Shalom Christian College and Geelong College have developed a strong connection over the last 8 years with reciprocal annual student visits to each college.Geelong students staying at Shalom have had a history of experiencing NAIDOC day celebrations. The process of visiting and funding return trips of students who have come to Shalom has become a time of joy, education and celebration for the Geelong College.
The connection between the students has been the strongest in the sharing of boarding house facilities, the visits to Crystal Creek, NAIDOC day and other activities within and outside Townsville. There have also been seven students who have spent time with GAP students over the last seven years.
It is hard to measure the impact of the visits upon The Geelong College and Shalom Christian College communities other than to say that many lives have been changed in a positive way. The multicultural appreciation of Australia is best witnessed in the impact of interaction between the staff and students of the two Colleges that has taken place in a very short period of time. It is also seen in the strength of relationships built during these times.
Geelong College sees the opportunity to come to Shalom as a small part of a meaningful approach to building bridges and closing gaps between the students of both schools. The whole experience has been immensely rewarding as has Geelong Colleges' commitment to Shalom.
Shalom Christian College appreciates the hard work of Geelong College, which results in the funding of our annual trips to experience life in a vastly different school environment. Past and present students have had the pleasure of traveling to Melbourne and Geelong to enjoy all that The Geelong College has to offer.
The Shalom students who have fortunate enough to attend one of the annual trips to Geelong have been able to enjoy new experiences, travel to different locations, make new friends and learn so much which may not have otherwise been possible.