Social Justice

Social justice is the practice of looking at political, social, economic and religious structures and decisions through the eyes of the most vulnerable in society and working with them to respond.

Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM

For those new to our Loreto Normanhurst community, social justice can seem like a daunting concept, but when broken down to its basics, as done in the quote above, it is simply a message of helping the most vulnerable in society and standing in solidarity with them. It is intrinsic to our school community as a way of actioning the teachings of, and emulating the person of Christ. As a school, we are almost always promoting one event or another, and in true Loreto fashion, we have certainly had a big start to the year in social justice here at Normanhurst!

It has been amazing to see so many faces in our first Green Team and JPIC meetings of the year, both new and familiar. Both of these sessions consisted of setting our goals for the year and generally discussing what we, as a student collective, want to see happen. One of my goals in the coming terms is to facilitate and nurture this active involvement in creating tangible change, and it is fantastic to see such a large number of girls brimming with so much passion to share with both the school and wider community.

This week I had the pleasure of leading a discussion with Year 9 in Wednesday’s Conversation Period about how they, too, can embrace the change-making opportunities offered here at Loreto. In going into that session, my goal was to connect with the girls on a deeper level and personally welcome them to join both JPIC and Green Team. In the past, these extra-curricular groups have sometimes been perceived as for ‘seniors only’, and judging by some new additions to JPIC on Wednesday lunch, I think I am well on the way to dispelling that myth!

The one clear message that came out of these discussions over the past two weeks was the importance of giving everyone a voice and the opportunity to use that voice. Green Team and JPIC alike have always shared the message of student-led action, and it is clear, now more than ever, that the youth of society want to ‘have their say’ in their future which comes through in their actions. Over the term of my leadership, I hope I can continue to foster this passion throughout our community, as both Green Team and JPIC move to focus even more on tangible and sustained student action.

Over the next few weeks, we have a few major projects coming up, and these are:

Friday March 1

Schools Clean Up Australia Day

Tuesday March 5

Shrove Tuesday – fundraising for Project Compassion

Wednesday March 6

Ash Wednesday and the launch of Project Compassion

Friday March 8

International Women’s Day – Supergirl Week held in conjunction

Wednesday March 13

Loreto Normanhurst Close the Gap Day

Wednesday March 20

Harmony Day

Friday March 29

Loreto Normanhurst Earth Hour

 

However, that isn’t all! There are a few more very important announcements to come in the next few newsletters – so stay tuned!

On behalf of the wider Social Justice Council, I warmly invite everyone to come along to both JPIC and Green Team – it isn’t too late to join! They meet alternate Wednesdays at lunch, so grab your lunch and meet us in 1.02GBC.

I would also like to welcome every new girl and her family into the wider Loreto social justice community that we’re all a part of. As I wrote earlier, it can be daunting finding your place in such an established facet of school life, but this term is shaping up to one in which we can all get involved, and hopefully as a school community, we might just create some change in the world.

 

Isabella Mincher

Social Justice Captain