Cultural Exchanges

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School offers students a range of cultural exchanges to countries and cities that we have developed long term partnerships with. Students can also participate in individual exchanges as part of the Round Square program. Details for these exchange opportunities are available on the Round Square page.

Setagaya Japan  Exchange Program 2020/2021

Our School has a reciprocal relationship with Bunbury’s Sister City Setagaya, Japan. Families can now apply to be part of this program in 2020. Students from Japan will travel to Bunbury and stay with a School host family in September for two weeks. In January 2021 our students then have the opportunity to spend time in Japan for three weeks.

This is a wonderful exchange program, offering our families the unique opportunity to learn about the Japanese culture and to be ambassadors for our School and Bunbury. Our students will travel to Japan in January 2021 and experience Japanese culture, see snow, ride a bullet train, eat Japanese food and also visit sites of historical importance such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Hiroshima. Students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 may apply to become a part of this wonderful program during 2020/2021.

Download the Tour Information and expression of interest form

Download the information flyer for the Year 6 and 7 Talent Tour 2020

For more information please contact Sgro Sensei.

Reunion Island Exchange

Our School supports our students to attend the Western Australia Reunion Island Student Exchange Program. This exchange provides students with extended in-country experience in a part of France (situated in the Indian Ocean) where they are able to experience French language and culture in a host family situation. They are supported by Australian and French teachers, who accompany the exchange each way. An independent committee of French teachers in Western Australia runs the exchange, which has been offered to students for 36 years. The exchange is open to students who study French in Years 9 to 12 from all schools in Western Australia.

Participation in the exchange requires the student to live with a family for four weeks in Reunion Island in July and to host a student for four weeks from December to January. A student may host before or after they complete their stay at Reunion Island. Whilst at Reunion Island, students do not attend school. Both exchange components fall in the school holidays, and therefore, the exchange becomes a whole family experience, and thanks to technology, often families become great friends as well. You can register your interest online on the website. Once you register your interest, you will be sent a link to an application form, parts of which require approval from the School.

Tour of India 2020

In 2020 an opportunity exists for current Year 7 and Year 8 students to travel to India and experience the numerous historical sites and local culture and hence enrich their learning experience. In HaSS , students will study Ancient India. Last year the Year 7 students focused on many of the issues relating to India in Geography. Please find attached the proposed itinerary as well as flight details, costs, etc.

Please note, this trip is not compulsory and there is no expectation that students should participate in the trip. It is offered on a user pays basis.  The timing of the trip will be at the end of Term 3, 2020, probably leaving on Monday, 29 September and returning on Tuesday, 6 October. The trip will be accompanied by Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School staff. Parents and other family will be able to accompany their children on the trip, dependent on numbers. If parents and/or their children are interested in coming on such a trip, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form to the Administration office or Simon Turner.

Please feel free to contact Simon Turner at School if you have any further questions or queries relating to the trip.