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Parents with children in South Australian
Catholic schools are being encouraged
to “have their say” about education in the
lead up to the Federal election later this
The Federation of Catholic School Parent
Communities is continuing its ‘We’re
Listening’ roadshow during 2016 to
enable parents to share their thoughts on
education in general and, in particular, why
a Catholic education is worth investing in.
The roadshow recently visited St Mark’s
College in Port Pirie and received
some excellent feedback, according to
Federation executive director Ann Bliss.
Schools and colleges in the north eastern
and north western suburbs will be visited
over the coming months, with parents
being encouraged to participate in the
Ms Bliss (pictured) said the meetings were
designed to tap into “grassroots parent
communities” in order to hear what’s
important to them.
“There is no more important time than
now to do this as we head into a Federal
election strategy and continue to call on
our State Government to invest more in
our sector,” she said.
“To be the parents’ voice in education, the
Federation needs to know what parents
think about education in general, Catholic
education in particular and what they
want to see happen to make sure our
Catholic schools can continue to provide
an affordable, accessible and high quality
learning experience for all.”
Ms Bliss said another way parents could
have their say was via the federation’s
website at http://www.parentfederation.
The ‘We’re Listening’ roadshow will be
at St Pius X School Windsor Gardens on
Tuesday April 5.
Parents have their say in lead up to election
Members of the Social Justice Club
at St Dominic’s Priory College were
outraged when they learnt about the
possibility of 37 babies being sent
to the Nauru Detention Centre and
decided to do something about it.
Inspired by the #letthemstay
campaigners and their recent
protest at Bondi Beach, they
organised a visual installation/
protest at the school.
Social Justice Club representatives
Amber Deane-Axford and An
Vu said that having learnt about
children in detention and examined
the 2014 National Inquiry into
Children in Immigration Detention,
their fellow members were aware
of the impact that keeping children
in detention had on their wellbeing
“We are aware of the increased
rates of self-harm and of mental
health disorders amongst children in
detention. We are aware of children
being exposed to unacceptable
levels of assault, including sexual
assault and violence in detention,”
“As a result, we believe that
Australia should stand strong in the
fight against children in detention
because every child deserves a safe
living environment. We believe that
every child deserves an education.
Every child deserves clean water
and food. Every child deserves to
be heard. We believe so strongly
in fighting for this cause because
everyone has a story and everyone
deserves to have their story heard.”
An said the cage used in the visual
protest symbolised the detention
centre and the pairs of baby socks
and shoes represented the babies
at risk of being sent to Nauru.
“The aim of our installation was
to protest against the detaining
of the 267 refugees, including the
37 babies who are facing the risk
of being sent back to Nauru. Our
other goal was to raise awareness
amongst our school community and
to inspire conversation within their
families and friendship groups.
“We also have a petition next to the
display in order to show Malcolm
Turnbull, Peter Dutton and other
politicians that we will take a stand
against the injustice of putting
babies in detention.
“Nauru is no place for babies.”
TAKING A STAND: Amber Deane-Axford and other Year 12 students with the ‘cage protest’.
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SPEAKING FRANKLY: Fr Frank Brennan addressed more than 120 South Australian Catholic
school principals at the annual Director’s Day held at the Fogolar Furlan Function Centre last
month. In his speech entitled Justice, Mercy and Leadership – the Example of Pope Francis,
Fr Brennan spoke about the asylum seeker issue and how school communities could support
refugees at a local level. He is pictured with St Aloysius College old scholars Basira Safi,
Aasma Anwari and Makemeh Dolley.
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