New culture wave hits South High
AN injection of new and different culture has been received by South Grafton High School as it welcomes three exchange students from Europe and one exchange teacher from the United States.
Anne-Kathrin Schmitz has been in Australia for eight months.
She only has two months left, down under, before returning to Germany.
She is here as part of Student Exchange Australia. While she is excited about going home, she wants to come back and visit often.
“I love Surfers and the Gold Coast,” she said.
Although she has only been in OZ for five weeks, Lena Muller is already having a great time.
Also from Germany, she is here through the Southern Cross Cultural Exchange.
“It's a lot different here, but it's great. Everyone is friendly and open,” she said.
She is a keen sportswoman, already signed up for netball and hockey competitions.
Tabea Weber, from Switzerland, has been in Australia for six weeks. She will be here for 12 months as a part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
“I love the weather and the beach and the people of Grafton are so friendly and nice,” Tabea said.
She swims and will play netball once the season is in full swing.
Kaycee Taylor, or Mr Taylor as his students know him, is from the Seattle area in the United States of America.
He arrived on January 2 to intense heat, only hours after leaving home where snow was falling.
“I really didn't know what to expect,” he said.
The teaching experience has been different for Kaycee as his responsibilities differ.
“We don't do things like lunch duties and we only teach one class back home,” he said.
He is here through NSW Department of Education and Training and has effectively done a life swap with a South Grafton High teacher.
“We swapped houses, jobs and cars,” he said.
So far, Kaycee has enjoyed encouraging students to try new challenges.