Kambrya College has been fortunate enough to secure successful relationships with sister schools in six countries.
Our newest sister school relationship is with Abundant Life International School (ALIS), ALIS has four campuses in Phnom Penh and like Kambrya has a strong commitment to educating students to become global citizens.
This relationship formalized in May 2017; provides the opportunity for student exchanges as well as offering Kambrya students the opportunity to undertake either a 5-month or an 11-month internship in Cambodia.
ALIS also intends having students come to study full time in Australia as part of our International Student Program.
The sister school relationship with Altkönigschule (AKS), a comprehensive school in Kronberg on the outskirts of Frankfurt, was established in 2010. Student cultural visits operate every second. Kronberg is a picturesque town, with many of the buildings in the oldest quarter dating back to the 16th Century. Students joining the cultural trip to AKS also visit Rüdesheim, which includes a Gondola ride above scenic Vineyards, a hike to Assmannshausen, a chairlift ride down to the banks of the Rhine, followed by a Rhine river cruise back to Rüdesheim. This amazing trip finishes with a few days in iconic Berlin.
In Japan, we have two sister schools – one in Osaka city and one in Akita.
Exchanges to Osaka run every other year. Osaka is an interesting place to visit, as it is a mixture of both modern city life and tradition. Both Kyoto and Hiroshima city are easily accessed from Osaka city.
Kokusai Joho Gakuin is located in Akita, the school that prides itself on a fantastic international program with a focus on English teaching. Trips to this area run on the alternate year to the school in Osaka. This trip flies into and out of Tokyo (including sightseeing of Tokyo) then a bullet train ride north. Akita is a lovely area and a great way to see both the city and the country.
In China we have two sister schools both located in Zhejiang Province, Anzhou Middle School (years 7 to 9) and Taizhou No. 1 High School (years 10 to 12). We began our relationship with Anzhou in 2012 followed two years later with our relationship with Taizhou.
Anzhou is located inland while Taizhou is on the coast both are within a four-hour fast train trip of Shanghai; this provides our exchange students the opportunity to experience a variety of different cultural experiences within China as well as experience one of the largest cities in the world Shanghai.
Our trips to China operate every second year on the same basis as our trips to Japan and Germany
Our college has a large South African representation of students and staff, who are eager to share their heritage. In July 2013, a delegation visited South Africa with the view to establishing a sister school relationship with Strelitzia Secondary School in Lotus Park, Kwa -Zulu Natal.
Our visit to Strelitzia Secondary School was not only enlightening, but gave us an opportunity to look at what we as a college can do to make a difference to less fortunate children in South Africa. Strelitzia Secondary School works closely with the School of Hope, a preschool in the indigent community in Malagazi. A significant number of students from Strelitzia Secondary School live in this community.
As part of their annual community project, our VCAL students raise funds to provide resources for this school. Thus far, students and staff have raised $2000 that have provided a playground for the students. This was a much-needed facility and was greatly appreciated by the students and the school community.
Since 2002, Kambrya College has been linked to the Ermera district of Timor Leste through the friendship school program set up by Kirsty Sword-Gusmao.
Through this program, we have been linked to Lete foho middle school, which is located in a rural village in the Ermera district. In 2011 two of Kambrya’ s Humanities teachers travelled to Timor Leste in the inaugural Friends of Ermera Teacher trip, this allowed them to travel to and stay in our sister school community in Lete Foho. They spent time working in the school providing resources for the teaching of English to the students at Lete Foho middle school. From 2002 to today, Kambrya has financially supported the school in many ways, with fundraising efforts going towards:
- Teacher resources
- The Donate a dictionary program
- Teacher training scholarships
- Female student scholarships