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American students relish outback experience

Thursday, 4th December, 2014

Di Toynton (BHHS Agriculture teacher), Shelby Summarell (University of Tennessee), Warren Blackwell (BHHS Farm Assistant), Jashim Uddin (BHHS Agriculture teacher) and Derek Brawner (University of Tennessee). Di Toynton (BHHS Agriculture teacher), Shelby Summarell (University of Tennessee), Warren Blackwell (BHHS Farm Assistant), Jashim Uddin (BHHS Agriculture teacher) and Derek Brawner (University of Tennessee).

By Darrin Manuel

A nine-week outback adventure is coming to an end for two students from the University of Tennessee.

Agriculture Education students Derek Brawner and Shelby Summarell have been in the city as part of their university’s partnership with Broken Hill High School.

They have worked with local agriculture teachers and students to gain a different perspective on education.

“It’s been different, but it’s a good different,” said Shelby.

“It’s been a great experience interacting with all the kids and other teachers, and seeing how the systems are different,” added Derek.

“It’s an experience we never would have had if we’d stayed in the States.”

Along with teaching, the pair enjoyed a trip to Churinga Station to get a feel for life on the land in Australia, and had a good time at the Silver City Cup race meeting.

Although the journey has been an exciting one, both said they were now ready to return home to their loved ones.

“We’re going to miss everyone. We’ve made some great friends and formed some great partnerships, but we miss our families,” said Derek.

The fun won’t end when they do get home - the couple are set to be married in the New Year.

Agriculture teacher Di Toynton wished them all the best and thanked them for their contribution to the education of Broken Hill kids.

Their last day was celebrated with a farewell party and sausage sizzle with students and staff on Tuesday.

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