Social Justice

Over the last few weeks of Term 2, both Green Team and JPIC have been busily working away at a number of projects. It has been great to see so many girls getting involved in these initiatives and supporting social justice around the school.

Throughout last week, JPIC celebrated Refugee Week with a number of activities. On Tuesday at lunch we had a screening of the refugee episode of the ABC’s television series You Can’t Ask That. It was a very insightful program which opened our eyes to the realities of being a refugee in Australia.

JPIC and the LRC collaborated to host a Books@Breakfast talk from Dr Munjed Al Muderis who is a pioneer in the field of prosthetics and came to Australia as a refugee. He spoke of his current work as a doctor as well as his journey fleeing from war-torn Iraq and coming to Australia. He also spoke specifically of his time in detention centres and it was very inspiring to hear of his determination, resilience and positivity despite these ordeals. If you would like to learn more about Dr Al Muderis’ story, he has written a book, Walking Free.

After this talk, students were given the opportunity to sign letters to Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs, urging for better treatment of refugees. This invitation was extended to staff and all students and has culminated in a large pile of signed letters which we are posting today.

Last week, the Green Team ran a cake stall at long recess to raise funds for Project Uplift, which collects used and new bras to donate to women in need around the world. In addition to cash payments, wares could be traded for food bank donations to the House of Welcome. Girls from all year groups brought in cakes, biscuits and slices and helped to run the stall. The staff and student appetites for cake did not disappoint and the fundraiser was a huge success, raising over $500, a box of bras and two boxes of food items. It couldn’t have happened without the generosity of all the girls who contributed, so a massive thanks goes to all of them.

One of our Green Team boarders organised a letter writing campaign in the Boarding School to Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy, urging the Government to reject the Adani Carmichael Mine and future coal mining proposals. There’s going to be a lot of mail to open in Parliament House from Loreto Normanhurst!

Alongside these activities, JPIC also continued running our Wrap with Love knitting sessions on Friday lunches. These have been a great opportunity for girls to relax at the end of the week by knitting with friends. The great turnout to these sessions have meant that a lot a squares have been completed which will be turned into blankets for those in need this winter.

Altogether, these activities have been a great way to finish the term and I would like to sincerely thank all the girls and staff for their enthusiasm and support of these events.

 

Dominica Leaver

Social Justice Captain