Fiji Immersion Tour
Tuesday, 1st November 2016
During the school holidays, 36 students from Years 9-11 went on St Columba’s first Fiji Immersion Trip. Students travelled to the highlands of Fiji where they were involved in a number of service projects including building the teacher quarters at Nasivikoso Village Primary School, and teaching English to students in Kindergarten and Years 6-9. All this hard work made the long hike to a remote waterfall even more rewarding. Nasivikoso Village was the highlight of the trip for many as students were welcomed into the homes of Fijian families as part of a 4 night homestay. The friendships and languages learnt during this time was one to remember, with many tears shed when it was time to say good bye.
Vaturu Dam was home for two nights where students put their gardening skills to the test and planted over 1000 vegetable and fruit seeds for a working family farm. While staying in Momi Bay, students had the pleasure of cooking and serving traditional Fijian food for 50 women and children in a safe home. With service work done, there was time for some fun, the much anticipated and deserved Island hoping day to Musket Cove. This amazing trip provided many opportunities for students to engage with the community, culture, language, giving to others and reflective process which made us all appreciate what we have in life. The students were able to donate 100 new school shirts, a new OzTag kit, 60 children’s reading books for the local school, medical supplies and other personal items for the homestay families. We would like to thank the parents for allowing your child to be immersed in this project. It was most definitely a trip of a lifetime! A huge thank you to Miss Cooper, Miss Critchley, Miss Wallis, Mr Lancaster and Mr Zavone for giving up their holidays and making this trip possible.