The last few weeks have been very busy in the International Student Program. We have been visiting all the students’ homestays to make sure that everyone is happy with their living arrangements and to allocate homestays for 2017. We have around 50 Melbourne Girls’ College approved homestays, and at the end of this year we have 12 current students wishing to move homestay, and 18 new girls to whom we will need to allocate or check homestays ready for 2017. This means that on top of studying for their exams, preparing for Headstart and buying new books, there are a lot of girls deciding where they will live next year and packing up all of their belongings to move house!
At the last School Council Meeting we presented and had approved the new and updated MGC Homestay Policy, as well as the new MGC Child Safe Policy for Homestays. These are two very important documents that clearly set out Department of Education and Melbourne Girls’ College expectations for international students’ homestay experience. We are responsible for the welfare of 50 international students under the age of 18, and we are committed to providing the very best care of each of them, as well as maintaining fair and reasonable expectations of our homestay families. These documents will soon be found as part of the MGC Homestay Kit on the International Student Program page on the MGC website.
Last Thursday was the Orientation Day for all of the students who will be starting at MGC for the first time in 2017 (local and international). The new girls all met the Leadership Team and Year Level Coordinators, as well as many of the man important members of the MGC community. They learnt a lot, in fact, so much that I’m sure that some things may be forgotten by the start of the 2017 school year, so if you see a new girls looking lost next year, please don’t hesitate to stop and ask them if they need help. Let’s show some of that legendary MGC school spirit and generosity!
Presentation Night was an exciting opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our hard working students, and the international students gave a good accounting of themselves in the award stakes! The following international students were recognised for their hard work:
Christina Luyao TENG – Year 10 English as an Additional Language
Chloe Zhiqi JIANG – Year 10 Mathematics
Stella Xiaolan LI – Year 10 Visual Art
Maika Truc Thanh TRAN – Unit 1 & 2 Chinese as a Second Language
Van PHAM – Unit 1 & 2 English as an Additional Language and Specialist Mathematics
Amy Mingshan WANG – Unit 1 & 2 Mathematical Methods and Physics
Pera Ngoc Hong NGUYEN – Unit 2 & 3 Business Management
Mary Yuxin ZHU – Unit 1 & 2 Chinese as a First Language
Skye Jingze QIAO – Unit 1 & 2 Physics
Cally Yingwei CHEN - Unit 1 & 2 Specialist Mathematics
Karen Songwen LUO – International Student Award
Hyun Jeong ROH – Confucius Classroom International Study Grant
We can congratulate them on their awards, and doubly so as all their work was done in their second language! Who knows how many hours of extra translation work each of those awards represents!