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Borneo trip is an amazing experience

A children's home in Borneo will forever be linked with Worth School thanks to a special gift from students and staff on the end-of-year service expedition to the island in South East Asia.

Borneo has some of the world's most wildlife-rich equatorial rainforests, incredible landscapes and rich indigenous culture, and the trip offered a wonderful experience to a group of Year 12 students, accompanied by Mr Towler and Mrs Burton.

While in Borneo they spent time at the Don Bosco Children's Home, carrying out community work including clearning and cementing drainage channels, fitting and painting doors and door frames. Before leaving, the Worth party handed over a new sign which will be permanently displayed outside the children's home.

The students also were honoured to be the first westerners to visit the local high school, SMK Bundu Tuhan. They were given a grand welcome by the staff and student body which included speeches, traditional dance, charades, visits to lessons and sport later in the afternoon.

Other highlights of the trip included trekking through the jungle, walking through the 'Lost Valley of the Cucumber' and visiting the Mount Kinabalu area, which is a biological treasure trove. They also visited the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, a wildlife conservation and research centre for improving animal welfare and rehabilitation of the Malayan sun bear; they went to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre at Sepilok; and were lucky enough to see the Borneo pygmy elephant while at the Bilit homestay.

The trip finished with a farewell party at Bilit which included speeches, traditional food and dance, plus karaoke. It was a wonderful experience for all who went on the trip.

Mrs Burton said: "The people were enormously kind, generous and friendly. They could not do enough for us. It was beautiful."

Every year at Worth students get the opportunity to go on a wide variety of trips, both residential and day trips, in the United Kingdom and abroad. This summer there has been a rugby tour to Canada and the USA, a Year 10 trip to Valencia, a Year 9 day trip to Thorpe Park, Year 8 to the Mill on the Brue activity centre in Somerset and a Year 7 PGL trip to France.