Gap Year Gives Students New Opportunities; Scots PGC College Graduates to Travel World in Pursuit of Exciting Career Options

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Byline: KRISTYN MAGUIRE

A YEAR off from school doesn't always mean a year off from learning, with six Scots PGC College students taking the opportunity to explore their options abroad before heading to university.

From Brazil to Germany, Year 12 students Sophie Williams, Alison Austin, James Kiss, Matthew Brown, Matthew Chalk and Tim Christie will soon head overseas for the 'opportunity of a lifetime'.

Sophie Williams and James Kiss are recipients of Rotary scholarships, with Sophie heading to Brazil while James will hone his musical abilities at an American music school.

Sophie said while she was looking forward to the experience, she did have some reservations about living abroad.

"I can't wait to immerse myself in a different culture and I chose Brazil because it will be so vastly different to Warwick," she said.

"While I'm scared about the language barrier and the different challenges I will face, I'm sure my time in Brazil will still be very exciting."

Award-winning musician Matthew Chalk is heading to Scotland, where he will share his pipe-band expertise with other students.

While competition for a place in a grade-one United Kingdom pipe band will be fierce, Matthew hopes his background will help him secure his goal.

"I've already won first place a few times in the tenor and bass sections in Queensland, so I'm looking to take my music to the next level and I look forward to travelling around the UK as well," he said. …