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From the Religious Education Coordinator

06.05.19

Social Outreach- Project Compassion

Since the launch of Project Compassion, which took place in Term 1, students have enthusiastically made an active contribution to Caritas International by raising money to support marginalised communities. This money has been raised by organising a variety of fundraising activities including cake stalls, raffles, donut day, recycling, movies at lunch time and the “Sing Star Battle” led by the Student Leadership Team, which will be taking place in week 5 this term.

 

The College Community has given so generously to this cause by raising $1415 so far. Our students have worked hard to prove “Lives change when we all give 100%.” Project Compassion has been a great opportunity to show kindness to others and to show that by working together as people of strong faith and justice, we can assist those in our world who are in need of support.

“Let us keep God with us by charity in thought, word and act.” - Mary MacKillop 1890

 

Celebrating our Faith

A significant part of celebrating our faith at Mary MacKillop College is to find time for prayer, reflection and personal development. Our Catholic tradition reminds us of the importance of discernment in our lives so as to bring ourselves present to God, who loves us and knows each one by name. Our Liturgies and Retreat programs aim to provide this opportunity.

On Wednesday 1 May, the Year 7 Liturgical dance students together with the Social Justice Captains led the whole school to reflect on the Resurrection of Jesus through a moving dance.

‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’…So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy...” - Matthew 28:7–8

On Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May, the Year 10 Cohort will be given the opportunity to spend a day reflecting on Social Justice by visiting the various sites where works of charity are conducted. The places they will visit are Centacare, St Vincent de Paul, Catherine House, a women’s shelter, and Hutt Street Meal Centre. The theme of the Retreat is ‘In the footsteps of Mary MacKillop…Social Justice in the City’.

On Thursday 23 May, the Year 8 students will focus on the life and work of St Mary of Cross MacKillop in Kensington. The students will be taken on a guided walk to locations associated with Mary MacKillop in Kensington. Following this, they will move to the Parish Hall to be involved in a variety of activities, including small group discussions and learning about their gifts and how they can use these to help others in their community. The Year 8 students will be led by some of the Year 11 Peer Support Leaders. The theme of the Year 8 Retreat is ‘In the footsteps of Mary MacKillop…in Kensington.’

“We must teach more by example than by word” – Mary MacKillop College 1867

 

Mrs Adriana Sotira
Religious Education Coordinator