End of an era for our Year 12s
KIMG-WAH Tai almost stole the show during the final day variety show staged by Year 12 students at Fraser Coast Anglican College yesterday.
Such is the young man’s effusive, contagious personality.
This morning he will steal away to his homeland, Hong Kong, after four years living with the Luke family in Craignish.
“My parents wanted me to experience a different culture in life,” an excited Kimg-Wah said of his arrival in Hervey Bay.
While the other 68 final day students and 60-plus teachers all learned a thing or two from him, Kimg-Wah says becoming proficient in the English language during his time at FCAC would be his most valuable lesson.
For this he paid special tribute to teacher Majella Jorgensen.
“She spent a lot of time to help me do good in English. I used to fail senior English. She helped me to pass.
“That’s very important to me.”
He will return to Australia in February to start business studies at a Brisbane university.
Danni-Lee Harland, from Kawungan, is also hoping to go to Brisbane to continue her education, in her case to study nursing.
On a day of mixed emotions for her, she summed up her school days as “pretty normal”.
“You come to school knowing all your friends will be there,” the 17-year-old said.
“Our teachers really communicate with us. Some of them are kids in adults’ clothing.
“They speak like us, they get where we’re coming from.”