ORIENTAL ADVENTURE: The 16 students and Tanya Oppermann from BSC taking part in the China trip in 2020. Picture: Sam Turner.
ORIENTAL ADVENTURE: The 16 students and Tanya Oppermann from BSC taking part in the China trip in 2020. Picture: Sam Turner.

Oriental adventure for BSC students

STUDENTS from Gayndah and Mundubbera will be taking part in an overseas experience in a school first.

16 students from Burnett State College in Gayndah will be heading to China in June/July 2020 as part of a cultural and academic trip.

Spearheaded by administration officer Tanya Oppermann, students from years 10, 11 and 12 will be accompanied by six staff members for this 11 day tour.

Mrs Opperman started the initial steps at the beginning of 2019, deciding that an overseas tour should be something that the school could offer to their students.

“I had done some research into an Australian based company that specialises in the organisation of overseas travel for school groups,” Mrs Oppermann said.

“After finalising the finer details I went to our Principal and school’s leadership team to see if this was something they would approve, and they were all very pleased and eager go ahead with it.”

China was chosen as the destination as the language is offered in school, and Australia’s ties as one of our largest trading partners

“An initial expression of interest form was handed to students, followed by an information evening in mid-March.”

“Following that we had a member from the tour company travel from Sydney to Gayndah to explain the finer details of the tour, with attendance exceeding our expectations.”

Over the course of the tour, the students will see the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, a Panda Breeding Centre, and Shanghai Disneyland to name a few.

Geography, History, Art, and Dance are some of the curriculum areas covered during the trip.

They’re still in the process of raising funds for any incidental costs they may incur during the trip, by raffling a quilt made by local resident Irene McCosker.

The students are ecstatic about their upcoming tour, with many aspects of the trip exciting them.

“I’m excited for the cuisine I think,” one student said.

“I want to see the statues (Terracotta Warriors), those look awesome,” another student added.

The journey that awaits them is something for them to remember, with Mrs Oppermann in amazed at how this has become a reality.

“I honestly did not believe this would get legs, I thought it would fall in heap because it was too hard, or too expensive.

“This idea has received such great support from the students, staff and parents of BSC.

“I am extremely pleased to see such a wonderful opportunity become a reality for the students.”


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