THEY came with gifts of laptops, library books and big chess pieces for a game.
The 26 students and three teachers from Botany Downs Secondary College in New Zealand visited their sister school at Davuilevu in Nausori and brought a taste of their learning.
After making friends and exchanging ideas and experiences, they sang together, played rugby and helped upgrade the school facility.
But for the students of Lelean Memorial School, the big chess pieces on their open court will be the real reminder of the visit by the students of Botany.
Yesterday, after receiving books and laptops given by their friends, the students and teachers enjoyed chess, a game which Lelean students will play more frequently now.
Associate principal Karen Brinsden said the students from the East Auckland-based college were on a service trip. She said they were here to upgrade the school facilities and experience Fiji's unique cultures.
Ms Brinsden said the students had fundraised for the trip.
In 2010, Botany Downs Secondary College students visited, gave their contributions and carried out maintenance work.
"The children will be able to build their relationships and at the same time strengthen our knowledge with the school choir and, of course, with rugby which the school is well known for," Ms Brinsden said.
"This is a very exciting trip."
She said they would have an unforgettable experience when they returned home.
Lelean vice principal Miriama Naicegucegu said this was a good opportunity as they focused on reviving the school bure.
"We've learnt a lot of concepts from them, which have helped develop and boost the students' learning skills," she said.
She said their visits were a professional enhancement, for the students and staff.
Botany students return home tomorrow.