Part of the St. Peter’s College Year 12 Program is an opportunity for students to participate in the end of year St. Peter’s College Solomon Island Immersion Program
The Program, which comprises three key activities being: Fundraising, Cultural Learning and the Immersion Trip, is designed to enable our students to develop a greater understanding of themselves, in relation to the world at large. Particular emphasis is given to those countries that are still developing and are perceived to have a lesser lifestyle than our students are accustomed to.
The Program will further cement with our students the many lessons they have learnt in their time at St. Peter’s College in regards to their responsibility in relation to not only their Education, Faith & Service, but how they can as a small group and individually, impact positively in the greater community.
Students are invited to apply for inclusion at the beginning of their Year 12, and all activities are designed to minimise their distraction from their studies, while they maximise their benefits from the Program.
Our VCAL Students undertake many fundraising activities throughout the year as part of their study program, with these funds contributing to the Solomon Islands donation each year. Also our Year 12 students, who are undertaking the trip, fundraising adds to the amount raised by the students holding a Trivia and Silent Auction usually on the first Friday evening in August in the College Multi-purpose Hall.
Prior to this these students, along with their friends, relatives and teachers, gather as many items and service vouchers as they can to go into a Silent Auction on the night. This along with ticket sales for the night, raise much needed funds for our Sister School in Honiara
“Since the inception of this program in 2011 the students and staff have raised over $110,000, which is a wonderful effort, considering it is generally raised from the single event each year, with just a handful of students able to undertake this Program.
To date, the funds have been spent by Bishop Epalle Catholic School to purchase a new school bus, cement the dirt floor of the Staff room and office, and supply a number of lap-top computers. The funds from the last couple of years fundraising have significantly contributed to a new building to house the School Library, some General Classrooms and Computer lab.
In November 2017, this building was officially opened and named the St. Peter Building, in recognition of the large contribution St. Peter’s College students, staff and community have made this project.
The official Opening and Blessing was attended by the 2017 Immersion Program staff and students, Australian High Commissioner for the Solomon Islands, Mr Roderick Brazier and staff, Principal, Jackson Meke, staff and students of Bishop Epalle Catholic School and St. Peter’s College Principal, Chris Black, staff and students.
Students continue to raise funds, to allow for the fit-out of this building, as well as raising funds for a new abultions block and other worthy projects.