HIGH school students might dream about leaving class behind and jet-setting off on a holiday, but it was an eye-opening adventure of a different kind for a group of Emmanuel Catholic College Year 11 students recently.
The seven students travelled north to the Ngalangangpum School in Warmun, a remote Aboriginal community in the Kimberley, where they learned about the Kija culture and lifestyle firsthand from the locals.
The visiting students also gave back to the community, helping out in both the classroom and the cafe.
Student Olivia Faliti said they learned a lot from the week-long trip about the Kija connection to the land and even participated in a smoking ceremony and water blessing.
“Before immersion I didn’t realise how different the culture was up in Warmun,” she said.
“Everyone has been so loving and welcoming of us.
“Learning about Warmun and the Kija people has been a big eye-opener and an absolutely amazing experience.
“I am extremely grateful of the community of Warmun for welcoming us with open arms and all of us have made friendships and memories that we will cherish forever.”