Below are testimonials from international students who enrolled in our international student program. If you have a child who is interested in studying at Balmoral State High School either in the Graduate Program (ISP) or Study Abroad, please contact Education Queensland International (EQI) directly.
Huang (Cici) from China
“As one of the Queensland Cup winners, I was given the opportunity to visit Australia and experience Queensland’s quality education, study environment and lifestyle. My host school, Balmoral SHS is a very good school. More importantly the Principal and teachers were very friendly and welcoming. They made me feel like I am in my own school and because of this I didn’t feel nervous and made friends very easily.”
Cici observed the following differences between her school in China and Balmoral SHS. “Firstly, the flexible timetable where students could go to different classrooms to attend classes. Therefore, students don’t stay in one place for the whole day. The uniform is very classical and beautiful. I don’t mind wearing it for the whole day. Also, I can walk to school from my homestay, but in Chongqing my father has to drive me to school because of the distance.”
“My homestay is perfect and fantastic. There are so many good words to describe it. I had the opportunity to attend a birthday party for one of my host family and we celebrated this at the golf club over dinner. On the weekend we went to the countryside, where we went boating at Lake Moogerah, and had a casual BBQ. We also played games together and watched a funny movie that night. On Sunday we went to Mount French National Park and I even saw some wild kangaroos. There are a lot of good things about having a host family. They are very friendly and hospitable and made me feel at home. I really liked it. Also the weather here seems quite dry, but chilly at night, and it’s sunny- I like sunshine.”
“It has been a very exciting trip and meeting the Minister for Education, Queensland was a highlight. I made new friends and did some memorable things during my short stay. At first I wanted to go to Germany to study at University, but now that I have visited Australia, I’ve changed my mind; there are lots of opportunities and maybe I should put Australia in my future plans.”
Cici testimonial (PDF, 135 KB)
Itsuki - from Japan
I really like the fact that Balmoral State High School is a smaller school because both international and local students mix well and get to know each other. I have enjoyed the many opportunities and experiences such as sharing Japanese culture with primary and high school students. We've been on a number of trips such as to Moreton Island, Sydney, Dreamworld etc. Having an International Room and Mentor teacher gives the school a "home-like" feeling. I've especially loved my Hospitality classes too.