There were more than a few tears when International student and Boarder of The Cathedral College, Heetae Lim farewelled his friends, classmates, teachers and staff who journeyed with him over the past 6 years.
In 2016 Heetae arrived in Australia from Seoul, South Korea at 11 ½ years of age with very limited English to start secondary school at the College and recently Heetae completed his Year 12 external exams hoping to study Medicine in Australia next year.
The Cathedral College was recommended to Heetae’s parents by friends from Japan who’s daughters had both boarded at the College.
Heetae credits the many people who smoothed the way, close friends and the abundant opportunities offered that makes saying goodbye so difficult.
“Mr Armstrong from Boarding made so many things happen both at Boarding and at the day school to make sure I was well looked after,”
“Ms Cupo, the learning support teacher, was fantastic! She helped me with my English during school and found a Korean family for me to visit on the weekend so I would have a taste of home”
“The Cho’s are like a second family to me. I’ve spent many weekends and holidays with them,”
“I am very fortunate to have made some very close friends at Boarding. Together we shared many happy moments,” he said.
Heetae said embracing college life was the secret to enjoying his time at school.
“It was very difficult when I first started as I felt so far from home, but thanks to Boarding I played Rugby Union, Rugby League, (we actually won our Open D premiership this year) and joined the Rowing squad. This made a big difference for me,” he said.
“In my senior years I really enjoyed being in Music Ministry, playing guitar and singing with my friends at TCC Parish Mass. I’ll always remember this,” he said.
Heetae was recognised for his positive impact on others and was appointed Year 12 Boarding Leader and has succeeded academically, awarded Year 12 top of subject prize for Mathematical Methods.
Heetae faces a nervous wait until ATAR scores and university offers are released but is full of optimism and gratitude.
“I loved my time at TCC. It’s hard to say goodbye but I know I have made friends for life and great memories to last forever. Thank you TCC” he said.