International experiences have allowed students to both visit, as well as host students from Japan and America.
The World Challenge team started their journey on the 26th of November from Melbourne Airport, to Laos. We had a long wait at Bangkok airport and finally made it to Laos arriving at Luang Prabang in time for an early dinner.
We started the 2nd day with an early breakfast before meeting our in-country agent Son, following this we made our way to the Tat Kuaang Si waterfalls. We climbed our way to the top of the mountain and went swimming in the water. We then made our way back to Luang Prabang and sourced new accommodation. After settling in our new hotel we made our way up one of the mountains to the Monks temple. Here we saw views of Luang Prabang, and enjoyed the sun set. As we walked back down the mountain we could hear the monks chants. We returned back to our favorite restaurant for dinner, the blue corner shop. The son of the owners gets sent to school so he can learn English so he can help them in the business. When they need him, he comes in to work to help translate for the family. That night we all did some shopping at the night market before returning to Sabaidee guest house.
The next morning we had a meeting with Siong and Dong our community project liaisons. We then shopped for supplies for our project, which included purchasing supplies for the local school. Returning to the hotel after lunch we made our way to the village via van and crossed the Mekong river where we were welcomed with flags and individual bunches of flowers by the children in the community. Son showed us a bit around the village before tea. After tea we had a group meeting to talk over our roles/responsibilities before preparing for an early night.
On Thursday we worked on the group project which involved us helping the community to build their water and sanitation systems. We spent time digging trenches in the heat with the locals and explored the village. Tomorrow we will spend the day at the school, engaging with the community and the school children. During our second week of the journey we will be making our way down to Thailand....
After another meal of sticky rice we made our way to the Huoi Sang school. Here we split into groups, teaching different classes ranging from kinder to Grade 6. There was also a group playing soccer with some of the older boys. We taught the kids a range of English words from body parts to getting them to sing Happy Birthday to a boy from the other school that came with us. After a 45 minute class we swapped classes. After the two classes the kids then got their break time where we played and taught them how to play duck, duck, goose; which they loved! We then got a photo and got the whole school to sing Happy Birthday to Tyler again. As part of their tradition, the village had a ceremony wishing us safe travels and good wishes and thanks for helping them with digging the trenches to lay the water pipes and for their new school supplies. They tied cotton threads around our wrists and said a prayer, these were to stay on for three days and either have to fall off or be pulled off, never cut.
At about 6:30pm the entire village came back and we all danced with each other until 9pm. Sunday morning we packed up all our belongings before heading back to the boat and to Luang Prabang. That night we went to the night market once again. On Monday we spilt into two groups, one group went to the swimming pool while the other group went around to look at all the temples and the old palace.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we took the slow boat down the Mekong river so we could then cross the boarder to Thailand on Thursday (we even passed elephants having a swim in the river!). That day we took private transport to Chiang Mai where we got fast food for the first time in two weeks. Friday we prepped for our trekking which took place on the Saturday. On Saturday, after breakfast we headed on the start of our four day trek in Thailand heading up towards the top of the mountain. We had overnight stays in villages, the last night, Monday, we spent in hammocks. After the trek we headed back to Chiang Mai where on Wednesday we went on a sleeper train to Bangkok. From the train station we travelled for a few more hours before getting on the ferry. The ferry took us to Koh Chang and we headed up to the Cliff Cottage Resort we got our rooms, which were yurts. We had to make sure we packed away our scented belongings, so that monkeys wouldn't get into our belongings in the yurts. Today we will spend the day snorkelling. On Sunday we will make our way back to Bangkok, before we fly back home on Monday.
The experiences we've had have been wonderfully life changing. We have also learnt lots of 'fun facts' by Hayley. We will leave with lots of memories, new friendships and inside jokes.
Sale College received a visitor from Bali in Indonesia early in Term One during, as part of the Australia Awards Indonesia program funded by DFAT.
Gede Suweca has stayed in a home stay in Sale and attended many classes in the college, sharing his culture and meeting with the students. Students have thoroughly enjoyed seeing Gede around the school in his traditional Balinese dress. He has taught students within the college how to play the Angklung which is an instrument originating from the Indonesian island of Java.
