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The 12 senior students who embarked on an international exchange over the 2022/23 summer break have returned to school for Term 1 with plenty of memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. School Captain Emily Thai took part in the Japan exchange and said a highlight was living with a host family that four children ranging in ages from six to 16, which was an adjustment for someone who grew up as an only child until she was 11 years old.

“I was welcomed so warmly and played with my younger siblings, often in a park,” Emily said. “After school, they’d knock around on neighbourhood doors to gather more kids to play soccer in the park with us. The family was so friendly, and they also had a very strong relationship with their grandparents. It was heart-warming to be part of such a large and rowdy family.”

Year 11 student Georgia Steel visited France and said her highlight was four days in Paris.

“I was able to explore what felt like every inch of the city,” Georgia said. “These experiences ranged from seeing the Eiffel Tower, which was particularly amazing at night and the Opera House as well as more simple activities such as riding the metro and walking along the bustling streets of Paris. Wherever I looked there was something new to see and I was always excited for what was around the corner.”

Read more about their experiences and our upcoming international tours and exchanges here:

Rohan Jayatilake

Head of Garnsey Campus