Loganlea state high school enjoyed the privilege of hosting 29 students and two teachers from the Tsz-Shiou high school in Taiwan. It was a superb three-week experience and I, along with the greater school community thoroughly enjoyed having our Taiwanese visitors.
The homestay and exchange program provides authentic learning and enriching cultural experiences for our students and is made extremely successful through only the collaboration of staff and volunteers from within our learning community. Loganlea state high school has given the Taiwanese visitors the opportunity to enhance their English language skills and to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of the Australian culture and lifestyle.
Our school has also provided an opportunity for both Taiwanese and Loganlea students to build relationships, exchange cultures and ideas and form lifelong friendships. We look forward to maintaining the relationship between two school communities in the future.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to all involved in making this program a great success.
Special thanks must be given to:•Teena Fodor for assisting in every single event, organising bus bookings and supporting students during their day to day life at Loganlea.•Monica Dawkins for providing engaging and authentic learning experiences in English and Australian culture lessons each week.•Erin Hobbins for organising a fun cooking lesson for the group that was a memorable experience for the Taiwanese students.•Michelle Daylight for taking the group to Musgrave Park for the NAIDOC Day celebration.•Claire Perryn for organising a HPE class with fun activities•Norm Tregea’s Farm Team for opening up the farm for the international students•Evan Schloss for organising a Manual Arts lesson for them to make a souvenir key chain•Dave Turner for teaching the group how to sing “Waltzing Matilda” in preparation for their performance to Year 11/12 parade on the last day of their stay.•Ross Davis for covering my lessons and duties, in addition to the staff covering my lessons while I was not available to take them.•All staff for welcoming students into their classes and assisting them around the school grounds.
Finally, I would like to extend my appreciation to all host families who offered our visitors an “unforgettable experience”.
Without the assistance and collaboration of all involved, the three week homestay would not have been the success it was.