All of the international students, boarders and students who migrated to Australia with their parents, attended this event. Headmaster Mr Fenner and Deputy Headmaster Mr Atterton, as well as other staff and teachers, were present at the reception. The preparatory school's international students were invited to the occasion, and the Language Captain Spark Wang said a few words thanking the College. Toby Zhao, our International Student Captain, showed his gratitude for the staff and Mr Fenner’s generous support during the difficult times with COVID 19 going around. Since this was the final time Mr Fenner attend the reception as headmaster, our International Student Captain and Vice-captain gave their thanks to Mr Fenner’s hard work and contribution to the College.
As highlighted by Mr Fenner, the international student cohort has a vast diversity, or more specifically “diversity within diversity”. There are students who migrated to Australia with their parents, students who came over to Australia all by themselves and students who were born in Australia but have parents from overseas. This shows the Princes spirit of being welcoming of diversity and different cultures.
International students have always been an important part of Princes, and the number of new international students this year shows that. We have welcomed 16 newcomers across all year levels, from China, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Africa. COVID restrictions were relaxed early this year, so students who had waited for two years could finally step foot into Australia. The COVID restrictions lifting also meant that inter-school social events could be carried out. This term, we had our first international student social event in over a year. We had the pleasure to collaborate with Wilderness, Seymour, and St Peter’s Girls on the last exeat. 80 international students were present that day, and it was a great opportunity for us to meet other students that come from a range of backgrounds.
The reception this year was a great success, and I had the pleasure to be the MC for the event. It was an eye-opening experience, and I will treasure it. In the future, I hope this tradition can continue as strongly as it has in the past, and as more and more international students enrol in Princes, I would like to see the international student community grow even further and closer.