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Outback trip a great time all round

Monday, 14th March, 2011

INSIGHT: Sydney student Emma Turner (14) with Rainbow Preschool children (from front) Sonnie Zarko, Zali Dowling, Madison Stuchbery, Khaleb Lindsay, Gracie Cymbala (obscured) and Max Berg. INSIGHT: Sydney student Emma Turner (14) with Rainbow Preschool children (from front) Sonnie Zarko, Zali Dowling, Madison Stuchbery, Khaleb Lindsay, Gracie Cymbala (obscured) and Max Berg.

By John Casey

Their two-week Broken Hill adventure quickly coming to a close, a group of almost 40 students from Sydney will leave the city tomorrow better for the experience.

"I'm definitely glad I came," said 14-year-old Jasmine Karras of Sydney's Methodist Ladies' College (Burwood).

"The experience we have all had has been amazing and is something we will never forget.

"The people here have been so friendly ... they will say hello or give you a wave even if they don't know you," Jasmine continued.

The group of Year 9 students from MLC arrived in Broken Hill on February 28 to mark the 10th anniversary of the school exchange program.

Students from Broken Hill High School will make a return visit in August.

"Broken Hill is so different to Sydney and has been quite a surpise," Jasmine added.

"My sister Simone came here with the school about six years ago and she said it was so dry and dusty ... to come here now with everything so green and all the rain we have had, it certainly wasn't what I expected.

"It has been a real eye-opener and we'll take back with us a better understanding of what it is like growing up in Broken Hill."

During their time here the students have tackled many and varied learning activities from camel riding to a trip underground at the Daydream Mine and a sunset picnic at the Mundi Mundi Plains lookout.

Many of their experiences have been published on the school website (http://brokenhill.mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au) and make for interesting reading.

A group of MLC students also took time out to visit the Rainbow Pre-School to get a younger perspective on growing up in Broken Hill.

"I have an ambition to one day become a child psychologist so to chat with these children about what they love about growing up here has been great," Jasmine continued.

"I just love how Broken Hill people appreciate everything that they have."

However, not all their experiences have been positive.

"I wasn't that keen on the mouse plague," Jasmine laughed.

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