Much to learn as pair lands Italy trip
TWO Cairns students will immerse themselves in authentic Italian culture after being awarded a trip to study and travel abroad.
Cairns State High School student James Humphris and St Monica’s College student Matisse Reed both received the Queensland Education’s StuditaliA Prize.
They will study at the Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono in Cividale del Friuli, a boarding school three hours from Venice in Italy.
The Year 12 students were two of six in Queensland students selected for the onemonth trip and will jet off on November 18, a day after graduating from high school.
“We get to do a bit of the real-life living-in-Italy experience and a bit of the tourism aspect as well,” Matisse said.
“It’ll definitely be an exercise of independence.”
As part of their application process, the students were required to complete a written submission and an interview, both 50 per cent in Italian and 50 per cent English.
“It’s good to be able to go to another country and understand what’s going on and communicate with people,” James said.
James said he planned to study business at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra after high school. Matisse hopes to study law and international relations at the University of Queensland.