Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island  Experiences

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Experiences

Lake Mungo

Red Earth offers Mt Sion students an immersion to Lake Mungo. Students in Years 10 & 11 will be sent information regarding applying for this immersion experience. Date TBC.

During the 5 nights away students will:

- Stay on Country with Traditional Owners and their families
- Hear dreamtime stories around the campfire under a blanket of stars
- Hike through the National Park with the Mungo Rangers and see the fossil record come to life in the lake
- Discover the historical, cultural and spiritual significance of Lake Mungo through ancient and modern Indigenous perspectives
- Explore the stories and traditions of our First Nations Peoples - past, present and emerging

Cost: Approx $1950 per student

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Experiences

Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) Immersion - Year 10

This nine-day immersion will spend two nights in Darwin visiting culturally and historically significant sites beginning with a Welcome to Country ceremony and cultural awareness session at Nungalinya College with Traditional Owners. The next day the team ventures 220km South West to the First Nations Community of Nauiyu Nambiyu located on the banks of the mighty Daly River. Students will spend their time immersed in the day-to-day life of the locals, contribute to a service learning initiative, developing relationships and learning how to find time for ‘Dadirri’ and to respect country. Time out camping, visiting sacred sights, listening to Dreamtime stories whilst laying under the stars, sampling the vast array of bush tucker, and attempting to catch the elusive barramundi. The return trip to Darwin is via the beautiful Litchfield National Park, before concluding with the final night experiencing the culturally diverse markets. Date 27 July – 4 August 2024

The approximate cost is $3000

International Experiences

International Experiences - Australia & Papua New Guinea History

Kokoda Expedition - Mt Sion Students

In 2024 we are offering an amazing opportunity to complete the Kokoda Track following the 39th Battalion from Kokoda to Owen’s corner in the Owen Stanley Ranges Papua New Guinea.

This experience is unique as it allows Mt Sion students to trek solo, or with a family member. In the past students have trekked with fathers, mothers, uncles, older siblings and mentors. The villages, history, people and scenery of the Paupua New Guinea jungle will not soon be forgotten.

Coordinated together by staff from SJC along with the professional skills of Australian Kokoda Tours, this is an 11 day experience with eight days on the track. It is a great opportunity to undertake a historical, physical and emotional journey. Participants will be well prepared, as AKT provides a comprehensive pre-trek training program that includes practice hikes, fitness and information sessions. Trekkers must also complete a medical prior to setting out on their adventure.

Student Testimonial:

Kokoda was an unforgettable experience. It was so tough, but looking back I will never forget the relationships I built with parents and other students that are now close friends. I could not recommend enough.”

Michael Ahearn, 2023 Kokoda PNG Immersion Student Participant & 2024 SJC College Captain.

Staff Testimonial:

“Trekking Kokoda with the students and parents in 2023 was the best professional experience of my career to date! It is also a personal highlight and an experience I will forever be grateful for.”

Mr Nick Jones, 2023 Kokoda PNG Immersion Teacher in Charge and Health & PE Teacher.

Approximate cost: $4950 per trekker

International Experiences - Timor Leste Connections

Timor Leste Immersion - Mt Sion Students Returning in 2025

We are collaborating with the Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools to reintroduce a 12 day immersion trip in 2025 which will involve the students travelling to Viqueque to spend a week sharing language and culture and building relationships with students in our partner school Viqueque 01. We have supported the school by sending over science equipment for the newly appointed Lab Technician for use in the school. Students will engage in activities focussed on sustainable and socially responsible development. In Dili students will visit local sites of significance to better understand the history and people of Timor Leste.

Cost TBA

International Experiences - Our connection to Mannya

East Africa Immersion - Year 12 2024

We are preparing to reintroduce this three-week immersion to East Africa is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Staying in the remote village of Mannya, students will build relationships with students of St Joseph’s Kensekka we support with our Edmund Rice Day funds. Students will learn how the villages live at their homes; access the work of those in the Health Centre; teach and learn in the classroom; play games and activities at the high school, primary school and kindergarten; and join in public singing and dancing performances. The immersion then continues to Nairobi, Kenya where students will visit the Mary Rice Centre and Ruben Centre, both projects overseen by the Edmund Rice Foundation. The experience includes a safari – the perfect way to conclude 13-years of schooling celebrating our theme, to ‘Shine a light through service to others’.