Central Australia Service Learning Tour
During the Term 2 school holidays, 17 girls in Years 9 and 11 set off on an adventure to Central Australia. Whilst we were there we visited some amazing sites like Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the West MacDonnell Ranges, with our very knowledgeable tour guide Leah.
Although those places were incredible to see, the biggest highlight for most of us was spending five days at an Aboriginal community in Watarrka National Park called Lilla.
When we arrived we were taken on a walk to look at some significant sites for the people of Lilla. We were immersed in their fascinating culture and were able to see some magnificent rock paintings. When the sun went down we all huddled around the campfire and bonded over stories told by a member of the community, Uncle Bob. We slept under the stars every night in our swags and even got to eat kangaroo tail!
Over the next few days, we began the service part of our tour. Helping out with painting activities, digging buffel grass (a weed which is killing native plants) and collecting rubbish from Kings Canyon were just some of the activities in which we participated. We also got to play basketball with the local kids at a resort nearby and had the ultimate disco when we returned to Lilla.
This service learning tour was extraordinary and I would highly recommend it to all students. We learnt about Aboriginal culture and were able to see sites that you can’t see anywhere else in Australia.
A big thank you must go to Miss Smith and Mrs George for making it all possible.
Jacqueline Watson (Year 9)