On the 19th of October Idris, Jai, Cindy, Lizzy, Shannon, Kayla, Mrs Niblett and myself departed Geelong very early heading for Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory. After a bus ride, three flights and a bumpy ride in the back of a troop carrier we had arrived at Culture College. Over the 6 days, we all took part in embracing the local indigenous culture by learning about their traditions, language, history and way of living. This was a great experience for our students which gave them memories that they will never forget. The purpose of this camp was to give Lara Secondary College students the opportunity to see a side of Australia that many of us have yet to experience. We now hope to share and teach the school and community the importance of cultural awareness, diversity and reconciliation. This camp could not have happened with out the generous support from Bank Australia, Bisinella, Lara RSL, NT Tourism, Lara Parents and Friends, Lara Lions Club and the many hours of fundraising from staff and students.
The learning outcomes of this camp were to build resilience, acceptance, cultural diversity and understanding. The students embraced this experience with enthusiasm. They challenged themselves by experiencing activities that were new to them, volunteered to complete tasks that helped others, all while having fun. They were keen to learn about indigenous culture, kinship, environmental indicators and take lessons on language. They participated in activities including sport with the Homeland School students and local community. Our six students left here as individuals but soon became a team that respected and looked out for each other, and those they came in contact with. Three of our students made individual presentations at a final celebration ceremony to the staff of Culture College, held on the beach by an evening camp fire. The trip to Culture College in East Arnhem Land provided an amazing learning experience for all who attended. Congratulations to these students for proudly representing LSC.