During the September/October holidays, 65 students from Year 11 at Oakhill College participated in the annual Lasallian Service Program to India and the Philippines. The Program, now in its tenth year, provides an opportunity for students to practice faith, service and community, and carry out Lasallian work to those less fortunate.
Throughout 2018, the College held many fundraising events to raise money to help pay for the physical resources for each of the projects in India and the Philippines. Team Philippines were based at the Lasallian school, Jaime Hilario Integrated School, ‘The School by the Sea’ in Bagac. They worked with the students teaching English, painting the library, and cleaning up the outdoor chapel and the school driveway after a recent typhoon.
Team India stayed at the Lasallian trade school, St Pius X BoysTown, near Madurai, and St. Joseph’s Keelimudiman. Working hard in hot and humid conditions, students sanded and painted classrooms and helped stonemasons build walls.
Thirteen staff also volunteered their two-week holiday to guide and care for the students during the tour. Director of Mission, Mr Chris Goodman, says that the Program aims to provide service to children who are in need: “Oakhill College students represented us brilliantly and the bonds that were created in such a short time were heartfelt and inspiring.”
Principal, Br Steve Hogan, says the Service Tours provide an example of what we stand for as a De La Salle School: “At Oakhill we have a tradition of Christian and Lasallian wisdom to guide us how to live and conduct our lives. Like St John Baptist de La Salle, who committed himself to provide a Christian and human education to young people, and especially to the poor and marginalised, we too must support our sisters and brothers in need.”