A team of Year 11 students on our annual visit to Papua New Guinea is completing their first week of work at Bomana De La Salle High School outside Port Moresby. I have had a couple of texts from the crew and can report Messrs Hogan, Walker and Wilson have the renovations in hand and all are safe and well with the students enjoying – by and large – the experience as builders’ labourers. More importantly, they have the opportunity to see what a difference their fundraising and unselfish commitment of time can make in this underprivileged part of the De La Salle world.
Similarly, 16 Year 9 & 10 students, accompanied by Mr Happ, Mr Wozencroft and Ms Hawley, travel to the Philippines during the holidays for their immersion in Manila and surrounds at La Salle Green Hills school. Staying with local families, the students will enjoy a truly multicultural immersion, witness firsthand the challenges a city like Manila faces, and in some small ways make a contribution to improving the lives of the poor in the areas they visit. In 2015 these boys will in turn host a visit from Green Hills students, sharing the mission with our Lasallian neighbours and colleagues.
Mr Peter Houlihan — Principal