We’ve done tonnes and heaps (Aussie spelling and slang) of things over the past few days. So here’s the update broken down by days.
On Sunday, there was one main event for the day. We (the hosts and students) all attended an Australian Football League (AFL) game. Australian rules football is a very fast paced exciting sport to watch. It is like a cross between soccer, basketball, and rugby. We watched the West Coast Eagles host the Hawthorn Hawks. The Eagles lost in a shootout 98-148, but it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. The game was fast paced and high scoring and we all had a lot of fun.
On Monday, we returned to school. We each attended a wide variety of classes. One of the highlights was drama, where we got to see Nico Kadlec’s host, Nick, perform a short scene from the Australian play Cloudstreet. Nico and Alex Lee went with Alex’s host to the beach and hung out there after school. My (Donald Annarella) host family and Brian Garrido’s host family met back up in Leederville that night and had amazing Italian food for dinner.
Tuesday, we continued shadowing and attending classes at school. One of the chief highlights was when we had morning tea with International Servite Student Network (ISSN) girls. They brought a host of traditional and uniquely Australian food items such as tim tams, pavlova, ANZAC cookies, etc… and gave each of us a gift bag. After school, we met with the Assistant Deputy Principals (Rectors for each priory) and gave a presentation on how we approach formation, leadership, and school spirit at Servite High School. Following that, Nico, Brian, my host Luke, and I all went to Scarborough Beach.
On our penultimate day in Australia, we once again went to class. The highlight of the school day took place in Human Biology, where we dissected a cow heart and several sheep hearts. After school, Brian and I went to the Northern Association of Sports (NAS) basketball championship game, which Servite College won, defeating Newman College by 11 points. We cheered on the team and showed them how our school spirit is at games back home. After that, we all met up at Fremantle Prison and took a flashlight tour of the 150+ year old establishment. We learned about the colonization of Australia as well as the history and functions of the prison. It was definitely a great place to visit.
Thanks all of you who read and follow the blog. Your support means a lot to us over in Australia. We will have one last update after we return home from the trip.