“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine couldn’t have stated it more effectively. If you never go anywhere, you have a very limited view of the world.
Students at Oakhill College have certainly gone places recently! During the April school holidays, 3 trips were planned for students and staff that led them to explore different corners of the globe and experience life in diverse cities.
Seventeen students currently studying Italian, as well as 3 staff from our language faculty, embarked upon the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Eager to put their language skills to use and gain a first-hand experience of the places and culture they had learnt about, their first stop was Rome. Inspired by the imposing Colosseum, the students discovered life in this ancient city. Visiting famous landmarks such as the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, as well as cities breathing life and history such Pompeii, Florence and Milan, students immersed themselves in the colours, flavours and languages of local culture. This trip gave students an opportunity to not only develop their Italian language skills, but also broaden their world view.
Whilst the Italian tour was in full swing, 120 Oakhill students were travelling to another area of our wide world on a very different journey. The Cambodia/Vietnam Service Tour is offered to students every year and provides a rare chance not only to learn about another culture, but also for students to learn about themselves and make a positive change.
Visiting Phnom Penh in Cambodia was the pinnacle of this trip. Students took part in a community service experience helping the De La Salle Brothers with projects within the local community. These projects included laying paving bricks to create an area where local children could now park their bicycles and tree planting in areas that had been flattened by deforestation.
“The immersion trips not only allow our students to focus on the experience itself, developing independence, resilience and self-confidence, but they also provide an opportunity to develop understanding, respect and a deeper appreciation of other people. Australia is a multi-cultural, multi-religious society. To be able to see and experience other cultures first hand gives us all a greater respect and understanding of difference.” said Br Steve Hogan, Principal of Oakhill College.
Sport and extra-curricular activities are a testament to the all-rounded, holistic education offered by Oakhill College. Various sporting teams at the College often have the opportunity to travel the world playing the sport that they love.
During the recent holidays, 40 students and 6 staff were given an amazing chance to visit the USA on a Rugby Tour. Playing many teams such as Xavier College in New York and Jesuit High in New Orleans. The tour provided a great experience, forging new friendships and strengthening the Rugby teams at the College.