At the 2019 NSW International Student Awards we asked our Schools finalists "What has been your favourite experience in NSW?" Here's what they said...
Baiyang Hu (China)
Hunters Hill High School, Hunters Hill
Baiyang is a passionate advocate for international students at Hunters Hill High School. He was elected 2019 School Captain, having gained well-deserved respect from students and staff through his hard work and outstanding leadership.
Baiyang has actively embraced multiculturalism and his Chinese heritage, organising Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival celebrations at his school. He has also inspired his peers through his coaching of the school’s Chinese debating team.
Additionally, Baiyang is active in the broader community, participating in the Ryde Lions Club, for which he was nominated as ‘Youth of the Year’. Baiyang is an exceptional school leader and a great friend who is always willing to help his peers.
Zehao Li (China)
Knox Grammar School, Waharoonga
Zehao is greatly admired by staff and students within the Knox Grammar boarding community for his positivity and kind-hearted nature. He has willingly volunteered his time to mentor and assist new students, while his community-minded attitude led to the formation of the school’s Cultural Immersion & Diversity initiative.
Zehao has been an active participant in this student committee. He has proposed culturally inclusive changes to boarding and the introduction of culturally oriented events, including arranging a huge Chinese banquet for 57 Year 12 boarders.
He has also taken an active role in community events such as The Red Shield Appeal and White Ribbon Day. Zehao’s natural leadership and intuitive mentoring of both rural and international students demonstrates a maturity and understanding beyond his years.
Thong Dat (David) Pham (Vietnam)
Kingsgrove North High School, Kingsgrove
David is an inspirational role model to his peers, younger students and the wider Kingsgrove North High School community. He is a dedicated member of his school’s leadership team and enthusiastically volunteers for school and community events. He also regularly assists other Vietnamese students and their families with translation when required.
Nothing is too big or small for David, who always performs his tasks with grace and gratitude. One good example is his work at the Homework Centre, where he enthusiastically assists other students with their assignments every week.
David was dux of his year and his caring nature and personality makes other students feel supported. David enriches the lives of those around him with his sense of humour, generosity and perseverance in achieving not only his goals but the collective goals of the school.