IRRAWANG High has a strong tradition of welcoming an international student into their school family each year.
This year, that welcome has been extended to seventeen year old Lalie Cornic, a French Exchange student who will be with them until the end of the year.
The Student Exchange Australia/New Zealand program offers students up until the age of 18 short and long term experiences in many countries around the world.
Studying compulsory English at school from the age of six has ensured Lalie has a wonderful grasp of our language.
Coming from a small town near Toulouse in the south of France, Lalie is loving our warm summer weather, and looking forward to our much milder winter.
As an avid sportswoman who participates in skiing, boxing and running, Lalie is thoroughly enjoying staying with her sports oriented new family in Medowie and her Aussie experience so far.
The Denholms have made Lalie very welcome, with their two younger children particularly enjoying having an older “sister” for the year.
Whilst here, Lalie is hoping to improve her English, meet new people and visit new places whilst Skyping her family at the weekends is keeping homesickness at bay.
Lalie told News Of The Area, “I have had a great time so far, even though I do miss my family and friends – I am also looking forward to travelling at the end of the year before I go home to my family.”
News Of The Area wishes Lalie all the best for her remaining time in Medowie, and her planned trip to Cairns before she returns home for Christmas.
By Rachael VAUGHAN