Students from Perth College visited villages in the Solomon Islands

Katelyn Persich at the Christian Care Centre run by the Community of the Sisters of the Church.
Katelyn Persich at the Christian Care Centre run by the Community of the Sisters of the Church.

TWELVE students from Perth College had the chance to experience village life in the Solomon Islands as part of the school's immersion tour.

The group spent time helping at a care centre run for women and children who suffered domestic violence and attended St Nicholas School, an Anglican school on the island of Guadalcanal for children from kindergarten to Year 13.

Their journey in late September was the seventh time the school has visited as part of an immersion experience offering Year 10 girls an insight into a different culture.

During the two-week tour, the girls visited Savo Island and experienced village life, saw WWII memorials and spent time with the Melanesian Brothers learning about their role in the civil conflict of 2000.

Perth College chaplain Father Barry Moss said the St Nicholas students were happy to welcome the group.

‘As a school established by the Sisters, Perth College places a strong emphasis on students making a difference in the lives of others and the time spent observing the work they do and helping out was very precious,’ he said.

‘The Solomon Islands are a complex environment and the girls had many opportunities to immerse themselves fully in the culture.

‘We hope they have returned home realising how blessed they are and more deeply consider their values and faith as well as important issues such as equity and social justice.’

Students fundraised for the tour to provide educational materials and resources for St Nicholas and the Sisters of the Church.