Friendship Programs

The City of Melville's formal friendship arrangements.

Brief History of Takarazuka
The City of Takarazuka is located in Hyogo Prefecture which is part of mid-western Honshu, the main island of Japan.

On the north eastern slope of Mount Rokko, the Town of Takarazuka and Ryogen Village merged in 1954, and the City of Takarazuka was formed. In 1955, Nagao Village and Nishitani Village additionally became part of the City, and the current geographical area of the City was demarcated.

The City of Takarazuka is known throughout Japan for its female opera company (Takarazuka Revue), and its abundance of hot springs.

Student Exchange Program

Roughly 25 students from Applecross Senior High School and 25 students from local senior high schools in Takarazuka are given the opportunity, every year to participate in a student exchange program coordinated by Applecross Senior High School and endorsed by the City of Melville.

The program, which has been running for over 20 years, aims to promote the regular exchange of students and establish strong cultural links between the two communities.

Year 9 and 10 students at Applecross Senior High School and their families are invited to nominate as host families for students from Takarazuka. Host students receive first preference for the return trip to Takarazuka, Japan.

Participants live with host families for approximatley two weeks attending secondary school, developing knowledge of a new culture and expanding their language skills.

Students wishing toensure a place on the trip must

  • write a short essay explaining why they wish to participate in the trip and what they expect to get out of the trip. They should describe their household/family situation here in Australia and where their guest will be staying. It is important that adequate adult supervision is provided for the Japanese students as they are mostly only 14 years of age and their parents are obviously concerned that they are being well looked after.
  • provide a photograph of yourself (passport size is sufficient)
  • complete the application form outlining personal details and interests. Pay a deposit of $250. The deposit will be refunded if the application happens to be unsuccessful. If more nominations are received than are required, late applications will not be accepted.

For more details on this life changing experience, please contact;

Mr Tony Dixon
Exchange Coordinator
Applecross Senior High School
Telephone No: 9314 9393
Fax No: 9364 1832
School Email: axshs.email@education.wa.edu.au