IGS heads west

Excitement is building for Year 9 students embarking on the IGS Red Earth Indigenous immersion expedition, to central NSW and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands.

Students will depart with IGS educators Lucy Howard-Shibuya and Caitlin Cockburn at the start of July.

This is the fifth year this trip has taken place, and once again IGS has been invited to the homeland of Yunyarinji in the APY lands, home to the Fraser family.

“We have a chance to travel to Uluru, then visit the community, which is a great privilege as one needs permits to visit these homelands,” Ms Howard-Shibuya said.

“We will take part in traditional cultural activities as well as work on a community project to build a bush kitchen for the community’s camp.”


IGS has established a strong bond with the community and the Fraser family.

“The family elder Donald Fraser, along with his wife and daughters, is an incredibly gracious host, always wanting to impart knowledge of his people and culture to our kids as he believes education is the key to help bridge the gap between our cultures,” Ms Howard-Shibuya said.

“The expedition encourages students to learn to travel independently, work as a team, learn about the magnificent culture of the first Australians, and give back to community through fundraising and some hard yakka.”

Each Thursday morning the expedition group have been holding a “donate for donuts” stall, selling chai, Milo and donuts to raise funds for the expedition’s community projects.

“Please come along and get yourself a hot cuppa and help us reach our goal,” Ms Howard-Shibuya said.