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Program still going strong

Monday, 7th March, 2011

EXCHANGE: Broken Hill High School Year 9 students showed the Sydney MLC students around last week: (From left) Taylor Hill, Brianna Turley, Alana Clarke and Sarah Dowidar. EXCHANGE: Broken Hill High School Year 9 students showed the Sydney MLC students around last week: (From left) Taylor Hill, Brianna Turley, Alana Clarke and Sarah Dowidar.

It has been 10 years since an exchange program first started between a local high school and a Sydney private girls' school and it is still going strong.

The Methodist Ladies' College visits the city and Broken Hill High School every year and on this, the 10th anniversary, 37 MLC students are in town.

They arrived last Monday and will stay for 16 days. During that time they plan to visit Silverton, go camel riding, have a picnic on the Mundi Mundi plains, go to the Sculptures and travel to Menindee.

So far, the girls have been line dancing, visited Bushy White's gallery and the Miners' Memorial.

MLC teacher Jennifer Woods said three or four groups of girls in Year 9 visit Broken Hill each year and stay at Mulberry Vale.

"It is basically a learning project ... with the experiences and adventures they have doing tourism things in Broken Hill," Ms Woods said.

"It is part of the learning experience to learn something about Broken Hill that they couldn't learn at Burwood."

Ms Woods said the girls will also be participating in sport, community service and going to church.

"It is part of the curriculum ... part of the fabric of what we do at school," she said.

"A big part is to immerse them in a community that is different from what they are used to by experiencing challenges such as living away from home for that amount of time."

Ms Woods also said the girls always talk about their experiences in Broken Hill at school reunions.

Broken Hill High School students also travel to Sydney and live with MLC students.

It is not quite the same program but the local students get to experience city life.

"The (MLC) girls love it ... they like hosting (the BHHS girls)," Ms Woods said.

BH High School teacher, Kiara Dart, said the program provided a really good experience for all the students.

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