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Two Social Justice Events Engage - 16 August 2016

The Mission Team has been very busy with two very successful events recently, engaging parents, friends, students and other school communities in important issues of social justice.


On Friday 5 August, over a hundred people gathered in the Good Samaritan Centre for an afternoon tea focussed on the issue of homelessness. Students, families, friends and staff listened to outstanding speakers, Cathy Lindsay from Rosies and David Tubb from Orange Sky Laundry, give insight into the problem and explain ways in which their organisations are responding to it.

Outreach Captains, Bridie Carrigan and Makaela Coster, hosted the afternoon tea and brought great professionalism to their roles as MCs. Chief Organiser, Mrs Mary Dent, supported by Mrs Roseanne Macintyre and Sr Sally Fuller, ensured that every detail was considered. Fantastic raffle prizes certainly added interest to the afternoon but the take home message was the need to treat homeless people with dignity. Bottom line: smile!

On Tuesday 9 August, students from six local Catholic schools joined us in Polding Theatre for a forum on Domestic Violence. We welcomed students from All Hallows’, Iona, Loreto, San Sisto, St Thomas More’s and Villanova to discuss this blight on contemporary society with a panel of experts comprising Acting Inspector Tod Reid, Matt Pronger from Australia’s CEO Challenge, Sue Chandler (AHS counsellor) and Magistrate Deb Vasta. Each guest speaker brought their own perspective to the issue but again there was a simple message: violence against women is never acceptable.

Students sat in mixed groups at round tables, listened to the speakers, watched video clips and discussed how they could become agents of change. Each school then devised an action plan. Hosts, Kate Johnson and Cadence O’Reilly, were outstanding facilitators of discussion and kept things moving very effectively. Mrs Roseanne Macintyre was the passionate organiser of this event, again ably supported the other members of the Mission Team. Such was Mrs Macintyre’s dedication that she convinced her obstetrician to delay her third child’s delivery until the next morning!

Both of these events helped to highlight problems that exist in our society and inspired participants to explore what they can do to respond. We are not powerless and need to accept, “If it is going to be, it’s up to me.”


John Clarke

Deputy Principal - Mission