September 2023 Newsletter

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You will be pleased to know that Study Toowoomba has been working hard over the last few months on behalf of you, our members, with a vision of constantly improving. We hosted an international student welcome event at Muller Bros Rooftop Bar on 22 April which was highly successful. Through a few strategic moves, we were able to get all the students talking to each other which was one of the key objectives. We want them to feel welcome within our community and make new friends.Our ambassador program applications have been successful with 6 key students identified and the Committee is in the process of organising a meet and greet with the applicants to progress their activities.

I have met with several agents who facilitate two-week tours to the region which often results in the students returning for full-time studies. These meetings have been facilitated by Southern Qld Country CEO, Peter Homan, who is an active committee member and a real friend to Study Toowoomba. Thank you, Peter! Most recently Study Toowoomba hosted an international student accommodation forum which was highly successful and well promoted through the media, highlighting our work.  Outcomes from the forum include providing a summary of the workshop along with the presentations on the website for everyone to access; forming a working group of key stakeholders and the potential to host another one next year. Thank you to committee member, Tammy Wilson, Toowoomba Grammar School for making The Pavilion available on the day. I was delighted to pop into Camp Cooby recently to meet with international students staying there, doing some of the amazing activities on offer whilst also attending Toowoomba Anglican School.

From an administrative side, we have had several key changes. I’m delighted to advise and welcome KCSMS (Kim Cahill Strategic Media Services – covering all our social media) and her team – Natalie from Vigour Graphics (website) and Lyndall from MollyB Blogging & Word Fest (blogs, newsletters) so you will begin to notice increased activity in these areas. Please share our socials and tag us in yours to ensure we grow everyone’s presence. In addition, Shamus has left TSBE for greener pastures and the committee made the conscious decision to outsource those deliverables to someone new. We will miss Shamus and the knowledge he has about Study Toowoomba having been involved with it since its inception and we thank him for his efforts over time.

The Committee are delighted to announce that Shamus’ replacement is Anna Battle, known most highly for her amazing artwork and online art tutoring Anna also has an education background having worked as the Marketing Manager at Downlands College for several years. We look forward to Anna taking on the tasks at hand.

It’s that time again for membership renewals and if you haven’t already received your invoice, it’s definitely on its way to your inbox. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for continuing to support Study Toowoomba, particularly through some of the past challenges and as you read my report, I know you will see we are now getting to the ripening fruit stage and your ongoing support is sincerely appreciated and hopefully rewarding for you.
I always say, apart from love, the next best thing you can give your child is education.

Warm regards
Cr Nancy Sommerfield
Chair, Study Toowoomba.

Accommodation Forum

Study Toowoomba’s successful Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Forum, held on Friday 28th July thanks to the generosity of host Toowoomba Grammar School, was opened by the Chair of Study Toowoomba, Nancy Sommerfield. As part of a comprehensive agenda, MC, Wendy Agar introduced Sarina Hobbin, the Acting Director of Study Queensland, to present an overview of Queensland and Toowoomba’s International Education and Training Student Market.

Throughout the day, participants were afforded the opportunity to hear and add to their understanding of the Australian market, the role of local government and listen to the Milthaven Cairns Case Study from its Director, Sarah Mort.The local Toowoomba perspective from UniSQ and TAFE then produced valuable discussion and networking. Nancy Sommerfield summed up the day’s outcomes exploring short, medium, and long-term density and diversity options and the possibilities for the future via an active stakeholder working group.

Click here for a summary of forum outcomes

International Students visit Lake Cooby

More than 20 international students from Japan attended Toowoomba Anglican School for a two-week study tour. They marvelled at the wildlife and wide open spaces of the Toowoomba Region while at Camp Cooby. What memories and recommendations they will carry home with them!


Ming-De International School

Opened in July 2021, Ming-De International School Toowoomba is an Independent co-educational Primary School (Prep-Year 6) that is accredited with the Queensland Non-State Schools Accreditation Board and CRICOS, providing enrolment for both domestic and international students.

Providing a bilingual approach to learning (English and Chinese), the School is clearly positioned as a primary school that is worthy of consideration for enrolment by International Students from Prep through to Year 6. Situated just a short drive from the city of Toowoomba in the suburb of Westbrook with 5.5 hectares of land there is plenty of room for children to enjoy the semi-rural environment of our school and there is ample room for the school to continue to develop and grow.

The curriculum is designed to foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity, offering a wide range of subjects that align with the Australian curriculum (ACARA), ensuring students acquire essential knowledge and skills in all key learning areas. Additionally, Ming-De integrates Sinology and the teachings of the Buddha across the curriculum, enabling students to connect their academic learning with ethical awareness and spiritual growth in an ever-changing global society.

International student experience research data collection
Welcoming Universities are conducting a survey for international students to share their experience on studying at Australian universities. It would be great if you could share this survey link with your international students –

Chair Councillor Nancy Sommerfield
Deputy Chair Prof Ren Yi – Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) UniSQ
Treasurer Kym Schultz – Business Manager, Concordia College

Committee Members
Marty Lock International Engagement and Communication Manager, TAFE Qld
Tammy Wilson Director Marketing and Enrolments, Toowoomba Grammar School
Peter Homan Chief Executive Officer, Southern Queensland Country Tourism

Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) 2023 – Adelaide 10-13th October
“ What does visionary and transformative mean for international education?” for details and bookings

Asia-Pacific Association for international Education (APAIE) 2024 –  Perth, Western Australia 4-8th March 2024 for more information