|Santa Teresa Immersion Reflections - 17 August 2015|
Nine students and two staff members travelled to the Northern Territory recently, visiting Uluru and spending a week with the Santa Teresa Community. On assembly, they shared their reactions to this immersion experience, each of them deeply grateful for the inspiration they experienced:
"I gained more respect for the Indigenous culture and appreciation for their beautiful art. I learnt that I need to show more gratitude for the luxuries that I have, by seeing how grateful the community was for little things they have. Each day I made so many memories to take back to Brisbane and will treasure them forever."
"I absolutely loved every moment of the trip. I loved seeing Uluru and the Kata Tjuta but staying in the Santa Teresa community was one of the best experiences of my life. The community was so quiet and small, very different to living in Brisbane. I had many highlights including when we experienced a smoking ritual and had our spirits cleansed and strengthened by Mia, the healer. I also thoroughly enjoyed watching the Aboriginal ladies paint beautiful silk scarves to sell at the spirituality centre."
"We left Santa Teresa with a heavy heart but we all take away new experiences that have brought a deeper understanding and respect for the culture of the Aboriginal people. Thank you to the incredible teachers who accompanied us on the trip, Miss Connolly and Mrs McMenamin. Without them we know that the experience would not have been as special and fulfilling."
"We also send our thanks to the outstanding Sister Liz, (Good Samaritan Sister) whose wise words and true dedication to the community inspired us all. Santa Teresa was a trip of a lifetime and we will all cherish these nine days for many years to come. We recommend the trip to each and every one of you thinking of going. Do it! You will not regret it!"