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Annie XIN

The Geelong College

I obtained my VCE from Geelong College in 2003. After that, I received a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) degree majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology at Australian National University. PhB is a unique degree from ANU that tailors for high-achieving students and prepares them for a career in academia by offering a research focused undergraduate degree.

During my undergraduate studies, I did an exchange semester at Stockholm University. After Sweden, I returned to ANU and completed my Honours research project at the John Curtin School of Medical Research under Professor Chris Parish. I was winner of the University Medal and recipient of the Janet Elspeth Crawford Prize recommended by the Dean of the Faculty of Science. I continued on with research and completed a PhD in molecular immunology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. My project investigated how cells in the immune system perceive cues from viral infections such as influenza and translate these cues into forming an appropriate immune response to defend the body from invading pathogens.

My study resulted in authorship in high-ranking academic journals including Nature Immunology and Immunity and part of the study was chosen for presentation at the 14th International Congress Of Immunology in Kobe. I was the sole recipient of the Australian Academy of Science Adam J Berry Memorial Scholarship in 2010 and completed a traineeship at the National Institutes of Health in the US under the prestigious Dr Warren Leonard. I have since pursued a career in medicine and am currently studying my 2nd year of the postgraduate degree at St Vincent's Hospital (a clinical school belonging to University of Melbourne).

Annie XIN

The Geelong College

I obtained my VCE from Geelong College in 2003. After that, I received a scholarship to study a Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) degree majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology at Australian National...

HO, Johnson

Avalon College

Good afternoon my friends. Although I’m leaving this weekend, I’m doing my speech now. Surely, I will miss these days in Avalon College. I won’t forget you, my friends. However, we will keep in touch, so there is nothing to feel sad about.

Before I came to Avalon College, I thought the life in Avalon College would be so hard and difficult, because the bush around was like Africa. Nothing around Avalon College, but only might feel like a military camp. I though the life would be like a sailor’s training. But after I came to Avalon College, I found out that I was wrong. This is a lovely place. Avalon College is like a watermelon. It looks tough on the outside, but it is sweet on the inside.

My friends, we are all going to a new school, a place where all the people speak English, but not our own language. We have to try hard, work hard and fight for ourselves. I wish you all the best, my friends.

Jordan, I won’t forget your breathtaking version of “Hotel California” as a violin solo. Feng, I won’t forget that you invited me to play piano. Mr Paull, I won’t forget jamming with you on songs and singing with you guys. Tommy, I won’t forget that you shared metal music with me. I also won’t forget singing with Lancelot and Jerry, listening to Dew play the guitar. In fact, I enjoyed making music and sharing music with all of you. It’s my pleasure and I deeply appreciate your talents. Keep Going! Don’t give up!!!!

Lastly, I would like to thank all of the staff and teachers in Avalon College. Also, I want to thank our lovely cook Mrs Akila. I want to apologise for being late for slush, and for sleeping in class. That’s all. Thank you, my friends.

HO, Johnson

Avalon College

Good afternoon my friends. Although I’m leaving this weekend, I’m doing my speech now. Surely, I will miss these days in Avalon College. I won’t forget you, my friends. However, we will keep in...

LU, Yiwen (Louisa)

Avalon College

Good afternoon everyone. Today it is my turn to say goodbye. First of all, please let me show my appreciation for Avalon College. Thanks to Mrs Ashton, Mrs Ed and Mrs Birchall for teaching me English. Whenever I ask questions you always listen patiently, explain things clearly to me and encourage me and give me confidence. Thanks to the Avalon Staff for caring for me so much.
What's more, I need to thank Jasper because he made me not afraid of any dogs. He was the first dog that I touched be myself. Thanks to Mr Parkin who is pretty wise, I learnt many things from the conversations between us. I experienced a lot in Avalon College that were both positive and negative, but I am sure they were all beneficial for me. I became a stronger, more independent and a more mature person. Again, I appreciate Avalon College from the bottom of my heart. I'll bring all the precious memories with me and see you in the future. Wish you all the good luck.
Thank You!

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LU, Yiwen (Louisa)

Avalon College

Good afternoon everyone. Today it is my turn to say goodbye. First of all, please let me show my appreciation for Avalon College. Thanks to Mrs Ashton, Mrs Ed and Mrs Birchall for teaching me English....

YU, Shen (Lancelot)

Avalon College

Ladies and gentlemen, It is time for me leave Avalon College. I came here only 7 weeks ago, but I have had many good experiences at Avalon College.

When I first came to Avalon, I thought it was a beautiful place with a great view of the Geelong City. The activities in the afternoons were very fun too. I think it is very hard to understand everything but the teachers always helped my study. Thank you to Mrs Elakis and Mr Matthews for teaching me and helping me to understand the topics they taught. Thank you Mr Paull and Mrs Drakos for taking care of me. Thank you Mr Parkin and all the other staff for not giving me any detentions while I stayed at Avalon College. Thank you Mrs Akila for cooking the delicious food for me.

