Visit to the Australian Club
Bronx High School of Science
Australian student, Serena, moved to New York three years ago, she
found that her classmates and teachers at the Bronx Science High
School were very interested in Australia. For them, it seemed an almost
mysterious location due to its geographical distance from the United States.
This year, Serena started the Australian Club at her high school with the aim of increasing knowledge and awareness of Australia and having fun whilst doing it! She also hoped the Club would act as a bridge between Australian and American students. So far, Club meetings have covered culture, sports, vernacular and food, including a Vegemite eating contest. They've even had a visit from the Australian Consul-General in New York, The Hon Nick Minchin.
Their most recent special guest was Matt Astill, the owner of The Australian Bar & Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. The young Australian-enthusiasts enjoyed Matt's speech about cricket and especially loved tasting the meat pies, sausage rolls, Tim Tams and lamingtons he brought along. "This is the best food I have ever eaten!" some of the students said.
"They were glad to be able to have a first hand experience with Aussie food and sports from a true blue Aussie," said Serena.
Almost 250 students signed up to the join the Australian Club in the first few days after it was created, and the group's enthusiasm about Australia continues to grow.
The Club is continually seeking new speakers and topics for their meetings.
Any questions on the Australian Club can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.