This term in the lead up to Christmas, our social justice group JPIC have come up with the theme of ‘An Ethical Christmas’ to promote and stimulate discussion in the school community.
At the heart of this theme is the idea of being a ‘conscious consumer’ when we are buying gifts for our loved ones and purchasing things for ourselves. We have girls planning displays for the LRC to highlight cosmetic companies who are animal cruelty free, we have the whole school involved in creating hampers for the Vinnies Christmas appeal and many other initiatives.
The theme will culminate in JPIC’s first ever Ethical Christmas Stall on Thursday 29th November at lunch time. We are encouraging our school community to donate books, quality clothing items and homewares which will be sold at the stall to raise money for Vinnies. There will also be a range of ethically sourced Christmas decorations, handmade cards, and eco friendly beauty and cleaning products.
More information will be shared in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, start looking through your closets and bookshelves and collecting coins to purchase some goodies.
Finally, I had the manager of the Vinnies Hornsby store contact me and ask if I could promote our school community shopping at Vinnies stores in the lead up to Christmas which I thought was a fabulous idea. For every $30 that is spent in a store, two people receive a grocery gift card that is able to be redeemed for enough food for four meals.
What a wonderful way to support our local communities and help the environment!
To get you thinking of ways that you can be a conscious consumer this Christmas, I’ve included the wonderful ‘Buyerarchy of Needs’ as a guide.
Happy Thrifting Everyone!
Ms Rose Timmins
Social Justice Coordinator