TSSHS international students (From back left) Paula Burfeind, Lisanne Schottdorf, Marie Kolb, Scott Barnard (International Student Coordinator). (From front left) Ray Johnston Principal TSSHS, Lisa Michaelis, Lisa Heinemann, Luis Barlett, Jan von Platten, Charlotte Welsch. Missing: Julie Wessler, Caitlyn Von Neida, Dianna Kaiulo.
TSSHS international students (From back left) Paula Burfeind, Lisanne Schottdorf, Marie Kolb, Scott Barnard (International Student Coordinator). (From front left) Ray Johnston Principal TSSHS, Lisa Michaelis, Lisa Heinemann, Luis Barlett, Jan von Platten, Charlotte Welsch. Missing: Julie Wessler, Caitlyn Von Neida, Dianna Kaiulo. Contributed by Annie Grice Photography

International student program enriches Tannum's cultural mix

TEENAGERS across the globe are packing their bags to venture off to another country for a number of months, without their families or friends.

This sounds terrifying, although there is a surprising number of international students across the Gladstone region eager to explore our area, Queensland and Australia.

Tannum Sands State High School offers an international student exchange program.

"The program really enriches our school's cultural mix," principal Ray Johnston said.

The school receives interest from students from Germany, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, USA and many more.

"It really does broaden the school's horizons. Students realise there's a big world out there," Scott Barnard, international student co-ordinator said.

Although the school places great importance on the program, unfortunately it has been turning away interest due to lack of accommodation.

"We need more home-stay families. Anyone is welcome to home stay an international student. You don't even need to have a student at our school or kids at all - ultimately just a good family environment," Mr Johnston said.

If you are interested in being a home-stay family for an international student, contact the school for more information.

Adventure into learning

LISA Michaelis is set for a very exciting nine months.

She will be attending Tannum Sands State High School as a German international student on exchange.

Lisa arrived at Tannum Sands on Australia Day, welcomed into sunny Queensland amid Gladstone's experience with the floods.

"So far I've just been settling in at school and the lifestyle here," Lisa said.

Lisa is one of seven international students beginning their time at Tannum High this term.

"Everyone is very friendly, and I really like my subjects, especially marine studies."

Throughout her first time in Australia, Lisa wants to improve her English, learn to surf and see as much as she can of Australia.

"I want to be able to surf by the time I go back to Germany, I would also like to try diving and skiing."

Her family is visiting when the program finishes to travel around Australia.

International Student Program

  • Tannum Sands have offered the program for about seven years.
  • The program is offered Australia wide.
(From left) International student coordinator Scott Barnard, Principal Ray Johnston and German International student Lisa Michaelis, 16.
(From left) International student coordinator Scott Barnard, Principal Ray Johnston and German International student Lisa Michaelis, 16. Contributed by Annie Grice Photography


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