I am very sad to leave Avalon College, but I promise that I will use the knowledge and experiences for the highest benefit. See you later. Good Bye!

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YU, Shen (Lancelot)

Avalon College

Ladies and gentlemen, It is time for me leave Avalon College. I came here only 7 weeks ago, but I have had many good experiences at Avalon College.

When I first came to Avalon, I thought it was a...

CHEUNG, Ka Man (Veronica)

Avalon College

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. After listening to other students speeches, eventually I found that it became my turn to do my speech. I have already been here for 21 weeks. Although this is not a very long time, I have improved my English skills a lot.

Firstly, I want to thank Mrs Ashton, Mrs Ed, Mrs Grey and Ms Wong. You have been very patient to answer all my questions and worries.

Secondly, I want to say thank you to all of the boarding house staff. You helped me to adjust to the environment when I first came here, Thank you so much. Especially, I want to say thank you to Mr Parkin. Even though you have been very strict to us. I still remember the time when I was upset because of my report, you comforted me and told me that this was not the end.

Thirdly, I want to thank all my roommates. You guys have been very nice and always listened and helped me to make better friends through communication. I won't forget every day that we spent together. You friends that I can always rely on. Please remember that you will always be my best friends.

Moreover, I want to thank Mrs Akila for cooking delicious meals for us.

I will always treasure these remarkable and precious memories at my new school. Hope all of you will have a happy school life. See you soon and thank you

CHEUNG, Ka Man (Veronica)

Avalon College

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. After listening to other students speeches, eventually I found that it became my turn to do my speech. I have already been here for 21 weeks. Although this is not a...

ZHANG, Yixin (Coco)

Avalon College

Hello everyone. I really enjoyed this time at Avalon College. Thank you to every teacher that has taught me, especially Ms Jones for making our class more fun and interesting. Ms Jones, I will always remember your evil laugh and you crazy dance which you always performed in class. Thank you to all the students in Avalon when I am sad because they always cheer me up. Thank you Mrs Akila for your food, it always will cheer me up especially seconds. Thank you BHS staff and Mr Parkin for taking care of me. Thanks to all of you. Bye Bye.

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ZHANG, Yixin (Coco)

Avalon College

Hello everyone. I really enjoyed this time at Avalon College. Thank you to every teacher that has taught me, especially Ms Jones for making our class more fun and interesting. Ms Jones, I will always...

MA, Xiaoyang (Ezee)

Avalon College

After finishing this fantastic journey in Avalon, finally it's my turn to give a speech. The experience in Avalon was quite tough for me. I still remember my first week at Avalon College. Mrs Kay asked me to go to her office and she said "OH, Mr Ezee, I don't think you can graduate on time!" However after 6 months of hard working, I did it! I did it with the help of my teachers and staff. I'm the person who has been everyone's classmate in all the classes. So I made lots of friends and I would like to thank Mrs Grey for giving me the first grammar test on my first day. I would like to thank Mr Nontapan for playing an amusing game with us, I would like to thank Ms Jones for showing her lovely laughing and Mr Ed for being extremely helpful to me. Thank you Mrs Kay for pushing me so hard that I have to do my best every day. Thank you to all the staff that gave me so many detentions in which I finished my last one yesterday. Finally, I learned how to discipline myself.

Thank you to Mrs Akila for providing all the delicacies to include the pasta. At last, I need to say thank you to all my friends as they are the first group of friends that I made in another country. I have to treasure them.

Now I can't hesitate and I will go to my new school. But I am sure I will miss this amazing place. See you.

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MA, Xiaoyang (Ezee)

Avalon College

After finishing this fantastic journey in Avalon, finally it's my turn to give a speech. The experience in Avalon was quite tough for me. I still remember my first week at Avalon College. Mrs Kay asked me...

PRANEEJIT, Tana (Don)

Avalon College

Hi everyone. Today is my last day to study in Avalon College and it very sad to say goodbye to all of you. I can't even begin to explain how much I am going to miss everyone tomorrow, next week or next year. The first day that I came to Avalon College, I suddenly felt that I want to go back to Thailand as soon as possible. But now I realize that I was wrong. The time here went really fast, but it was very important and meaningful to me. I learnt many new things and got many things from Avalon College. Everything that I learnt from Avalon College is going to help me to survive when I go to Taunton School in Somerset, England.

I want to say thank you to all my teachers for teaching me English. Thank you to all the staff who took care of me during my entire stay. Thank you to Mrs Akila for all the yummy food every day. Thank you to everyone who has my six weeks at Avalon College some of the best moments in my life. I have made so many great friends and have shared some of the best memories that I will never forget.

PRANEEJIT, Tana (Don)

Avalon College

Hi everyone. Today is my last day to study in Avalon College and it very sad to say goodbye to all of you. I can't even begin to explain how much I am going to miss everyone tomorrow, next week or next...

