Trip to the top end an eye-opener for students

Joseph Ryan, Alex Winwood and Jayden Grazia on the fishing charter.
Joseph Ryan, Alex Winwood and Jayden Grazia on the fishing charter.

For some of the 14 years 11 and 12 students their five-night trip was their first experience of flying and interstate travel.

Positive behaviour, academic achievement and good attendance decided who would travel to Darwin.

Students contributed to the cost of the trip by selling fundraiser chocolates and holding an art stall at the school’s Naidoc celebration day.

Students had the chance to experience crocodiles up close at Crocosaurus Cove.

Some students enjoyed a half-day fishing charter, with most lucky enough to catch something to bring back for a barbecue.

A visit to the Darwin Art Gallery and museum gave students the opportunity to learn more about how World War II and Cyclone Tracy affected Darwin.

The spectacular indigenous art was also a highlight.

Clontarf boys followed this up with a friendly game of rugby with a local team, program teacher Carly Jetta said.

‘The heat and change of game was a challenge for our boys, but they played hard and everyone had fun,’ she said.

‘Mindel Beach Night Markets were a highlight, with everyone enjoying the huge variety of food and stalls.’

The most memorable place the group visited was Litchfield National Park, Ms Jetta said.

‘The natural waterfalls, gorges and lagoons were an amazing sight and a lovely croc-free place to cool off,’ she said.

‘Our time in Darwin went incredibly fast and all of us are lucky enough to have experienced it and are keen to return and see more of the Northern Territory.’