Annual Student Exchange still going strong

Monday, 23 September 2019

Students participating in Penrith’s annual student exchange program with Fujieda, Japan, attended a Farewell Afternoon Tea with Deputy Mayor Cr Greg Davies on Monday 16 September ahead of their departure.

The Deputy Mayor encouraged Penrith’s student ambassadors to make the most of the unique opportunity. 

“I encourage you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity. You will be exposed to many aspects of Japanese culture and learn about defining moments of world history,” said Cr Davies.

“I’d like to thank the members of the Penrith International Friendship Committee for all of their hard work in making this exchange possible. I’d also like to thank the parents and guardians who hosted the Japanese ambassadors when they visited Penrith in July and August.”

Organised by Penrith City Council and the Penrith International Friendship Committee, the annual exchange program gives local high school students the opportunity of a lifetime to experience Japanese culture.

The annual exchange program has been running for 31 years and has had over 257 high school students from both Penrith and Fujieda participate.

For more information on the program search ‘Student Exchange Program’ at

Photo L-R: Jackie Greenow OAM (PIFC Chair), Samuel Howarth (Jamison High), Kerrie Gane (PIFC Deputy Chair), Rhys Geyer (Richard Johnson Anglican), Georgina Jelovic (Nepean CAPA), Tia Auld (McCarthy College), Deputy Mayor Greg Davies, Anneleise Shapcott (McCarthy College), Tomoko Ward, Clare Ward.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 23 September 2019.