Our Murgon Experience

After 6 long days we were all eager to get home to a much warmer climate and our much loved families. Although it was tough to say farewell to the students of St Joseph’s primary school, we left knowing that we had positively impacted on many children’s lives. We will all look back on this Immersion as a beneficial experience. We came home with a higher level of gratitude for all that we are blessed with. Each and every one of our families and friends blessings are also taken into consideration.

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This experience was both confronting and overwhelming, but we will now live life knowing the struggles of the indigenous and their culture. The struggles have been long and tough for this culture and it’s saddening to hear all that they have dealt with. But it is inspiring to all that they have overcome it and that happiness still remains after it all. One thing that we all noticed on this Immersion was the way in which the children embrace the life they live.

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Most children face quite extraordinary paths in their lives but still smile and embrace their education. St Joseph’s is the right place for these children and we are all thankful for the time we spent with them. The principal, Mr Greg Cran made sure that our stay was one to cherish and remember.

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Overall, all seventeen girls who participated in this Immersion have benefited greatly from the experience which we will treasure for the rest of our lives. We would like to thank Ms Allen, Miss Binnie, Mrs Star, Miss Watts, Mr Bambry and most importantly Mr Rogusz. This experience wouldn’t have been possible without the help of each staff member and the time they gave up for us all. We look forward to embracing and continuing the pillars of Nano Nagle through our actions and words.

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Our last full day in Murgon

Today we started the day with an assembly which was held specially for the prep teacher who is getting married in the holidays. This was very cute as the prep class ran the whole assembly, walking the teacher down the aisle, giving her flowers and gifts. This was a great start to the day.

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We then spent the morning with the kids and helped them with their activities. As the kids have their fete coming up next term, they got broken up into small groups to practice the dance which they later performed for us.

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We then had morning tea and as it was raining, we had to stay in the classroom to eat. After morning tea, the majority of the middle session was simply helping the kids with finishing up their end of term work.

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At lunchtime, the senior students (Years 4, 5 and 6) had a disco to celebrate the end of Term. We were all invited and most of us joined in. It was fun.

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After this, we went on an hour drive to Kingaroy to go bowling and have takeaway dinner. After an extremely long day, we ended the night with a movie, High School Musical

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Jess Pye and Lucy McLune

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Day 4 Murgon Immersion

During our reflection period tonight we shared our experiences  from working with the kids. A common element which featured throughout our stories from today, were the incredibly strong bonds formed between us and the students. In particular, the younger grades were very affectionately attached to us.

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With these bonds strengthening as each day passes, the kids began to open up about their personal lives, stories and culture. Some of these experiences suffered by the kids were confronting to hear about, but having the opportunity to be trusted with this information was truly heartwarming.

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Following the morning, we had the opportunity to meet with an indigenous artist, named Niketa (Nikki), who assisted in educating us about how each aboriginal artpiece carried a story. We dotpainted old cd’s and all of us agreed the experience was relaxing and let our focus waver from life’s thoughts, into a state of semiconciousness. This experience was further enriched by the presence of Niketa’s parents, respected comunity elders, Aunty Shirley and Uncle Eric.

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In essence, our last full day working with the kids was ‘fantabulous’ (Liz’s words of wisdom). Although we are looking forward to returning home we are truly going to miss the school and our special friends.

Love Ella and Brittany! (and all the other girls) 🙂

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Day 3 of the Murgon Immersion

We started the day at around 6:00am, ready to leave Barambah Environmental Education Centre. With heavy heads we all emerged out of our rooms, to pack our bags and get ready, whilst battling the unfamiliar temperature of 8 degrees. The bus ride was long, and spotted with a few stray cattle and wallabies. When we arrived at St Joseph’s the time was around 8:40am and everyone was relieved to be in mobile reception range 😊. With the excitement to meet the young students awaiting us and the warmer temperature, we were all eager to start the day. We started with prayer and reflection on the previous day and how privileged we were for our opportunities and experiences. One of the first things most students noticed was the connection between St Rita’s and St Jospeh’s and all the similarities of the traditions of the Presentation Order. The day consisted of visits to classrooms assisting children and the teachers, it was an amazing experience and the affection of the children was really heart warming. The whole community has been really welcoming and we are due to end the night, with a movie and warm beds.

Good night and lots of love from Liz, Jo and all the students.

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The students enjoying the BBQ.                Prayer and reflection.