“Aspire not to have more but to be more.”
-Archbishop Oscar Romero
As a Catholic school, we believe it is a necessary response to the Gospel call of Jesus to build a more just and fair world.
Consequently, our Religious Education program places a strong emphasis on Social Justice; the belief that all people have a right to live with dignity and an equal share of the world’s resources.
Each topic taught in the Religious Education program has a Social Justice component. From Foundation to Year 6, students are inspired to “take action” in either a local or global context. At the local level, students can contribute to the “Pinchapoo” project (collecting hotel toiletries for the homeless) and, at the global level, students support our parish-partnership with Mary Immaculate in the District of Viqueque, East Timor.
One of our latest initiatives has been to appoint Year 6 student leaders whose role it is to focus on promoting Social Justice in our school community. Each year, Year 6 students attend a ‘Social Justice Conference’ (Caritas) and ‘A Day in Viqueque’ organised by the Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools Committee and held at St. Joseph’s College.
One of the key resources in the education of students in Social Justice is the Caritas Australia website. Through this website, students are introduced to the Sustainable Development Goals, the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and Project Compassion, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness and money to end poverty.