Narrogin Exchange Programme, Western Australia
On 29th May 2012, a group of 23 Year 3 and 4 students led by Mdm June Loh and Mr Yeo Meng Han embarked on the bi-annual student exchange programme with Narrogin High School and Narrogin Residental College in Narrogin, Western Australia. The 10 days 9 nights exchange programme was planned with the following objectives:
- To provide our students with a window opportunity to experience the educational system of another country, their instructional and co-curricular activities.
- To provide students cultural experiences in Narrogin through homestay with buddies.
- To provide our students an opportunity to under the university education system in Australia.
During the stay in Narrogin Residential College and immersion programme with Narrogin High School, the students got the opportunities to spend time with their Australian buddies in different lessons conducted. They were also given lessons on cooking and native Australian instrument – the digeridoos. They also visited the Narrogin Agricultural College, the Yilimining rock and also a night visit to the nature reserve in Dryandra – the Barna Mia.
The highlight of the trip was a 3D2N homestay with the students’ buddies. The students were being hosted in different parts of Narrogin where they home stayed in farms, some much bigger than the area of Singapore. Students experienced things that they have not done or could have imagined doing like rabbit hunting, fox hunting and canoeing in the icy cold river.
In return, students from Dunman High School presented to the school a cultural dance and song item during the welcome ceremony where different races were introduced. They also presented a short powerpoint presentation on Singapore and Dunman High School to students in Narrogin Residential College.
After the stay in Narrogin, the team went to Perth for a 2D1N stay where a visit to University of Western Australia was organised with a dialogue session with the current Singapore undergraduates to find out more about the differences in education system for both countries and how Singaporeans adapt and handle studies in UWA.
The team is looking forward to receive and host the Narrogin friends when they come over in 2013. This is evident in the students’ reflections below. Overall, the exchange programme had students getting to know Australian lifestyle and cultural deeper and students, as well as the teachers, has learnt many valuable lessons and had unique experiences throughout the trip.
This is evident in the students’ reflections below:
“Narrogin has brought many new things to my life, including the unforgettable sceneries, experiences and friendships forged… The beauty of this town comes from the hospitality and the kindness shown by the locals, which really allowed me to feel very at home and welcomed… Narrogin has also amazing sceneries, that can never be found in Singapore, like ever clear skies and empty lands that goes on and on with no buildings built over them. The air is clear and fresh, and it was a pleasure living in this comfortable conditions. The friendships forged during the trip with the Australians were also great, and I believe when they come over next year, not only will they learn more about Singapore, but also strengthen our relationship.”
12Y3C Lee Hao Wei
“The 2012 Narrogin Immersion Program was indeed intensely rewarding and enriching. I learnt and entered a way of life that I had only read about in story books, and the whole experience of it all certainly showed me how different the world is and that has taught me to appreciate Singapore so much more. Sometimes we need to step out of our lives and walk into another world, to fully appreciate what we have that we were otherwise blind to. After this nine-day trip, I feel a lot more energized to live life (to the maximum!) and I definitely feel blessed and thankful for this Little Red Dot.”
12Y4I Clarabelle Tan Xinyi
“More than anything else I really treasure the friendships forged with my new Australian friends, especially with Taylah. It really touched me, how my host family treated me with such hospitality and warmth, making me feel instantly at home and welcomed. I made some new Dunman friends as well, people I have never talked to in school have become good friends. I think being placed in a foreign country with only your friends as company really bonds people. The exchange programme really served its purpose as I learnt a lot from the trip and thoroughly enjoyed myself.”
12Y4I Koo Hong Mun