Outgoing Student Exchange

Gemma Jongeling at Havergal

During Term 3, Year 9 students are invited to apply for the Year 10 Exchange Programme, to go on an exchange the following year. The exchange programme has enjoyed strong interest for over 15 years, growing to include fourteen schools in six countries: South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, England, Canada and the United States of America.

Exchanges vary in duration from 2 - 7 weeks and provide those girls selected with a unique opportunity to experience living and learning in another country and, in return, to host a visiting exchange student from their partner school.

St Mary's Exchange Partners

Badminton School, Bristol, England
Bridge House, Franschhoek, South Africa

Bruton School for Girls, Somerset, England

Collegiate Girls’ High, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Havergal College, Toronto, Canada
Laurel School, Ohio, USA
Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh, USA
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington, New Zealand

Scarsdale High School, New York, USA

St Margaret’s College, Christchurch, New Zealand
St Margaret’s Secondary School, Singapore
Stanford Lake College, Haenertsburg, South Africa
Uplands College, White River, South Africa
Westover School, Connecticut, USA


Bridget Rumball at Westover


Student Feedback

“Exchange was the greatest thing I have had the opportunity to do in my life - it is definitely something that you will regret not applying for. Every second of each and every day was unforgettable. Travelling to the other-side of the world and staying with an unknown family and being surrounded by people you have never met can be a daunting thought; however being given the opportunity to have a second family, to make lifelong friendships and the unforgettable experiences make exchange one of the most unbelievable opportunities that make you feel so privileged to experience. If you’re thinking about exchange don’t doubt yourself. Put yourself out there and wait to see what comes your way; you simplify never know if you don’t try! Exchange was the most amazing thing I have ever done. I’ve made friends that I will be able to keep in contact with forever, and the opportunity to visit England and to see some of the many famous places and make new friends were just some of the many highlights. Hosting is just as much fun and you will learn to appreciate things in a new way. I am so fortunate to have been given this experience and it’s definitely something you don't want to miss out on.” - Rebecca Saggers on her exchange to Bruton School for Girls, UK, Term 2, 2016

“Exchange is an amazing experience. I have met a lot of lifelong friends not only from South Africa but also from other countries. It has been an adventure that I will never forget.” - Evie Cousins on her exchange to Stanford Lake College, South Africa, Term 2, 2016

“Westover was the most incredible school. Every single person and teacher was so welcoming, making the transition so much easier. The friends I made I will keep forever. I had the most amazing time at Westover and loved every minute of it.” Emily Annand on her exchange to Westover School, USA, Term 4, 2016

“Exchange was an incredible experience. I went into it with an open mind and came home with many happy memories. It is an opportunity you should take advantage of and experience living in another country first hand. I thoroughly enjoyed my exchange, both hosting and living in New Zealand. If you have the chance to go on exchange, take it and make the most of everything.” - Maddy Orr on her exchange to Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, NZ, Term 4, 2016

“Exchange has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will remember forever. It has allowed me to grow as a person in a way that only a unique experience like this can.” Jessica Fraser on her exchange to St Margaret’s Secondary School, Singapore, Term 1, 2016

 “Take every opportunity you get and go out of your comfort zone. Try things you wouldn’t normally do, and make lots of friends!” - Anne Jovanoski on her exchange to Saint Mary’s School, USA, Term 3, 2016

“Exchange was one of the best experiences I have had in my life. Hosting and going to New Zealand were equally as great. I was so fortunate to do so many different things, including water rafting in a cave, see a kiwi bird, climb and fly through the tree tops and experience life in a different home and school. I highly recommend exchange to all those who are interested, you will not regret your decision and you will meet amazing people along the way.”  - Holly Reid on her exchange to Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, NZ, Term 4, 2016

“I have only ever been a St Mary's girl. I have lived and breathed the maroon bricks for over 12 years and have never had to start fresh or be the new girl at a new school. The thought of going on exchange and being the ‘new girl’ in a group of strangers was quite daunting but as soon as I stepped into the yellow walls of Westover I felt right at home. I was lucky enough to spend time in New York, Cape Cod and Boston as well as speed down rollercoasters and dance in the snow. I saw Trump become president and learnt how to speak Spanish. My time on exchange was quite literally life changing and I will remember the fun I had there for the rest of my life. I was able to live in a country so similar yet so different to Australia and it was incredible. I was able to make lifelong friends from all over the world, including Ecuador, Nicaragua, France, Spain, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, who I hope to remain in contact with. I recommend exchange to anyone. It was such a good experience and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.” - Lily Fitzgerald on her exchange to Westover School, USA, Term 4, 2016

“Attending Laurel School in Cleveland, Ohio, was an amazing experience. Going to another country on the other side of the world without any family was daunting but having a great exchange partner made the whole trip more exciting. School was completely different and it was a great opportunity to see how life is different over there. I gained so much from exchange, from life-long friends to amazing experiences that are often a one in a lifetime opportunity. I am so grateful to have gone on this trip and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain independence and travel to another country.” - Jorjia Lewis on her exchange to Laurel School, USA, Term 4, 2016

“Being able to go on exchange gave me many new opportunities and experiences that I will never forget, along with life-long friends.” - Campbell Ward on her exchange to, Havergal College, Canada, Term 1, 2016

“When all the other girls say exchange is just a must, they really mean it. I went to St Margaret’s College in Christchurch in Term 4. I left in the second week of the school holidays which was beneficial as in my first week of exchange we went to Queenstown via the West Coast of the South Island. Queenstown was absolutely beautiful; seeing the snow on the mountains as I woke up and going jet-boating in Glenorachy made my experience a whole lot better! My host family lived only an hour out of the city which made it easy on weekends. I was a boarder there and although it was different to our school, it was different in many good ways. My weekends consisted of rugby games, which in the end I actually understood, and doing various things like Akoroa and going up to see the snow on the mountains. I met so many new friends and can definitely say I will be going back to visit, not only my host family, but all the wonderful people I met there!” - Monique Hyde on her exchange to St Margaret’s College, NZ, Term 4, 2016

"I thoroughly enjoyed my exchange to Saint Mary's School. It was a life-changing experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone thinking about applying for the programme. I learnt so much about the culture there and made lifelong friends whom I will keep in touch with forever. It is something that I’m very glad I was involved in." - Chloe Hannington on her exchange to Saint Mary’s School, USA, Term 3, 2016