Gleneagles has a well established exchange program where German language students to travel to Germany for four weeks, biannually. Students in Year 9, 10 or 11 have the opportunity to participate.
The exchange program sees students from our sister schools in Germany travel to Australia around March or April. While in Australia they are home hosted by families in our school community. Our students benefit by interacting with peers from another country. The German students attend school with their hosts and participate in a number of excursions arranged by Gleneagles. German students are usually very fluent in English.
Later in the same year our students travel to Germany where they are home hosted, usually by one of the students that travelled to Australia. Our students attend our sister school and participate in a range of activities organised by our sister school. This trip usually coincides with the September school holidays.
Our German language students benefit greatly from immersion in the language and culture.
In recent years our students have travelled to Malaysia and our SEAL students travelled to Europe and we are currently exploring the possibility of a program through World Challenge.
Staff have travelled to visit our sister school in East Timor (Timor Leste) and this may be a focus for the future. This would provide the opportunity for students to make a difference for a community in need.
The 2011 Year 7 Transitions Camp to Golden Valley Lodge in Flinders, Victoria is, and will continue to be, one of my favourite memories of Gleneagles. I went to the camp barely knowing anyone but by the time we got home I knew a lot of people, many of whom had become my friends. All the activities were fun to do and be a part of. I conquered my fear of heights and free-falling on the giant swing and the Flying Fox, a zip line which runs down the side of a mountain. I had so much fun at the camp I asked the teachers if I could stay longer because I didn’t want to leave, but unfortunately, it was time to go. I now have a group of friends who I love and trust and know they will be my life-long friends. The beginning of my Gleneagles journey started with a good memory.