St Peter's Campus has a very active Social Justice team with a dual focus on awareness and action. The team leads the student body in a variety of initiatives including the Lenten CARITAS Appeal (incorporating St Patrick's Day), St Vincent De Paul (Easter and Christmas Appeals), Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity and Catholic Mission. The team also run an awareness day each year that focuses on a particular issue that they would like the school to support, and hold an annual sleep out.
During 2017, the SRC also supported a number of fundraising activities, including support for Bandana Day, Returned Servicemen and Women (through the selling of poppies and pens), Project Compassion, St Vincent de Paul and CARITAS. The SRC represented the school at various community events such as ANZAC and Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Another major fundraising event for SRC is the support of the Mark Hughes Foundation during Term 3. To support the foundation, our student body are encouraged to wear beanies to school and the SRC raise funds from a cake stall. The SRC join forces with other members of the school body to raise funds to help support other families in need in our community as they navigate diﬃcult times. The students, through the direction and organisation of the SRC, raise in excess of $5000 throughout the year to go towards various causes.
"Social Justice is recognising and acting upon the power that we have for making a positive change. It is our responsibility to make a positive impact in our local and wider community, and become the leaders of tomorrow" - Brendan Freeman, Social Justice Team Leader
A balance of awareness raising, fundraising and direct involvement ensures that students are provided with a good model of outreach rather than remaining detached from the issues which face our community.
The Student Leadership Team, in conjunction with the Ministry Team, lead this important area of school life to provide students with the opportunity to put words into action.
This three-pronged approach of awareness, advocacy and action successfully engages students in the development of their commitment to social justice, including:
All students will experience a retreat in Year 12. School Retreats are an integral part of the life-long faith formation of staff and students at a Catholic School. They contribute to the systematic and intentional catechesis that in turn contributes to the evangelization of staff and students.
St Mary’s retreat is about the individual’s relationship with God. It is also an attempt to acknowledge and then nurture the individual’s unique reality and bring the message of the Gospel into contemporary culture in a way that engages, informs and empowers staff and students.
Through the retreat experience, the participants come to know and experience the love of God and fellowship of Christ, through connecting with others in a structured and safe environment. Participants will also hear the Gospel message and be encouraged to connect this message to their own lives and reflect on finding ways to continue the Church’s mission. The retreat also offers the opportunity to participate in the life of the Christian community through liturgy and through prayer and other activities which encourage faith development.
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