Beyond the Classroom
‘We need the poor to evangelise us, to show us this new face of Christ’ – Br Philip Pinto cfc
The Year 11 students at Christian Brothers College (CBC) have the opportunity to participate annually in a pilgrimage to Vietnam with St Mary’s College. The pilgrimage challenges our students to live out the EREA touchstone ‘Justice and Solidarity’ where we are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.
Since 2005, CBC and St. Mary’s College students have combined to participate in a Pilgrimage to Vietnam.
The primary focus of the Vietnam Pilgrimage is on giving service and working with orphaned, disabled children in the Phu My Orphanage in the Thi Nghe District, Saigon. The Orphanage was founded in 1875 and is operated by the Sisters of St Paul de Charters where they provide care for over 300 young people ranging from 2 to 21 years of age. The children have a range of physical and intellectual disabilities and over 160 of these children are bedridden. While at the Orphanage, students participate in a range of activities and are immersed in the day-to-day operation of the Orphanage.
The Pilgrimage Vision:
- A journey of mission – where we provide service to those in need… a giving of one’s self to others.
- A journey of immersion – where we immerse ourselves in the vibrant and diverse culture of Vietnam.
- A journey of self-discovery – where we, as individuals and a group discover strengths, limitations, and goodwill.
‘Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, and another religion is to take off our shoes, as the place we are approaching is holy: else we may find ourselves treading on someone’s dreams. More serious still, we may forget that God was there before our arrival.’ – Max Warren, Maryknoll 1987
‘So I ask myself what is my role as a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth and a Leader in the tradition of Blessed Edmund, I come back to one key question.
‘The difference between the stranger and a friend is merely a story’. – Br Philip Pinto cfc, Congregational Leader, Brisbane 2008
The College provides an opportunity annually for students in Year 11 students to participate in immersion to the Philippines. The immersion supports the mission of the Christian Brothers in the Oceania Province through the Edmund Rice Foundation. The students work collaboratively with the Brothers in the Diocese of Kabankalan, on the island of Negros which is situated 500 kms south of Manila and with two parishes in Manila – Santo Nino Parish and St John of the Cross, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.
Students have a ‘buddy’ in each school who looks after them and integrates them into the culture of local village life. Furthermore, while in Manila, the students engage with the street kids, three orphanages, families at margins, an aged care facility and the deaf students at Anawim. In addition, they live with their host Filipino parents who have affiliations to the parishes and do volunteer work in a feeding program at the parishes.
China Study Tour
‘If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything’ – Confucius
Highlights of the tour included:
Visits to Chinese schools;
Number 8 Middle School (Shanghai)
Number 1 Middle School (Licheng District)
Middle School, Shandong University (Shandong)
Guided tour of Ancient Town of Zhouzhuang (traditional water village)
Guided tour of World Heritage Cemetery of Confucius
Climb one of the five holy mountains-Tai Shan
Hand on experience at the traditional Cultural Research base at Shandong University
Shop in the friendly local markets
Visit to Tiananmen Square and guided tour of Temple of Heaven
Visit and guided tour of the Great Wall.
Italy Study Tour
‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ – Nelson Mandela
Two week home stay and attendance at the local school
Visit and guided tours in Venice, Milan, Florence, Siena and Rome
Visit to the Sforza Castle and ‘La Scala’, Milan’s world acclaimed Opera House
Entrance and panoramic views from the roof top of Milan’s Duomo
Visits to Piazza San Marco and La Basilica di San Marco, Venice
Visits to Piazza della Signoria and il Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Guided tour of Rome with visits to the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum.
The Duke of Edinburgh
- 3 months commitment
- Minimum 3 or 6 months with regular commitment
- 3 or 6 months commitment
- Year 9 Adventure Camp
- Qualifying Year 10 Expedition