College students compete for unique trip to Australia

Over 170 expressions of interest have been received by the College in our search to find the next young person to be given the opportunity to go to Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.

The successful candidate will follow in the footsteps of former College student Alice Chandler who went in to the Australian city in 2018. She came back from University recently to give a talk to some of the interested students.

It is all part of a friendship initiative between Bathurst NSW and Cirencester which was set up in 2017 after the Bathurst Regional Council approached the Cirencester Town Council with a view to forming a friendship back in 2015. It is another local initiative supported  by the Cirencester Community Development Trust Ltd.

The then 18 year old Alice was the first young person to visit Bathurst when she went in October 2018. She was taken under the wing of mayor Graeme Hanger. She was shown the sights, including the city’s world renowned car race – Bathurst 1000.

She was there for three weeks and during that time went to visit Scots (college) and the city’s Youth Council. “Travelling throughout Australia for six months was the best and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, especially my time in Bathurst,” Alice said. “I made so many incredible memories in the city as well as amazing friends, which became my Aussie family. I really encourage anyone to go if they have the chance and the Cirencester-Bathurst friendship is the perfect opportunity to do so.”

Andrew Lennard of the Cirencester Community Development Trust Ltd said: “The idea is to send a young person from the area, who would not usually have the opportunity, to travel to Bathurst and experience a life changing opportunity – be it through work, study, the arts, sports or in the voluntary sector.”

Karen Fraser, Vice Principal, will be going through all of the applications with Andrew and they will be short listing candidates for interviews at the end of the month with a decision in the first week of April. Karen said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for one of our students to have an experience of a lifetime. One of them could be going to Australia as a nice break after their A-levels or as part of a gap year before going to University. We are working with the Cirencester Bathurst Friendship team so that this can become an annual opportunity for a young person to be able to visit Bathurst each year.”