Social Justice

Uplift Project

Uplift Project collects new and second-hand bras and sends them to women in disadvantaged communities for whom a bra is unobtainable or unaffordable.  Not only does this charity align with our school’s commitment to social justice, but also to environmental justice by diverting bras from landfill. The Green Team began collecting and sorting bras and swimwear for Uplift Project at the beginning of this term. Once again, we have a large collection of over 300 bras and over 80 swimwear items ready for delivery to the NSW Coordinator who will distribute to women in need and we thank you for your support.

If you still have bras that you would like to donate, please refer to this link for your closest drop off point.

 

Pledging to Laudato Si’

It is two years since Pope Francis wrote the encyclical Laudato Si’: on Care for our Common Home which calls for urgent action on climate change and urges everyone on the planet to care for it. At Loreto Normanhurst we already commit to living out the vision of the encyclical and our Catholic faith through prayer, concrete action, and advocacy. This is woven into every aspect of the holistic education we provide through the FACE curriculum and the Calls of the IBVM. The Green Team, JPIC, and the strategic pathway of an Ecology-Centred School are all examples of how we take action and advocate. You are invited to (re)commit to this calling by taking the newly updated pledge in which you are asked to pray with and for creation, live more simply by lowering your family’s, parish’s and/or religious community’s carbon footprint and advocate to protect our common home.  

 

Plastic Free July – Choose to Refuse!

Plastic Free July is one of the hardest challenges to meet in our modern world. This initiative asks you to choose to refuse single-use plastic items during the month of July as these items are responsible for much of the litter, ocean plastic and landfill. The most obvious culprits include straws, beverage cups, shopping bags, water bottles and cutlery, but less obvious ones include prepacked fruit & vegetables, sushi “fish” and disposable cleaning wipes. To avoid such items takes forward planning: packing your own cutlery, reusable coffee cups and reusable shopping bags – including ones to put loose fruit and vegetables in. For more information and to get involved please refer to this link.

 

Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield

Ecology Coordinator

 

Bajindabarda!

Bajindabarda means good morning in the language of the Yanula people. This introduction into just one of the 120 Indigenous languages still spoken today, is just the beginning of our NAIDOC celebrations at Loreto Normanhurst.

The official NAIDOC week is celebrated around Australia during the first week of July, however we will celebrate and acknowledge the contributions made to Australia by our Indigenous brothers and sisters during Week One, Term 3.

This year’s theme focuses on the importance of language and when we consider that an estimated 250 languages were spoken at the time of first contact in 1788, it is sobering to think of the rich history that we have lost. This only further highlights the importance of promoting the remaining 120 languages, of learning from our First People and for celebrating their stories and depth of knowledge of this wonderful country. The importance of language in shaping our identity and the way that we see the world cannot be underestimated.

Our students will have many opportunities to take part in the NAIDOC celebrations and are urged to immerse themselves in the cultural events. Some of these opportunities include a ceremonial smoking ceremony to open the week and watching Indigenous films at lunchtime in the Curran Theatre. Excitingly, they will also have the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with our very special guest Michael O’Loughlin, a proud Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man from Adelaide. Michael was a highly decorated AFL player who played over 300 games for the Sydney Swans and kicked 521 career goals! He has worked tirelessly in his community and other remote communities to improve the size of ‘the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ by working on a variety of different projects. This Q&A session will be hosted by our Indigenous students and Mrs Bailey, our Indigenous Support Coordinator.

I’ll leave you with this challenge: over the break, take some time to attend a NAIDOC celebration near you and learn something new. To get you started, I’m sure you know how to say goodbye in French, Spanish, Japanese and now you know how to say it in Yanula: Bawijibarda.

 

Miss  Rosanne Timmins

Social Justice Coordinator