Brisbane Boys' College
Year 12 Graduate| Hoi Kai (Jeffrey) Lau
For Year 12 international student Hoi Kai (Jeffrey) Lau, school has also been his home for the past three years.
Jeffrey left Hong Kong in 2016 and travelled almost 7,000km to Indooroopilly in Brisbane’s west to take up Year 10 studies as a boarding student at Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC).
Studying and living in a new country was a daunting prospect for the then 15-year-old.
“I was out of my comfort zone when I first came to Australia to study,” Jeffrey recalls.
“It was difficult and everything was completely different. However, I soon found my new home away from home and it has become an essential part of me.”
Jeffrey says he relished the wide range of opportunities provided by the College.
He took up sports such as basketball, volleyball and tennis and learnt the oboe which earned him places in the College Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band.
“BBC has allowed me to shine, show my talents and use them to the fullest."
Jeffrey says he has enjoyed making new “mates”, meeting and learning from his teachers and experiencing the Australian way of life.
“Boarding at the College has been a great journey for me and has given me an insight into the Australian culture,” he says.
“I cannot imagine students not enjoying their life here, especially as a boarder - it transforms you into an independent young man.”
Following his graduation from BBC Jeffrey plans to complete his tertiary studies in Australia. He hopes to study sports science and exercise physiology at either the University of Queensland or Queensland University of Technology.