While most of their classmates were celebrating Easter this year with their families, 14 girls from St Catherine’s School in Toorak gave all that up for a very different Easter experience. Destination Dreaming was proud to support the girls as they ventured deep into the remote Fijian Highlands on a 10-day immersion experience. The purpose of the inaugural program was to engage with a rural Fijian community and young people their own age, support the development of netball skills and participate in intercultural netball fixtures.
The students played three netball fixtures against three different communities throughout the program. The school capitalised on netball as a strong common bond between the Australian and Fijian girls to engage across cultures, build friendships, and extend the netball skills of their Fijian peers.
When most people think of Fiji, they picture exotic islands and 5-star resort holidays, but these young adventurers experienced something very different. 17-year-old student Sarah said “[t]his experience taught us that the most important things in life are family and friends and that the people who have the least give the most.”
Teacher in charge, Ms Andrews, said:
[t]his experience is critical for the development of these young women. They learnt that people can connect with each other regardless of the age, race, religion, socio-economical situation and given the right opportunities they will develop strong friendships and learn from each other.
It was wonderful to work with St Catherine’s School in providing this opportunity for a fantastic community of young women. A huge thank-you to the organising teachers, Ms Andrews and Ms Leonard, the parents of the students involved and Program Leader Tom Richardson.
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