“ISWA was an incredibly open-minded and accepting place. I felt valued and appreciated for my differences there. I cultivated great friendships that I still have today.”
Nat Schmoll, class of 2020. Currently studying English in Long Beach, California and is planning to become a teacher.
My name is Nat Schmoll and I Graduated from ISWA in 2020. I am currently in my second year at Long Beach City College and I hope to transfer to Cal State Long Beach in the near future. I am currently studying English and I am hoping to become a teacher.
I had a fantastic experience at ISWA during my two years there. Especially in comparison to the school that I attended before, ISWA was an incredibly open-minded and accepting place. I felt valued and appreciated for my differences there. I cultivated great friendships that I still have today, and I was able to connect with most of my teachers as well. I loved the international environment at the school, I always looked forward to harmony day and any other events at the school. I also was given many opportunities to try new things, that I probably never would have, via my classes and extracurriculars.
I will always remember Harmony day, definitely one of my favorite days on the calendar. I adored all of the nation’s different flags and being able to see how diverse our community truly was.
I felt that the ISWA community was a huge part of my integration into the Perth community, I was able to make friends at the school quickly and they were more than happy to help me find my way around. I also adopted a very close group of friends during my time there, we spent much time around each other outside of class.
As a final note, the move my family and I made from the United States to Australia was unexpected. We were a bit nervous about moving while I was halfway through high school but I was so pleasantly surprised by the ISWA community and the welcoming arms that I and my family received. The two years that I spent in Perth and at ISWA are some of the best of my life so far. I am certain that I will come back to visit, but regardless, ISWA and Perth will always have a special place in my heart.
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.