Creative international students show life in Victoria through film

Pursuing an education in Victoria is paying off for international student Calvin (Jiaxing) Gu, whose newfound passion for filmmaking has earned him an award.

Calvin is one of five international students who won the A Day in the Life of an International Student video competition.

These students made engaging, creative short films showing us what it's like being an international school student in Victoria through their eyes.

Calvin Gu came to Frankston High School in 2015. He lives in a homestay with helpful Frankston local "Mrs Sharon" and chronicles his life in Victoria on his YouTube channel, using a drone, time-lapse filming and other creative film techniques.

He says support from his 'kind and funny' Media teacher Miss Long encouraged him to pursue filmmaking.

'This is one of my reasons that I want to have a media career in the future, and my interest is increasing every day,' Calvin says.

Calvin is completing his VCE this year and hopes to study Film and Television at university.

World-class education

Calvin is from Guangzhou, the second biggest city in China. He dreamed of experiencing life in another country.

He heard from others who had visited Australia that Victoria is 'the best place to study', so Calvin bravely decided to move abroad and complete his secondary education here.

Although learning another language and adjusting to a different culture is challenging, Calvin says the school welcomed him by helping him learn English and teaching him how to play AFL.

'My favourite thing about school in Australia is that the teachers and the local students here are so friendly, and also the quality of the education is really great,' Calvin says.

'That makes me want to live here forever.'

But there's more than grades to Calvin's school experience in Victoria.

'The most interesting thing I learned from school is not knowledge — it's how I learned how to interact with people and culture,' Calvin says.

'I hope to have a future in Australia.'

A Day in the Life of an International Student video competition

Victoria boasts one of the most comprehensive international student programs in Australia, with about 250 primary and secondary schools accredited to enrol international students.

As the Education State, we are working hard to give all our students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

Intercultural understanding and language learning are valuable skills for succeeding in life.

The video competition is one of many activities in our International Student Program in Victorian schools to promote student voice and leadership, support international student engagement with local students and their homestay families and to develop global citizenship in our classrooms.

All winners of the Day in the Life of an International Student competition:

  • Calvin (Jiaxing) Gu – Frankston High School
  • Junjing Wen – Brighton Secondary College
  • Frank Zhao, Yao Xiao, Jacky Zhang – Geelong Grammar School

Runners up:

  • Khiseng Oeng – Oakleigh Grammar School
  • Jacqui (Xinyi) Yang – Camberwell High School
  • Alice Mei – Aquinas College