A trip to treasure forever

4 December 2018|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on A trip to treasure forever|

IT was almost two weeks of hot sun, learning and fun for year nine Dominic College students who have recently returned from a holiday camp to outback Australia.

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was taken up by 42 students who travelled during the most recent school term break.

The immersion experience to the Northern Territory provided the students with the opportunity to explore the environment of the far north of Australia and connect with Aboriginal culture.

Student Ursula Harris said trip highlights included swimming in outback waterholes, getting up close with snakes and baby crocodiles, viewing the spectacular sunset at Ubirr Rock, exploring the base of Uluru and riding camels.

“I enjoyed travelling to Cooinda where we cruised on the Yellow Waters Lagoon at sunrise,” she said.

“We saw hundreds of saltwater crocodiles, water buffalo, different species of birds and trees and learnt about deep Aboriginal connections to the land.

“Visiting the far north was a breathtaking and spiritual experience because we listened to chukapa (dreamtime stories).

“I found that I gained a much greater understanding about the significance of the land to our indigenous people.”

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the College offered a range of immersion experiences commencing in year six.

She said these experiences had culminated in overseas immersions to Japan and another to Cambodia for senior students.

“Being in a different environment challenges students’ assumptions about culture and society and they gain ways to think more critically about social, cultural and physical environments,” she said.

Ms Gilligan said the Northern Territory Immersion at Dominic College offered year nine students a means to travel as a mobile community, deepening their friendships and bonds through cultural exploration.

Ursula said that while over there, students immersed themselves in the stunning scenery, the Aboriginal culture and the wildlife.

“We grew together as one big ‘Northern Territory family’ as we saw many remarkable things together, said Salesian goodnights together and ate together,” she said.

“The entire trip was a spectacular experience, one that we will treasure forever.”

Caption: Year nine Dominic College students and staff on tour in central Australia.

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