Senior School News

We wish the best of luck to the 18 students, two staff members and two assistants who set off for India on the Coolies trip last week. The Coolies trip is an extremely worthwhile alternative to Schoolies for Year 12 leavers.

This year the group will split in two, with one group building classrooms for a primary school and one renovating a training centre for nursing, education and other vocations. After the one month work phase the Coolies will tour southern India together for two weeks. They will visit the cities of Kodaikanal, Kochi, Panjim, Hampi and Bangalore before returning to Melbourne on 5 January 2015.

It is a huge commitment for these young men to leave their families over the Christmas and New Year period to go to a country so different from their own and to embark on a task of hard labour under quite trying conditions. We congratulate the 2014 Coolies on their participation and wish them a safe and enlightening trip.

Leading the Way — College Leaders Serve Community

Since 2013 the 13 College Leaders (who have been organised on a fortnightly roster) venture down to the Collingwood Senior Citizen Centre on a Sunday afternoon to assist with preparations and delivery of food to those in the community that simply need a helping hand.

Students spend an hour making sandwiches, filling bags with fruit and bakery goods that have been donated, and warming pastries in the oven and soup on the stove. Once the vans are loaded our first stop is to the commission homes in Collingwood. Goods are distributed door to door with other soup van volunteers (including a couple of De La Salle staff) accompanying each student. At around 7:30pm we move to Smith St Fitzroy to have a chin-wag and again deliver some extra assistance to those in need. Here you will find some of the most genuine and friendly people. Conversations are vibrant and always interesting. It’s usually around 8:30pm when we return to base for the final clean-up.

Ms Olivia Wenczel
College Leader Coordinator

Below is a joint reflection from two students who have assisted in this service project:

We both continue to have a very rewarding experience with this fantastic program. Delivering food to those in need opened our eyes to the people who live in poverty in our very own neighbourhood and we sympathised with the people living in such difficult circumstances. It feels good to be able to give back to society and help those not as fortunate as ourselves. This is a learning experience outside of the classroom and we are able to speak with many different people. One of us even spoke Chinese to a man living in the area! We’d encourage everyone to get involved in this program and be part of the Collingwood St. Vincent de Paul Society’s good works.

Raphael Canty (College Leader) and Nigel Menezes (Year 12, 2015)

Click here to watch a video about ‘Changing face of Victoria’s Homeless’.


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