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the EAGLE
SPRING/SUMMER 2012
John Paul International College
S
outh Korean student, Sumin Jang
has received an offer to study
a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy)
at the most reputable University
in Korea, the University of South Korea.
It has been an amazing journey for Sumin
to achieve her goals. She first came
to Australia in 2008 with very limited English.
“I was shocked with the result on my first
test at John Paul International. I was placed
in Level 2, the second lowest level of English
even though my English result in South
Korea was pretty good”.
Along with many other international
students, Sumin entered the High School
Preparation Course, which is designed to help
international students to meet academic entry
standards and develop study, language and
cultural skills. Here she advanced through
each class level before graduating into the
main stream classes at John Paul College.
Sumin was one of the top Year 12 students
at John Paul College in 2012, and in Years
11 and 12, was awarded many of the College’s
major prizes.
Another key element at the College
is pastoral care.
“Of course, I would not be in this position
without the help of my teachers,” Sumin
stated. “The key to success is not to hesitate
to ask teachers when you have questions.
They are always there to help.”
Pastoral Care is regarded as part of every
teacher’s daily interaction with students.
This involves setting up a warm and
accepting environment in which students
feel safe and happy, which in turn also
helps them overcome culture shock and
homesickness. It involves modelling
appropriate behaviour and attitudes, and
encouraging increasingly mature and
responsible personal and social growth.
“I remember when studying Year 10,
I had to make the decision whether I should
take IB or OP. Without my teacher’s and
the career advisor’s guidance, I didn’t know
which one would be more suitable for me”.
By completing Years 11 and 12 in Australia,
students are well prepared to undertake their
university study anywhere in the world.
Sumin was a key member of some of the
elite performance groups in the College’s
broad co-curricular program which
complements the academic life of students.
She participated as a member of the Orchestra,
the
Back in Time
Musical Spectacular and also
the Performance Choir.
“I must say international students are
often afraid of not making friends with
Australian students, but by joining the
co-curricular program, I was able to make
friends. It is quite important because it makes
you more involved in the school community.
It seems much easier making friends who are
doing the same co-curricular activity, because
we have the same habit.”
Sumin also lived with one of the College’s
registered and government approved homestay
families, primarily to improve her English.
As a participating member of the homestay
family it also assisted her to adapt to the
Australian way of life and reduced her
homesickness.
We congratulate Sumin and all
of our international students on their
fine achievements in 2012.
International StudentS COMPLETE
The key to success is
not to hesitate to ask
teachers when you have
questions. They are
always there to help.
SUMIN JANG WELL PREPARED FOR FUTURE STUDY
an Amazing
Journey
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