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Students from Mount Carmel College’s Mary
MacKillop Special Education Unit are reaping the
rewards of their gardening efforts in more ways
Not only do they get the obvious benefits of
growing and eating fresh produce, they also are
gaining an appreciation of sustainability and
communicating with a range of different people
by visiting community garden projects.
The students are even involved in the purchasing
of seedlings and gardening products at garden
The garden has been running since last year and
the seasonal produce is used by the college’s
home economics cooking classes, as well as by
the Unit’s students.
Every Friday afternoon, nine of the MacKillop
Unit students tend to the garden during their
double lesson of Studies of Society and the
SOSE teacher Mr Bill Lawless, who is supported
by education support officer Daniel Grantham,
said the project was not just about growing
fresh produce but about promoting sustainability
and connecting students with healthy food and
Year 9 Unit student Maddie said the best part
was getting to “use the stuff we have grown”.
“We plant them, watch them grow, cook them
and eat them,” she said.
As part of their exploration of world religions,
primary students from St Ignatius’ College had
the opportunity to wear a turban during class.
The activity was part of a comparative religions
program that has students studying the common
elements of faith traditions and also comparing
the different ways in which people live and
celebrate their faith.
Pam and Sukhwinder from the ‘Turbans and
Trust’ group spoke to the students about Sikhism
and wearing a turban, while SA Young Australia
of the Year finalist Manal Younus shared her
experiences of being Muslim.
Teacher Jane Moran said the program was
“highly relevant” to students living in multicultural
“As our multicultural society evolves so does
our country’s religious landscape. Within our
college there are students from other Christian
denominations, as well as other world faiths.
It is therefore important that students learn to
appreciate how others experience God,” Ms
She added that in developing their understanding
of other faith traditions, students also gained a
“deeper appreciation of the Catholic tradition”.
According to the Sikh Coalition, the turban is
deeply intertwined with the Sikh identity and
is a manifestation of the mission given to all
Sikhs – to act as a divine prince or princess by
standing firm against tyranny and protecting the
Exploring different faiths
Garden produces results
Injustices faced by girls and
young women in the developing
world were highlighted by Year 11
students at St Joseph’s Education
Centre at a special presentation last
The students shared their research
and findings with several past
graduates, special guest Helen
O’Brien, director of Catholic
Education SA, and the principal of
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Ms Maria Urbano.
“In some developing countries, girls
are made to be married at the age
of six and sent away. There is no
option for girls to attend school.
So many girls are denied access
to education and this means they
never learn about their rights, their
options, and their value,” said
Information like this was shared as
part of a group assessment task for
Year 11 SACE subject Integrated
Learning: Global Citizenship and
Another of the Year 11 students,
Rain, shifted the focus to Australia.
“While girls here have lots of
opportunities there is much work
still to do, including awareness
that girls CAN do anything and
are ENTITLED to the same
opportunities as boys,” she said.
The students shared confronting
clips and statistics while three
graduates – Emma, Ella and Akon –
highlighted the power of education
at St Joseph’s Education Centre.
Emma (2015 graduate/now
undertaking studies in youth work):
“Even though it took me four
years to complete the SACE,
St Joseph’s supported me all
the way through. I had lots of
challenges in my personal life and
I know that education has changed
Ella (2014 graduate/diploma in
early childhood education and care;
bachelor of education): “I felt like
giving up so many times, and I am
so grateful for the encouragement
from the staff here.”
Akon (2014 graduate/ diploma in
youth work): “St Joseph’s is my
family; I would not be where I am
today without this place. I still think
how much I would like to be back,
and how lucky the students here are
to have such support.”
Global focus for
ALL WRAPPED UP: Road testing turbans are Year 6 students from left, Annabelle McKean,
Monique Caston, Rosie Kavanagh, Max Alfred and Pietro Totani.
DIG IT: Maddie McAuliffe, Dour Milwal and Matthew Ziada work in the veggie garden at
Mt Carmel College.
POWER OF LEARNING: Helen O’Brien talks with students and old
scholars of St Joseph’s Education Centre.
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