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Finley High students to embark on trip of a lifetime

A group of Finley High School students accompanied by two supervisors will make the once in a lifetime trip to Timor Leste in March.

January 15, 2014 4:19am

LEFT: Yasmin McGrath, Libby Small, Blair Henery, Miliana Naircori, Aiden Murphy-Riddell, Matt McVeigh, Dimity Sharp and Luke Congram are excited about making the trip to TImor Leste this March.

The group of eight Year 12 students – Matthew McVeigh, Aiden Murphy-Riddell, Luke Congram, Zoe Richardson, Libby Small, Dimity Sharp, Miliana Naircori and Blair Henery – will journey across the Timor Sea for the eight day trip, which will immerse them into the Timorese culture.

With them will be Yasmin McGrath and Kate Littlejohn.

Ms McGrath said everyone is looking forward to making the trip.

‘‘All the students volunteered to be a part of the trip, and it was Matt (McVeigh) who initiated it.

‘‘I work in Timor back and forth and I have met different bodies which are all willing to help.

‘‘Principal Bernie Roebuck has been pushing us to make sure it happens.’’

Matt said his initiation of the trip was inspired by a talk that Ms McGrath had given.

‘‘Yasmin came to football training and spoke about what she does, and that really got me interested.

‘‘It is a life changing experience.’’

Ms McGrath said the trip would be a once in a life time experience for the group.

‘‘It is an immersion trip in the newly formed Timor Leste.

‘‘The week spent will be quite different.

‘‘The group will be teaching English and computer studies and, through sport and drama, will work on positive behaviours.’’

The itinerary for the trip is non-stop from the minute they step off the plane, and won’t be the only trip to Timor Leste.

‘‘This is not a one off trip, the idea behind the students initiating the program is that we can form a long term relationship with an organisation/school in Timor Leste and have a greater impact on the Timorese people and the local community surrounding Finley High School,’’ Ms McGrath said.

‘‘The life lessons that can be taken from such a trip can help mould a teenager into a young adult with a desire to make a difference either locally or internationally.’’

The group will be fundraising for the trip, which costs $25,000 for the group of 10, over the next few months.

The first is a tapas night on Friday, January 24 and the group will host a fun run/walk on February 8 at Finley Lake.

For more information, contact Ms McGrath on 0400585978.

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