Ricky Chui

2018 International Student - Hong Kong

At the age of 15, I made the decision to leave my home country of Hong Kong to study abroad in Australia. This decision was truly the most rewarding experience of my life.
The first time studying abroad in a new country frightened me. I didn’t know what was ahead and I was unsure about how I was going to cope without the support of my family. However, it is well known, that life starts at the edge of our comfort zone and for me this was the truth and shaped me into the person I am today.
It is through this amazing personal experience in Australia that I can tell you that studying at Townsville Grammar School has broadened my horizons and given me an international perspective.
In the three years of boarding at Grammar, I have been through a lot of ups and downs and I was taught many life lessons. “Enter as a boy and leave as a man” this is what Mr Moran told us and I eventually understood this by the end of my high school life.

International Hong Kong Student boarder

Hedy Wan

2017 International Student - Boarder

Time flies and all of a sudden, I am among the Year 12’s graduating. Three years ago, I was struggling with the decision to go to a foreign country or just stay in my comfort zone in Hong Kong.

Now, I am so glad that I came to Townsville Grammar School. Through boarding, I have gained so many new experiences that I would never have tried if I did not come. The tough moments, the hilarious jokes, along with all the smiling faces have made me who I am today. I used to think making friends was really hard but boarding has brought me life-long friends that I am so grateful for. I never expected I would change and grow so much in such a short time. I chose to home stay in Year 11. It gave me the opportunity to experience living with a family in Australia.

I returned to boarding for my final year of school. The routine and “family support” you get in boarding is so special. I never felt alone in boarding, it is like a huge family – I am a single child at home. The memories I have from boarding make my life journey colourful, the activities provided have given me opportunities to know more about this world. I really enjoyed my time at TGS.

International Hong Kong Student boarder

Mason Wong - Hong Kong

2016 International Student - Boarder Dux

 I felt nothing but excitement on my first day of boarding was so thrilled to be at school in Australia. My name is Mason Wong and I am an international student from Hong Kong. My dream since a child was to live in another country because I always knew that I would grow and gain from the experience.

 “Enter as a boy and leave as a man” I remember Mr. Moran, telling all the boys in McConachy house this soon after I arrived. This is so true. Boarding at Townsville Grammar School has shaped me into a person with desirable qualities and taught me how to be a man. In boarding we learnt to be responsible for many small things, what initially seemed like chores and rules for rules sake all had reasons, reasons that develevoped my own efficiency and developed my pride in my responsibility. The focus on achieving the best in my studies was important and I am proud of what I have achieved. I could only have achieved this through the leadership and support of the boarding staff and the other boarders. I believe my time in boarding has developed me into a responsible and considerate man.

 The past two years of boarding at Grammar changed me in a positive way. The joy I have had and the lessons I learnt are endless. It is hard to believe that so much has happened in just two years but the memories are always sweet. I am glad that I attended boarding school at Grammar and if I had the chance to change the past, I will not change a single thing it has been the best.

International Hong Kong Student boarder

Natanie Yip - Hong Kong

2016 International Student - Boarder

It is not easy leaving home and going oversea study, but this has been the best experience of my life. I have learned and grown so much through my time as a boarder here. I still remember the first day I stepped into Townsville Gramma School, and I am now starting counting down the days until I graduate. Times flies, after three years schooling in Townsville, and here it comes today. I start missing school.

I was a shy girl who always get brush so easily by only asking a question where to for class or what to do in the boarding house. As boarding house doesn’t like staying at home, do whatever you like and go anywhere at anytime. There is a schedule set what to do and where to go at what time. The most unforgettable moment was having one and a half hours’ study time during weekdays. This sound not fun but it actually helps me to groom a good habit to organize good to manage my school work. Other memorial things were staying in the dorm. All the other girls who live in boarding and I all share almost everything in the dorm. We all have a different routine and sometimes we all may not agree with each other. Gossip, it is a much happening in anywhere. I have learned to respect and listen to each other. I guess I’m ready to face more challenge in the future as boarding has made me a more independent and brave person.  And don't count the days, made the day’s count!

International Hong Kong Student boarder

Tai Hang (Henry) Lai - Hong Kong

2015 International Student - Boarder

I still remember the first day of arriving TGS boarding, I was so nervous and anxious, and everything was so strange to me. Early on, I felt scared because I needed to speak an unfamiliar language and meet ‘strangers’ at the same time. But the word ‘stranger’ disappeared very quickly - these strangers became not just friends but also family. TGS is my other home - in Australia. 

When I first arrived here, I was placed in a satellite boarding house, Green House, where eight boarders lived including me. We got along with each other in less than a week. The bond between boarders is something truly amazing that can’t be described. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what race you are, what language you speak, everyone gets along with each other and everyone takes care of each other; that is the beauty of boarding; that is what makes boarding special.

Boarding not only made me life-long friends, but also made me a better person, a young man who is ready to contribute to the future society. I still remember vividly a quote that Mr. Wilson once said, “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” I think this quote is really meaningful, so meaningful that I even set it as the background on my phone. It has become my motto and one I plan to live the rest of my life by. Even though I’m leaving at the end of the year, the boarding life here is something I’ll never forget. I’m confident that all the lessons I have learned here will lead me on a path to success. 

International Hong Kong Student boarder

Wing Kiu Lydia (Elise) Wong - Hong Kong

2015 International Student - Boarder

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” Dr Seuss

I can still remember the day in 2012 when my dad dropped me off. I was the only ESL girl in the Year 9 cohort!

Everything was so different from what I had been used to. TGS was at least five times bigger that my previous school and I had never lived in a foreign country away from my family. I lived with a homestay family for nearly two years before I came to boarding. When I moved into Crowder House in Year 10, I suddenly realised that there was a whole world out there that I had never explored. I was exposed to so many different words and expressions that I had to come to grips with in order to do well at school. 

My life in the boarding house was absolutely amazing. Boarding life is so colourful. I needed to learn how to live with other girls in a dormitory, accept everyone’s personalities and try my best to be a better person. I’ve made different memories in the boarding house. There have been joyful experiences, for sure, and sometimes, there have been hard times that I’ve needed to get through, like homesickness. However, every single moment  has become the best memories I have ever had in my life.

I definitely think that coming to Australia has been the best choice for me. It has made me stronger, has taught me how to cope in different situations and to practise tolerance in an international environment. I’m grateful that God and my parents gave me the opportunity to attend TGS and boarding. I will never forget the time I’ve been in boarding and TGS.

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North Ward Campus
45 Paxton Street
Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4722 4900

Annandale Campus
1 Brazier Drive
Annandale QLD 4814
(07) 4412 4800

North Shore Campus
Erskine Place
Burdell QLD 4818
(07) 4412 6600


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