Highlights 2009 Exchange

“Australia Has Been The Best Time Of My Life! I Met New Wonderful People And Made Many Friends. I Visited The Great Ocean Road, Sydney, Went Camping And Won A Fridge! I Had An Amazing Time.” – Dave

“Carey Isn’t That Different From St. Aidan’s, Aside From It Being Incredibly Laid Back, The Sports Facilities Being Separate From The School Building, The Curriculum Is Broader And The Students Getting Laptops” – Emma

“I’m Having A Really Good Time Here In Sunny Australia. The Food Is Amazing, I Have Had Barbecues, More Barbecues, Rice, Pasta And Lots Of Seafood. Wherever I Go I Am Always Full And It Is Great!” – Joe

“I Am Having So Much Fun In Australia. The Weather Has Been Amazing. School Is Really Different To St. Aidan’s, But So Much Fun! My Host Family Are So Nice. It Is Such A Great Experience.” – Lydia

“I Am Having A Great Time, I Have Seen Wild Kangaroos And Koalas. My Host Family Are Really Nice, I Feel Like I Have Known Them For Ages. I Have Made Loads Of Friends And Will Be Sad To Leave.” – Olivia

“School Is Really Cool. The Food Is Good, I’ve Eaten Loads! We’ve Been To The Avalon Airshow, Point Nepeen, Sovereign Hill And Are Going Down The Great Ocean Road For 6 Days. I’ve Made Loads Of New Friends” – Alex

“It’s Great Fun Here In Oz,. I LOVE It It’s Amazing! I Have Tried So Many Things – Surfing, Body Boarding, Golf…The List Goes On! My Host Family Are Treating Me Like Royalty. I Love The Food Too, It’s Amazing!” – Joe


“It was the experience of a lifetime! I saw some spectacular sights, took part in some amazing activities and met some of the most incredible people I have ever had the privilege to meet. It was a real adventure, and I am so glad I applied for this exchange! My top experiences were learning to surf (which I have always wanted to do) and going to Sound Relief at Melbourne Cricket ground – to see 180,000 people across two cities united in trying to raise funds for those who had lost so much was incredibly moving.

The opportunity to experience life in a different culture and learn so much about myself too was very valuable, as well as being the most fun I have ever had! I would really recommend the trip to any Year 8’s thinking of applying.” – Sorrel

“Thank you so much for the fabulous opportunity you have given me this year. It has been a life changing experience and I can’t wait to go back sometime in the future.

There were many obvious differences when I went out there, one being the weather. It was so much sunnier over there! Although I didn’t get much time for sun bathing because we were always doing something!

The school uniform was quite a shock at Carey. I hadn’t worn a summer dress for quite some time! Their shoes were all the same, they would identify us as exchanges simply because we wore different shoes and our accents of course!

I met some amazing friends out there, many of whom I’ve stayed in contact with. Everyone was very welcoming and always happy! We found it very amusing answering all their questions; we once got asked if we skied to school!

Their lifestyle was so much more laid back, they were never rushed and always had time to do things. The school was so amazing! It was the favourite part of my time there, meeting all the new people and experiencing a totally new culture. Although they don’t seem to do much work over there, they get so much homework, but us exchanges didn’t need to do it.

Australia was the best time of my life and I would repeat it over and over.” – Georgia