Staying Connected Globally at St Virgils

St Virgil’s College, Hobart, has had a long connection with the Mary Rice Centre in Kenya. Though staff and students can’t visit each other in person due to the pandemic, the College has developed a creative way to keep the connections and solidarity alive.

Over the past month the St Virgil’s has transformed an old shipping container in to a small scale replica of the Mary Rice Centre. With students and staff unable to participate in the College’s Immersion experience since 2019 it is a practical way to help the St Virgil’s community understand the vital work of the Centre and the environment in which staff and students work, play and learn each day. The MRC at SVC will contain a range of learning resources and equipment that will provide visitors with real life insights into a day with the specially abled children of the Mary Rice Centre.

The Tujenge Mary Rice Centre Classroom was beautifully painted in ‘MRC Blue’ by the Urafiki wa Karibu – Friends of Mary Rice Centre at a recent Working Bee and is now ready for our community to engage in developing through various learning opportunities such as agriculture and landscaping, woodworking, bead making and fabrications, advocacy and service. A great way to bring a bit of Kibera to the shores of the Derwent!