SHILLONG: A group of students from St Edmunds School who recently visited Australia on a study tour, are now keen to ensure that their learning in Australia about being polite to people from all castes and creed and keeping their places neat and clean is put into practice back here in Shillong.
A group of 20 students from the St Edmunds Secondary School recently undertook a 10-day educational tour of Australia where they learnt about Australian culture and exchanged ideas and thoughts about education system with the students from that country.
During the 10-days tour, the students visited several places like Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Madame Tussauds Wax museum, Royal Botanic Gardens and Edmund Rice College in Wollongong to name a few.
Talking to The Shillong Times about their educational voyage, Lakshya Bajaj, a student of Class X of the School said that the cities of Australia are structured in such a way that one part of the city has only commercial areas while other part of the city consists of gardens which impressed him the most.
“We met our fellow friends who had visited Shillong and we did lots of activities besides experiencing their education system and playing cricket with them,” he said
Appreciating the Aussies for their obedience and punctuality, other students said that they the people in Australia are very friendly with them and they don’t exhibit communal attitude with people from other caste, colour or creed
He was also supported by other students who too said that the people in Australia are very polite and they don’t distinguish others.
Another student Arel Jordan Kharkongor termed the trip as memorable while lauding the students of Australia saying they are very disciplined and polite.
He also said that the Australian cities are very clean and it is a must for Shillong too to follow their footsteps as far as keeping the city neat and clean.
on the other hand, the principal of the School, Br Solomen Ben Morris said that the idea behind the tour was to expand the horizon of the children as travelling is the best form of learning and more places they visit, they would learn more from the culture and customs of people.
He said that what students read in textbooks, the students were able to experience and learn about geography, wildlife, flora and fauna through the educational tour.
It may be mentioned that the School since 2017 has been conducting such educational tours for its students and so far they have visited US, Europe and Australia.