Far North Queensland Experience – Week One

Far North Queensland Experience – Week One

We are at the midway point of the 2019 FNQ Experience. This experience, a cornerstone event for every student at Loreto Normanhurst, brings together all elements of the FACE Curriculum and is instrumental in the growth and development of all who attend.

The Year 9 students departed enthusiastically last Sunday morning and made their journey up to Cairns where they are spending the fortnight travelling and exploring in five colour groups – Blue, Green, Orange, Red and Yellow. Each group is experiencing the best the region has to offer from the Savannah landscape of Undara, the rich green of the Atherton Tablelands, the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest and coastal living in Cairns and Yarrabah – truly a Paradise by the Sea.

Each year the FNQ Experience includes new and exciting activities for our students, as well as those which have been much loved over the 14-year history of the experience. This year we are lucky enough to have been engaging with the local Ranger program in Yarrabah. The entire headland of Yarrabah was returned to the traditional owners, the Gunggandji people, in 2016 after over 25 years of land rights struggles. This has created an array of exciting cultural and economic opportunities for the local people. The Gunggandji PBC Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC is one such organisation and our students were fortunate to hear from the local Rangers in regards to local history, culture and care of the land.

As we enter into the second week of the experience we continue to see growth in all students. The opportunity to perform community service at local aged care facilities, primary schools and day care centres is paramount in developing a sense of caring for others, walking beside and learning from those in different situations to their own.

Below is a brief summary of what each group has experience during the past week. Thank you to all staff for travelling and journeying with the students, especially to our Group Leaders – Mr McGee, Mr Napper, Miss Willis, Mrs De Sousa and Dr Franks.

Blue Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, Community Service in Cairns/Yarrabah, and Arts Centre and Ranger Program in Yarrabah
Green Community Service in Cairns/Yarrabah, Arts Centre and Ranger Program in Yarrabah, and Daintree Rainforest
Orange Yarrabah Arts Precinct, Cairns SkyRail, Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and time spent with Aunty Syb and Uncle Laurie
Red Community Service in the Atherton Tablelands, time spent with Aunty Syb and Uncle Laurie and experiencing the Savannah landscape in Undara.
Yellow Undara camping, time with Aunty Syb and Uncle Laurie, Community Service in the Atherton Tablelands and travel into the Daintree Rainforest


Enjoy the highlights video of the immersion experience so far.

Mr Phillip Merchant

Immersions Coordinator