2016 Exchange Programme

Returning exchange students.

Andrea Jury reflects on her exchange to Australia.

Andrea Jury(left)

I wanted to go on exchange because I have been at Roedean for my entire school career and was curious to experience a different learning environment. I also hoped to learn more about another country from a local perspective and make lots of friends. My time at Ballarat Grammar School in Victoria, Australia, gave me the opportunity to do all of these things. I was lucky enough to be a boarder during my stay and felt at home almost immediately. There is a great sense of community within the house and the girls are given a lot of freedom and independence. Most afternoons were spent playing sport, going for runs around Lake Wendouree down the road or browsing the nearby shops.

I was also able to try new subjects such as Printmaking and Sport Science, represent the Senior girls’ hockey team and participate in the Inter house chorals event. All of these activities were extremely worthwhile and gave me the chance to experience many things that form part of life at Grammar. As a member of Round Square, the school hosts more than 30 exchange students every year and I was fortunate enough to make friends from France, USA, Canada, Jordan and Japan.

For the last week of my exchange, I did work experience at Yarrawonga College in my exchange sister’s hometown. I spent most of my time with the Grade 0 classes and enjoyed teaching them more about South Africa and helping them with various class activities. It was also interesting to see how another school operates in contrast to both Roedean and Ballarat Grammar.

My host family, the Henwoods were extremely welcoming and kindly went out of their way to make sure I experienced as much of their beautiful country and its culture as possible. From admiring the Sydney Opera House, and going to footy matches in Melbourne, to visiting a replica mining town in Ballarat, and exploring the small town of Yarrawonga alongside the breathtaking Lake Mulwala, I don’t think I could possibly have got a more all-rounded perspective of Australia as a whole. I would like to thank my parents, Mrs Williams, and Mrs Murray for giving me the opportunity to go on exchange- it was the experience of a lifetime and I will cherish the memories forever!

Ella Dougherty and Cate Mitchel reflect on their exchange in India.

Incoming exchange students. Ella Dougherty (left) and Cate Mitchel (far right) host Bhawana Dahiya (centre left) and Aanchal Jain (centre right) from Vidya Devi Jindal School, India.

Our exchange to India was an incredible eye-opening experience. Before leaving South Africa, we were both over the moon about going to one of the most exotic countries in the world – and India did not let us down. There was never a dull moment: it was a sensory feast of sights and sounds, as we visited some of the most beautiful places and monuments on Earth. We saw the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Amber Fort Jaipur, Qutr Minar in Dehli and the Victoria memorial in Kolkata, to name a few.

While we sometimes found India overwhelming, we were lucky enough to experience a completely different culture which has greatly widened and changed our perspectives. For both of us, the world is suddenly a larger and more exciting place then we ever could have imagined.

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