Make A Difference Experience

Year 9 Make a Difference Experience 

A key focus of our Year 9 Program is the Make A Difference Experience (MADE) to Thailand, Laos or Cambodia. In Year 9, students need to be challenged and discover their place in the world.

The MADE has the potential to be life-changing and aims to:

  • Be unique, powerful and empowering for all involved
  • Challenge the physical, emotional and spiritual limits of each student
  • Further develop students’ sustainable thinking dispositions
  • Emphasise cultural exchange, as well as being culturally different

The program is a 12-day journey to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia at the end of Term 3, providing a rite of passage for students out of Year 9 and into their next stage of education. It is held later in the year in order to be a more powerful experience, as students have greater maturity from which they benefit.

A key part of the experience is personal reflection, which is done through the Global Sustainability Program when students return to school. Students also share their experiences and learning through the Make A Difference Experience presentation, which always illustrates incredible personal growth.

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