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St Pius X College Chatswood students’ immersion into PNG

After conquering the Kokoda Track in the July school holidays, a group of eight College students, parents and staff spent time at Callan Services Special Education Resource Centre in Port Moresby, working with staff and disabled students as part of the College’s ongoing partnership with Callan Services.

“The highlight of the trip to PNG was seeing how happy they were in comparison to what they had. The people that we met and the kids that we talked to had next to nothing but their happiness was through the roof. It was almost a different mindset which I really wanted to bring back to Australia. I definitely do think about life in Australia differently after visiting PNG. I think about everything in a simpler way”. Charlie Cullen (Year 10).

The College community has supported Callan Services since 2013 enabling them to continue their work in 19 centres across PNG. Callan Services work in PNG continues to transform the lives of students with hearing impairment, sight impairment, mobility issues, speech and learning difficulties – and their families. In particular, its work in early detection and an inclusive education model can successfully integrate and transition some students with disabilities into mainstream classes – with some outstanding results.