Braemar College – 2014 Lilla Experience

This year, twenty-nine students, three staff and two parents participated in the annual Year 9 Central Australia trip.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 11.54.43 amThey travelled to Alice Springs, Western MacDonnell Ranges (Ellery Creek Big Hole, Glen Helen, Finke River, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge), Kings Canyon, the Lilla indigenous community (10kms for Kings Canyon), Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 11.55.53 amIMG_7024IMG_6928The travellers spent five days at the Lilla community, absorbing the culture and carrying out community service works.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 11.56.50 amCultural events included the Lilla waterhole cultural walk, welcome to the country smoking in ceremony, learning about the significance of the land to the people, dot painting and telling stories through paintings.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 11.58.48 amCommunity service works involved clearing buffle grass and creating gardens to allow the native plants to flourish, internal painting of a house, levelling the ground, and digging holes in preparation for the playground to be erected.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 12.00.20 pmEvery morning, students visited the school in small groups, and worked one on one with the students in numeracy and literacy.

playground 2Highlights of the trip were working in the school, and the teamwork, cooperation and hard work of our Year 9 students.IMG_7090

Reg Ramsden owner of tour companyFOLLOW UP VISIT

Recently, Reg Ramsden, the owner of the remote tour company who organises the Lilla experience, visited Braemar College. He met with students who have completed the trip over the last four years, and spoke about what a difference our school is making to the  Lilla community.

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