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Formalising Cultural Bonds: Highfields State School and Takatsuki Gunge Elementary School

Formalising Cultural Bonds: Highfields State School and Takatsuki Gunge Elementary School
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Strengthening Cross-Cultural Connections in Toowoomba’s Educational Landscape

Highfields State School has recently elevated its commitment to the Japanese language and culture through a significant milestone: the signing of a Sister School Agreement with Takatsuki Gunge Elementary School in Toowoomba’s Sister City, Takatsuki, Japan.

Deepening Ties Through Education

Mayor Geoff McDonald expressed enthusiasm for this collaboration, emphasising the importance of forging international links.

The principals of both schools sealed the Sister School Agreement in a virtual ceremony witnessed by 1260 students and teachers from Highfields and Takatsuki.

A Cultural Affair

The ceremony was a celebration of cultural exchange. Captains Maddison Janetzki and Aamna Hafeez-Baig delivered speeches in both English and Japanese, highlighting their dedication to linguistic exchange.

Musical performances and school songs enriched the event, fostering a sense of camaraderie.

Looking Ahead

Plans for a Japanese study tour in June 2024 are underway, promising a deeper connection as Highfields State School students visit Gunge Elementary School, fostering friendships initiated online.

A Fruitful History

This isn’t the first instance of collaboration. Highfields State School embarked on a Japanese study tour in 2019, laying the groundwork for subsequent exchanges.

The relationship between Toowoomba and Takatsuki, established in 1991, thrives on shared educational, cultural, and sporting interests.

The Larger Picture

The Toowoomba-Takatsuki bond extends beyond education. With a population of 352,000, Takatsuki plays a pivotal role in connecting Toowoomba to the heart of Japan, positioned between Osaka and Kyoto.

This collaboration exemplifies the enduring bond between Toowoomba and Takatsuki, transcending geographical boundaries for a shared vision of global connectivity.