Meet our International Captain
Introducing our 2014 International Captain, Xiaoyun (Jane) Yang
Where are you from and when did you come to St Catherine's?
I am from Shanghai, China, which is known as a magical city that is multicultural and always brings people exciting experiences no matter where they are from. It’s also one of the best cities for shopping in the world. I came to St Catherine’s School straight after my whole family moved to Melbourne at the start of 2012. It was a wise choice: starting at St Catherine’s has been a good way to help me settle into this new city.
How did you find settling into St Catherine's when you moved here?
I have to say it was really exciting. St Catherine’s is different in many ways from my previous school back in China, but I wasn’t disadvantaged at all. I like the balance between co-curricular activities and the studies. The teachers and the students are helpful when you have any problem regarding your study or living. The assistance you receive makes you believe that the time you will be spending in Melbourne and at St Catherine’s will be great.
What are some of the duties you will take on in your role as International Captain?
I believe my duty is to help everyone at St Catherine’s to become international. Especially since Australia is a very multicultural country, it becomes rather important to build up that connection with people from different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. That separates my job into two parts: one is to help international students at St Catherine’s adapt to being in a foreign school; the other is to encourage more communication between local and international students.
During 2014, I plan to organise after-school activities to help all the Senior School girls to get to know each other better, regardless of where they are from; to hold exhibitions of what previous International Captains have done to help the students to become more international; and of course we will have our annual Cultural Diversity Assembly and International Barbecue.
What advice would you give to other international students thinking of studying at St Catherine's?
If you want to be a great student, I guarantee that St Catherine’s is the right place to be. How great you want to be depends on how hard you try. Studying in a foreign country is not easy, but if you have confidence, perseverance and give everything a go, you will never regret a single moment of it. There are many sports to try, fun activities to attend and different clubs to join. Give everything a go and don’t be afraid of new challenges. There is always someone at St Catherine’s to give you a hand when you need it. We are like a big family at this School.