance to meet their host families who were kindly looking after them for the week. The party consisted of three boys, three girls and their teacher. Their school is 'Tsukuba Kaisei High School, Kyoto school, in the city of Kyoto.

On Monday they had tour of the school and then met the Thomas Hardye buddy students for the exchange. They then visited Hardye's Cottage, where for some it was a first introduction to Dorset's most famous writer.Tuesday saw them go on a Geography field trip with our Year 10 students where they visited West Bay. However, their packed schedule took them to the Shire Hall in Dorchester in the afternoon. Here they learnt about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, as well as the case of a 7 year old boy imprisoned for arson. It was an eye opener to how primitive our justice system could be, not much more than a hundred years ago. The highlight though was probably seeing the actual courtroom and trying on some of the costumes there. The day ended with a buffet reception back at school, where the visitors met with some of our Governors and headteacher Mr Foley.

On Wednesday, they spent the day back in school, attended different lesson with their buddy students and got a feel for a typical school day in Thomas Hardye. They were also interviewed by Wessex FM and were asked about how they liked England and, in particular, Dorset.

Thursday was an exciting day of visits when they went to Bath. Here they saw the Roman Baths, Cathedral and then had free time in the beautiful town centre.

On Friday, they again attended lessons in the morning at the school. But in the afternoon they went to Portland and enjoyed an ice cream in the heat, There they saw the monument put up to celebrate the Olympics of 2012. From there they went to Weymouth beach, paddling in the sea, then experienced that great British seaside tradition - fish and chips!

On Saturday morning, everyone met up again in Dorchester, had breakfast, then got on the train to go back to London. Sad farewells were given as the party boarded their train. The Japanese students expressed how much they had enjoyed themselves and would have loved to extend their stay at least another week.

With just a couple of days in London they made the most of their time and they went to see Musical 'Mamma Mia'. On Sunday, they took the river boat, visited the British Museum and went on the bus tour of London. Leaving them exhausted before their long flight back to Japan on the Monday.

Mr Hardinge and Mrs Leedham are now planning to visit the Japanese school in October 2019, so the School is hoping to advertise a return exchange in September 2018. We very much hope this is the start of a positive and rewarding relationship with the school in Kyoto.



Japanese Exchange

Japanese exchange

Japanese Exchange

Japanese Exchange

Japanese Exchange

Japanese Exchange




July 2018