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Journey to the South Pacific

Learn about the Education First tour that these Feehan students went on that taught them everything about Australia.
Sheila Cryan
Pictured (left to right; front row) Grace Muliero (‘24), Lilyana Crifo (‘24), Elizabeth Deckett (‘25), Annalise Karamas (‘24), Joey Ahmed (‘24), Emily Roman (‘23) and (left to right; top row) Chris Deckett (‘25), Owen Kobs (‘25), Bridget Sutula (‘23), Kalmia Cryan (‘23), Maddie Brennan (‘24), Dan Conroy (‘23) and Danny Coady (‘24) in front of the Sydney Opera House’s beautiful night lights.

This past June, several Bishop Feehan students took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Australia through Bishop Feehan’s partnership with EF (Education First) Tours. Students participated in a variety of activities while on the tour, from snorkeling the great barrier reef, to exploring the third largest sand island in the world. Student highlighted their favorite parts of the trip in a brief interview: 


Pictured is Annalise Karamas (‘24; Left) and Grace Muliero (‘24; right) (Lilyana Crifo (‘24))

You receive travel experience through this, you get to see all the different kinds of nature here in Australia, and considering the fact that most of the continent has different animals and plants, especially compared to North America, but even just in general it’s so different. I thought that was very cool, and also just seeing the culture in Sydney was also very interesting.

— Grace Muliero (‘24)


Pictured (left to right) Elizabeth Deckett (‘25), Annalise Karamas (‘24), Owen Kobs (‘25) and Chris Deckett (‘25) on a boat tour of the Whitsunday Islands. (Sheila Cryan )

I don’t want to go home. I met Kurt, Kurt works on the boat, he’s the best. I want to be like Kurt. Kurt is my new dad.

— Chris Deckett (‘25)



Pictured (left to right) Lilyana Crifo (‘24), Elizabeth Deckett (‘25), Owen Kobs (‘25), Emily Roman (‘23), Bridget Sutula (‘23), Kalmia Cryan (‘23), Maddie Brennan (‘24), Danny Coady (‘24) and Chris Deckett (‘25) swimming on a tour of the Whitsunday Islands. (Sheila Cryan )

We got to go out on a boat to the whitsunday beaches, and it’s the third whitest beach in the world, and we got snorkeling on the outskirts of the Great Barrier Reef which was amazing

— Danny Coady (‘24)



Pictured (left to right) Annalise Karamas (‘24), Lilyana Crifo (‘24) and Grace Muliero (‘24) enjoying the view of “The Gap”in Sydney. (Annalise Karamas (‘24) )

I loved seeing the Sydney Opera House, that was really cool. I loved seeing all the different species of animals they have. They have their very own [species of animals] which can’t be found anywhere else [in the world], that was awesome.

— Lilyana Crifo (‘24)


Among the listed activities featured in student’s responses, other scheduled activities this year included:

  • snorkeling through the Moreton Island shipwrecks
  • Trying local cuisine including meat pies and vegemite (with many students quickly discovering the polarizing taste vegemite contains for those unused to its unique flavor…)
  • Feeding Kangaroos and holding koalas at Billabong Sanctuary in Nome
  • Exploring local businesses and restaurants in Port Douglas
  • Taking submarine rides along Cape Tribulation
  • Finding local wildlife on a Daintree River cruise..

And so much more!

Students were asked if they would recommend EF Tour experiences to other Feehan students interested in the upcoming tour in 2024:


Pictured (left to right) Emily Roman (‘23), Chris Deckett (‘25), Owen Kobs (‘25) and Maddie Brennan (‘24). (Emily Roman (‘23))

I would say one hundred percent, it was a really amazing way to experience a different part of the world and it’s been a really fun time so I totally recommend it.

— Maddie Brennan (‘24)




Pictured is Elizabeth Deckett snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. (Sheila Cryan )

Yes, I would suggest that. It’s opened my eyes to [new] views on climate change and social issues… because compared to America it’s so different, I used to see those things kind of poorly but I definitely feel more informed on it now.

— Elizabeth Deckett (‘25)




Pictured (left to right) Joey Ahmed (‘24) and Danny Coady (‘24) (Sheila Cryan )

Yes, it’s a great opportunity to expand your knowledge [in] a different place and learn about new stuff you never knew before.

— Joey Ahmed (’24)




As one of the many who were fortunate enough to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity, I cannot recommend this tour group enough. It was easily the best part of my summer, and I enjoyed every minute of trying new things and seeing new places I may not have ever seen in my life if it were not for this trip. EF tours made planning the trip easy for all the student travelers and parents, and let us shake off the worries of purchasing airline tickets or booking hotels. Among fun planned activities coordinated by Beth Arrington, head tour coordinator for the yearly Feehan trips, a good percentage of your free time can be spent with your classmates exploring designated areas of the cities you’re touring, or enjoying the amenities of the hotels you stop at together. As someone who considers herself an ambivert person, the breaks between activities to just spend time with your close friends at a cafe or by the pool calmed the anxieties that came with being far from home. I always felt supported by the chaperones and peers that were with me, and Beth’s decades of experience coordinating school experiences was a sigh of relief for myself (and my mom). If you like to travel, or desire to learn about the culture of Europe, (or maybe you’re just looking for something fun to do with your friends next summer!) I cannot recommend the 2024 trip to Ireland and England enough. The trip is available to all grade levels, including current freshman and seniors! If you sign up earlier, travel bundles and down payments are much cheaper. Along with the early bird discount, the more students on the trip the more the price will decrease for ALL travelers! If you have any questions about the upcoming trip, email Mrs. Cryan at [email protected] or attend an informational meeting at St. Mary’s Church HalL, North Attleboro on October 16th at 6:30pm.


Hope you all had a wonderful summer, Feehan! 🏝️ 


*The following photos have, to the best of our ability, been placed, credited, and captioned in a chronological and factual way.


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Annalise Karamas
Annalise Karamas, Senior Editor/Staff Writer
Annalise Karamas (she/they) is a current senior at Bishop Feehan. She loves writing about interesting places she visits and fun events occurring around the school. In her free time, you can find her leading the Sabre fencing team or cooking up mischief in the labs during STEM club. It is her third year as staff for the ‘Rock Report, and her first year as co-head editor with her partner Grace Mulerio.

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