On Wednesday 4 November we headed to Pt Elliot YHA Beach House with the International students and some of their friends. On our way down there, we did a quick stop at Urimbirra Wildlife Park and got up close and personal with some of everyone’s favourite animals.
From there we went to our accommodation, then took one of the many paths around the area and ended up at the beach. Of course, there are always some students who can’t resist the water and ended up getting wet. Was it hot? No, it was not.
The next morning saw an early rise and getting ready to head off surfing. As we approached the beach, we could see the whitewash and how choppy it was. There was a mix of excitement as well as the students who were trying to build up the courage to enter the freezing cold water. After the struggle of getting into wetsuits they hit the beach and were catching waves like professionals in no time; well maybe not professionals but some of them managed to (sort of) stand up. Some of us decided walking and exploring the beach was a better option.
For some of the students being in Pt Elliot meant going to the Pt Elliot Bakery and buying the donut of the month and for others it was all about the opportunity to just chill with their friends.
On Friday we bid farewell to the lovely people at the YHA and headed into Victor Harbor. Some of the students went to one of the many cafes and got food, while some played mini golf and others explored Granite Island.
As a last activity before heading back to REC we stopped in at Harvest the Fleurieu and picked a punnet of strawberries. It’s safe to say that most of us ate our body weight in strawberries that day but they were too good not to.
International Student Support Officer
Farewell from Minami
My name is Minami Noge. I am from Japan and I came to Australia on January for my high school English program. Time flies when I am staying at Reynella East College. All things around me were new and refreshing. In Japan I am usually sleepy during the class and copying sentences in my note book from a black board is just boring, but here in Australia I could walk outside, move my body and talk to my teachers freely. I was never bored. In addition, all my friends, students and teachers were so kind and friendly to me. I am a kind of shy person so it was so helpful for me. I really appreciate those people who met and talked to me.
On 26th November, we had a party in year 10 EALD class. Each of us brought some snacks and watched a movie. I also shared some Japanese snacks with my friends. I had studied EALD for a whole year and I really enjoyed leaning English with my classmates. I am so glad that I could improve my English skills in my EALD class.
Even after I go back to Japan, I will never forget about the time that I spent at Reynella East College. Thank you so much.
In her farewell speech to her EALD students in Week 7, Ms Causevic shared some of the memories and highlights of the year, including Sports Day and Harmony Week, a celebration where they made posters and shared their learning and cultures. One of the last group activities they did was to surprise retiring teacher Mr White with a cake, thanking him for being a great teacher.
She also thanked her students for all their hard work during a challenging year and wished those students who are leaving all the best upon their return home or move to other schools.