Lachlan Reith
Studying at St John's Anglican College in Australia

“Since leaving Lincoln Minster School I soon moved to the land down under. This was a rather fortuitous turnout for myself as I ended up enjoying an extra month of summer holiday before starting up at school again. I then entered the new school to participate in the final half semester of the year before, yet again, enjoying a summer holiday.

“Praise be to the advantages of moving hemispheres. To this day, I’m still occasionally confused by fact that winter is here come June 1st. But give it a couple years and I’m sure I’ll find the concept of a snowy January simply fictitious. I had heard a great deal about the hospitality of Australian schools, especially concerning new students so I didn’t fear the prospect of creating new friends. This faith was rewarded with a string of new Aussie friends, all with a unique form of humour and wit.

“One of the greatest advantages of moving to Australia was the ability to obtain an affectionate, intelligent and an all-round bundle of joy that is my new bird. A green cheeked conure. I gain great pleasure out of teaching him to roll over and pick out red objects when requested. If he isn’t too averse to the idea, I hope to have him happily harnessed and ready to fully experience the world around him.

“It didn’t seem to take too long to get stuck into the opportunities provided. Soon after settling into the new education system, ‘poles-apart’ from the UK I might add, I auditioned to the (as was) undisclosed musical production. To my surprise, I secured role of the male lead in a 200+ cast performance of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. A very masculine role and no-one can claim otherwise! I consider myself Lucky, not many can profess to have been immortalised by art department I was when I had a bust created of me as a prop.

“Lincoln Minster School taught me valuable social skills which now allow me to be more confident when speaking publicly. My time in the boarding house also taught me independence and the value of friendship.

“The collective memories of the great times we had in Mr Cochrane’s Maths lesson would have to be my favourites; I could always be sure I’d end up laughing at some point when I entered that room!

“My advice to current students would be to understand that teachers may be adults, but that doesn’t make them perfect. You may even be able to relate to or respect them more if you truly see them as real people.

“Quick tip, if there’s anything you plan on doing, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it right now. Why wait for the future? As for myself I plan to have a career doing something I love, not because I’d have the grades for it, but because I’d wake up in the morning looking forward to attending it.”