I dreaded this night the week leading up to it, Mr.Ali made it sound so scary at first since we had to learn how to eat properly and how to act but luckily for me all the staff from novotel and ibis were all lovely people. At first it was awkward but I think I got the best seat on the table as my table had Ardy and Sven who were amazing as ice breakers as they kept asking us questions and keeping up conversation it made me and I think everyone else felt much more comfortable and I also was right next to Mr. Columbus giving me a chance to conversate with him it was a stunning experience.
The food was O I S H I I ! ! ! it was all presented in a beautiful, mouth-watering way.
Overall the night was amazing and I had thouroughly enjoyed myself in every way and I felt very grateful towards Novotel and Ibis hotel for giving us that night and the overall opportunity they had given us.
Another after school activity we had along with japanese language classes was exchange prep during these classes Mr. Ali helps us prepares us for the trip this included financial help and telling us more about Jishukan and the things we will do there. During the classes we also practised our cultural performance that we will be presenting to Jishukan, though I am not the type to dance often this was pretty fun to practise and I will feel accomplished once we do go up and present it.
On the 22nd of May all the parents of the applicants met up in school for a presentation taken by Mr. Ali this meeting involved informing the parents on the different things that will be happening in japan and all the question the parents have will have been answered there also this meeting was good for me as gabby, an ex student who has already went on the exchange came in and talked about her experience in Japan this was very helpful as it made me feel a bit more ready for Japan.
Overall I am very grateful for yumiko-sensei and all the work she has done for us now I feel much more comfortable speaking japanese from introducing myself to asking where the toilet is.
Arigatou gozaimasu Yumiko-sensei!!