BBC student receives accolades for living the Australian dream

A Year 10 student from Brisbane Boys’ College has been named Queensland’s International School Student of the Year at a recent IET Excellence Awards ceremony at Customs House. Taehwan Kim, who hails from Korea, was the youngest winner of the evening receiving official recognition from the Queensland Government for his outstanding dedication to life and studies in Australia.

The BBC International Student has attended Brisbane Boys’ College since Year 5 and is a high academic achiever, being awarded Dux of Year 10 at the school’s recent Speech Night. As a firm advocate for service and providing for the community, Taehwan is an active member of BBC’s Amnesty International Club and the Coffee for Cambodia fundraising program, regularly supports the annual Red Shield Appeal, and enjoys mentoring younger students at the school.

“Academically, I am always eager to learn, devote myself to my studies and apply my knowledge in real-world activities – I have represented the school in robotics at Regional, State and National levels. I am also a long term member of BBC’s premier String Ensemble, College Strings.

“Personally, I believe it is my persistent work ethic and relentless hunger for success, developed by my family culture, that defines my character. I strive to maintain a growth mindset of developing a strong personal character whilst dedicating myself to provide mentorship, develop relationships and share experiences with others,” Taehwan remarked.

Though he embodies a strong sense of social justice, the all-rounder holds a special interest in sport. “My main area of interest is in sports, because I believe in developing physical and mental strength and establishing a competitive mindset. I am a keen footballer, swimmer, runner and played volleyball at State and Regional levels,” Taehwan said.

Brisbane Boys’ College Director of Admissions, Bronwyn Mackay-Payne said Taehwan’s nomination was a highly supported choice.

“The nomination of Taehwan was strongly endorsed by College staff, including his Housemaster, Laurence Coleman. Taehwan is a scholar, an athlete, a servant leader and reflects a level of compassion and dedication to humanitarianism that is quite extraordinary,” Bronwyn said.

This was also strongly supported by the Headmaster at the time, Mr Graeme McDonald who said "Taehwan is a fine young man and a wonderful role model for younger students and peers alike."

The accolades extended beyond those within the College, with Rebecca Hall, Executive Director, International Education and Training Unit of Trade Investment Queensland expressing her congratulations to Taehwan.

“Your approach to life and learning and how you apply this knowledge is outstanding. From dedicating your time in rural Australian areas to rebuild communities and assist farmers in the school holiday, to telling your story to international students and teachers in China, Korea and Germany, you exude leadership and the skills of a big thinker,” Rebecca said.

As well as receiving official recognition, Taehwan will become an ambassador for Study Queensland to help promote Queensland as a leading international student destination.

This recognition follows the recent success of BBC’s international education partner, Global Learner who was a finalist in the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2017, and the launch of the award winning I and I Project in which Brisbane Boys’ College and Global Learner will partner.