Holy Spirit College prides itself on providing experiences for our students that are in line with mission and curriculum while extending their ideas of the world in which they live.
“We are all invited to walk the streets of the world with one’s brothers and sisters.” – Pope Francis
In conjunction with Catholic Mission, the College runs an annual Catholic Immersion for students in Year 11. These experiences are spiritually enriching for our students and staff that attend. The lifelong learning that occurs both about different cultures and how different communities around the world encompass their Catholicism is priceless for these senior students.
Past Holy Spirit College students have travelled to places such as Cambodia, Mongolia, Borneo and Timor-Leste.
From the Catholic Mission Website:
A Catholic Mission Immersion is where a small group of adults or students visit church and school communities in an Australian Indigenous context or an overseas country for 10 – 12 days. The purpose of an immersion is for participants to experience life, faith and justice from a new perspective and return home inspired to live a personal sense of Catholic ‘mission’ in Australia.
International Study Tours occur at the college every second year and see a group of interested students and staff travel to areas of historical importance and cultural significance around the world.
In past years these locations have included Gallipoli where students followed some of the wartime experiences of the ANZACs during the First World War. Students have also had similar adventures in France and Belgium, visiting battlefields and giving research presentations graveside about their “adopted” digger.
In 2019, students visited sites in South East Asia pertaining to World War Two. Some students who had traveled to the Western Front in Junior years joined this trip and continued to grow and enrich their perspective of Australia’s role in world history.
These tours are historically rich and immensely rewarding for students and staff alike.
For further information regarding these tours click here.
Students are offered the opportunity to participate in a cultural study in Italy.
This overseas opportunity is organised by the college and has a long-standing history of being a success. Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in activities with sister-schools and students in Italy where they learn about different cultures, food and language. The group also visits many cities of cultural, historical and religious significance such as Venice, Verona, Florence and Rome.
Students who attend this Italian experience return enriched with culture and enhanced life experience.
Holy Spirit College offers opportunities for extensive learning beyond the classroom.
In undertaking the Stage 6 Geography course students are able to choose to immerse themselves in the diverse ecosystems of Far North Queensland with a week long trip to Cairns in the first week of the September/October school holidays.
The students are able to explore the Great Barrier Reef in all it’s vibrancy and diversity, getting up close to marine life on the Outer Reef, Green Island and Fitzroy Island.
The natural beauty within the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge is explored through bushwalks and educational talks, giving students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the importance of this fragile and dynamic ecosystem.
A parent information evening for this trip will occur in Term 1 outlining the itinerary and a payment plan.