Lessons in life from the Lucky Country

BOOKS FOR FIJI: Tyler Sharwood, James Patterson and Will Brown with the books that are being sent to Fiji.

BOOKS FOR FIJI: Tyler Sharwood, James Patterson and Will Brown with the books that are being sent to Fiji.

AS part of St Stanislaus’ College’s Learning to Learn program, Year 7 students have been busy writing books for students in a school from Cambodia and Fiji.

Learning to Learn has been designed to draw on belief sets, skills, and processes of learning, and the development of books was about applying these skills and increasing English speaking capabilities to its recipients.

Before this project I didn’t realise how lucky we have it here in Australia.

Tyler Sharwood

A number of students and staff were lucky enough to visit St Joseph’s School in Natovi, Fiji last year and since then HSIE/PDHPE teacher Jack English has worked with many of those students to raise money for the very under-resourced and hurricane-ravaged school.

Chris Bergen, who owns and operates Porters Café in Bathurst, has also been involved in raising funds and delivering books, pens, pencils even a wheelchair, for again a very under-resourced school in the poverty-stricken village of Koksampouer, 100km north of Siem Reap Cambodia.

Director of quality teaching and learning, Melissa Lang, presented the finished products to Mr English and Mr Bergen, saying it was a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their skills while contributing to a good cause. 

Year 7 students Tyler Sharwood, James Patterson and Will Brown were involved in the project.

“Before doing this project I didn’t realise how lucky we have it here in Australia,” Tyler said.

Students made 60 books.