St Patrick's Technical College

Australia Exchange Programme

The Australia Exchange Programme is an exchange which is open to Y12 students at The JCB Academy. In 2014-2015, Year 12 students were invited to participate in the first Australia Exchange Programme. During this programme, in October 2014, four students hosted four pupils, from St Patrick’s Technical College in Adelaide, South Australia for two weeks. The second part of this programme …

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Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 1

Day 1: Saturday 18th February 2017 After months of planning staff and students were ready to depart for the first aspect of the Australia Exchange; ahead lay a long 24 hour journey to Adelaide in the south of Australia. Arriving at The Academy at 08:30, students were taken to Manchester Airport where they began the first leg of their journey …

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Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 2

Day 2: Sunday 19th February 2017 Several films later, the long and gruelling Journey to Adelaide finally ended at approximately 20:30. Staff and students were greeted at Adelaide International Airport by Mr Kelly, St Patrick’s Business Development Manager, who was dressed in jeans and a hoodie; complaining of cold weather! This was rather peculiar as the temperature was 22◦C! Once …

Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 3

Day 3: Monday 20th February 2017 Waking at around 07:00, Miss Bailey and the students proceeded to take a leisurely stroll along West Beach before being collected at 09:00. Even at that time in the morning, the temperature was recorded at approximately 18◦C. Again, a little chilly for the Australian’s! At 09:00 Mr Kelly arrived to collect our staff and …

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Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 4

Day 4: Tuesday 21st February 2017 On the second day in Adelaide, in order to allow Evie, Rob and Jonathan to become acclimatised to the Australian heat, a day in school lay ahead. The JCB Academy students were welcomed at 08:30 at St Patrick’s Technical College by two of their exchange partners, Mitchell Sowton and Jerome Cook, who took them …

Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 5

Day 5: Wednesday 22nd February 2017 After another day in school and getting used to the 30 degree heat, the UK students and their Australian hosts were taken to the infamous Adelaide Oval where they watched a T20 cricket match; Australia vs Sri Lanka. Several hours later, Australia came out on top, winning by 41 runs.

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Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 6

Day 6: Thursday 23rd February 2017 A cooler day began on Thursday. Our students accompanied the Y11 Automotive students to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. After exploring the collection of vehicles, motoring-related objects, such as brochures and maps, tin signs, petrol bowsers, toys and models, staff and students then wandered across to the local bakery for lunch. Yet again, …

Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 7

Day 7: Friday 24th February 2017 The school week ended with a visit to Adelaide’s Central Market with St Patrick’s food and hospitality students. Adelaide Central Market was officially opened on the 22nd January 1870 and has continued to thrive since that day. The market is now home to over 70 food and produce stalls and is South Australia’s most …

Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 8

Day 8: Saturday 25th February 2017 The weekend began with a visit to Cleland Wildlife Park where staff and students were able to observe the local wildlife of Australia. Armed with bags of animal feed, the students walked freely amongst kangaroos, wallabies, bettongs and potoroos. One of our students, Rob Turner, and his host, Declan Moseley, bravely attempted to feed …

Australia Exchange 2017 – Day 9

Day 9: Sunday 26th February 2017 On the Sunday, staff and students spent their day with their host families experiencing the Australian culture and lifestyle. Miss Bailey and Evie spent their time at the beautiful and idyllic Murray River; a hotspot for water-skiing and knee-boarding. The Moseley family took Rob on a tour around the Adelaide Oval, the Sowton family …