Seven BCC students spent their school holidays in Indonesia for the inaugural sightseeing and student exchange tour.
The Indonesian tour was run alongside Corpus Christi College who have conducted Indonesian tours in the past.
We incorporated student exchange so that the students can be hosted by the St Joseph’s Catholic College (KOSAYU) families to experience something they will not be able to have in a typical family holiday.
We spent the first three days in Yogyakarta sightseeing so that Corpus and BCC students could get to know each other, before travelling to Malang to start our student exchange.
Corpus Christi College has established a very strong sister school relationship with Kosayu, as this was their third visit, and they were delighted to have BCC join them.
Initially, students were very nervous to stay with the host families for nine days, however, all staff, students and the community were very accommodating and welcomed us with a great hospitality.
We joined KOSAYU’s retreat, team building activities, language classes, learning traditional dance, pottery making, print workshops, honeycomb making and various cultural workshops.
All good things come to an end and the farewell ceremony was full of tears and smiles.
BCC students have built a quality friendship with both Kosayu and Corpus Christi Students.
Principal of Kosayu (Mr Harjanto) mentioned on an interview with a local TV station that students were able to find more things in common with each other than differences.
Hopefully they can be the ambassadors to a better relationship between Indonesia and Australia.
Some of the Kosayu students will be visiting us in Week 6 and Week 7 of this term. We look forward to welcoming them to BCC.
Mr Dai Tonai,