Social Justice

Social Justice

Is knowledge power?

Knowledge does indeed lead to power, but not directly; there is a missing component of this equation and that is action. Just as we read in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke about not hiding our light, but rather using our talents well, it is important that we use our knowledge to inform action. Within the Loreto Normanhurst student body, we currently have lots of young women who are using their knowledge about environmental issues to inform action in their own lives as well as influencing their family and peers.

The Green Team continues to go from strength to strength in both membership and achieving their goals. They are currently working on a variety of medium-term projects addressing the overarching theme for 2019 of Loreto’s War on Waste, including litter management, energy wastage and diverting waste from landfill.

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.”

Matthew 5:15-16 (NRSV)

Students of Loreto Normanhurst rarely leave the school gates at graduation without a strong sense of striving for justice. Amongst our alumni are philanthropist Tara Hunt, née Barry (Class of 1980 d.2017) and singer/songwriter Jessica Cerro (Class of 2013), aka Montaigne. Tara, who sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2017, was co-CEO of 1 Million Women, the organisation that empowers women in particular to combat climate change through their daily actions by providing education and strategies.

This organisation celebrates its 10th anniversary this month and to mark this momentous occasion, they are holding a massive event at the Carriageworks, Eveleigh on Saturday 25 May. It promises to be an unmissable opportunity where you will hear from a sensational lineup of musicians, speakers and experts who all prioritise fighting climate change. The musicians include Montaigne, Midnight Oil, Emily Wurramara and Katie Noonan – something for everyone! If you would like to attend, head to this link to purchase your tickets. At $15 for students and $30 for adults, it really is a steal!


Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield

Ecology Coordinator