Social Justice

Week Without Words

Last Week, Year 10 ran Week Without Words 2019, an awareness fundraiser for St Lucy’s at Wahroonga. 95% of students at this school are unable to verbally communicate like we do everyday. This initiative was organised by Ms De Mattia and Mrs Minto, and from all the girls in Year 10 we would like to say a big thank you for organising this awareness fundraiser. A further thank you is given to the Week Without Words Year 10 Committee who helped organise events and help raise money for St Lucy’s.

On Friday the 6th September, Year 10 was involved in a silent day to raise awareness for St Lucy’s, therefore we would like to congratulate these girls for getting involved and discovering new ways to communicate without their voices. Year 10 had great success in raising $500 in 15 minutes through the Silent Bake Sale alone. Thank you to those of you who baked and brought in yummy cakes, biscuits slices to sell at the stall! Although we will not know the full amount our school has raised until further in the year, we know that this amount will help St Lucy’s purchase devices to assist students with their learning. 

Look out for emails next year regarding Week Without Words and make sure you get involved throughout the week by bringing in coins,  grabbing your friends and joining student led activities and (if you’re in Year 10) sign your name up to be involved in the Week Without Words Committee. It is an event you will not forget! 

 

Charlotte Black and Lily Hudson

Year 10

Social Justice Sunday

On the last Sunday in September, the Catholic Church will commemorate the annual Social Justice Sunday. This initiative is led by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council whose work focuses on responding to social justice issues in society from a Christian Catholic perspective, always keeping the values of the Gospel and teachings of Christ front and centre.

The 2019-2020 Social Justice Statement is titled ‘Making it Real: Genuine Human Encounter in our Digital World’. It observes that in a modern world so affected by new and emerging technologies that there is an opportunity to ensure human connection and relation remains at the forefront of our lives and mission.

At Loreto Normanhurst we often talk of relationships as the heart of the school. Relationship allows each student, staff member and member of the community to feel connected to one another. This week, as the nation commemorated R U OK? Day once again, the relationships we build are more important than ever. Human encounter is a new social justice frontier, yet always focused on the key Calls of the IBVM: “to create a oneness that moves us across boundaries”.

Here is a short excerpt from the 2019-2020 Social Justice Statement in preparation for Social Justice Sunday in a few weeks’ time:

 “Just as in our social media interactions and behaviours, the fundamental question is whether we will choose to use digital technology to make faceless, nameless and soulless the human beings on the other side of our devices or whether we will choose to authentically encounter and honour their humanity, and our own.

This requires entering into relationship with each other and not turning away from suffering and injustice by consenting to a digital world built on anonymity and denial of our humanity. Any technical solutions will only ever be as good as the culture and values we decide they are going to serve.”

 

Mr Phillip Merchant

Acting Social Justice Coordinator