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St Francis Xavier’s Regional
Catholic School students recently
learnt the life-changing importance
of writing, sharing and showing
The primary school students from
Wynn Vale spent time with suicide
prevention organisation R U OK? in
August as part of a new campaign
called ‘Thanks for asking’.
“By sharing real stories and helping
people to write notes of thanks,
we hope that more people will be
convinced that regular, meaningful
conversations between family and
friends can change lives,” said
campaign director Rebecca Lewis.
St Francis Xavier students were
able to write notes of thanks and
reflect on how friends have helped
them and how they can help others.
“It is often the little things which
make a big difference,” said Shane
Hough, from Headspace Adelaide.
“A simple, heartfelt note of thanks
can go a long way in showing
somebody that the time and care
they took really helped,” he said.
R U OK? is a not-for-profit
organisation that aims to inspire
Australians to have regular,
throughout the year to help anyone
who might be struggling with life.
RUOK?: (L-R) St Francis
Xavier’s Regional Catholic
School students Adam Verwey,
Marcus Petts and Dylan Skurray
participate in the ‘Thanks for
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Year 12 Loreto College student Lucy Williams
(pictured left) was voted by her peers as the social justice student
most deserving of the College’s 2015 “Just Soul Award”. Lucy has
completed 355 social justice hours over the past two years, including
volunteer work in Vietnam, at Eddie Rice Camps and working with
young refugees and asylum seekers. Student Serena Ricci (pictured
right) received a Platinum award for her social justice service of 255
hours. The student service awards were part of the College’s Social
Justice Week activities last month, which also included the annual
Mission Day, themed Next Stop, Thrift Shop. For a gold coin donation,
students wore recycled clothing to raise awareness for organisations
like St Vincent De Paul and class food and activity stalls were held to
raise money for Mary Ward International. Students also hosted a High
Tea to help raise funds which will directly benefit communities they
will visit later this year on their India pilgrimage.
BOOKS COME ALIVE: St Ignatius’ College students (L-R) George
Serocki (as a cricketer) and Ed Prescott (as Grug) joined thousands of
Catholic primary school students in celebrating national Book Week
in August. This year’s Book Week was the 70th held and was themed
‘books light up our world’. On August 26, about 600 St Ignatius junior
school students paraded as book week characters down The Parade,
Norwood, to promote reading to the local community.
Thomas More College students have obtained
more than 800 signatures for a petition calling
on the Federal Government to appoint an anti-
slavery ambassador to redress the “plague on
humanity” that is human trafficking.
The petition drafted by the Year 12 Society and
Culture (stage 2) class was due to be presented
to Federal Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler
“In the petition we proposed that the government
appoint a slavery ambassador to coordinate
all government and non-government agencies
to address modern slavery in Australia and
establish an anti-slavery unit in each state’s
police force as well as the Australian Federal
Police,” said Year 12 student Crystal Baum.
“We presented this petition to all students
and teachers in our community and ultimately
received over 800 signatures,” she said. “We
also raised awareness among other year levels
by briefly explaining the enormity of international
Crystal said her class had been studying human
slavery and decided to include social action
as part of its curriculum. She said the class
was shocked to learn that more than 21 million
people were affected by human slavery and had
gained inspiration from Pope Francis who has
called human trafficking “a plague on humanity”.
“So our class considered how we could make a
difference,” said Crystal.
The class erected social awareness boards
across the College and began researching
aspects of human slavery that included
sexual servitude, trafficking for the purpose of
surrogacy, organ trafficking, kidnapping and the
trafficking of children. The information gathered
was then presented to Year 11 students who
also joined the campaign. Interactive awareness
sessions were held to raise overall school
awareness and brain storm ways the school
community could make a difference.
“Although human slavery in Australia is a
little known issue, we hope that our efforts
will encourage all to fight against the criminal
injustice that is an undercurrent of our society,”
Power of three words
STOP SLAVERY: Thomas More College students (L-R) Alena Phlek, Jovan Nonkovic and
Andrea Langhorn sign a petition to be presented to Federal MP Mark Butler.
Students call for anti-
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