AN intrepid group of year eight students from Peninsula Grammar have embarked on an exchange adventure to Malaysia.
The eleven students will spend eight days abroad, visiting cultural and tourist sites in Kuala Lumpur, and attending classes at the school’s Peninsula International School in the city.
“This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience the sights and sounds of Malaysia”, said Muriel Bakker, the school’s Community Engagement Manager.
“Not only will they be there as tourists, but also as students, taking part in the structured classes of the existing students at the Malaysia campus of the school.
“We believe the students will gain much cultural insight and the local students, many of whom are from diverse backgrounds, will gain cultural insight from our Australian students.”
While attending school, the students will be “home-staying” with the families of students at the Malaysia campus, experiencing the food and lifestyles in a residential environment.
Over the last few months, the group have been chatting with their new classmates in Malaysia, and making the connections that will lead to enduring friendships.
The students departed on Saturday 25 March and will return Saturday 1 April.
“I am impressed by the resilience and confidence shown by these young students to head overseas on this adventure”, said Peninsula Grammar Principal, Stuart Johnston.
“At our school, we offer the tools for students to extend themselves to maximize their potential.
“Whether it is drama or debating, cadets or sport, we believe that leadership skills can be gained outside the classroom, as well as inside it.
“The fortitude these students have shown to travel overseas at such a young age illustrates the skills and abilities that create the leaders of the future. Something we are very proud of.
“We cannot wait for the students to return and tell us of their adventures”.