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La Salle Green Hills Exchange

Students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 recently hosted 15 students as part of a two-week exchange with one of our sister schools – La Salle Green Hills, in the Philippines capital, Manila.

This year, the students from Green Hills made the trip to Melbourne. The Student Exchange Program between schools has proven to be an excellent opportunity for students to gain important insights into interpersonal relationships, varying value systems, differing world views and different social structures. This cultural and academic program heightens our students’ awareness of the works of Lasallian Institutions worldwide.

The Green Hills boys experienced ‘A slice of life in Melbourne’ visiting the sights and landmarks of our town as well as seeing wild kangaroos and dolphins on the trip to Jan Juc. They spent time in class with our own students and visited the Houses of Parliament as a guest of our local member, Michael O’Brien MLA. The students were accompanied by Brother Manny fsc, Mrs Marie Santos and Mrs Cheryl Joaquin-villneuva, all of whom were guests of the Brothers community for the two weeks.

The highlight of the visit for the boys was, however, the families that looked after them. To quote a response written by one of the boys, “I felt so welcome by my host family and was included in everything. Even though our cultures are different, I noticed how similar we are. This may be because we are Lasallian, but there is more in common that differences and the differences just make it more interesting. I can’t thank my Aussie family enough”.

In 2014, there will be an opportunity for our own Year 9 and 10 (2014) students to travel to Manila, Philippines for a 2 week reciprocal exchange.