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Welcome to Melbourne Farewell Party for International Students, Melbourne

The first Farewell Party for International Students was held on Wednesday 28 October 2009 - and all of the information about the event is below including photos and links to media coverage received. If you would like to be kept informed about future events, please contact us.

Wednesday 28 October 2009 ** REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT below so you can receive your very own 'FAREWELL FROM MELBOURNE' CERTIFICATE **

Bookings received up until 28/10/09 - but if received after 26/10/09, your name will be hand printed on your Farewell Certificate.


You do not need to be an international student to attend.

We already have registrations from over 120 students from the following universities, colleges and secondary schools:

Cambridge International College
Carrick Institute of Education
Central Queensland University
Deakin University
Hales Institute
La Trobe University
Melbourne Institute of Technology
Monash University
Parkdale Secondary College
RMIT University
Swinburne University
University of Melbourne
William Angliss Institute of TAFE

Students come from the following countries:

Bermuda, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, England, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Sicily, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Vietnam

1. Special Event to Farewell International Students from Melbourne

Harmony Day Welcome to International Academics, Educators and Students 21/3/05

On 21 March 2005, Newcomers Network hosted a Welcome to Melbourne Ceremony at the University of Melbourne for Academics, Educators and International Students.

Victorian International Student Summit 17/8/06

On 17 August 2006, Newcomers Network hosted the Victorian International Students Summit at Parliament House in Melbourne

Victorian International Student Summit 20/9/06

and a follow up event to the International Student Summit at the University of Melbourne on 20 September 2006.

Over the years, we have had hundreds of international students attend our regular monthly Welcome to Melbourne events, but we would like to bring even more students together from different educational facilities across Victoria for another official international students event.

Details of the special guests handing out certificates will be posted on this page soon. We are seeking official guests from all levels of government in Australia - local, state and federal.

We also host free Living, Working and Networking in Melbourne events, the Christmas Day Picnic Lunch on 25 December 2009 and the Welcome Home Party for Australian Expatriates and Repatriates on 30 December 2009.

You may also like to visit:

Information for International Students studying in Australia
for information on studying in Australia

The Couch, International Students Centre
hosted by the Salvation Army and open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm - 10pm

City of Melbourne International Students

see their events and programs (lots of good information)

2. Hosts and Supporters

Sue Ellson
Sue Ellson, the Founder of Newcomers Network
Mobile/Cell Phone 0402 243 271

Major Brendan Nottle, Commanding Officer Melbourne Project 614, The Salvation Army
Telephone 9653 3213

Gary Lee, International Student & Youth Project Officer, City of Melbourne, Community and Culture
Telephone 9658 9092

Bill Horman, Chair, Victorian Community Committee for Harmony, Diverse Australia Program

Sonja Bauer, General Manager - Community Affairs, Crown Melbourne Limited, Telephone 9292 7635

Manjula Kulatunga, Managing Director, Australian Migration Consultants, Telephone 9016 9316

Alex Porqueddu, Business Development Manager, LIVE IN Australia, Telephone 9691 7700

Subhash Kakumanu, Professional Photography and Video, DS Photomedia, Telephone 0430 114 282

3. Venue

Salvation Army City Temple and The Couch, International Student Centre
Upstairs and Downstairs
65-73 Bourke Street (between Spring and Exhibition Streets)
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Melways map 1B ref N8

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Closest train station is Parliament. Trams also run along Bourke Street.

Salvation Army Laneway Salvation Army Temple Entry Door
Laneway entry from Bourke Street                Doorway Entry in Laneway

You can arrive anytime after 6pm and make your way upstairs to the temple (you do not need to have any particular faith background to enter, everyone is welcome).

All ages and backgrounds welcome.

4. Transport

See the Metlink Melbourne website for public transport details.

Car parking in the city can be expensive, although several car parks offer a special rate after 6pm - usually around $12 for the evening.

On street car parking can sometimes be found but cannot be relied upon - and of course, please do not drink and drive.

5. Cost

There is no cost to attend this event

6. Refreshments

Some light refreshments (donated food and drink) will be available.

7. This event is designed for

International Students living in Melbourne and any organisations or individuals (friends, family etc) associated with the students.

You can come on your own or with other people. You can be any age, children can come with you. You can stay for five minutes or two hours!

Anyone who would like to attend is ALWAYS welcome at a Newcomers Network event. However, for catering purposes, please register below. This means that you do NOT have to be an international student to attend (or one who is leaving Melbourne). But the event is designed to say 'farewell' to those students who are leaving.

8. Event Description

This informal social event has been designed to help you meet other international students who have been studying in Melbourne and are about to return to their home country.

You may like to bring your own business or personal card to share with other people you meet or a small notepad and pen if you are given information from others that you would like to keep.

We encourage everyone to move around during the evening so it is easy to meet other people. Everyone is most welcome and you can continue to attend other Welcome to Melbourne events as frequently or as infrequently as you like (either before you leave Melbourne or when you return).

9. On arrival

You can receive a sticky label name tag and start chatting to other people.

10. Assistance received from

This event is being coordinated with assistance from:

Major Brendan Nottle, Salvation Army, The Couch, International Students Centre and the Hosts and Supporters listed in section 2. above.

You can contact Sue Ellson directly via or telephone 0402 243 271

11. Other events and information

At Newcomers Network Events and also at Newcomers Network Event Listings in Melbourne

You may like to connect virtually with people via the Newcomers Network Melbourne Australia Facebook Group

As mentioned above, we also host free Welcome to Melbourne events on the second Friday of every month, Living, Working and Networking in Melbourne events, the Christmas Day Picnic Lunch on 25 December 2009 and the Welcome Home Party for Australian Expatriates and Repatriates on 30 December 2009.

12. How to tell us you are coming

Email Newcomers Network:
Your First Name:
Your Last Name:
College or University where you have been studying (if applicable):
Organisation you represent (if applicable):
Mobile Cell Phone:
Countries you have lived in:
I found out about this event via:
Your Email:
. details of any extra guests
. ask a question
. where you are studying

I would like to join the Newcomers Network monthly email newsletter mailing list
I would like to join the Newcomers Network Melbourne Event Reminder mailing list
I would like a copy of this message sent to my email address

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can send an email directly to

We look forward to meeting you! Several people attend on their own - so don't be shy - you can talk to anyone wearing a name tag or ask your host to introduce you to people.

You are more than welcome to share this information with other people you know.

If you forget to tell us you are coming, just turn up!

13. Certificate Details

Please bring your student card with you to collect your Farewell Certificate.

This is to certify that


was officially

Farewelled from Melbourne

at the 

Inaugural Farewell Party


International Students


Wednesday 28th October 2009


______________________       ______________________


Sue Ellson, Founder and Director, Newcomers Network
Ritchie Fernandesz, Victorian Student Centre, Department of Immigration and Citizenship

An initiative of Newcomers Network, the Salvation Army and the City of Melbourne

14. Photos from the event

15. Media coverage/stories published

You can find more information about this event online at:

Advertisers on this Welcome to International Students in Melbourne page

Links on this Welcome to International Students in Melbourne Page
Australian Migration Consultants

City of Melbourne International Students

Crown Melbourne Limited

Diverse Australia Program

Event Listings in Melbourne

Information for International Students studying in Australia

LIVE IN Australia

Metlink Melbourne

Newcomers Network Events

Newcomers Network Melbourne Australia Facebook Group

The Couch, International Students Centre

The Salvation Army
Last update: 12th November 2009

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