Maya is Ready to take on the World!

At John Paul College, as the educational journey of our students comes to an end, we are always excited to see where their new journey will take them.

They will always be part of our multi-cultural family, as confident, committed and compassionate members of our global community and as our staff travel the world, visiting other schools, attending expos and meeting with agents, they are always eager to meet up with past students.

Kelly Ryan, Registrar at John Paul College, recently travelled to Japan on business and took the opportunity to meet up with 2012 graduate, Maya Furmanovsky.

“I caught up with Maya over coffee at Shinjuku Train Station and was so excited to hear about all of her news since she returned home,” Kelly said.

“As top of her Year Level at John Paul College, Maya was always destined for a successful career, but I was thrilled when she told me that she had been accepted into her first choice University – Waseda in Tokyo.”

“I believe Maya’s education at John Paul College has given her the confidence and experience which has prepared her well for the challenges of her new University life,” Kelly added.

Maya’s entrance to university fell into the category of “Students who have studied Abroad” quota, where 30% of places are reserved for students from overseas. Maya was quite unique, in that not many of these students have completed their studies in Australia, with most studying in America or other parts of Asia.

This month, she will begin studying a four year International Liberal Arts Degree majoring in Politics and Economics and International Relations. The tuition is entirely in English and Maya credits the experienced teachers at John Paul College, who are experts in their field, hold ESL qualifications and are always willing to help, both in study and in their personal lives.

Part of Maya’s degree stipulates she studies overseas for one year and she is considering either returning to Australia, to the University of Queensland or going to the US.

For Maya, part of her desire to study abroad was to also experience the social aspect of life as an international student and she formed close friendships with students from many nationalities. She also took part in the extensive Performing Arts program and enjoyed a variety of sporting activities.

Maya now shares a dormitory with other Japanese students at the University and is enjoying city life and says she will always remain in a large and busy place like Tokyo to live and work.

“Maya and her fellow students were among the most successful to graduate from John Paul College in our 30 year history,” said Headmaster, Mr Peter Foster.

“These excellent results reflect the dedication and commitment of these students, the ongoing support from their parents and homestay families and the quality programs on offer at John Paul College,” he added.

The learning environment is structured so that students are able to take increasing responsibility for their own learning while developing into socially competent and globally aware citizens.

Facilities include a purpose-built international education building, a multi-million dollar Learning Centre for senior students, campus-wide wireless internet, wireless-connected classrooms, extensive sporting facilities, a School of Performing Arts with a 300 seat auditorium and a modern Aquatic Centre.

John Paul College is one of Australia's leading co-educational schools, widely acclaimed for its technology program and is a world leader in the integration of information and learning technologies into the curriculum.