23.4 C
Byron Shire
May 7, 2021

Chinese students breathe in local culture 

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op...

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

House? What house? Stolen car crashes into Terranora house

Police say a house in Terranora is significantly damaged thanks to a mystery thief in a stolen car crashing into it over the weekend.

Byron Bay wins season opener against Mullum Giants

  Ross Kendall The local league derby is always  and the Byron Bay Red Devils have won the first game of...

Students from Beijing take part in a Welcome to Country ceremony at Mullumbimby Community Gardens, led by Arakwal representative Nigel Stewart on Sunday. Photo supplied

Paul Bibby

The students are taking part in a six-day immersion that will introduce them to the local environment and Indigenous culture, and help them to improve their English.

Tour organiser Katie Grubb, from local company Mandarin Pathways, said the students and their families chose the shire because they wanted to go to a safe place with a friendly community.

‘They weren’t that interested in having the Sydney or Melbourne city experience – they’re saturated with a lot of Chinese study tours,’ Ms Grubb says. ‘They wanted to see a small town and experience a connection with how “real Australians” are living.’

Having begun their trip on Sunday with a Welcome to Country ceremony at the Community Gardens in Mullumbimby, the students will attend Brunswick Heads Primary School this week.

They will do activities such as a Bunjalung language class, and ocean and environmental studies, and are being billeted with local families.

‘This is the first time the kids have left their home country and they are all looking forward to having their first home-cooked Aussie meal,’ Ms Grubb said.

‘A few days in a really natural and clean environment is a dream come true for many of them.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Asian students are on a six-day study tour to introduce them to Indigenous culture, and the environment in a challenge to students to improve their English.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.