Eloise Field (Year 11) has been selected to be a Junior Ambassador to represent the people of the City of the Blue Mountains at Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, through the Blue Mountains City Council’s Sister Cities program.
Eloise, who is currently studying Japanese Continuers for her Higher School Certificate, will spend two weeks in Sanda City during the September school holidays, visiting local secondary schools to promote the Blue Mountains to her Japanese peers and meet the goals of the program, which seeks to foster cultural exchanges with the sister cities of the Blue Mountains.
The applicants were asked to prepare a written submission, and the finalists attended interviews with The Blue Mountains Sister Cities Committee, in which they had to demonstrate a basic ability in the Japanese language, knowledge of Japanese society and culture, a good general knowledge of the City of the Blue Mountains, including its people, the environment and its governance.
Applicants were also required to be a resident of the Blue Mountains and were not to have stayed in Japan, continuously, for a period of more than two months.
BMGS Japanese teacher, Mrs. Yukie Evans, commented that: “I am delighted that Eloise has earned this honour; her keen interest in Japanese culture and her dedication to the study of the language, both through the School’s program and in her own time, will serve her well in fulfilling the role of Junior Ambassador for the Sister Cities program. It is a wonderful achievement.”