International Student News
Term 1 2019
At the beginning of this year, we welcomed seven new students, three from Japan, one from Brazil, two from China, one from Hong Kong.
All our students have immersed themselves in school life here at Centenary Heights State High School. They have made a lot of friends and have become an integral part of the school community. Our Japanese students have also volunteered to be buddies for our Term 1 visiting Japanese Study Tour groups. Most recently, they have been actively involved in Harmony Day Celebrations. The girls were asked to sing and dance a traditional Japanese song in traditional costumes for our school for Harmony Day Celebrations. They were also invited to perform at one of the local primary schools and at the Toowoomba Regional Council’s Harmony Day Celebrations held in the town’s Civic Square. The crowd at Civic Square thoroughly enjoyed their performance. The students were a popular attraction with photographers wanting to take their photos. One in particular was the photographer for the local newspaper, the Toowoomba Chronicle. Moe and Kurumi’s beaming smiles on Page 31 of the paper rejoicing in the theme of Harmony Day – ‘everyone belongs’.
In the last week of term 1, we took the students down to the Gold Coast for our annual Beach Safety excursion. The surf at our regular location at Burleigh Heads was a little too rough so it was relocated to Tallebudgera Creek. Queensland Surf Life Saving once again did a wonderful job of teaching the students about beach safety and the importance of knowing what the different flags flown at the beach mean. After a short safety briefing, the students got to participate in a number of beach games and practice their life saving techniques. The students got to finish off their time at the beach with a quick lesson on how to use the surf rescue paddle board as well as some free time for a dip in Tallebudgera Creek.
Term 4 2018
On the last week of term 3, we took the students down to the Gold Coast for a beach safety excursion. The students had a great time learning about beach safety and the importance of knowing what the different flags flown at the beach mean. After a short safety briefing, the students got to participate in a number of beach games and they happily got to finish off their time at the beach with a quick session of boogie boarding.
This term, we’ve had two new long-term students join us from Singapore, while they’ve not been with our school long, they’ve already impressed their teachers with their hard-work and great attitudes. A number of our students were represented at our Awards night, for academic achievement, and the Gold Level Ceremony, for behavioural excellence.
There wasn’t an international student program trip this term. However, students who have received a Gold Level award, went on a trip to Dream World & Movie World; a very fitting reward for consistent, excellent behaviour.
As the year draws to an end, it is always a bit of a bittersweet time. Happy for everything that our students experienced and achieved; but a bit sad to have to say farewell to so many of great people. Four of our study-abroad students are leaving us this term, and as much as we’ll miss them, we know that their families have missed them more.
The International Student Program had 2 students graduate this year. These students have been with us for a number of years now, and their absence will be felt next year. They have the potential to do so much and we can’t wait to see what they achieve in the near future.
Term 3 2018
Semester 2 2018
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.
Semester 1 2018
The OP (Overall Position) results from our six students who graduated in 2017 were awesome! One of our wonderful students, Ruxin, achieved an amazing OP 1. Altogether, all six students achieved results within the top seven. One of our students, Karry from China, who achieved an OP 3, also has her artwork featured on the back cover of our school’s 2018 diary.
Sei, from South Korea, who achieved an OP 6, began her studies at Centenary Heights State High School as a young Year 8 student back in 2013. Sei embraced her life here in Australia, getting involved in the school community and making many lifelong friendships. Some of Sei’s achievements include: 2017 Cross-Cultural Captain; 2017 Year 7 Camp Leader; 2016 International Student Ambassador; 2016 Interact Club International Director; and 2016 International Student Program Mentor. Sei also participated in other school activities such as Harmony Day celebrations and was a buddy for visiting Study Tour students. Sei is now studying Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at the University of Queensland.
At the beginning of this year, we welcomed six new students, two from Japan, two from Brazil, one from Germany and one from India.
On March 27, Centenary Heights State High School celebrated Harmony Day. It was a wonderful celebration of the diversity of cultures in our school.
On March 28, we took our International students, as well as a few of our mentors, on a day trip to see some of the sights in Brisbane. This included a visit to the Queensland Mureum, a ride on the Brisbane Wheel, lunch at Southbank, a ride on the Brisbane River in one of the City Hoppers, a visit to the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane City and a tip up to Mt Coot-tha lookout to admire the views over Brisbane. What a great day.