Social Justice

Return and Earn

Friday December 1st 2017 marks the roll out of the NSW Government’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme. This is part of the state government’s commitment to reducing litter and incentivises the return of various containers that contribute to litter; thus not all containers are eligible for the refund as it is assumed that all other containers are put in kerbside recycling bins. The 10c refund can be directed to your bank account, converted into vouchers or donated to charity.

Please check this website for more details about the scheme and what can and can’t be returned for a 10c refund. And check the map on this website for your local collection point and other FAQs.

 

Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield

Ecology Coordinator

 

Community Service

As the term and the year draws to a close, it is timely to look back on what has been a year focused on the value of Freedom; and a year that has inspired our students to learn to be free to be themselves but also to be free to be a person for others.

This year has been one rich with opportunities to be involved in social justice issues and ways to help others. This term alone, our students have generously donated to the Vinnies Christmas Hampers, they have listened to a special guest speaker about working with refugees in Greece and Turkey, hundreds have signed letters urging for more humane treatment of the refugees on Manus Island and just this week they have pledged their support to end violence against women by wearing white ribbons in their hair and by signing a voluntary pledge.

I would like to thank all of our community for embracing these opportunities and demonstrating God’s love for us through the care and compassion they have extended to people in our communities.

To conclude, I would like to share one of our Year 11 student’s reflection on her community service experience over Year 10 and Year 11. As a cornerstone of our pastoral and social justice program, our Year 10 and Year 11 students must complete 40 hours of community service over the course of two years. They are urged to be a person for others and to go where the need is greatest.

“Community service is a large part of Loreto Normanhurst life and gives girls a chance to offer their gifts to assist someone in need. Over the course of Year 10 I completed my community service at the Exodus Foundation’s Loaves and Fishes Restaurant. Whilst volunteering I helped serve meals to the less fortunate as well as set up and clean up the restaurant. During Year 11, I volunteered in the SAN Pharmacy where I delivered medication to wards, stocked shelves and assisted with administrative work. I found that both of these experiences were challenging but extremely fulfilling and satisfying knowing that I was working for the benefit of others. I also found it to been very enjoyable and beneficial, developing my communication and organisational skills.

Thank you to the school for encouraging us to take part in this program, I benefited a lot from it and believe that other girls did too. I would like to encourage all girls to take on this opportunity with gratitude and a positive attitude!” – Lucy Beer, Year 11

 

Miss Rosanne Timmins

Social Justice Coordinator