In order to further assist with fulfilling the characteristics of Loreto Education, a voluntary Immersion program is offered to Year 11 students to provide them with an opportunity to broaden their world-view. An immersion experience is when a person is placed in a situation where the normal pattern of their existence is disrupted by a new set of circumstances.
Working in partnership with Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation, Loreto Kirribilli offers this immersion experience to provide the opportunity for students to gain a new perspective on the world and the way that other people live their lives. The key purpose is to learn from the people they meet and to stand in solidarity with them. In short, it underpins the essential dignity of every human being, it challenges us to invest our everyday living with value.
Whilst many students will have travelled to varying parts of the world, including some developing countries, many will have had little experience of being engaged with Aboriginal people in remote Australia.
Immersion Program objectives include:
- to find God in all things and all things in God
- to further develop both staff and students’ personal relationship with God
- to enrich all participants’ knowledge and understanding of the Gospel call to justice and its reflection in the social teachings of the Catholic Church
- to develop relationships with Aboriginal people
- to develop ideas about how we can respond to the times
- to develop an appreciation of the richness of Aboriginal culture
- to challenge all participants to utilise the vast opportunities available to them
- to open all participants’ minds to other ways of living in Australia.
Some of the experiences and topics covered in the Immersion:
- Yolngu language – verbal and sign language
- Gender roles and responsibilities
- Kinship rules
- Stories about the area and history of the region (pre and post European contact)
- Participating in traditional food gathering activities
- Traditional craft activities such as painting, weaving
- Participating in and learning traditional dance
- Interacting with Yolngu children in homeland schools (noting NT school holiday times)
- Participating in some sort of group project that will benefit the host community.
Applications for the immersion are open to Year 10 students.