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 Cultural Immersions

St Joseph’s regularly host immersion programs for students from other schools as part of an ongoing commitment to building collaborative relationships between city schools and rural schools. Immersion programs provide visiting students with an opportunity to connect with a regional school and to deepen their understanding of Indigenous culture by immersing in the community. The demand for Indigenous immersions is so high that St Joseph’s has restricted the number of immersions it hosts to maintain a healthy balance and minimal impact on its students.

St Joseph’s hosts seven immersion programs per year involving students from six Brisbane based schools including St Rita’s College Clayfield, All Hallows’ School Brisbane City, St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, Trinity College Beenleigh, Carmel College Thornlands, and Mt Maria College Petrie, as well as Marist College Eastwood in New South Wales.

The immersion programs usually run from 3 days to a week and the visiting students spread their time between helping St Joseph’s students with their school work, playing with them during the breaks, and helping with school projects such as mural painting or gardening. The visiting students who participate in the immersions sleep at St Joseph’s and use the school’s facilities to prepare meals. 

Recently the students from Marist College Eastwood supplied some of the St Joseph’s students with soccer balls, soccer boots and athletics shirts. They also helped with the school’s sleepout for the homeless night to develop awareness of homelessness and raise money for the homeless. Students hunted around the school for food, water, boxes and other materials to make shelters with the help of the Marist College students.

St Rita’s College students also recently participated in a week long annual immersion at St Joseph’s. The St Rita’s students donated boxes of books they had purchased. They also hosted St Joseph’s Year 5 and 6 students, housing them, taking them to the Ekka, helping them with science experiments and escorting them back to St Joseph’s all free of charge because of the ongoing connections we have made with them. At Christmas, students from St Rita’s send a Christmas card and candy cane to every student. These connections greatly benefit both the visiting school and the students at St Joseph’s.