As part of Project Compassion this term, students were given three challenges to demonstrate how they live out this year’s theme ‘Love your Neighbour’. Those challenges were:
- Be organised
- Be generous
- Practise gratitude
We haven’t finalised this week’s collection of money, however, so far our fundraising tally stands at $5169.85! The girls and staff have absolutely demonstrated their generosity and their willingness to support Project Compassion by being organised and mindful throughout Lent.
I thought it would be fitting to conclude this term by sharing with you some reflections on gratitude, by our girls and staff members, as a nod to the final challenge of Project Compassion.
Thank you for your generous support throughout this season of Lenten giving. I am feeling very grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community.
Miss Roseanne Timmins
Social Justice Coordinator
There are many things I am grateful for: the country I live in, my friends, my education. But most of all, I am grateful for my family. I am so lucky to have been raised and supported all my life by such good people, and the fact that no matter where I am or what I am doing I know I will always have a home and people who love me. And because of this, I am extremely grateful.
I am grateful for many things. I am grateful for the country that I live in, I am grateful for my health, I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my interests. I am grateful for the strong women and girls who surround me and the beautiful family that I was born into. Most of all, I am grateful that I was born into a position where my voice and my opinion have weight, where I have the means and the ability to inspire and make change in the lives of others.
I am thankful to be living in a society that allows me, as a young girl, to get an education.
I am thankful to have family who pester me about how my day was.
I am thankful that I have never experienced true hunger, that I have access to food at all times.
I am thankful for the support network I have through all aspects of my life, that I have people who genuinely care about my well-being who help me even when I’m scared to ask for it.
I am grateful for being born into a lucky country such as Australia, and as an Indigenous person of Australia to be receiving the education that I am. I realise these things that I have been given aren’t rights, but privileges, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I’m grateful for clean water, an abundance in food, and the chance to be educated in a safe country.
I am grateful I was lucky enough to have parents who put a roof over my head, put food on the table and paid for my education. I am grateful they always supported me when I needed it, but not always when I wanted it, as these lessons helped me develop my own independence.
I am grateful I grew up in a country where I could ride my bike to school and I went to a school where I could play on an oval at lunch time.
I am grateful for being surrounded by supportive and loving family and friends, and the privilege of being educated.
It’s almost time to send in your preloved bras and swimwear in support of Project Uplift! During the Easter break, have a sort through your clothes in preparation for the collection next term.
Many of you will recall that we have supported Project Uplift in the past and have provided much needed bras, swimwear and underwear to less fortunate women and girls, for whom these items are a luxury they can ill-afford. All good condition bras can be used, as can swimming costumes/bikinis. Bras in poor condition may still provide spare parts and bras with only one underwire can be used by removing the remaining underwire! Large sizes, nursing bras and mastectomy bras are like gold-dust.
As we will need to sort the bras into size categories, we ask that labels are checked to ensure sizes are easy to read – please write on the label if it has faded. In addition, if your donation includes mastectomy or nursing bras, please can you also indicate this as it may not be obvious to our sorters!
We will be collecting in the first half in Term 2. If you are sending them in with your daughter, she will need to give them to her House Social Justice Captain or place them in the collection boxes in GBC 1.02 at the top of the stairs. This year we are also collecting monetary donations to help cover the charity’s shipping costs to get the items to many locations . There is a collection box in the Mission Office.
Check out the website for more details.
Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield