Caritas Christi urget nos!
(by: Ms. Mischelle Jasmine D. Solito)
From November 5-18, 2017, 9 student-participants including their teacher chaperon were accommodated and fostered by the St. Paul’s International College under the administration of Sister Angelina Fong, SPC. This is the third season SPUP’s Basic Education Unit (BEU) sent students for educational and cultural immersion.
The participants were: from grade 10, Angelo Sarmiento, Gabriel Ong Jr., Sean Cedric Melegrito, and Liana Cassandra Simangan; from grade 9, Juliana Rein Huenda, Ma. Therese Paat; and from grade 8, Jan Mari Christian Bunagan, Sean Kyle Angelo Madrid and Maetrix Andrei Mateo. Mrs. Mischelle Jasmine Solito, (faculty member) accompanied the said students.
Immersing with the students of St. Paul’s International College and exploring Sydney and Canberra are the highlights of this year’s cultural program. The participants attended classes that enabled them to socialize with the international and local students, and teachers of the said school. They were also involved in the sports activities especially in football and basketball.
Touring at Sydney, the students saw the sceneries of the following places: St. Mary’s Cathedral (the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney), Sydney Opera House (performing arts centre which has a distinctive design), Royal Botanic Garden (the garden that has numerous horticultural displays), Circular Quay (a hub of ferry transport for Sydney Harbour) going to Manly Wharf (a place to see for finest restaurants), Manly Beach (famous seaside destination), and The Rocks Centre (one of the most historical landmarks in Australia).
Trekking more of Australia's best, the participants had their adventurous trips at Taronga Zoo where over 400 animals are seen, Fitzroy Falls that features the bushwalking trails, Jervis Bay for the whale watching, and Sublime Point Lookout that offers 180 degrees views of the Wollongong sea and its rainforest and beaches.
Touring at Canberra, the students had their memorable visit at the New Parliament House, and Australian War Memorial. Other visits for shopping were at Queen Victoria Building, Sydney Town Hall and MacArthur Mall.