St. Peter's College Principal, Chris Black reflects on the program and his visit in November 2017.
"I had the privilege of travelling to the Solomon Islands for a brief flying visit this past week. The purpose was two-fold, the first was to get a first-hand picture of an immersion experience that has evolved over the past seven years. The second was to be present for the official opening and naming of their new building which is to house the Administration, Library and one Information Technology classroom. The building has been named the St. Peter’s building in recognition of St. Peter’s College as the primary funding source for the construction of the building. St. Peter’s College is committed to provide opportunities for and empower students to walk in the footsteps of our patron St Peter, a man who dedicated his life to outreach and support of the most vulnerable. We often describe it as “Walking the Talk”. We as a college are committed to, and have a responsibility for not only teaching our students about faith but also to enable them to experience a living faith. The Solomon Islands Immersion experience provides just such an opportunity. It was wonderful to observe the connections made very quickly with the students and staff at the Bishop Epalle school and to be so warmly welcomed by the community".
"The official naming took place in the presence of the Australian High Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Mr Roderick Brazier, the very first time the school has experienced such a visit It was very humbling also to witness their reaction when presented with two cheques totalling $30,000. This money will be used to furnish the new St Peter’s building and help fund the introduction of computers into the school. These furnishings and computers will be sourced from the local traders and thus also contribute, in a positive way to their economy".
"It was a wonderful albeit short stay where friendships were forged and more deeply connected. I congratulate this group of students who have entered into this years’ program in a very energetic and passionate way. My thanks is also extended to Ms Angus and Mr Nash this year’s staff for travelling with and supporting our students, also to Mrs Hampson for overseeing the many details required for a successful program to be achieved".