FORGING TIES: St Joseph's School, the Stanthorpe Rotary Club and Fiji's Naiyala High School have teamed up to share cultures and resources.
FORGING TIES: St Joseph's School, the Stanthorpe Rotary Club and Fiji's Naiyala High School have teamed up to share cultures and resources. Ella Archibald-Binge

School welcomes Fiji visitors

ST JOSEPH'S School will be home to some new faces in the coming weeks, as three students and two teachers from Fiji join the ranks.

Hailing from Fiji's Naiyala High School, the students are in awe of the school's laptops and resources, listing the "technology in classrooms" as one of the highlights of the exchange.

"It is very nice here. All the teachers and students are very friendly," 14-year-old Shivan Nand said.

The students have been quick to get involved in school and community activities, and all say they would like to return to Australia in the future to study.

Accompanying teacher Meriam Nand has seen some of Australia's major cities on three previous visits, but this marks her first trip to the Granite Belt.

"The facilities and infrastructure here is quite good. It compares to the big cities," she said.

"Where we come from it is not like this - we're not a developed country."

Ms Nand thanked all the host families.

"We feel like we are at home," she said.

The group travelled to Australia alongside St Joseph's students and Rotary Club volunteers, who had been carrying out refurbishments at Naiyala High School in Fiji.

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