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College girls enjoying outback experience

Tuesday, 14th June, 2011

By John Casey

Broken Hill is again playing host to a group of students from Sydney's Methodist Ladies College and the experience is proving sentimental for 14-year-old Anjali Sekaram.

"My mother Sashie went to school here and my grandfather, Dr Kethies Singham worked in Broken Hill many years ago," Anjali said.

The annual journey from the city to the bush is a compulsory activity for the Year Nine students and challenges the teenagers in many ways.

"We are learning a lot about being independent and responsible for our own actions," Sibel Yavuz said.

"We are expected to prepare our own breakfast and lunch and learn about conflict resolution," she added.

The 42-strong contingent from Sydney stay at Mulberry Vale Bush Cabins on the outskirts of the city and living at close quarters with other students they are not familiar with helps their understanding of respect, according to Karen Lee.

"Coming to Broken Hill has really changed my outlook on the city," she added.

"It is a very positive city and I think we all agree that we are better for the experience."

During their visit the students are expected to undertake various projects including research and participating in service work, as well as cultural activities.

The teenagers upload their experiences to the school website and their reports can be observed by visiting the website: http://brokenhill.mlcsydney.nsw.edu.au.

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