|Mission Matters in the Middle School - 25 November 2015|
During Term Four the Year 8 students in the Relationships Theme, Religious Education, have been exploring the essential question Why does Mission matter?This service learning unit provided the girls with a real world context for their studies. Below is a report from girls in 8B on what they learnt this term.
This term the Year 8s have learnt about Mission, which we understand as following in the footsteps of Jesus and reaching out to others in the Good Samaritan way. In the Gospel according to John 13: 35-36, Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” So when we learnt about Terrace Timor Network (TTN) and their work in building sustainable economic development in Timor Leste through Kolega Coffee and Cards, we thought we had to stand in solidarity and give a helping hand. Ms Bernadette Higgins, from TTN, launched our Mission effort at LHC on Tuesday 13 October. Over the last four weeks, we have been selling handmade cards and Kolega coffee and have raised over three thousand dollars.
Looking back at what we have learned and achieved, we now realise how privilegedwe are to have access to clean water, fresh food and a stable country to live in. This experience has taught us as Catholic Christians in a Good Samaritan school that Mission is not just a word, rather it is a verb; it is about taking action to help others.
Written by Shannay Butler, Scarlett Swaney, Georgia Andersen and Caitlin Healy 8B
On behalf of the Year 8 students, we thank all those who supported the TTN Mission effort. Special thanks to Mrs Therese Whitelum who was a driving force behind the scenes and Mrs Jean Lee for looking after the financial side of our Mission project.
If you would like to purchase TTN products please visit their website at http://www.justiceproducts.org/