Posted by Julia Goonan
on 6 May 2020
Franco De Joya and Matthew Murrie have been Youth Ministers at Oakhill for the last year now. These boys make an iconic team within the Oakhill community, but they have both stepped up over the last few weeks of uncertainty, to provide the students at Oakhill with as much focus on the positive things going on as they can. The boys have created multiple YouTube videos, and will continue to make weekly updates for the students at Oakhill to watch in the comfort of their homes.
Whilst a lot of learning is happening online, the students are able to reflect as they watch Franco and Matt's videos. The boys give the students an opportunity to pause and think of the highlights of this first school term, whether that be making a friend, completing an assessment or an achievement on the sporting field, the two Youth Ministers give an insight into the positive aspects of life, to reduce the focus on the negative. The boys showed the incredible video of Italians in isolation that went viral across the world, to show the solidarity of the community that even when they are at a very low point in their lives, communities can come together to still rise up and find joy in the given situation.
Franco and Matt challenge the students with an Act of Kindness for the week, a chance for students to make someone's day. The 'AOK' for this week, was to get in contact with someone who you haven't seen from school since remote learning began. The boys suggest their own experiences, in order to relate to the students. Towards the end of this episode, the boys bring attention to the end of Lent. We are at a very uncertain point in life at the moment, similarly to Jesus leaving the desert after 40 days. The boys ask the student to reflect on the pain Jesus would have gone through and remind the students to keep this in mind as they head into Holy Week. With every new week beginning in Remote Learning, there is a new video to stay in touch with the students and keep the Oakhill Community alive through this tough time.