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Girls get taste of outback life

Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

(From left) MLC students Caitlyn Kakakious, Georgia Pollitt, Anja Seeto with BH High students Symone Zammitt and Mahana Harvey as they prepare Johnny cakes for the other students. (From left) MLC students Caitlyn Kakakious, Georgia Pollitt, Anja Seeto with BH High students Symone Zammitt and Mahana Harvey as they prepare Johnny cakes for the other students.

By Emily Roberts

A group of Sydney school students are in the city as part of an exchange visit designed to develop experiences.

Methodist Ladies College (MLC), an independent girls’ school sends three groups of students to the city every year.

The current group has arrived and will spend two weeks here.

MLC teacher Jake Plaskett said the exchange has been running for more than 12 years.

“We have 34 students on this exchange. We have two more groups coming throughout the year,” he said. “For the girls, it is their first trip on their own.

“They stay in cabins and do their own shopping with a budget. They also cook and clean for themselves.

“During the two weeks, they have a ‘Big Day Out’ which is outings to places like White Cliffs, Silverton and Kinchega.

“They also do service work including working at the RSPCA, Aruma Lodge and various organisations around the city.”

Mr Plaskett said the students have a project to work on during their time here.

“They are crazy, pumped up to be on this exchange - some don’t want to go home,” he said.

Broken Hill High School teacher Bianca Horne said yesterday local students treated the MLC students to some cultural experiences.

“They have had a bush tucker talk, made Johnny cakes and visited the Ag plot. They will also play a game of soccer,” Ms Horne said.

Throughout the year, 30 local students will visit Sydney as part of the exchange.

“It is a massive cultural experience for our kids,” Ms Horne said.

“They get to see how the MLC students commute to school and what life is like.

“Students always look forward to it when they start Year 9.

“We also encourage the positive merit system for the students to be eligible to attend the excursion.

“It is a positive push for the kids.”

Ms Horne said the students enjoyed all the experience had to offer.

“They love it. (For the MLC students) it is a different experience and they always say how kind and receptive the community is.

“The school spends six weeks here all up and they put a lot into the community during that time.”

Ms Horne said the local students will be fundraising to help get them to Sydney.

“We will have a cake stall in Town Square on May 30, as well as various other fundraisers.”

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