Far North Queensland Experience
Week 2 Report
The 2017 Far North Queensland Experience returns home to Sydney today. The two-week long immersion has been a wonderful experience for all students and staff and we return with exciting new memories to share with our families and friends.
The Far North Queensland Experience is grounded in two themes which guide all groups in their journeying around Queensland. These are “Walking Beside” and “Caring for Country”. All activities and experiences in FNQ are grounded in these themes. Students are encouraged to engage in learning that deepens their understanding of different cultures and ways of life while simultaneously growing in their own self-awareness and their lives as a student at Loreto Normanhurst. As an ecology-centered school, students are acutely aware of their impact on the planet. This is heightened in FNQ as all groups experience the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest, the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the landscape at Undara. Such an awareness is grounded in the understanding that all these places are sacred land for the various Aboriginal peoples in this area. Students and staff, as visitors welcomed onto this land, are called to care for this country.
Throughout the last 12 days Year 9 have immersed themselves in the rich history that Loreto Normanhurst has with the people of Far North Queensland. This year we have been privileged to be welcomed back by Aunty Syb who, along with Uncle Laurie, shared stories and forged strong friendships with our groups. The two days of Community Service allowed students to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a person for others as we are called to do in our Mary Ward and Ignatian traditions. New activities this year included a stop at a sugar cane farm which gave everyone a better understanding of one of Far North Queensland’s biggest industries. Outside of the many activities were moments of joy and fun – volleyball on the beach at Cape Tribulation, games of frisbee soccer on the grass at Genazzano or singing and dancing around a campfire.
Thank you once again to the staff who have journeyed and led the girls on this amazing experience. Thank you especially to the five group leaders – Ms Alexandra Kulmar, Mr Julian Moran, Miss Sarah Ashton, Mrs Alison De Sousa and Mr Samuel Napper.
To look back at some of the highlights of the 2017 FNQ Experience, head to the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FNQE2017.
Mr Phillip Merchant