Stephanie Midori Margaret Colthurst
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Stephanie just completed Year 10 at
Matthew Flinders Anglican College. She has won school awards for Academic
Excellence, Academic Endeavor, Science, Cross Country Running, Secondary String
Orchestra (cello) and Tennis. She had her 16th birthday on 21
December 2007. Two days before her birthday, she had her tonsils out and
suffered greatly, but is now on the mend. Since Christmas 2006 she worked
as a kitchen hand in an up-market European cafe in Buderim, but quit in
September and now works as a pharmacist's assistant in a local pharmacy.
Stephanie enters grade 11 next year.
Her goal is to finish high school here in two years and then go to France
and repeat year 12 as an exchange student. Let's see how she goes...
Stephanie updated her web page in
January 2006 by adding the following:
"I am now ready to face bigger challenges in my life. Since moving
back to Australia I have made many new friends, excellent grades in
school, and I have started playing new instruments. I try to improve
everything I do. I love to play tennis, read, play the piano, go to the
beach, go shopping with friends, go to the movies and play with the
neighborhood kids. I have finally settled into the laid-back lifestyle of
living of Australia. And even though I miss my friends and relatives in
Japan, I am glad I moved here. I think I am very lucky to be living here
and going to Matthew Flinders College--one of the best schools in the
country. I now have lots of friends and my family supporting me through my
teenage life which has just begun."
Stephanie is very polite and modest
and well-liked by all her friends at school. She modestly omitted that
she won scholastic honors for Academic Excellence and a Science Award at
school last year. When we moved here from Japan, Stephanie started in 6th grade but within two months, they
bumped her up to 7th grade and she still finished at the top of her class.
One reason was because of her excellent 7th grade teacher, Mr. Madden whom
we believe is one of the finest teachers we have ever known at any school
in any country. Stephanie plays cello in the high school orchestra and has won
awards for her piano.
To see photos of Stephanie in a
special Japanese kimono when we lived in Japan, click: