Sister School Trips & Global Partnerships

Students at Norwood Morialta High School are encouraged to participate in overseas group tours and individual student exchanges. Such opportunities allow them to improve their linguistic proficiency in the language they are studying, enrich their international and intercultural knowledge and perspectives, and develop their leadership skills, self-confidence, independence and personal growth.

Opportunities include:

  • Sister School Student Group Trips – Japan, Italy
  • Sister School and Student Exchanges – Japan, Italy, Exchange organisations
  • Educational, Cultural and Historical Study Tours – G’day Space Tour USA
  • Enriching Humanity Tours – World Challenge Expedition

Students and families will receive more detailed information about these tours at Information Evenings which will be advertised through the website, newsletters, parent paperwork letters, student bulletins, student assemblies and language classes.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please email andrea.sarantaugas328@schools.sa.edu.au.

Sister School Trips

The school aims to have sister school collaborations for each of the five languages it offers in the curriculum.

Takahashi Senior High School, Takahashi, Okayama (Japan)

The Takahashi Sister School exchange was established in 1991 and has been a very successful long-standing exchange between the two schools.

Every ‘even’ year, Takahashi High School students and staff from Japan visit NMHS, and every ‘odd’ year, students and staff from Norwood Morialta High School visit Takahashi.

The Takahashi Sister School trip occurs during the Term 3 holidays and involves approximately 7 days at Takahashi High School and living with a host family, and a 7-day cultural tour of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo.

Families of students who wish to participate in the reciprocal trip to Japan are encouraged to host a Takahashi student the year before or after their participation or support the school’s International Programs in some way.

Each year there is an opportunity for two students from Takahashi and Norwood Morialta High School to undertake a long term exchange of 2 to 3 months. Further information and Application Forms are available from the teachers of Japanese or the International Programs staff.

Convitto Nazionale Umberto I School, Turin (Italy)

The Italy Sister School exchange was established in 2015. Prior to this cultural tours of Italy occurred.

The sister school agreement indicates that every ‘even’ year, Convitto Nazionale Umberto No 1 School students and staff from Italy visit Norwood Morialta High School, and every ‘odd’ year, students and staff from Norwood Morialta High School visit Convitto Nazionale Umberto No 1 School.

The Italy Sister School trip occurs at the end of Term 3 and the Term 3 holidays and involves approximately 12 days at Convitto Nazionale Umberto No 1 School living with a host family, and a 7-day cultural tour of Italy including such cities as Rome, Naples and Florence.

Families of students who wish to participate in the reciprocal trip to Italy are encouraged to host a student from Italy or one of our other sister schools, the year before or after their participation or support the school’s International Programs in some way.

Long term student exchanges between Convitto Nazionale Umberto No 1 School and Norwood Morialta High School are currently being negotiated.

Rodion Paideia School, Rhodes (Greece)

Currently, Norwood Morialta High School has curriculum co-collaborations with Greek language classes with Rodion Paideia School.

A sister school trip is currently being negotiated.

Watch this space for further information regarding this upcoming tour.

Germany

Currently, Norwood Morialta High School is considering a sister school partnership with a school in Germany.

Watch this space for further information regarding this upcoming tour.

China Language & Cultural Tour

The school is currently negotiating a language and cultural tour to China. The China Tour will occur every two years and is planned for the Term 1 holidays, April 2020.

Watch this space for further information regarding this upcoming tour.

Student Exchanges

Each year the school welcomes exchange students for periods ranging from one term to one year, through programs arranged by approved exchange organisations such as Rotary Youth Exchange Australia, Southern Cross Cultural Exchange and AFS Intercultural Programs. Students come from countries such as Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and USA.

Norwood Morialta High School students may also apply through these organisations to undertake a student exchange to an overseas country. Scholarships from these organisations are also available to assist with the costs of such exchanges.

The school also hosts a number of reciprocal student exchanges, for periods ranging from one to three months with our sister schools. These exchanges are advertised throughout the school year via language classes, student bulletin notices, student assemblies and newsletters which are available on the school’s website.

Global Partnerships

In addition to these sister school trips and exchanges, there are a number of other overseas travel opportunities based on educational experiences and enriching humanity tours.

G'Day Space Tour (United States of America)

The USA Space Tour is one of the school’s new tours and involves a 10-day tour comprising a 3-day training program at the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando. Following this, the tour heads off to San Francisco to visit the USS Hornet and Golden Gate Bridge.

The tour then makes its way to Los Angeles to visit the California Academy of Science before having some fun visiting a few of LA’s famous amusement parks, Knott’s Berry Farm Physics Program and then to Universal Studios in Hollywood!

This Educational Tour is expected to occur every ‘odd’ year commencing in 2019.

World Challenge Expedition

World Challenge is a provider of a range of overseas adventure travel programs. The expeditions that they offer last 3 to 4 weeks in developing countries. The program involves 15 – 20 months of preparation to train the team members in the necessary skills that will be required during the students’ fully immersive and intense expedition in the developing world.

Team members are supported by World Challenge and Norwood Morialta High School Supervising Staff members to assist them to raise money to fund the costs of the trip.

Typically, the World Challenge program involves four phases including acclimatisation, community engagement, challenge and chill out.

Acclimatisation is about setting up the team in leadership roles and getting them to understand the new place they find themselves in. Community engagement involves not just contributing something to a community overseas but learning about a new culture and way of life. Challenge sees the students take on a physically demanding trek from 3 to 20 days long. Chill out is about sightseeing and other recreational activities.

The unique thing about the expedition program is that students actually run the trip themselves and take on responsibility for managing everything including accommodation bookings and budget management.

Norwood Morialta High School undertakes its World Challenge expedition at the end of the school year, November/December in every ‘odd’ year which means that the expressions of interest for participation occurs at the beginning of each ‘even’ year. Generally, a team of 14 – 16 students and two staff members is required to make the expedition feasible.

The World Challenge destination that Norwood Morialta High School selects focuses on our near neighbours in Asia. Students and supervising staff are involved in the negotiations of the countries to be visited. Previous locations have included Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.