Warm welcome to Rocky for Siberian
AFTER a lifetime of schooling in sub-zero temperatures, one secondary student can honestly say he enjoys school in Rockhampton.
New Rockhampton State High School student Igor Naumov migrated from Siberia with his mother and step-father last year.
When the 16-year-old left for sunny Australia the temperature in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk was minus 50 degrees Celsius.
He told Rocky High principal John Allison that this meant if you were outside for more than 10 minutes your eyeballs began to crystallize.
So, not surprisingly, back home he and his classmates did not leave their classrooms often.
In fact, although his school was the same size as Rocky High, they were schooled in one massive multi-storey building.
“I miss the snow, but I like it here,” Igor said.
The popular student said his English was getting better, but it was not up to par with his Russian or Ukrainian.
Igor explained that in Siberia students must begin learning a foreign language from Grade 2.
But his favourite subject in Australia is hospitality.
“I want to be a chef,” Igor said.
“I like Russian food, it is easier to cook.”
And as moving down under has meant a “new school, new country, new language” for Igor, he can empathise with Rocky High's three foreign exchange students.
Mr Allison said he was excited to welcome two French exchange students and a German exchange student to the school.