Moving to a new country to study while you are a school-aged child, the challenges of a new environment can be overwhelming. The 2017 winners in the schools category have both overcome their fears to establish themselves in their respective school communities and take the first steps towards what are sure to be bright and successful futures. We invited them to share their stories.
Winner: Chenxing Liu from China
Becoming part of a new school community
Chenxing knew she wanted to study abroad and experience a different culture since a very young age. After travelling to Australia with her parents, she chose Adelaide because she liked the idea of a smaller city where she could live closer to nature.
Since entering Year 11 at BPIHS, Chenxing has worked hard to achieve a GPA of 13.8 out of 15, receiving a Distinction Certification overall.
How did you feel when you first moved to Australia?
When I first arrived, I was very curious and excited for a new life here. I did find things challenging at first. I had to work to improve my English skills and I’ve come to rely on myself quite a bit.
I was always shy, but I made new friends and became involved in the school community and the choir. Life here is now more colourful and wonderful!
What do you do during your free time?
I live with a host family, so I enjoy spending time with them, and walking their dog together is a daily ritual. I also love reading, drawing and photography.
I have a part-time job at a local cafe which I enjoy very much. I like chatting with customers to learn more about the Australian lifestyle and culture.
What are your future plans?
My dream is to study architecture at the University of Adelaide.
Highly Commended: Chuyue Qin from China
Chuyue started studying at the Adelaide Secondary School of English (ASSoE) and worked hard to achieve the high English language and academic results required to secure a place at Glenunga International High School (GIHS).
Chuyue continued excelling academically at GIHS, receiving three Principal’s Awards. As an active member of the GIHS community, she joined the school’s concert band and performed in various competitions.
Chuyue’s many achievements at GIHS saw her elected as one of the school’s prefects. In this role, she contributed to the school by strengthening connections between international students and local communities.
Chuyue enjoys the free and open-minded atmosphere of the Australian education system. She hopes to pursue her dreams of becoming a secondary school teacher here in Adelaide.