“The rigorous nature of the coursework made first-year uni a breeze in comparison and the genuinely phenomenal friendships I made, have left me with a network of global mates.”
Caitlin Quick, graduate of 2018. Currently studying Neuroscience and Spanish at UWA, intending to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in 2023.
I graduated from ISWA in 2018 after completing the IB Diploma Programme. Currently, I am studying Neuroscience and Spanish at UWA, intending to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in 2023. I also run a UWA Spanish Club, am a social volunteer for the UWA Specialist Mentoring Program (a group that aims to keep autistic students engaged in tertiary education), and I am a performer and techie in the UWA Pantomime Society.
My experience at ISWA was, personally, pretty phenomenal. Some of the best parts were;
a) the small class sizes that lent themselves to a high teacher-to-student ratio.
b) the well-equipped science labs that made learning engaging.
c) the language tuition I received that surpassed anything I had seen in the ATAR system.
d) the genuinely phenomenal friendships I made, that have left me with a network of global mates.
e) the pastoral care that was afforded to me, especially as an autistic/neurodiverse student.
f) the array of extracurricular opportunities – I now have a (shakey but present!) knowledge of hip hop dancing, soccer, and surfing.
g) the ability to do the (rather challenging) IBDP, that seriously engaged my interests through the EE (I still talk about the essay that I wrote!), the CAS program that got me genuinely engaged in volunteer work in my local community, the language requirement that boosted me significantly (I am planning on moving to Spain for a year in 2024 – this would definitely never have been on the cards pre-ISWA), and the rigorous nature of the coursework (that made first-year uni a breeze in comparison).
Honestly, I made the closest friendships I’ve ever had, with people I would never have had the opportunity to meet anywhere else.
Acknowledgement of Country
We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on, the Whadjuk (Perth region) people and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge, respect and seek to learn from their wisdom, continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.