Yesterday, we spent our third day in classes with the students from St Joseph’s. We did so in pyjamas to support the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. It was also Mr Bambry’s birthday so we celebrated with a cake at morning tea.
Today, we gathered for an assembly to extend our thanks to the St Joseph’s community for the hospitality that they have shown to us during our stay. We presented to the students the books that were donated through the Kildare House Book Drive. The books will be covered in time for next term and placed in the St Joseph’s Library for students to borrow. This year, St Joseph’s is participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, an annual statewide initiative for students from Prep to Year 9, that aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning. We also donated some handballs to thank the students for including us in their games and teaching us their rules.
We expect to depart Murgon by 11:00am and will arrive at the College by 3:00pm, ready to start holidays. 🙂
Today was our second day in classes with the students at St Joseph’s. Given the wet weather, assembly and activities took place indoors. In the morning, local artist Nikki Law facilitated a workshop that required us to paint our hand prints. The designs we chose represented different aspects of our life journey so far and our hopes for the future. In the afternoon, we visited the Ration Shed in Cherbourg. James, our guide, explored with us the history of the Cherbourg community and the Ration Shed. We learnt about life under the Act that regulated all aspects of life for the people at Cherbourg and the stories of the Boys from Barambah, the Black Diggers who served during World War 1. We concluded the evening by reflecting on our day and all that we had learnt at the Ration Shed.
Today was our first day at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. It gave us the opportunity to work with a teacher and a class of students for a full day. The students were involved in many varied activities including Maths quizzes, reading and craft activities. During break times, we joined in the fun of yard activities including handball, table tennis and ball games. After our day of work, we travelled to Kingaroy for an afternoon of tenpin bowling. We ended the day by reflecting on the history of St Joseph’s and the Presentation charism that continues to be valued by the staff and students at the school.
We departed Brisbane on Sunday ready for our week in Murgon. After a lunch stop in Gympie, we arrived at our first destination: the Barambah Environmental Education Centre. After settling into our accommodation for the night, we took a walk up One Tree Hill and learnt about the significance of the area for the Traditional Owners of the land, particularly the Bunya Pine and the Bunya Nut Festivals that were held in years of harvest. In the evening, we did some stargazing and identified Saturn, Jupiter and the constellation Scorpius. We did get a chance to watch the State of Origin. Not the result most of us had hoped for. 😦
On Monday morning, we continued to learn about Aboriginal customs and traditions by identifying language groups and artefacts and trying our hand at fire making, spear and boomerang throwing, weaving and hut building.
After lunch, we made our way to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Murgon where we will be for the rest of the week. We arrived in time for the Awards Assembly, recognising student achievement during the past term. We concluded the evening with a reflection on our experiences so far.