International Boarder Prefect

Yuma Okamoto

As a special one-off arrangement to keep us safe in these uncertain times, Director of Boarding, Mr Le Couteur arranged for the international students to stay in Marsden House on All Saints Campus during the school holidays from 8 – 27 April. We had a great, relaxing time with each other.

We played sports every day in the sports centre. Brothers, Joey and Jack from Laos are great badminton players, and friends, Kenny from Hong Kong and John from mainland China are good at basketball. We had fun and played lots of different sports to keep up our fitness. We also played lots of games during the holidays.

Our teachers, Mr Walsh and Mr Goddard lent us their Wii devices. We really appreciated that and enjoyed playing them. Joey, Kenny and Cyrus who is also from Hong Kong were good at Mario Kart. At first, John wasn’t as good as others but he improved very well. Surprisingly, Mr Goddard was the best player! We also played UNO with international students’ rules. It was very fun and also helped us learn together and build our English-speaking skills. These activities were all good to build friendships.

We also cooked our lunch and dinner sometimes. Nick, Yuma, and Mrs Woodlock made some cookies and cakes and we ate them outside in the fresh, country air and sunshine. It was an awesome time. Additionally, the dining hall staff bought pieces of salmon and barramundi and we cooked them on our own and helped each other. On the last day, we ordered Thai food. It was great time having dinner together. Eating together is a great social activity to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

We celebrated Easter with our residential staff who organized an Easter egg hunt. There were lots of eggs and the staff were very generous. For some international students, this was the first time to experience Easter egg hunts. Perth, from Thailand and my roommate, found the most chocolates and she even found the biggest Easter egg.

During our holidays, international students spent a wonderful time together. We are very thankful to Director of Boarding, Mr Le Couteur and International Student Liaison Officer, Mrs Mackay for organising our “home”. Thank you to our chef, Renee for providing us with lots of fresh fruit and a variety of delicious meals, even a few treats like pizza. We also would like to say ‘thank you’ to our English Teacher, Mrs Nelson who came and did some extra English classes with fun activities most of the days and all staff who took care of us during the holiday. We appreciate your kindness and help.

Yuma Okamoto

International Boarder Prefect

“Thank you to the wonderful staff and teachers who looked after us and created a safe ‘home’ for us during the on-campus International Boarder Holiday Program.”