Last week we welcomed our five new GAP students from Sydney, Australia who have travelled half-way across the globe to spend the year immersed in life here at Clongowes. As part of the GAP programme with our sister schools, six of our own Rhetoric 2019 graduates are currently living and working in the Sydney schools.
St Joseph’s College
Jason O’Keefe lives on a farm located north of Sydney in a small country region called Yarrowitch. His parents own and operate a large-scale earthmoving company. This is Jason’s first time in Europe, he has some insider knowledge from the local communities and students about Ireland, but he is very excited to experience it first-hand. Next year, he plans to study Biomedical Science at the University of New England, Armidale.
Matthew O’Malley comes from a waterside suburb in Northbridge, Sydney. He plays Rugby and Curling during his free time as and loves to visit Freshwater Beach, Sydney with his friends. He is looking forward to learning more about the history and culture of the school; and is hoping to travel around Europe before he returns home to study a Bachelor of Project Management and Property at Western Sydney University.
St Ignatius’ College Riverview
Michael Cheok lives in Lane Cover, a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney which is not far from the school that he graduated from, St Ignatius’ College, Riverview. Michael likes to play basketball and rugby in his spare time. Over the coming year, he is looking forward to getting to know the boys and staff whilst immersing himself in the culture of the college. In 2021, he plans to attend the University of Technology Sydney to study a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science.
Finn McDonald attended St Ignatius College, Riverview and lives in the Lower North Shore suburb of Woolwich in Sydney. His various hobbies include; wakeboarding, surfing, rugby and cricket. He also loves to play and listen to music. He is keen to travel around Europe and hopes to study a flexible double degree in either Commerce and International Relations or Commerce and Law at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra.
St Aloysius College
Jeremy Wells is from Northbridge, a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney where he attended St Aloysius College. He plays rugby, cricket and basketball during his free time in addition to taking part in various athletics. Jeremy looks forward to meeting new people, both students and teachers, during his time at Clongowes and wishes to pursue a double degree in Engineering and Science at the University of Sydney when he returns to Australia.