After twenty-two years the friendship is still blossoming.
This was evident on Friday when students from Singleton High School and their sister school, Takahata, hit the kitchen.
Under the watchful eye of hospitality teacher, Daniel Mead, the shared the experience of creating traditional Aussie lamingtons along with vegemite and cheese scrolls broke down the language barrier and put a smile on the faces of all.
Mr Mead says vegemite often gets a bad wrap because most tourists just eat a spoonful so they opt for making the scrolls.
But the lamingtons are always enjoyed, he says.
This year’s exchange continues the long standing tradition which will see the group of 10 students and two staff spend a week at Singleton High.
From lessons focusing on Aboriginal art to spending a day in Newcastle taking in the Anzac walk and the beaches, they arrived on Tuesday and are staying with host families.
The exchange in reciprocated annually and around twenty students along with seven staff will head from Singleton to Japan in September, says SHS teacher, Dana Cowmeadow.
“This weekend we are heading out the Hunter Valley Gardens with the host families for the day,” she explains.