Social Justice: Year in Review
Almost a year has passed since Year 12 officially took on the role of leaders of the school and as we draw nearer to graduation and the passing on of this role to Year 11, Year 12 has begun to reflect on the events of our final year of school. As Social Justice Captain, I have truly cherished the opportunity to contribute to social justice initiatives throughout the year and I am filled with pride to look back on the hard work and achievements of all students in this area.
The social justice highlight of Term 4 last year was the success of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Christmas Hampers. This is a worthy cause which the school has been involved in for many years, providing much needed supplies as well as little luxuries for families in need at this special time. It was wonderful to witness everyone get behind this cause once again and support it so generously.
In Term 1 our focus shifted to Caritas’ Project Compassion Lenten fundraising appeal. We again received overwhelming assistance from our community and managed to raise over $10,000! A number of activities including the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Stall, Mufti Day and Coin Trail helped to get everyone involved in the fundraising and awareness raising process. We also celebrated multiculturalism in Term 1 by participating in Harmony Day. A number of girls shared aspects of culture through performances and dances and others spoke about the need for inclusivity and openness in modern Australia.
Term 2 saw Year 11 take the lead with Loreto Day, supporting the work of the House of Welcome. Both the way they raised awareness before the day and their successful leadership on the day left us in no doubt that Year 12 are leaving the school in safe hands. We also celebrated Reconciliation Week with a book swap to support the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. It was fabulous to see the involvement of both staff and students in this event.
Recently, our focus and fundraising has been on the drought which is currently affecting NSW. Students have been getting involved in a variety of ways, writing articles for the newsletter and sharing their experiences at assembly. The sausage sizzle last week was a huge success, selling out and raising $1352 for drought relief charities. This amazing effort would not have been possible without the staff and students who helped to prepare, cook and sell the sausages and drinks so I would like to thank them specifically. The boarders also got involved this week through their “Parma for a Farmer” themed dinner. This contributed $520 to an appeal that is so important for many of our boarding families.
As I look back over the social justice initiatives and events over the past year, I am so grateful for, and proud of, everyone who has been involved and contributed in different ways. As Year 12 finishes, I am excited to pass on the role of Social Justice Captain into the very capable hands of Isabella Mincher and I look forward to hearing about all that goes on as she takes on this role. Finally, thank you for allowing me to lead this past year, it has been an absolute pleasure and privilege.
Social Justice Captain