In this issue

Welcome to Calamvale Community College’s International Journal. In this space, we showcase the global connections, itineraries, and outlooks forged by our vibrant school community. This journal offers a snapshot of the diverse ways the College develops the international-mindedness and mobility of its multicultural student population. Travel through Issue 2 at your leisure – please journey to our feature articles, roam through our busy events calendar, and stop by our picturesque photo library. Bon voyage!

Welcome from the College Principal

Lisa Starmer - Welcome to Issue 2
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Welcome from the College Principal

David Hepper

The second International Journal comes to the readers in very different circumstances with the effect of COVID-19 throughout the world. This is a new experience …

David Hepper
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The second International Journal comes to the readers in very different circumstances with the effect of COVID-19 throughout the world. This is a new experience for educators, students and families.

Our international student base for long term students remains strong and we look forward to welcoming new international students to the college, as well as education professionals and study tour students when the restrictions are eased.

All of us have learnt to adapt to the new environment, as the world slowly moves towards a new normality, lets ensure that our global connections remain strong.

I wish you all well and enjoy the reading of articles and updates contained in Volume 2.

Our 2019 International Year 12 Graduates 

Primary Year Program (PYP)

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Primary Year Program (PYP)

International Baccalaureate/ISP News

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things” – Flora Lewis “A …

Mel Ellis - International Baccalaureate
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International Baccalaureate/ISP News

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things”
– Flora Lewis

“A mind that is stretched by new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Being an IB World School as well as a state school with one of the largest international student populations means our student body enjoy many benefits; socially, linguistically and educationally.
Our international students thrive in our College where over 60% of our students are multilingual, who are naturally internationally minded and thrive in the microcosm of multiculturalism. Here they are able to establish further community connections at both global and local levels as well as acquire English in a fully immersive environment.
Our growing IB Diploma Programme, caters to aspirational and highly academic students aged 16-19 from both local and international enrolments. Students complete two language subjects (mother tongue and a second language), a humanities, a science (or two), mathematics and an optional Arts subject. IB students are covering content that is at a first-year university level in their Higher Level subjects. Diploma Programme graduates, on successful completion, gain an IB score which is recognised worldwide and highly desired by universities on all continents. As international mindedness and understanding cultures through language is a main philosophy of IB, students who are multilingual have a natural advantage.
At CCC, we offer Chinese-speaking students the opportunity to study Language and Literature in their native tongue; Chinese and we are the only school in Queensland to do this. This means that Chinese-speaking students read, study, write, speak, interact and learn completely in Chinese and sit their external exams in Chinese. Students then choose English as their second language at a simpler acquisition level and undertake all of their remaining subjects in English. Students who meet the characteristics to obtain an IB Score then have the added advantage of joining 21% of graduating IB students with a recognised Bilingual IB Diploma.
International student applications for the IB are to be submitted via our College International Students Manager, dhep0@eq.edu.au along with supporting documents, such as most recent report cards. Students need to be in the top 85 percentile across a range of subjects to be eligible. An English scaling test may be required before an interview is conducted. It is preferable that international students enrol and begin their education in Australia in June/July of Year 9 or 10. Further information and subject handbook is available on our College website: www
The three profiles below are an insight into the perspective of some of our ISP and IB students

Katniss Hsu

Wade Lin

Sabrena Kuo

Global Competencies

Pamela Curtin - Global Competencies
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Global Competencies

English Language

Sarah Thomas - English Language
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Design Technology

Design at Calamvale Community College encompasses several subjects including Design, Digital Technology, Food Technology and STEM in year levels from Prep to 12. This area …

Roshni Sharma - Design Technology
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Design at Calamvale Community College encompasses several subjects including Design, Digital Technology, Food Technology and STEM in year levels from Prep to 12. This area of learning is extended beyond the classroom with students participating in lunch-time and after school clubs, internal and external competitions and excursions to University Design Faculty and prominent city architectural buildings.

Students learn skills that help solve real work problems and represent their ideas in multiple ways through drawing, creating prototypes of architecture models, products, services and graphic designs.

Calamvale’s 2019 DUX – Christine Le

Then and Now! Le Nhu Huyen (Christine) – College DUX 2019 – Achieved the highest academic achievement in Year 12. Christine arrived in Australia in …

Christine Le - Then and Now!
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Calamvale’s 2019 DUX – Christine Le

Then and Now!

Le Nhu Huyen (Christine) – College DUX 2019 – Achieved the highest academic achievement in Year 12.

Christine arrived in Australia in 2017 as an international student. She commenced studies at the college in Term 3, 2017.

Since graduating from the College, she is now studying a Bachelor of Vision Science at Queensland University of Technology.

Christine was the first International student to receive the DUX Award.

World Exchange WEP

Language Assistants Program 2019 – WEP The college has established strong links with the World Exchange Program (WEP) and for the fourth year were thankful …

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Language Assistants Program 2019 – WEP

The college has established strong links with the World Exchange Program (WEP) and for the fourth year were thankful for the support of WEP who in collaboration with the college were provided with a language assistant from China, Shunshan Shu (Angie). Angie was able to assist both our Chinese and Korean students for three terms, being a fluent speaker of both languages.

