College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan

Terrace enjoys a variety of student exchange programs

Student Exchange Programs

Terrace enjoys a variety of student exchange programs with international partnerships in France, Japan and the USA. Over the Easter holidays, 20 students of Japanese travelled to our partner school, Konan Boys’ High in Osaka. Our students enjoyed several days of homestay with Konan families and the tour party had the opportunity to be expertly guided by Mrs Mary Cassidy and Mr Andrew Stormonth through Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nara. The 17 year old relationship with Konan includes our hosting two students annually for a whole year and this year, we are delighted to have with us Ren Koyama and Hide Kinugawa. Enormous thanks to the Latter, Atkinson, Mikkola and Panizza families who have welcomed the boys from Konan into their homes thus far this year. The hospitality of Terrace families and Konan families is vital to the success of the relationship. We are also blessed to have the opportunity to send a student for an extended period over the Christmas break each year and there is also the chance to go to Konan Boys’ High for ‘Year 13’. I met a proud Konan family who have hosted half a dozen boys over the years and they showed me their photo album like it was their own family!

We also have long standing relationships with Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and Chamindade College in St Louis in Missouri. Each year, four or five students from the US join us in Term 1 and we exchange the same amount of fellows in Term 3 as a part of our Year 10 Immersion program. This year, James Devine and Adam Sweeney have been selected to attend Archbishop Moeller High School and Joseph Stretton, Thomas O’Shea and Christopher Thorpe have been invited to attend Chaminade College. We sincerely congratulate all of the applicants for this program as it is never easy to decide who to send because of the outstanding quality of expressions of interest and interview. Best wishes to the boys when they travel in Term 3.

Last, but certainly not least, is our partnership with two schools in France, the White Cross College in Bondues and Sacred Heart College in Nantes. Madame Lindsay Maher and I are interviewing applicants for these exchanges this week, and like the USA process, we expect to be meeting some outstanding young men.