This term, we were given the opportunity to apply for and were successful in receiving extra funding through an innovation subsidy for an International Student Camp. We invited international students from Kingaroy State High School and Ipswich State High School to join us. Students were excited and a little nervous when we departed for the overnight camp at the Stanley River Environmental Education Centre on 25 June.
Our teacher, Jack, from Stanley River EEC, was great! He started off with ice breaker activities that got students communicating and having a lot of laughs. After lunch, students learnt how to use a compass and worked together in teams to find locations around the camp. We then went for a hike up a nearby hill where we stopped for some afternoon tea and admired the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Once back at camp, students had some free time. Some students teamed up and had a social but competitive game of soccer.
That night, after a delicious dinner, we went for a walk around the camp grounds by torchlight, then students made damper and roasted marshmallows on the camp fire for supper.
Day two was a lot of fun with students utilising their communication, team building and coordination skills to canoe down the river before returning home. It was hilarious to watch one of our teams try to remove themselves from an old tree branch in the middle of the river that they got themselves stuck on!
The camp was an enriching experience for our International Students, improving their communication and team building skills, with the added bonus of making new friendships! Collaborating with Kingaroy and Ipswich was a great way to strengthen our relationships with other regional schools.
In the first week of Term 3, we welcomed three new students. Two students are here as part of the study abroad program, one from Germany and one from America. Our third student, from China, will be studying here long term with the intention of graduating as a year 12 student in 2020.
We were also thrilled to receive a visit from a previous student, Sophia, who is from Germany. She was a study abroad student in Year 10 at CHSHS in 2014 and loved her experience here so much that she included a visit to Toowoomba and CHSHS as part of her holiday. She has kept in touch with many friends, her Homestay Family and some staff here at the school and was very excited to be able to catch up with everyone during this trip. She has stated, "it was the best experience of my life". Refer to attached video. She hopes to make Australia and Toowoomba her permanent home one day.