Whilst here Gede has also visited Sale Specialist School and Guthridge Primary School. The visit has been very rewarding for all involved and Gede thanks the wider Sale Community for making him feel welcomed not just within school but around the town also. Sale College students will be embarking on a Study Tour to Indonesia in December where they will visit Gede’s school in Bali.
We had our second visitor from Indonesia recently. Mr Ghelvinny from Jakarta joined us at school from Monday to Thursday. He visited LOTE and Math classes as he is a mathematics teacher. The partnerships that Sale College makes with schools in Asia are very important in developing our students as global citizens.
Sale College has established an international partnership with Phan Chu Trinh Secondary School, in Hanoi, Vietnam to support student-learning outcomes. They will be one of 15 schools around Australia in 2016 embarking on an internationally acclaimed project aimed at fostering greater ties between Australia and the countries of ASEAN through education.
Australia–ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships Project connects Australian
teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts in ASEAN
countries. BRIDGE is a teacher professional learning program that builds
teachers' Asia capability through school partnerships to develop intercultural
understanding, improve Asian language skills, enhance technology skills, and
establish sustainable school partnerships and a community of learners.
In June 2016, Sale College hosted a teacher from its partner school, Phan Chu Trinh Secondary School, Hanoi in Vietnam to collaborate on professional teacher practice and develop strategies to make the most of and maintain their international school partnership.
BRIDGE aims to go beyond the classroom and develop meaningful and long-lasting people to people connections. BRIDGE teachers involved in this year’s project represent a broad range of communities including remote and disadvantaged schools in ASEAN countries, rural and city schools across Australia, and religious and government schools in both countries and vocational schools.
The Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE Schools Partnership Project was launched this year with support from the Australia-ASEAN Council at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In 2016 we received a visit from our Sister School in Okinawa, Japan. We hosted 7 students and their teacher for a period of ten days. Students enjoyed going to class with students at both Guthridge and Macalister campuses. Sale College students hosted the Japanese students in their homes and had an opportunity to learn about Okinawa and build friendships with these students. Whilst here the students had an excursion to Walhalla as well as a local excursion to the Art Gallery where they took part in a workshop on woodblock printing. There is an opportunity for Sale College students to visit Okinawa in 2018 and enjoy a similar homestay experience.
During the Term 3 break Ms Quick travelled to Vietnam to participate in a BRIDGE School Partnership between Sale College and Phan Chu Trinh Secondary School, Ha Noi.
In May the Vice Principal of the school visited Sale College and attended classes. Ms Quick, taught English classes at the school for a week, met with the Principal and other key staff and worked on a plan to bridge the schools and benefit the students of both our schools. Some Year 7 students will have been given avatars of a student from Phan Chu Trinh Secondary College and will be taking the avatar with them and recording their daily activities through photos and videos to share with the students in Vietnam. A digital story will be created by Ms Quick and will be shared on the school Facebook page, and with our partner school. The same will be done in Vietnam so that students can understand what life is like for someone their age in Vietnam. We will also be attempting video links with the school and may even have cross country debates on topics pertaining to sustainability. This is a very exciting program and Sale College is the only school in our district that is involved.
On Thursday the 24th of March, ten excited and slightly nervous Sale College Students met at Melbourne International Airport to embark on a ten day study tour of Vietnam. To read about their experiences in Vietnam please click here. To see over 80 photos from the study tour please click here.
On 2nd January 2016, 18 very excited Sale College students and 3 Catholic College students left Sale College, Macalister Campus at 3am with Miss Kara Martin and Loretta Bates to begin a 20 day tour in the United States. At Tullamarine we met up with 3 staff and 17 students from East Gippsland and Numurkah. The 43 of us became the Ivory Group and began our tour. G'Day USA, run by Educational World Travel, is a cultural exchange program aimed at providing students with a greater understanding of school and family life in the United States.
You can download more information about the students' experiences in the USA by clicking here.