Term 1, Issue 01 Feb 2020 - Immersion Opportunities… | Siena College

Immersion Opportunities at Siena

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

- Marcel Proust

Siena students are fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in two Immersion experiences in 2020. Nine Year 11 students are currently preparing to visit Tsakane, South Africa, at the end of Term 1. The students will be staying in households hosted by women from the Kopanang Project and as such, will experience what it is like to live in conditions very different to their own homes. During their time in Tsakane, the students contribute to the community through volunteering in the Community Creche, preparing meals for children who access the services of a Community based food program, tutoring local children and working alongside the women of Kopanang to teach basic skills in computer literacy. Our students visit historical sites in Johannesburg and learn about South Africa’s past and the stories of the people.

To prepare for the experience, our students undergo a series of workshops throughout Term 1. This year, our students are privileged to be working with Suzy Zail, author of the YA Fiction Novel I am Change. Suzy will be sharing with our students her experiences of time spent with young girls in Uganda. It is envisaged that this will assist our students in considering the challenges to education faced by girls in Africa. Sr Sheila Flynn will also be working closely with the students to educate them and prepare their hearts and minds for the journey.

This year we are very excited to offer an Immersion to Arnhem Land to students in Years 9, 10, and 11. We are working alongside the company Red Earth to develop a program that will meet the needs of our students and adequately prepare them for the rich experience this destination offers to learn from our original and traditional land owners. The immersion will take place from 12-20 September (Term 3) and is open to any student in Years 9, 10 or 11. This year we are able to open up this experience to twenty five students. Students will be accompanied by Siena staff members and staff from Red Earth. A parent Information Session will be held at the College on Wednesday 4 March at 6.00pm for any interested parents.

Our Immersion programs provide Siena students with unique and privileged opportunities to enter into new landscapes and be amongst the people of these places. Through these rich experiences, students gain new perspectives and grow in their understanding of what it means to be a member of a global family and what it means to be Truth seekers in our contemporary context.

Please contact Bronwyn Ilott bilott@siena.vic.edu.au should you have any questions regarding Siena’s Immersion program.

Bronwyn Ilott

Head of Justice Education
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