As part of the additional support that is provided to our EAL (English as an Additional Language) students, the EAL peer support group work regularly with their peers to help them feel welcomed within our community. Annually the group of students and staff hold several events with a trip to the snow being a highlight for most, this year with the support of many businesses, community groups and individuals 35 students from the EAL group traveled to Falls Creek for a ski trip on Thursday, 13th of September.
Jo Prothero, Falls Creek Resort Management kindly hosted the our Multicultural Peer Support Program students as guests of Falls Creek for a day of snow play free of charge. Students learn’t how to ski with the help of Michael Jowett and Warren Sanders from YMCA Howmans Gap Alpine Centre who also provided the ski gear for students for free.
Students from the EAL peer support group at Falls Creek
This amazing opportunity has greatly benefited our EAL students, creating valuable connections with the community and experiencing Australian snowfields and learning a new skill along the way. Our students can apply this positive learning and language experience to their studies, especially in developing their English language skills and bring these experiences back to their community groups.
It was Year 10 EAL student Junior Toga’s first time at the snow “This was a great experience to have, being able to explore the region and get to know our group better”.
Our College is extremely grateful for the generosity of these people and organisations in supporting our students, as they all as a group would not have access to such an event without this help. We look forward to a continued support and partnership into the future.