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Amy Tristram is making the most
of a world of opportunity while
working in Thailand and travelling
throughout South-East Asia.
Amy, 18, of Launceston, is based at
the Regents International School.
She wanted an ‘exciting and
adventurous’ gap year and applied
through the Round Square website.
“I am primarily involved within the
Early Primary department of the
school,” Amy said.
“Every day is different, with my
WHO: INDIA THOMPSON
WH AT: BACHELOR OF MARINE
Champion fisher India Thompson
could not resist the lure of tertiary
studies on the marine environment.
India, 19, of St Helens, has enjoyed
worldwide success in sports fishing
and already has extensive experience
“I am doing a Bachelor of Marine
Environment, as it is a degree that
caters for my passion,” India said.
“It involves learning about the
ocean, the organisms within it and
India, who started at Scotch
Oakburn College in 2012 on an All
Rounder Scholarship, has been fishing
for as long as she can remember.
“Leaving early and not returning
until late at night, we spend a large
amount of time on the water in the
hope of catching a dream fish,” she
“I have also spent my life driving
vessels and hope to become a fully
certified commercial captain by the
end of 2018.”
India has appeared on, and
produced, TV fishing shows.
“ This experience was influential to
my decision-making surrounding
my future plans,” she said.
Science and Society at
Scotch Oakburn prepared
her for her university
“I highly recommend this
course,” India said.
“Ms Kate Gard is an
exceptional teacher who
challenges her students to
think broadly and consider various
concepts, which is indispensable
when dealing with environmental
issues. Her assistance and tutoring
through my TCE years were
invaluable, as was the assistance from
many of my other teachers.”
India hopes to land a job in the
media, focusing on sustainable
WHO: JASPER COWELL
WH AT: GAP YEAR WORKING
AT A SCHOOL IN ENGLAND
The opportunity to work, travel
and attend sporting events
in Europe has been a great
experience for Jasper Cowell.
Jasper, 19, of Launceston, is
based in the north of England for
his gap year, where he is working
in the PE department at Queen
Ethelburga’s College, and in the
Year 8 Boarding House in the
mornings and nights.
“A mate went on a gap year last
year and loved it, so I decided to
follow suit,” Jasper explained.
“I have also always wanted to
do a football tour of England so
that’s why I’m here.
“I would recommend it. It’s so
much fun and I’ve met some
In future, Jasper hopes to go to
Melbourne to study Psychology.
He also hopes to travel within
Australia next year.
His favourite subject at Scotch
Oakburn was Psychology. It was
interesting and he had a good
teacher in Mr Andrew French, he
sport and the
such as ending
in 2015,” he said.
“I’ve also made many mates
that I will be with when I
return to Australia and move to
WHO: LACHIE HINDS
WHAT: STUDYING A
BACHELOR OF ARTS
WHERE: UNIVERSITY OF
A keen interest in politics and
society has prompted Lachie
Hinds to embark on tertiary
studies in Melbourne.
He intends to double major
in Economics and Politics and
then pursue Postgraduate Law,
with a long term aim of a career
in either the business sector or
Alongside his studies, Lachie,
18, of George Town, has two paid
positions at the university, as a
student host conducting tours
for vising school groups and as a
mentor in the Aspiring Scholars’
At Scotch Oakburn, Lachie was
a debating captain, regular public
speaker, Round Square member,
on the Seniors’ Committee, a
ball MC and involved with the
University of Tasmania’s Future of
“ I have so many highlights from
my short time at Scotch Oakburn
but I have to place particular
emphasis on debating and public
speaking,” he said.
“ Being a part of the winning
Parliamentary Shield debating
team was a special moment, as
was participating in the Bond
University Mooting Competition
He pointed to small class
size and the ready availability
of support from teachers as
particular assets of the College.
He urged current students
to make the most of their
“Being involved with co-
curricular activities offers the
opportunity to foster new
friendships whilst developing skills
and attributes. For me, it was the
most enjoyable way of creating
great friendships and memories –
ones I’ll treasure for life.”
went on a
gap year last
year and loved it,
so I decided
Members of the Class of 2017 have embarked on exciting new chapters
in their lives. They are travelling, working, studying or taking a gap year.
They are scattered around the globe – in Thailand, the Amazon, the UK or
Canada – or starting on tertiary studies in medicine, education, naval architecture
or marine biology. Their paths are diverse and their opportunities limitless.
Focus magazine caught up with just a few of the members of the
Class of 2017 to learn more about their plans for the future.
work ranging from painting, to one-
on-one reading with the students.”
Amy also helps out with sports
supervision, boarding duty,
chemistry studies, and in the
“I am really enjoying my gap year
in Thailand, but there are times
when I wish that I was at university,”
“However, I know that it will be
there next year and it’s not often in
your life that you get a chance to
work and live overseas.”
Next year, Amy plans to start a
Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles
Sturt University in Albury, with a long
term aim of becoming a respiratory
physiotherapist in hospital intensive
During her time at Scotch Oakburn,
Amy’s involvement with Round
Square and the Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award was particularly rewarding.
Amy took part in a Year 8 Round
Square exchange to Radford College
in Canberra and she was a baraza
leader at the Young Australasian
Round Square Conference hosted
by Scotch Oakburn at the Elphin
Campus in 2015.
A bonus of completing her bronze,
silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Awards was developing a love for
bushwalking during the adventurous
journey component of the award.
“Looking back at my six years at
Scotch Oakburn, my highlights
were the Japan Trip in 2014 and
the Education Outdoors programs,
especially bushwalking in Year 10 to
the Walls of Jerusalem,” Amy said.
“My advice for current students
would be to interact with, and
make the most of, your teachers
to maximise your learning
opportunities. I would also like to
thank all my teachers at the College.”
WHO: AMY TRISTRAM
WHERE: PATTAYA, THAILAND
WHAT: GAP YEAR WORKING AT
AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
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