Much to learn as pair lands Italy trip

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AN­DREA FALVO an­drea.falvo@news.com.au

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.

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