Students from Oakhill College together with students from La Salle College, Ashfield recently embarked on an inaugural 11-day exchange program to Hong Kong. This is the first trip of its kind at the College, the purpose being both educational and cultural.
Students lived with a Hong Kong family and experienced what life is like living and attending school in a large, densely populated, highly efficient Asian city. Every morning the students were expected to make their way to La Salle College, ready for an 8.00am start and participate in lessons. After school they often stayed on campus whilst their hosts attended co-curricular activities.
When not at school, the contingent of Australians travelled with their billets around the three main areas that form Hong Kong – Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. They also visited markets, museums, monasteries, and historical places including the exhibition of Bruce Lee, alumni of La Salle College, Hong Kong.
Principal of Oakhill College, Br Steve Hogan believes that exchange programs are part of a global movement to advance intercultural learning offering great benefit: “Universities and employers seek students and young adults who have a sense of their world beyond their own communities and are comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.”
Oakhill College will be reciprocating the exchange in 2019 with several students and staff from Hong Kong planning to visit Oakhill College next year.