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EQI International Students Welcome Ceremony

EQI International Students Welcome Ceremony


On Thursday 14th February, a group of 10 High School Preparation (HSP) students from BROWNS attended the EQI International Students Welcome Ceremony, hosted by Bond University. 11 out of the 12 Government schools on the Gold Coast were present, with BROWNS English Language School being a special invitation each year.

Suzanne Tones from EQI, hosted the interactive session with speakers Calvin Masson, the International Regional Manager from Bond University and Mohit Trivedi, Program Coordinator from Study Gold Coast, finishing with an inspiring testimony from international student Sara Olberg from Norway.

On the Gold Coast there are currently 60% domestic students and 40% international students, from over 130 countries. The ceremony sent a supportive and encouraging message to these 2019 EQI new starters, welcoming them into a very diverse and invigorating student community.

Click here to find out more about the BROWNS High School Preparation program.

BROWNS student selected as Mayor’s Student Ambassador

Mayor's Student Ambassador

Mayor's Student Ambassador

BROWNS student selected as Mayor’s Student Ambassador

Congratulations to BROWNS graduate, and Year 12 International student, Saya Okakuchi, who has been chosen as a 2019 Mayor’s Student Ambassador. Saya is one of only two high school students being given the opportunity to engage with the local community and make a difference to the City of Gold Coast.

“This year is obviously the most exciting year because I get to be a Cultural Ambassador for Miami and also the Mayor’s Ambassador as an international student, so I’m just excited for the year ahead” Saya explained.

Saya started her journey in 2016 where she participated in the BROWNS Junior Camp program for two weeks on the Gold Coast. Saya said “The summer program was just amazing. It was lifetime, precious memories for me and I was just inspired by the Gold Coast. It’s really beautiful and the people are so nice”.

The following year Saya returned to Australia where she studied the BROWNS High School Preparation program with a pathway into Year 11 at Miami State High School. “It was the most important part (studying at BROWNS). I think BROWNS makes us enjoy English because they not only teach English but also how we can grow ourselves. Actually, I sometimes miss BROWNS and sometimes I think I want to go back to BROWNS because it was such a fullfilling time that I spent.”

Now in Year 12, Saya has been selected as a Miami State High School Cultural Ambassador and a Gold Coast 2019 Mayor’s Student Ambassador.

As a 2019 Mayor’s Student Ambassador, Saya has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:

  • Represent the student community within Gold Coast City
  • Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself
  • Participate in behind-the-scenes and VIP experiences across the city
  • Manage an allocated budget and other business resources to create and facilitate student led programs and events across the city
  • Participate in professional development workshops
  • Participate in media training and upskill your written, digital and oral communication skills
  • Build professional networks while engaging with media, industry, government representatives, international delegations and the local community
  • Form lifelong friendships with other Gold Coast students from all over the world

Find out more about Queensland school pathways from the BROWNS High School Preparation program.

The Ultimate Australian Road Trip



The Ultimate Australian Road Trip

Over the next month, our Intensive General English (Advanced level) BROWNS students are going to provide fun facts, popular places and places to stay in Queensland, New South Wales & ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia & the Northern Territory.

Along with this, our Intensive General English (Intermediate level) BROWNS class have researched a few great road trips that we will also be sharing with you.


  • Make sure you have a valid drivers licence with an English translation on it.
  • If your licence doesn’t have an English translation, get an International drivers licence. It may vary between the different states.
  • Speed limits: 10 to 110 km/h (130 km/h only in Northern Territory).
  • You must present your licence and your passport or ID card if you are stopped by police.
  • If you need more information go to the Australian Government website:
  • Note that at most rental companies you have to be 18 years, 21 years, 25 years or over
  • There are a lot of different rental companies. See below for websites:
  • If you need help while planning a road trip, we recommend this awesome website

Written by Anna, Diego, Enrica & Camilo – Intensive General English (Advanced level) students.

Upcoming articles:

  • Queensland
  • Road trip from Brisbane to Uluru
  • Road trip from Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru
  • New South Wales & ACT
  • Road trip from Sydney to Cairns
  • Victoria
  • Road trip from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay, Sydney and then Melbourne
  • Road trip from Melbourne to Sydney, Gold Coast and then Cairns
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territory
  • Western Australia
  • Road trip from Perth

*This article was written by students and should be used as a guide only. If you have any questions about travelling around Australia, we recommend you contact Backpackers World Travel.

Elevate: Operation Christmas Child – Pack a Shoebox

Oct elevate

Oct elevate

High School Preparation students participated in the Operation Christmas Child – Pack a Shoebox as part of BROWNS Elevate initiative this month.’ Operation Christmas Child’ is run by The Samaritan’s Purse International Relief Australia.

Each year they ask people to fill a shoebox with gifts for underprivileged children around the world & deliver them for Christmas. It is often the first time these children have received Christmas presents. 


Each shoebox has 6 items in it: 

-something to wear

-something for school

-something to play with

-something for personal hygiene 

-something special

-something to love


High School Preparation students on the Gold Coast went shopping with their assigned categories eg: girl or boy  2-4 years, girl or boy 5-9 years girl or boy 10-14 years.

Each group packed the gifts they bought into shoeboxes & wrote a personal little Christmas note for the 8 lucky recipients of the boxes, which included a little about themselves & a Christmas wish.

Students then went with their teacher to the local collection point for Operation Christmas child – Juice 107.3 fm radio Gold Coast.

They met the breakfast DJ Matt & saw the studio where he works as well. Juice staff took a photo of us, so keep your eye out on  Facebook for that.

IELTS Success Story – Patricio from Chile



IELTS Success Story – Patricio from Chile

Firstly, I would like to shout out a big thank you to all the teachers, students and staff at BROWNS. I signed up for the IELTS Exam Preparation course just because it was a necessary part of immigrating to Australia, however, I have found that it has been beneficial in more ways than that. In addition, to raising my skills in all areas of the test, it also gave me the opportunity to stop and think about my future and about what I need to do to achieve my goals in life.

My teacher was great, straightforward and strict, but that is how a teacher must be in this type of course where the stakes are so high. His classes give you the drive to improve your results week-by-week. Furthermore, he spent the time to give me tips and advice to make me feel more comfortable with the test, which helped to increase my score (IELTS 7.0).

Patricio from Chile ( Gold Coast campus)



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