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Cividale del Friuli students successful visit to Stanthorpe

​Gary Hurtz showing students what his dogs can do.

After a five-year hiatus, students from our exchange school in Cividale del Friuli, Italy recently enjoyed a cultural and language exchange tour to Stanthorpe. Billeted with families involved in our Italian Immersion program, the students experienced a slice of Australian family life, staying for just under two weeks.

Students attended regular classes at Stanthorpe High with their billeting buddy, as well as experiencing Granite Belt delights such as Suttons Apple Farm and The Bramble Patch. There was no shortage of good Aussie beef over several BBQs and their visit was capped of with an excellent dinner at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.

Cividale students also experienced the wonders of Aussie sheep dogs, with Queensland Title winner, Gary Hurtz showing them what his dogs can do. They made and feasted upon lamingtons and even recorded a radio program with local Ten FM Italian Language presenter, Maria Mastro, which will be broadcast in the near future. On the weekend of their stay, billeting families took their guests to the Gold or Sunshine Coasts, giving the Italian students an Aussie surf experience to remember.

Thanks to staff, students, parents and members of the Granite Belt community who combined to make this exchange such a success. We now look forward to our next visit to Cividale in September where new friendships will be rekindled.