Xavier High School students learn about culture in Moree

Moree has had a few special guests this week, travelling all the way from Xavier High School in Albury.

At Xavier’s there is an ‘Immersion Program’, which involves sending small groups of students from Year 11 to a range of communities through Victoria, NSW and the NT.

The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for the students to gain insights into the lives of Australia’s first people.

In Moree, the students met with people such as Aunty Noeline Briggs-Smith and Aunty Eileen at Pius-X.

They’ve also learned about the stories of the town camps, the struggles associated with segregation, and the Freemdom Rides events that took place at the Moree Pool in the 1965.

To finish off their Tuesday, the students were interviewed by Glen Crump on the community radio station.

On Wednesday they attended the Myall Creek Memorial with Aunty Noeline, an experience which the school felt had a transformative impact upon students.

A big part of the Immersion Program involves service work, so the students have been involved in a range of activities at Miyay Birray and Kiah Preschool.