Our service work included painting, gardening and general maintenance, whilst also being immersed within the school community.
We learnt just as much – if not more – than the students.
As a HSC student, it is very easy to get caught up in textbooks. This trip broadened our horizons and we gained an awareness of the inequities faced by Indigenous people.
Whether it be watching the sunset behind Uluru in Kata Tjuta National Park, throwing a footy with the students, eating witchetty grubs, honey ants and bush tomato, playing cricket on the side of the road when the cars battery was flat, learning dance moves from the girls, changing tyres and assisting with learning in the classroom, the Hawkesbury-Hills Student Leadership Programme offered many learning experiences never to be forgotten.
I would like to thank the Anangu people of the Mutitjulu and Docker River communities for welcoming us onto their land and sharing their culture, traditions, stories and hardships. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity because I made lifelong friendships and developed my leadership skills.