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Service Trips


The motto of the School is “Rejoice in Service” and for the past 10 years we have been offering the chance for Year 10, 11 and 12 to live out this motto.  The Cambodia Service Trip has evolved into a motivational, emotional and cultural experience for our students to venture beyond Busselton and Australia.

Our student’s first task is to fundraise the money to be donated to the Cambodian families and communities.  The individual students and their families undertake this throughout the year, with help from the school giving the trip a yearlong service requirement and commitment. Over the years students and their families have raised over $100,000.

The trip has increased the service aspect and the number of organisations that receive donations. They are all Non-Government Organisations (NGO). Our primary organisation is the Tabitha Foundation, whom we build houses with for 2 days of the 10-day trip. Over the past 6 years we have raised enough money to build over 100 houses in Village of the Kampong Thom Province.  Other donations go to The Land Mine School, Sister’s of Christ Orphanage and The Green Gecko Project.

The trip, also involves many historical and cultural experiences. Some confronting; like the tours of the Killing Fields, S21 and Land Mine Museum. Others are amazingly beautiful sights; the Siem Reap Temples, Angkor Wat and Phmon Phen Palaces.  Different smells, sights and sounds on a boat tour of Tol Sap Lake, Cambodia markets, foods and rides in tuk tuks.

The students who undertake this adventure will share in these amazing experiences and more. The most moving of these is the hand over of the Tabitha houses when building is complete. The huge smiles and tears of joy are the most memorable and moving, knowing you have changed these family’s lives and their future for the better.

Central Australia

While Australia is known for its generous humanitarian projects overseas, the Lilla Foundation believes there is just as much work to be done in our own “backyard” that can make a difference to peoples lives and tobridge the gap between indigenous and non indigenous Australians.

The constitutional objectives of the Lilla Foundation are:
a)To alleviate and relieve poverty, sickness destitution and helplessness in the Lilla Community and Watarrka region, particularly amongst indigenous Australians
b)To carry out projects to relieve poverty, sickness, destitution and helplessness in the Lilla Community and Watarrka region, particularly amongst indigenous Australians.
c)To provide programs to promote life skills, independence resilience of persons in need in the Lilla Community and Watarrka region, particularly amongst indigenous Australians suffering poverty sickness destitution and helplessness for their long-term social welfare.
d)To raise money from the public and to secure funds to further the Objects.

The foundation facilitates educational groups to Central Australia where they can “give back” to the local communities they visit. This is done by volunteering to work on community projects whilst staying in the Watarrka area.

School Tours

New Zealand Music Tour

This tour, planned for the year 2020, will take GMAS musicians on a fantastic trip to New Zealand to participate in the Rhapsody Rotorua International Youth Music Festival. The festival takes place from the 29th of June to the 5th of July and invites students to refine their musical abilities through interactive workshops, masterclasses and adjudications, and build their confidence onstage through performances at local schools and public concerts.

Students get to meet and perform with other budding musicians, explore New Zealand’s diverse landscape, learn about Maori history and culture, and experience some of the best adventure activities on offer.

This tour is open to Music students who will be in Years 8 to 12 in the year 2020. However, Year 7s will be considered based on maturity and skill level, with GMAS ensembles beginning to learn tour repertoire from mid 2019. To book your place on this tour, please fill out and submit the Confirmation of Place Form with the initial $600 deposit by Friday 21st June 2019. The deposit is non-refundable unless in the unlikely event the tour does not go ahead.

Confirmation of tour pricing will come out during 2019. However, we estimate a cost in the region of $4,100 per person. We have allowed room in this estimate for changes in the cost of flights, accommodation etc. This estimate also does not take into account any of our fundraising efforts.

Fundraising for this tour is ongoing. If you would like to participate in fundraising activities or organise a fundraising activity please contact the Head of Arts Mr Philip Watts via email pwa@gmas.wa.edu.au

Victorian Alps Ski Tour

The GMAS Ski Tour has been a popular tour for many families and staff. It encompasses a week of the following: skiing in the Victorian Alps, a visit to an AFL game, live stage shows, the famous Sovereign Hill, the zoo and many more east coast attractions. The tour is planned each year for around the term 2 holidays and costs approximately $2500.

Students return having mastered the art of skiing and our parents are refreshed after spending quality time with family, enjoying what Australia has to offer.

Here you can view what skiing in the Alps really looks like!

Should you require further information, please contact the front office on (08) 9752 5252.

Italy Tour

GMAS has taken two groups to Italy, first in 2013 and then in 2015. This stunning tour involves 19 nights in Italy.

Starting in Rome then travelling to Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples and the Amalfi Coast. The next stop is Rome with a tour of the Colosseum and the sights of Ancient Rome, visiting the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica, along with the Trevi Fountain and all the other amazing sights of the city.

We then time in the medieval hill town of Assisi, following in the footsteps of St Francis. Assisi has a wonderful atmosphere, and has a real spiritual feel. The laid back nature of the few days in Assisi, along with the atmosphere of the city was definitely a highlight of the tour for all participants. Onto Florence, with a side trip to Pisa and Venice, not only experiencing a gondola ride and a visit to the Doges Palace and Bridge of Sighs, we also visited the islands of Burano and Murano, famous for their glass and lace making.

The final stop in the tour is Milan, again spending three nights there, with a side trip to Lake Como on our last day in Italy. Highlights in Milan include the shopping, a visit to La Scala Opera House, seeing Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and also visiting a museum which showcases the inventions of Leonardo.

If you are interested in this tour, we are currently taking expressions of interest for 2019/20.