Last June, Somerset students and staff travelled north to Barambah, home of the Wakka Wakka people. For a week our students spent time working and playing alongside the students from Murgon State School, creating many memories and forming close friendships which we are sure, will last a lifetime.
Last week, the Somerset community opened its doors and service hearts to many schools across south east and western Queensland, including 15 Year 5 students from Murgon State School. The B1 attendees had been reunited with their friends.
For three days, the students from Murgon were influenced and inspired by six authors. They also visited SkyPoint (Q1), watched Julian Wilson win the Quicksilver Pro, played footy with the Gold Coast Titans, toured Bond University with current indigenous students and finished the week being put through their paces on the Spartan track. The Prologue Party proved popular as they danced the night away (at least until the fireworks).
None of the students had visited the Gold Coast before, so the trip provided these young people with an opportunity to see what’s ‘out there’ should they aspire to do further study in the future. With comments like, “this has been the best day of my life”, and “I think I want to do Year 5 again, so I can visit the Literature festival”, makes what we all do so worthwhile. The opportunity afforded to this school, and others like them, can only happen with the generous support from the Somerset community, in particular The Sunland Group Foundation and the Abedian family and for this we are most appreciative.
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