A group of school leavers from Gosford’s St Philip’s Christian College has forgone the boozy beach parties and night club crawls that Schoolies is famous for and instead embarked on a service mission to celebrate the end of their school careers.
Ten students jetted off to Port-Vila, Vanuatu, on November 18, where they’ll spend two weeks getting to know the locals and rolling up their sleeves as they take on a number of community betterment projects. Known as the St Philip’s Gosford Schoolies Alternative, the community aid-trip has been offered by St Philip’s in cooperation with overseas affiliates and students’ families since 2013.
The students and their supervisor have so far been involved in various community building projects, volunteered with local schools, put the finishing touches on the house built by the 2018 cohort and enjoyed learning more about Vanuatu’s culture, cuisine and people.
Source: Website, Nov 26 Michelle Cairelli, St Philip’s Christian College Gosford