According to the staff and students from both schools, the trip had accomplished its aim of helping the students to share cultures and their faith.
The program allowed students to attend classes together, leading liturgy together and exchange cultural activities with each other.
On Friday both staff and students from both college led the choir together with the mixture of Solomon Islands hymns and Australian hymns.
Bishop Epalle students did the bible enthronement dance as well us playing the panpipe for the offertory procession.
Again the Island flavour of the liturgy was again witnessed when the students led the vigil mass on Saturday.
Speaking after the Mass Narelle Sherrah who coordinated the trip said that it was amazing to see how a small group for staff and students made a huge impact on sharing their faith.
She said that this will help the students for St. Mt Patrick College realise and appreciate the spirit of oneness in faith.
After the vigil mass both staff and students from both schools and the parishioners witnessed the cultural exchange between the two schools.
The cultural night was very successful where students and teachers from both schools partaking in each others dances and songs.
During the stay with the host family, Epalle students had the change to visit various parts of Australia like Coolangatta, Gold Coast as well as the Currumbin bird Sanctuary.
On Tuesday the Bishop Epalle students attended their final classes in Industrial arts, science and Home Economic.
They also had sport together before they had their farewell ceremony in the late evening.
Bishop Epalle Catholic school principal Jackson Meke on behalf of the school thanked Mt. St. Patrick teachers and students for their hospitality and care. He also highlighted the importance of the programme.
Melissa Fomani Bishop Epalle School head girl who was with the group said that Epalle students learned a lot from the one week visit.
She said that most Solomon Islands students are now gaining confident in themselves in sharing and learning new things.
A ex-students from Mt. St. Patrick Ben Reynolds who was also involve in organising the program highlighted how staff and students from Mt. St. Patrick enjoyed the whole program and he said that everything body is looking forward for a return trip to Solomon Islands.
The students arrived back in the country on Wednesday
By Martin Padokale
Mt. St Patrick College, Murwillumbah, NSW
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