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Woodbrooke Welcomes Friends School Tokyo

Date Published: 13 August 2009

Last week, students from Friends School Tokyo visited Woodbrooke as part of their annual George Fox Tour. The tour aimed to give the 25 students aged 14 – 16 a chance to practise their English whilst learning about the history of Quakers, and meeting Friends today. Outings included visits to Lichfield Cathedral, ‘1652 country’ including Swarthmoor Hall and Pendle Hill, an evening watching Julius Caesar at Stratford and a trip to London to visit Bunhill Fields Meeting House and the grave of George Fox. In addition, they were introduced to other faiths by visiting a synagogue and a mosque to hear about Jewish and Islamic faiths.

On the Sunday afternoon they invited families who had hosted them for lunch to a presentation about different festivals celebrated during the year in Japan and taught their visitors to do calligraphy. “It is very noticeable how their confidence grows during the week as they try hard to communicate with staff and visitors at Woodbrooke during the time they are here.” said Judith Jenner, Tutor in Quaker Studies, “Their laughter and chatter makes such a difference to Woodbrooke.”

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