As the new Social Justice Captain, I would first like to express my gratitude at being elected by my peers into this role. It is an honour to be able to serve our school community in the next year, especially in a field that is so firmly integrated into the fabric of our school. I would also like to thank our previous captain, Dominica Leaver for her passion and dedication of Social Justice for far longer than just her term of leadership. Dominica has left massive shoes to fill and I am so excited to take up the challenge of continuing her phenomenal leadership over the coming year.
In the past years, we have achieved so much in the social justice sphere at Loreto, a tradition I am hopeful to continue. However, my main vision for the coming months is to see this spirit of generosity continued throughout the whole school community. I am to especially foster these values in the younger girls, making sure that they, too, have an ability to utilise their own passions.
We have certainly hit the ground running this term, starting off with a food drive for the House of Welcome. While the drive only went for a short amount of time, the Loreto community generously donated four jam-packed boxes of donations, helping to continue a very close relationship with the House of Welcome. Our support of refugees and people seeking asylum continued with the Mary Ward Justice Forum last Wednesday, which was an insightful night for all those who attended.
Last week, as a school, we also celebrated Enviroweek. I was absolutely delighted to begin my leadership with an event that not only captures the true spirit of an ‘ecology-centred school’ but holds a very special place in my heart – it was one of the first Green Team events I participated in and the first time I was given the opportunity to write in the school newsletter. I would like to echo Mrs Cranfield’s sentiments from her article last week and thank the whole community for getting involved so enthusiastically – it symbolises all the great things to come in the year ahead.
The main social justice activity this term is the Vinnies Christmas Appeal. As many would know, this is a program we have supported for many years – where tutor groups create a hamper full of staple Christmas food and back to school supplies. This program is especially important given that 13% of Australians currently live in poverty – 750,000 of those being children. Girls are reminded to keep an eye out for any emails from the House Social Justice Captains so they can get involved.
However, that isn’t all – there are many other exciting events coming up this term that both JPIC and Green Team have been working hard to bring into fruition. Over the coming weeks we will be launching the wider theme for the term – ‘Ethical Christmas’ – and the smaller initiatives which will feed into this.
I am so incredibly excited to continue working closely with the Mission Team this term, along with the Green Team and JPIC to see what can be achieved! A reminder to any student who wants to get involved in the wide range of activities this term – Green Team and JPIC meet at 12:50pm on Thursdays in Room 1.02 GBC, and girls from all years are warmly invited to attend.
Social Justice Captain