QI, Lin

Avalon College

I have been here for several weeks, time flies. I have seen so many people left one by one. Finally it’s my turn. Thanks to all my teachers. Thank you Mrs Ashton, even though you are not here, I want to tell you that you were the best teacher here. Mrs Ed you were the first teacher that I had when studying abroad. You always had high expectations of us and gave us the right direction of study. Thanks to all the staff, and Mr Parkin for giving me all the detentions. Thanks to Mrs Akila for cooking all the delicious food for us. Also, thanks to all my school mates and friends for giving me a happy, warm and fantastic life at Avalon College. Particularly, I want to thank all of my roommates for making life at Avalon like my home.

Tomorrow, I am going to a new place to meet new people and try to get close to them. I know it’s not my end, it is just another beginning. We may separate here for a struggle for our own brilliant and gorgeous futures. After a few years I will remember that my life here was very happy and I will see you guys sooner or later.

QI, Lin

Avalon College

I have been here for several weeks, time flies. I have seen so many people left one by one. Finally it’s my turn. Thanks to all my teachers. Thank you Mrs Ashton, even though you are not here, I want to...

YUAN, Zewei (Chris)

Avalon College

I’d like to say “Good Luck” to people who are leaving and say “keep fighting” to the people who are still here. My friends, don’t waste your time! At Last, I hope I’ll not get detentions for the rest of my Avalon Life. Thank You.

Although I’m not leaving this weekend, I’m giving a speech here. First of all, it is such a pleasure being at Avalon College in which people make me very happy in my early overseas study life.

On my first day I came to Avalon College, I didn’t understand what Mr Parkin was saying to me. I didn’t recognise why people were finishing their first meal and then went to the kitchen and filled their bowls again. Now, I know this was called “Seconds”. I also couldn’t hear clearly what the teachers were talking about. I thought the people around me, people in my class were smarter than me. That is the cause of my worst habit thinking to myself that “this is hopeless!”

Gradually, I’ve found out that everyone is friendly here. We can help each other and support each other as a big family. At the beginning I didn’t do very well, Even though my teacher, Mrs Ashton, often encouraged me. Ms Ed always told me what my weaknesses were and in which way I could get over it. Mrs Birchell also gave me a lot of help about my writing and reading.

I think I’ve got thousands and thousands of “thanks” to say, but the time is limited. Anyway, Ive learnt a lot from here, especially Mr Parkin who has given me three morning detentions and two running detentions exactly when I thought I would never ever be punished till my departure. Thanks Mrs Akila who cooked lots of delicious food for us and Ms Tamara who took care of me several times.

YUAN, Zewei (Chris)

Avalon College

I’d like to say “Good Luck” to people who are leaving and say “keep fighting” to the people who are still here. My friends, don’t waste your time! At Last, I hope I’ll not get detentions for...

LI, Rekey

Avalon College

Today is the 103rd day I have been in Avalon College which isn't a long time, but they are unforgettable days in my life. In these days, Avalon College really makes me feel here is my second home. Thank you to all my friends especially my housemates who made Brown House so much fun at Night. Also, I want to thank my friend Jacky Z who always chatted with me at night. He inspired me when I was at my lowest point. Moreover, I want to thank all the staff and teachers Avalon College. I still can remember the morning staff always saying "How are we? Are we Happy today?" I can also remember the staff always making sure that we were organised before homework, and Mr Parkin who said "See me at 5 o'clock" and showed me how to do gardening.

I have been in Australia for more than half a year but the days in Avalon College are the happiest days for me. Next week I'll start High School and I'll miss all of you. I hope you will all miss me in the future. I hope you will all go to High School soon.

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LI, Rekey

Avalon College

Today is the 103rd day I have been in Avalon College which isn't a long time, but they are unforgettable days in my life. In these days, Avalon College really makes me feel here is my second home. Thank...

LU, Shifan (Sophy)

Avalon College

Letter of Thanks from Sophy's mother

Dear Mr. Hoban and Ms. Kay,

Thank you so much for your e-mail.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all Sophy's teacher for being an absolutely amazing mentors and making such a positive impact on my daughter the last 3 months. With the wonderful studying and living environment the Avalon College offers, I do not think that Sophy would have made such progress and entered PLC without you.

Sophy has been excited and very happy for the last three months as well as the first three months which she left home, studying and living in Avalon College. She grows so much not only in the academic improvement; but also she is much more confident and independent. As parents, we truly believe that you offers such a supportive community focused on giving each oversea student the best education possible and your leadership provided Sophy with just that. What a positive difference your school have made in Sophy, and her future.

With you recommendation, I hope Sophy can have a good start for her Year 10 in PLC this July. I would like to thank you and all other nice teachers for your kind help and dedication to my daughter.

Many thanks and best regards,

Lily Wang

LU, Shifan (Sophy)

Avalon College

Letter of Thanks from Sophy's mother

Dear Mr. Hoban and Ms. Kay,

Thank you so much for your e-mail.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all Sophy's...

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