Social Justice

What have we done so far this term, in regards to Social Justice?

This term our focus has been ‘Fight against Poverty’. Activities will lead our boys to an understanding of the causes, affects and prevalence of poverty in our world, including our local community. During Poverty Week (Sunday 13 October – Saturday 19 October), the college community learnt about the types of poverty that exist in our community. Homeroom mentors and RE teachers educated the boys throughout the week, culminating in an activity affectionately referred to as ‘Socktober’. Socktober involved making sock puppets in order to ‘sock it to poverty!’ Some classes performed plays and displayed their puppets throughout the week.

The College community has also raised over $1,500 for the Asylum Seeker Support program in collaboration with Sacred heart Christ our Holy Redeemer Parishes. This money was raised through a casual clothes day. Rachael Terkelsen from the Sacred Heart Parish also came to talk with our Year 7 and 8 boys about this cause. She enlightened the boys about the situation from which asylum seekers come from and the difficulties they face even when they do reach Australia. Regardless of how they have arrived, they need our help.

Week 3 of Term 4 saw us launched our annual St Vinnies appeal which runs until the end of the year. Students are asked to bring Christmas food items to create hampers for those in our local community needing a helping hand at Christmas time. Staff are also putting together hampers for the men assisted by Ozanam house by donating clothing and toiletries.

Why have we done these things….

The kingdom of God is characterised by justice, peace, love, wholeness, well-being, and the unity and solidarity of all, founded on the uniqueness of each person, whenever we act out of love and compassion, justice and peace.

(M Hogan 1992, Option for the Poor, Annual social justice statements of the Australian Commission for Justice and Peace 1973-87, p.9).

Nadia Knight
Director of Religious Education