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Social Justice 2016

What an incredible start to the year we have had.  The team has been amazed by the number of students wishing to be part of the team.  We now have five focus groups with representatives from every year level on the team.  We have groups focusing on: Health and wellbeing, Animal welfare and issues, multiculturalism and refugees, the environment and a St Vincent de Paul group.  Each of these groups will plan and prepare an activity throughout the year as well as the events we have always run such as The Winter Sleepout.
This year we started a breakfast team and had lots of senior students wanting to volunteer their time.  Three mornings a week we have had students from several year levels enjoying time together over some breakfast.  It’s been great watching the barriers breakdown and listening to the advice being offered to younger students by the seniors, topics such as camps, levels of involvement in sport and how to approach SACS have been a few of the topics.
The sandwich making for St Vincent De Paul was completed by a large group of volunteers, again by many year levels.  This year has been the biggest turn out ever.
7 brave students attended the blood bank to help save three lives each and I am sure will go back again in the future.  Last week we held some activities to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week within the school.  Our community is made up of people from many places around our wonderful world and this was an opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful contributions that cultural diversity offers. The African drummer, Koppi, had the students beating out tunes and dancing, the trivia tested their knowledge while the pizzas soothed their stomachs.  The last event was a karate demonstration by the Winged Dragon dojo.  They presented self defence moves with style, grace and speed.  The audience was enthralled. Some of our  staff and our students were involved in this.
I would like to say a very big thank  you to the many many staff, students and parents that have supported the Social Justice team this term and look forward to offering activities again next term with much support.

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