Gap year students (back, from left) Florentin Brandt, Charlotte Males, Anna Kirchberg and Craig Wainwright-Fisher with Year 6 Scots PGC College students Nikki Crowther and Kate Sexton.
Gap year students (back, from left) Florentin Brandt, Charlotte Males, Anna Kirchberg and Craig Wainwright-Fisher with Year 6 Scots PGC College students Nikki Crowther and Kate Sexton.

Students take memories home

THEY may have come from the other side of the world, but for four students, spending a Gap year at Scots PGC College in Warwick felt like home.

Florentin Brandt and Anna Kirchberg from Germany, Charlotte Males from England and Craig Wainwright-Fisher from Scotland had the opportunity to not only get an education of the highest level, but to also make good friends, became close friends themselves and will always cherish the memories of the year they spent together.

In fact, they are already planning to meet up in Germany to attend the famous Oktoberfest. They may be leaving soon, after some college details are finalised, but they all said they want to be back in Australia soon.

“People here are very open and friendly, even if they just see you for the first time they make an effort to talk to you and make you feel comfortable,” Anna said.

Charlotte said there had been some ups and downs while spending time in a small town.

“We liked being here, we had lots of fun, and Scots College was great from the very first day. We didn’t feel like we were at school. Our experience here felt a lot like being members of a caring family, and Scots College is a very good community,” she said.

“We made some very good friends here and we will never forget how awesome it was to live and study in Warwick. We are very happy to have spent a year here; it’s definitely been a fantastic year.”

Going back home is definitely an exciting thing, especially considering it’s summer in Europe, though the experiences the four students had while staying in Australia will always accompany them.

“To tell you the truth, it is a bit sad that we have to go,” Florentin said.

“We did a lot of things together, both in college and out of it. We visited many places, saw many things, and those memories will never leave us.

“No matter what, we will always look back on our gap year and smile because of the great memories we will all have.”

As for their favourite places while in Australia, the two girls admitted South Australia gave them the best impressions, Florentin was raving about Melbourne and Craig, the rough Scot, admitted that the Outback Queensland (especially Longreach) was the best place he visited.

After the students return home they will each take their own course, go to university and start building their lives.

Charlotte is going back to England to study sports science, Anna will study to be a primary school teacher and Florentin has already applied for medicine studies in three cities in Germany, waiting for his application to be accepted.

The future is looking very bright for the four Euros who, while studying in Warwick, had the chance to visit the east coast, South Australia and experienced some of the greatest places Australia has to offer.

College principal Michael Harding said it had been a wonderful opportunity for Scots students to “have a window into the wider world through their interactions with our Gap students”.



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