Hear from some of our students…
I would like to thank my guardian who has taken such good care of me in so many ways.
In preparation for coming to study here in Australia, firstly I tried to get as much information as I could about the school through CETA. I tried to learn how to begin a new life in an Australian school, whilst practicing my English.
To adapt to a new society and culture, you first need to work hard and develop your skill at learning English at all times. You need to overcome any difficulties and always be open to new stuff.
Studying in Australia has increased my proficiency in English. I’ve learnt about Australian culture and how to live with others. I’ve also tried to study lessons with a different approach and practice my English to the fullest in my everyday life, which is different to what I was used to. This has led to a different lifestyle for me and I now have the skills to help me adapt to a new culture and practice English–this is vital to living abroad.
I would like to thank my guardian who has taken such good care of me in so many ways. For example, she worked very hard with me to improve my English accent and usage: something that had discouraged me from talking to other people. She also takes good care of me during my exeat and parent/teacher interviews, where a guardian needs to act as the representative of my parents. And when I need to buy something, she’s always there to help.Thanaporn Mee Khanthong (Look Kaew)
I had my guardian to help me build my confidence in speaking. In my free time, my guardian takes me on outings for various activities.
To prepare yourself before going to study in Australia, firstly you need to get information about the school education system, climate and culture. My initial feeling was one of excitement. I was so thrilled to be studying abroad but also concerned about many things, particularly about being homesick, since I had always lived with my parents. I had never been to boarding school or been anywhere else for a long period. I was also worried that I would not be a good student since I had been studying in a Thai school using only the Thai language. However, when I first came to study here, I found it was not as terrifying as I had imagined. Besides, all my classmates were so nice. The teachers and staff gave me lots of advice and were good mentors during my studies there.
In the early stages, I had to adapt to many new things, such as language, diet and new friends. My guiding principle was to open my mind to accept new things. I didn’t block myself from making new friends and dared to approach new friends as well as to participate in various school activities.
Initially, the school work seemed to be quite difficult for me since I was not good at English. Luckily, I had my guardian to help me build my confidence in speaking. In my free time, my guardian takes me on outings for various activities, such as fishing, visiting a chocolate factory, watching ice skating competitions and shopping. On top of that, if I have problems, I can talk openly and consult with her at all times, which makes me feel like we are family.Keadrada Meekhanthong (Look Kate)
And from their parents…
They teach our children to be good, behave properly and spend money wisely.
When our daughters began studying in Australia, they were a bit nervous and felt under pressure to quickly adapt to communicating in English and to being with new friends. They are now familiar with the Australian education system and their friends. The teachers and school staff are very helpful–they give advice to our children and care for them as if they were their own.
The guardians in particular take very good care of our children. They do many things for them, such as helping buy school uniform, picking them up to buy daily necessessities, and helping find interesting and suitable activities for them during weekends and the holidays. In addition, they teach our children to be good, behave properly and spend money wisely. As their mother, I usually contact my children using the LINE app but if there is something important or that requires more direct contact, I usually contact them via CETA.
In my opinion, our decision to send our daughters to school abroad has proven worthwhile because our children are happy with their studies and feel very at ease with the people and environment there. On top of that, this has helped develop their thinking.
They are now more mature and thoughtful. They know how to make good choices, find solutions and make decisions on their own. Their language proficiency, in both listening and writing, has now improved significantly.Khun Kiattisak and Khun Ladda Meekhanthong
We are so impressed with many of CETA’s services.
I think that having a guardian is so necessary for young students living away from home for the first time, especially when studying abroad. They need a guardian to lend a helping hand in arranging the necessities, to assist with problem solving and to represent the parents. We have often received advice from CETA staff and trust their guardians.
We are so impressed with many of CETA’s services, such as caring for students, counselling them about their studies and how to adapt to the new environment, and the regular updates to parents. The people at CETA are very nice. They keep us informed about school news, keep an eye on students’ wellbeing, provide advice and take care of many of the details.Khun Anan Duangyai and Khun Ing-Onn Duangyai
A good understanding of my son.
Since my son does not live in the school’s boarding house and I am not there to take care of him personally, I need someone to act on my behalf to oversee his wellbeing, to liaise with the host family, check his diet and coordinate with the teachers about the course curriculum. I therefore need a guardian to take good care of my son, to visit the host family and to send me a monthly update on his study progress and wellbeing.
If there is an emergency, the guardian immediately contacts me. Or, when the school needs to contact the student’s parents, the guardian takes care of it. This allows me to fully focus on my own work, without the need to fly back and forth and be directly involved. Sometimes, the guardian takes my son on an outing or for dinner with Thai friends.
The guardian visits “Nong Sun” two to three times a month. If there are any problems, the guardian gives advice and acts as parent to teach my son discipline. If my son needs something from the host family, the guardian talks to them, or if the host family wishes my son to correct something, they can discuss it with the guardian. His guardian is very nice and can address issues quickly. If there is something to correct, the guardian is there to discuss it openly and honestly.
The reports the guardian sends me highlight my son’s positives and any weaknesses that he needs to correct or improve. The most important thing is that the guardian has a good understanding of, and confidence in, my son, which encourages him to feel confident and not afraid to ask his guardian whenever he needs help.Khun Maesaya Wathaniyapramote