School group sets out on cultural exchange to Canada

Cook landing place on itinerary for Ilminister

Cook landing place on itinerary for Ilminister

CANADA-BOUND: Ilminster students left today for a cultural exchange trip to Vancouver Island. They are, back row, from left, Marcus Bull, Zarneo Baker, Oakley Brown-Terekia, Renata Wyllie, Alex Shanks, Phoenix Houkamau Tuhaka, Hosea Pasene-Kairau, Mason Proffit and Eugene Paul. Front, from left, Isla Norris, Kylah Williams-Brown, Amiria Rangiuia Lindup, Jaykayaar Wimutu-Muir, Chali Seymour, Aaliyah-Courtney Manger, Kaelin Sycamore and Mikaela Foley Hollis. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

Two unsuspecting students at Ilminster Intermediate School were told to pack their bags yesterday for Canada . . . to join 15 other students heading off on an educational exchange.

Isla Norris and Kylah Williams-Brown learned for the first time they were to travel with the group at a full school assembly and were very excited to be chosen.

The group, including two teachers and deputy principal Megan Rangiuia, left today for Gold River on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Ilminster principal Peter Ferris said the school was delighted to be able to send two extra students on this special trip.

They will spend two-and-a-half weeks hosted by Gold River Secondary School where Ilminster teacher Travis Lapointe used to be principal.

Last year Ilminster welcomed a cultural group of indigenous Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation people from Gold River Secondary School.

The two extra students were chosen because of their outstanding contribution to the school and the fact they would add strength to the touring group and gain greatly from such an opportunity, Mr Ferris said.

Ilminster Intermediate students went on their first international exchange in 2000 when two students and two staff were picked to go to the Murray River in Australia accompanied by Ilminster board chairman Brian Willock.

There have been educational exchanges since that time to the Pacific Islands and Vanuatu, said Mr Ferris.

“For us it isn’t just about students going overseas, it is all about what they can contribute to the place they are visiting.

“This trip fits in perfectly with the 250-year commemoration because of James Cook’s links with each community.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Gold River group for two-and-a-half weeks last November and now they are reciprocating. It is extremely exciting for our students and staff,” he said.

The cultural group made up of indigenous Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation people were originally from Yuquot/Friendly Cove, where Captain Cook first made landfall on the west coast of North America.

The Gisborne students will visit Yuquot as part of their tour.

They plan to make camp there and go hiking.

Their trip will finish with a couple of days in Vancouver, sightseeing.

Two unsuspecting students at Ilminster Intermediate School were told to pack their bags yesterday for Canada . . . to join 15 other students heading off on an educational exchange.

Isla Norris and Kylah Williams-Brown learned for the first time they were to travel with the group at a full school assembly and were very excited to be chosen.

The group, including two teachers and deputy principal Megan Rangiuia, left today for Gold River on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Ilminster principal Peter Ferris said the school was delighted to be able to send two extra students on this special trip.

They will spend two-and-a-half weeks hosted by Gold River Secondary School where Ilminster teacher Travis Lapointe used to be principal.

Last year Ilminster welcomed a cultural group of indigenous Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation people from Gold River Secondary School.

The two extra students were chosen because of their outstanding contribution to the school and the fact they would add strength to the touring group and gain greatly from such an opportunity, Mr Ferris said.

Ilminster Intermediate students went on their first international exchange in 2000 when two students and two staff were picked to go to the Murray River in Australia accompanied by Ilminster board chairman Brian Willock.

There have been educational exchanges since that time to the Pacific Islands and Vanuatu, said Mr Ferris.

“For us it isn’t just about students going overseas, it is all about what they can contribute to the place they are visiting.

“This trip fits in perfectly with the 250-year commemoration because of James Cook’s links with each community.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Gold River group for two-and-a-half weeks last November and now they are reciprocating. It is extremely exciting for our students and staff,” he said.

The cultural group made up of indigenous Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation people were originally from Yuquot/Friendly Cove, where Captain Cook first made landfall on the west coast of North America.

The Gisborne students will visit Yuquot as part of their tour.

They plan to make camp there and go hiking.

Their trip will finish with a couple of days in Vancouver, sightseeing.

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Justin Eaton, Rotorua - 2 months ago
Wow...they're incredibly fortunate to be able to travel to Canada. In my time at Ilminster Intermediate that would be totally unheard of, to spend at least 2 weeks in North America on a cultural exchange!

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