|Building Books for Brilliance - 25 May 2016|
Middle School students have been very busy contributing to the College’s social justice program in Term 2.
Students have participated in a number of activities connected with College service groups in recent weeks, including Mind Over Matter, Vinnies, L’Arche and PAW.
Girls in Year 7, 8 and 9 have shown great interest in considering the needs of others and again this year, there is a Middle School Social Justice Project that all girls may partake in.
Last year, Middle School students participated in our ‘Blankets for Brisbane’ project, which students knitting squares that were then joined together by volunteer parents and grandparents to create blankets. The blankets were donated to Rosies Outreach Program to help Brisbane’s homeless community.
This year, the focus is on literacy with our 2016 Social Justice project, ‘Books for Building Brilliance’.
Sadly, many students in Australia and around the world don’t have basic reading skills. Research has shown that learning to read is one of the most important factors in school success and that early exposure to books and stories substantially contributes to success in literacy.
Through ‘Building Books for Brilliance’, we are encouraging all Middle School students to purchase a book to be donated to a number of schools that Lourdes Hill is connected with, including Mater Dei, Good Samaritan Early Childhood Centre in Kiribati and Murarrie State School.
Parents are also welcome to be involved by encouraging their daughter to save money so that they are able to purchase a book with their own savings. The Middle School Leaders are presenting students with tips for how to best save money at upcoming Middle School Assemblies.
To extend our efforts in helping to increase literacy levels locally, several Year 9 leaders have recently been assisting primary students at Murarrie State School by attending their reading program before school.
The Middle School made a significant impact through last year’s ‘Blankets for Brisbane’, and ‘Books for Building Brilliance’ will undoubtedly be another rewarding experience for all girls involved.
Middle School Pastoral Leader – Year 8