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Hagley pupils extend hand of friendship to Japan

UTAS post-graduate architecture student Masako Morita

A University of Tasmania architecture student this week visited Hagley Farm Primary School in Northern Tasmania to report on a recent exercise in goodwill.

After the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan in March, pupils at Hagley decided they wanted to pass on messages of support to children in Japan.

The pupils drew pictures, composed letters and postcards, and other messages of hope for Japanese primary school children.

UTAS international student Masako Morita offered to help the pupils deliver their messages when she returned home to Japan for a short visit last month.

Ms Morita said she had been only too happy to help the Hagley pupils.

“I was looking for something I could do to help,” Ms Morita said.

“I know people who were affected and this was something good we could do.”

Ms Morita was introduced to the Hagley pupils by UTAS Community Friends and Networks Program coordinator Michelle Brownlea.

Her visit to Hagley caused a stir among the pupils who listened intently as Ms Morita explained how she had delivered their letters to primary schools in Japan.

Picture: UTAS post-graduate architecture student Masako Morita

Published on: 18 Aug 2011 9:52am