Dear International House Alumni and Community,

It has been a few months since I communicated with you directly and as we approach the end of the academic year I am touching base again.

The second half of the year was and is significantly different from the first, but in many ways given the COVID-19 situation has been really encouraging. It was wonderful to have residents return to us in Semester 2, be it a smaller cohort. Our aim was to make it as normal and as fun as possible and I feel we achieved that objective, as well as ensuring everyone’s safety and well-being.

I would very much like to thank all of those residents who returned to IH, as well as the support of their parents and guardians.

I must say overall, despite a petite cohort we punched above our weight in terms of Housie participation in ICC events. IH placed third in the One Act Play, first in Artfest, and for the first time in our college history, we won the Weighted Sporting Shields for men and women. Our aim, as always, is participation and enjoyment and by linking with Grace College we were assisted in the sporting space. We also managed to run a very successful Bandfest – UQ Colleges Battle of the Bands – at IH with an added virtual component.  We had a delightful IH Ball Gatsby themed experience, and celebrated our Valedictory/Soirée themed dinner to round out the semester.

This semester was made possible by the outstanding contributions of the IH Student Club Executive, our residents as well as the IH staff and Board.

2021 – COVID-19 still poses some challenges moving forward but we are encouraging current residents to return next year as well as welcoming a new cohort for O Week in February. A new IH Student Club Executive has been elected and we are ready to go….

IH will remain open for the Christmas period for students doing summer courses as well as those who may need accommodation since they are not able to return home. Your continued support is very much appreciated and I look forward to 2021.

Fondest regards