Lessons from Ti­mor trip

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

Six­teen Na­gle Catholic Col­lege up­per school stu­dents re­cently landed in East Ti­mor, where they took on the role of teacher at one the na­tion’s board­ing schools.

A 3am start and a 2964m hike up East Ti­mor’s high­est peak capped off a day of travel, be­fore the stu­dents headed to ISMAIK Board­ing School to teach, and learn, from the East Ti­morese chil­dren.

Stu­dents said the ex­cur­sion to the south-east Asian na­tion was a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence and made them more ap­pre­cia­tive of life in Ger­ald­ton.

“The smiles and ap­pre­ci­a­tion the peo­ple of East Ti­mor have for the very lit­tle they own was an in­spi­ra­tion and has def­i­nitely changed my val­ues, teach­ing me to ap­pre­ci­ate the things we have in Aus­tralia,” stu­dent Kiara Boys said.

“The coun­try was full of life and their lov­able cul­ture made it an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that I want to re­turn to in the near fu­ture.”

Fel­low stu­dent Claire Sher­wood agreed.

“This im­mer­sion has made me re­alise how grate­ful I am for the fa­cil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties that we take for granted here in Aus­tralia,” she said.

Jaida Sil­vester said her ex­pe­ri­ence was hard to sum up. “Ti­mor Leste is a place I would strug­gle to de­fine in a sen­tence, or even within a para­graph,” she said.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence over there was ab­so­lutely life chang­ing to say the least. Never have I been to a place so rich in love for oth­ers and in faith. For peo­ple that have so lit­tle, it is be­wil­der­ing to see them so happy with what they have, their grate­ful­ness is in­spir­ing.”

Na­gle Catholic Col­lege spon­sors projects in East Ti­mor, and in 2016 the school’s fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance re­sulted in the con­struc­tion of a multi-func­tion room at the board­ing school and a fence built around a nearby pri­mary school.

In a sea of blue and yel­low, Na­gle Catholic Col­lege stu­dents stand with the chil­dren of ISMAIK Board­ing School in East Ti­mor.

Stu­dents from Na­gle Catholic Col­lege smile in East Ti­mor.

Pictures: Na­gle Catholic Col­lege

Na­gle Catholic Col­lege teacher Caro­line Pace, with Year 11 stu­dents Holly Kup­sch and Char­lotte Mar­quis.

Year 11 stu­dent Chloe Ryan helps with teach­ing.

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