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From Brisbane to Virginia: St Margaret's relaunch Global Exchange Program

2022 saw the recommencement of the Global Exchange Program, rekindling the spirit of adventure and learning.

2022 saw the recommencement of the Global Exchange Program, rekindling the spirit of adventure and learning. Embarking on a transformative journey, Year 10 students from St Margaret’s were fortunate to spend a term on exchange in Bonn, Germany, Hilton, South Africa and Augusta and Virginia, USA.

It was exciting to rekindle those old relationships that the Global Exchange Program was known for, but just as exiting to welcome new schools to the program, such as Augusta Preparatory School and Chatham Hall, USA.

Located in Chatham, Virginia, Chatham Hall is an all-girls boarding school, boasting a rich history similar to St Margaret’s. Founded in 1894, Chatham Hall has upheld its tradition of academic excellence and holistic development for over a century. The school's picturesque campus, spread across 365 acres of rolling hills and serene landscapes, provides an ideal environment for fostering intellectual growth and personal exploration. At Chatham Hall, students are encouraged to embrace leadership opportunities, pursue their passions, and engage in a vibrant learning community. The school offers a college-preparatory curriculum, emphasising critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. Beyond academics, Chatham Hall places a strong emphasis on character development, community service, and global awareness, preparing its graduates to become compassionate and responsible citizens of the world. With a dedicated faculty, a diverse student body, and a wide array of extracurricular activities, Chatham Hall continues to be a place where young women thrive academically, socially, and emotionally, setting a strong foundation for their future success.

Term 3, 2022, saw Sophia H travel solo from Virginia to Brisbane and was fortunate to have five host families during her eight weeks here. Sophia was treated to sightseeing any tour guide would be envious of, ranging from Yamba to Sydney to Noosa and everywhere in between. An early introduction to kangaroos and koalas ensured everyone back home in Virginia knew they were not a myth!

Sophia’s five host partners travelled to Virginia in Term 4, 2022, and were immediately immersed in Chatham Hall life. They boarded at Chatham Hall, and it seems they were there for most of the big events of the year. Whilst Thanksgiving was quite possibly the biggest, it definitely looked like Halloween was a close second.

The girls travelling to Chatham Hall in 2023 have had their exchange period extended to ensure they are there for Decoration Weekend in December before coming home, an extension everyone seemed more than happy with!

The program has brought together students from diverse backgrounds, fostering lifelong friendships and cherished memories. Beyond the picturesque sights and cultural experiences, the program succeeded in rekindling the flame of curiosity, compassion, and empathy within students.

Lisa Watson
Global Exchange Coordinator

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