Social Justice

Close the Gap Day

This week at Loreto Normanhurst we participated in  National Close the Gap Day to acknowledged the significant disadvantages and inequity faced by Indigenous Australians.

Close the Gap day aims to raise awareness about the startling gaps that exist between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the country. This year focused on the health gap and forced us to question why Aboriginal Australians are expected to live up to 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians and what we can do about it.

Throughout the day the students came together at recess to spell out the words ‘Close the Gap’ and the photo was entered into the Instagram Competition for Close the Gap, which the Aboriginal Studies class have entered. Our students also participated in important discussions about cultural sensitivity during House time, which aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of stereotyping in our society. At lunch the Close the Gap bake stall raised $428 for Project Compassion and 423 people pledged their support by signing a petition to Close the Gap.

It was a day of reflection and advocacy and it was wonderful to see our girls show their support for Indigenous Australians.

 

Ms Roseanne Timmins

Social Justice Coordinator

 

Did you know that a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent is expected to live 10-17 years less than your average Australian?

Alarming isn’t it?

But did you also know that something can be done about it?

Today we celebrated the ‘Close the Gap’ initiative. This initiative works to decrease the number of disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia. It addresses critical social issues that occur every day within the Indigenous Community such as access to housing, education and medical services.

By supporting this initiative, we’re helping an individual or families in need of support.

Everyone deserves the right to a healthy future.

 

Kiarra Williams-Browne

 Year 11

 

Project Futures Movie Night

 

In the July holidays of this year, Abigail Glezos, Ingrid Monaghan, Abigail Mulcaster, Kate Roberts and Dominique Rossell along with their mums will be participating in a 385km cycle with Project Futures across Cambodia from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Between them they must raise $30000, at $3000 per person going, to solely go towards Project Futures, who help to raise funds for foundations in Cambodia that rehabilitate and educate woman and children that have been victims of the sex trafficking trade. The cycles aim is to raise money and awareness to help project futures move towards ending human trafficking.

On Friday the 31st of March the girls will be hosting a movie night in the school gym to raise funds for their cycle. They will be showing 10 things I hate about you and arrival is requested by 6pm so that the movie can be started at 6:30pm allowing for an 8:30pm finish. Each ticket is $10 per person and includes popcorn and a drink. Raffle tickets will also be sold on the night for a chance to win some great prizes, and is to be drawn after the movie. Additional lollies, drinks and popcorn will be sold on the night. This invitation is extended to Yrs. 7-12 along with the family and friends. So everyone grab your blankets and pillows and get ready for a fun relaxing night out after a long week of school and help them reach their goal so that we can give back to those who need our help most!

Tickets may be purchased through pre booking site below or on the night before entry.

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=268648