A group of Year Ten students from St Leo’s Catholic College Wahroonga travelled to the Pacific Islands of Kiribati as part of the ongoing partnership program with Sacred Heart College and the Kiribati School for Students with Special Needs.

The students lived in very simple conditions and delivered resources to this impoverished nation threatened by rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

In July, Year 11 students from St Joseph’s Catholic College East Gosford visited Timor Leste as part of the Tetum Literacy Program, which is run by Mary Mackillop Today and the Josephite Justice Network. The students worked with small children to improve their literacy.

Amber, in Year 11 at St Joseph’s, said that the experience had been “unique, inspiring and hopeful. Due to the tragic history of Timor Leste, every person we met had an incredible story to tell.”

The annual St Paul’s Catholic College Manly immersion trip to Cambodia for Years 10-12 saw students working in New Hope for Cambodian Children, an orphanage for children who are HIV positive. Boys from St Paul’s worked as teachers’ aides in basic Mathematics and English and also participated in small construction and gardening projects.

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