LOYOLA Senior High School's Trade Training Centre prides itself on providing opportunities for its students so they can develop skills to help others.
Guided by teacher Christine Payne, the staff planned an excursion for students to share their trade skills with a community in need.
St Ignatius Primary School in Bourke was identified as a sister school to Loyola that could do with a helping hand.
The centre's staff came up with a four-day immersion project for 11 year 12 students and four teachers to work as a team to help the school with general repairs.
The students sought funding and supplies and worked within their trade classrooms to build display cabinets for the school.
During their stay in Bourke, students repaired and painted areas of the school and talked with students, about their experiences of living in Sydney.
The goal was to show the Bourke students that education is the key to future careers, and that new skills can be an adventure for anyone.
Students gained a lot from the project, establishing strong connections with St Ignatius and bringing home the fulfilment of helping people in need.
It was an experience that allowed two separate communities to work together to solve problems using goodwill, faith and companionship.