“My experience on the Uluru Pilgrimage was, in just one word, incredible!” said Rhiannon Reynolds, Year 10 student at Ellenbrook Christian College.
“The Anagnu people from Yalara were so kind and invited us onto their land and showed us different areas of their culture. The whole experience overall was amazing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has been thinking of going,” she said.
Every Easter for the past 16 years, Fusion Australia, in conjunction with Schools in Harmony, brings together students from many schools from around the country as they journey - by bus - to the heart of Australia, camping in different towns and communities along the way.
Each year Ellenbrook Christian College gives Year 10 students the opportunity to partner with Fusion and be part of a pilgrimage to Uluru. The Pilgrimage has seen thousands of young people journey to a deeper understanding of themselves, relationships, culture and reconciliation, especially with the indigenous people of our nation.
This year, eight students and one staff member from Ellenbrook Christian College, along with 21 students and adults from three other West Australian high schools, were joined by six pilgrims from South Australia and 31 pilgrims from Victoria at Base Camp. 17 Fusion members and numerous busdrivers also formed part of the unique community that was established.
With many days’ worth of travelling, the bus trip is one of the most important parts of the whole journey. The Pilgrims participate in a daily routine of reflection, discussion and creative activities in small groups as they travel to their next destination.
Once in Yalara, they undertook a packed education program, which included cultural exchange with indigenous students and elders, and hosting a family festival and concert for people from around the Uluru region.
“We are immensely proud of the students and teacher who represented our State on this unique journey,” said Mr Justin Krause, Principal of Ellenbrook Christian College.
“The Pilgrimage is proving to be for many a profound time of self-discovery, arising from an engagement with Aboriginal culture and history and their own spirituality,” Mr Krause said.
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