DE International – Taiwan Teacher Assistant Program
Jing Lian Lou (Ellen) joined the college in Term 3 for two terms. She assisted students studying Chinese in all year levels.
Angie and Ellen assisted our students greatly, enjoyed their time at the college and hosting by home-stay by members of the college staff.

Both Angie and Ellen have continued to further their education in teaching in their home countries

Indonesia Chefs Visit – Vocational Culinary Arts program

The college hospitality team hosted 10 VET teaching chefs from Indonesia for 3 weeks. The chefs observed and participated in student lessons and observed culinary …

Indonesian Chef Visit
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Indonesia Chefs Visit – Vocational Culinary Arts program

The college hospitality team hosted 10 VET teaching chefs from Indonesia for 3 weeks. The chefs observed and participated in student lessons and observed culinary practices at the Royal Pines, Sirromet Winery and the Sofitel in Brisbane.
The program designed by the college was a valuable experience for the visiting chefs who normally attend Paris for this program.
A highlight was the lunch on the final day, Indonesian delicacies prepared by the staff and the hospitality team.
Our hospitality commented on the unique sharing of ideas and practices and themselves learnt from the program.

Hangzhou Visit

Sharyn Angel and Ruth Smith - Hangzhou Visit
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Japanese School Visit 2019

Last year in June, 8 Students and 2 Teachers went to Japan for an 8 day Cultural and School exchange trip. During our short stay …

Dean Simmons - Japanese School Visit
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Japanese School Visit 2019

Last year in June, 8 Students and 2 Teachers went to Japan for an 8 day Cultural and School exchange trip.

During our short stay in Japan we crammed in a lot of activities and were “on the go” the whole time. We visited three Schools. Two were for Taiko exchange and the other was our Sister School Tama Meguro Junior High which is located in central Tokyo. Upon arrival at Tama Meguro, we received an official welcome and spent the day experiencing Japanese Culture and daily life in a Japanese School. We spent a day at the Taiko Lab where we had a two hour Taiko lesson as well as performing two pieces at a Taiko Concert that evening. We went to a Flute making work shop where we got to make our own Japanese Flutes and we also had a traditional dinner with a Japanese family outside of Tokyo.

From a tourist point of view, we experienced many highlight. Just being in Tokyo and seeing the sights and sounds every day was a highlight. But the main highlight was our day trip to the Ancient City of Kamakura which is located about an hour south east of Tokyo.

Each student had many positive things to say about the trip and their personal highlights and favourite moments are many and varied. Here are some of the things students mentioned they liked. Riding the trains. Visiting the 7/11 at the end of a long day and buying snacks. Seeing the City lights of Tokyo at night. Interacting with students at the Schools we visited. Playing Taiko with fellow Taiko Students at the Schools. Doing Calligraphy. Being part of a Japanese Tea Ceremony. Performing at the Taiko Concert. Going shopping in down-town Tokyo. The traditional Japanese rooms we stayed in. Experiencing different culture and just getting to know each other better.

All in all it was a very successful trip. We look forward to our next visit to Japan.

Sister School Visit

The College was honoured to host students from Kaohsiung Girls’ Senior High School, Taiwan and Nantong Qixiu Middle School in Jiangsu Province, China. Both visits …

Sister School Visit
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Sister School Visit

The College was honoured to host students from Kaohsiung Girls’ Senior High School, Taiwan and Nantong Qixiu Middle School in Jiangsu Province, China.
Both visits occurred in Term 3, 2019 and students took part in English language lessons, class integration activities at our college and external excursions. Students stayed with host families from the school community.

The close bond remains between the schools, the relationship with Kaohsiung school extends 5 years and with the Nantong school being 3 years.

In previous years, students from Calamvale Community College have visited the schools in their home country.

International schools Visit in 2019

Events 2019 Da-Feng Symphony Orchestra Performance (Taiwan) The group members are composed of graduates of the Da-Feng Elementary School Symphony Orchestra and were visiting Brisbane …

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International schools Visit in 2019

Events 2019
Da-Feng Symphony Orchestra Performance (Taiwan)
The group members are composed of graduates of the Da-Feng Elementary School Symphony Orchestra and were visiting Brisbane to perform at the 2019 Brisbane International Arts Festival. Our students were treated to an excellent performance by the Orchestra.

Chinese Youth Goodwill Association (CYGA) Performance & Workshops (Taiwan)
The CYGA impressed the students with performances of the Diabolo, Acrobatics and Ribbon Dancing. CCC students participated in workshops with the CYGA performers. The CYGA performers were also in Brisbane to perform at the 2019 Brisbane International Arts Festival.

Osaka School of Music & Dance Collaboration (Japan)
For the third year running, students from the Osaka School of Music schools based in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka and Sapporo visited the college and performed for CCC students. The Japanese students and CCC students who were part of the cast of Beauty and the Beast combined to perform ‘Belle’.

