The competition was open to international secondary school students at government and non-government schools as part of a range of events the State Government organises to enhance their experience studying and living in Victoria.
The top three winners are Calvin (Jiaxing) Gu from Frankston High School, Junjing Wen from Brighton Secondary College, and Frank Zhao, Yao Xiao and Jacky Zhang from Geelong Grammar School.
Khiseng Oeng from Oakleigh Grammar School, Jacqui Yang (Xinyi) from Camberwell High School and Alice Mei from Aquinas College are runners up.
Calvin (Jiaxing) Gu came to Melbourne in 2015 to study at Frankston High School. “I have made many friends that come from different countries,” Calvin said. “I live in a homestay, which is really great.”
Oakleigh Grammar School runner up Khiseng Oeng said, “Seeing my school for the first time, I noticed that it was very different from my school in Cambodia but with the help of my teachers and members of my family, I quickly got used to it. I made many friends and every day is better than the day before.”
The winners were to be announced at the end of January, but there were so many entries that the judging was delayed.
Congratulating the winners, Minister for Education James Merlino remarked: “Both international and local students benefit from Victoria’s international education program by developing a better understanding of the world and an appreciation of different views, cultures and languages.”
Victoria is Australia’s leading destination for international students, with one-third of all full fee-paying international school students in Australia enrolled here. The majority study at senior secondary school level before going on to study at a Victorian university or TAFE.
You can view the videos for yourself on the Facebook page for International School Students Victoria.