The college welcomed 10 new International students today with a morning tea in the Language Centre. The group from Nullenburg Gymnasium in Stockach, Germany, will spend the next six weeks living with local host families, attending classes at BSSC, and getting a feel for Australian culture while sharing their own.

The students were welcomed by Principal Linda Lyons and Assistant Principal Mark Lau (in German no less!) before enjoying a morning tea with BSSC German language students and staff.

Nullenburg Gymnasium teacher, Chris Friedel, said that for many of the students it was their first trip abroad.

“I hope you’ll find friends here that will become friends for life,” he told the group. “It’s a great opportunity to make new experiences and learn about another culture.”

Sixteen-year-old Mika Heim isn’t fazed about being the only male student in the visiting group, and says he’s excited about the weeks ahead.

“We spent five days in Melbourne before coming to Bendigo,” he said. “We visited the penguins at Phillip Island and travelled along the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles. It’s been great so far.”

Please make our visitors welcome if you see them around the college, and take the time to say hi and have a chat.