Fumiko Yamazaki – Music Workshops (Japan)
The college was honoured to have Fumiko, a professional musician from Japan who plays the piano, vibraphone, marimba, Japanese drums and percussion instruments made from bamboo, visit the college and delivered workshops to our music students. Fumiko performed a concert for our music students and their parents in CPAC. This was the second visit by Fumiko to the college in as many years.

Professional Visits 2019

The college hosted Principals, teachers and other education professionals from the International Exchange Association for Education & Culture (China), Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong), …

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Professional Visits 2019

The college hosted Principals, teachers and other education professionals from the International Exchange Association for Education & Culture (China), Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong), Korea Education Development Institute (South Korea), New Taipei City Yuteh Private School (Taiwan), Longquanyi District Education Board (China), Kalorex Schools (India), Ministry of Education (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Ping Tung High School (Taiwan).

Education sessions were delivered on the Queensland Curriculum, National Curriculum, Programs for Gifted Students, Programs for Dis-advantaged Students, International Programs, English Language Support for International Students, Building an Effective Teaching Team, School Leadership for P – 12 Schools, Primary Year Program, International Baccalaureate Program and Teacher Collaboration.

Other programs provided included work-shadowing of the Executive team, work-shadowing / collaboration of the teaching team, classroom observations (both sub-schools) and campus tours of facilities and showcasing areas of excellence.

International Events

Inbound Study Tours 2019 The college hosted student study tours from Admiral Farragut Academy (TianJin, China), Tama Meguro Junior High School (Tokyo, Japan), Okayama Sojan …

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International Events

Inbound Study Tours 2019
The college hosted student study tours from Admiral Farragut Academy (TianJin, China), Tama Meguro Junior High School (Tokyo, Japan), Okayama Sojan High School (Okayama, Japan), Bangkok Metropolitan schools (Bangkok, Thailand), Taichung Girls Senior High School (Taichung, Taiwan) and Hangzhou Primary Schools (Hangzhou, China).
Students engaged in English language lessons, class integration, sports & cultural events, external excursions and many of the schools students were home-stayed by the College community.

Affiliations / Connections

SISTER SCHOOLS o Kaohsiung Girls’ Senior High School, Taiwan o Nantong Senior High School, China o Hangzhou Donfang High School, China   FRIENDSHIP SCHOOLS/OTHER AFFILIATIONS …

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Affiliations / Connections

SISTER SCHOOLS

o Kaohsiung Girls’ Senior High School, Taiwan
o Nantong Senior High School, China
o Hangzhou Donfang High School, China

 

FRIENDSHIP SCHOOLS/OTHER AFFILIATIONS

AUSTRALIA

  • Brisbane Chinese Language School
  • Browns Language School, Brisbane
  • Department of Education International, (DEi)
  • Education Queensland International, Brisbane
  • Griffith University, Brisbane
  • Queensland Korean Orchestra, Brisbane
  • Study Tours Australia
  • Union Institute of Language, Brisbane
  • University of Queensland – Extension Studies International & TESOL Education, Brisbane
  • WEP: World Exchange Program
  • Whites Hills State College, Brisbane
  • World Arts Multicultural Inc., Brisbane

INTERNATIONAL

  • Cheon seong Middle School, South Korea
  • Daejou Education Training Institute
  • Haemi Middle School, South Korea
  • Okayama Sozan Junior High School, Japan
  • Osaka School of Music, Japan
  • Feng-Sheng Senior High School, Taiwan
  • International Baccalaureate Organisation
  • Jionysu Education Services for International Exchange
  • Tama Meguro Junior High School, Japan
  • Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, Brisbane
  • Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group, Taiwan

 

 

Contact Details

INTERNATIONAL STAFF LISA STARMER – Executive Principal DAVID HEPPER – International Programs & Business Manager CHRISTINE WILLIAMS – International Coordinator/ Homestay Coordinator SARAH THOMAS – Head …

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INTERNATIONAL STAFF

  • LISA STARMER – Executive Principal
  • DAVID HEPPER – International Programs & Business Manager
  • CHRISTINE WILLIAMS – International Coordinator/ Homestay Coordinator
  • SARAH THOMAS – Head of Languages

CONTACT DETAILS

MANAGER OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS DAVID HEPPER
Email – dhepp0@eq.edu.au
Phone – +613712 6333
Mail – 11 Hamish Strett, Calamvale QLD 4116
Web – www.calamvalecc@eq.edu.au

FOR ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS OR QUERIES

EDUCATION QUEENSLAND
Website – www.education.qld.gov.au

EQ Interntional
Website – www.eqi.com.au

EQI Subclass 500 (schools ) Visa Policy

https://eqi.com.au/ISP%20PP%20PDFs/international-student-programs-subclass-500-%28schools%29-visa-policy.pdf – subclass 500

1800 QSTUDY

https://eqi.com.au/studentservices/Pages/1800-qstudy-student-faq.aspx – Q study

Immigration and Citizenship Information

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/ – Immigration and Citizenship