The Gold Coast may be famous for fun, but the Southern Gold Coast is also becoming famous for its educational tourism opportunities. On 27 Nov 2016, the Southern Gold Coast region welcomed a group of 24 Singapore students and 3 teachers to Currumbin. St Andrew’s Junior College, Singapore, is the fourth largest group of students since 2012 to hit the Southern Gold Coast region through the nanoKnowledge Pathways to Excellence project.
nanoKnowledge Pathways to Excellence is a division of nanoKnowledge Australia that specialises in developing innovative curriculum for learning journeys internationally. nanoKnowledge Australia is an international enterprise knowledge brokerage based in Perth.
Led by nanoKnowledge founder David Tham, the St Andrew’s Junior College students this year took part in nanoKnowledge’s XL@Paddlesports 2016. XL@Paddlesports is a high performance team building program facilitated by nanoKnoweldge’s elite coaches, trainers and athletes, based in the Southern Gold Coast region.
Posting their photos and reflections on Instagram, student Marcus Lee, 17, wrote: “This trip is definitely the best trip I've had so far."
Another student, Eileen Ang, 17, said, “You're so beautiful Currumbin! … Woke up at 4.15am for the sunrise with the team and it was worth it."
"They love it here,” said David Tham, 44, who is originally from Singapore, but now based in Australia.
"Being able to walk down to Currumbin Beach and Elephant Rock everyday, was priceless. And at night, students got to stargaze – it is not something that many people in Asia get to experience everyday,” he said.
XL@Paddlesports 2016 is the second nanoKnowledge Pathway to Excellence supported by Connecting Southern Gold Coast. In 2015, nanoKnowledge led a group of 67 people from Singapore to the Southern Gold Coast through XL@Hospitality, which was a world class hospitality management themed learning journey also created by nanoKnowledge Australia and supported by Connecting Southern Gold Coast.